Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium Special Events
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Mothers, Macaws and Mimosas - May 8, 2016
Macaws

Celebrate Mother’s Day with brunch at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium on Sunday, May 8, 2016 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.  Meet our resident Macaws while feasting on a brunch the whole family can enjoy.  Enjoy a scrumptious spread of delights that will make your Mother’s Day a memorable one!  After brunch, stay and explore the Zoo to see which of our residents are mothers, too.

Member cost is $35 for adults and $30 for children (ages 3-11).  Non-member cost is $40 for adults and $35 for children (ages 3-11).  Children 2 and under are free.  Reservations are required.  Tickets are non-refundable.  Event is rain or shine.  All children must be accompanied by a paid adult.

This event is SOLD OUT!

Endangered Species Day - May 20, 2016

Celebrate Endangered Species Day on Friday, May 20, 2016, by visiting the endangered species who call Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium home.

Endangered Species Day is an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the endangered species at the Zoo.
Look for the list and find these endangered species throughout the
Zoo. Can you find them all?

Memorial Day Weekend - May 28 - 30, 2016

Memorial Day Weekend Kickoff your summer by joining Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium for fun-filled activities Memorial Day Weekend Saturday, May 28 to Monday, May 30, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be wild entertainment including bounce houses, airbrush tattoos and special animal presentations for all ages.

The first 1,000 people to walk through the gates will receive a free, patriotic gift provided by Oriental Trading Company. Event activities are free to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members or with regular paid Zoo admission.
Moo at the Zoo - June 4 - 5, 2016
Join Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium for a fun-filled country and agriculture themed event Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5, 2016 at Moo at the Zoo from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Get up close to multiple breeds of dairy cows, savor some country cooking and get your Moo on by playing carnival games and life-size checkers, as well as airbrush tattoos, music and much more. Event activities are free to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members or with regular paid Zoo admission. So bring your appetite and get ‘moo’ving to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.
World Oceans Day - June 8, 2016
World Oceans Day

Make a splash and celebrate World Oceans Day with Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Participate in family-friendly and educational activities that bring recognition to ocean conservation while allowing Zoo visitors to learn how their everyday actions impact the world’s oceans and inhabitants. Event activities are free to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members or with regular paid Zoo admission.

ZOOm - June 18 - 19, 2016

How fast can a cheetah run? Put the pedal to the metal and ZOOm on over to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium Father’s Day Weekend Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to find out! Explore your favorite animal exhibits and learn about animal speeds.

Fast Action Motorsports Entertainment (F.A.M.E.) will be returning with their R/C Racing Tournament and a Race Car Simulator. The games are interactive, competitive and family friendly. This will not only be popular with children but also with the “Big Boys.”

Event activities are free to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members or with regular paid Zoo admission.

Red, White and Zoo! - July 2 - 4, 2016
Red, White and Zoo! Celebrate Independence Day with the red, white and blue creatures of Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium on Saturday, July 2 to Monday, July 4, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Throughout the holiday weekend, Red, White and Zoo! visitors can "parade" through the Zoo on a self-guided tour in search of red, white and blue animals. How many can you find? There will be will entertainment including bounce houses, music and special animal encounters for all ages.

The first 1,000 people to walk through the gates will receive a free, patriotic gift provided by Oriental Trading Company. Event activities are free to Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members or with regular paid Zoo admission
Brew at the Zoo - July 16, 2016

Join Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium for a suds sippin’ safari as we host our third annual Brew at the Zoo event on Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 8 to 11 p.m. Guests 21 and over will enjoy a stroll through the Zoo and sample unique brews from dozens of local breweries, as well as a selection of locally produced wines.  Spend your night with live music from Red Delicious, food, fun games and, of course, the exotic animals of the Zoo

General Admission and VIP tickets will be available again this year. More details to come! Tickets will go on sale in June.

Please note: Gates will close at 5:30 p.m. and buildings will close at 6:00 p.m. on this day for the event.

This is an after-hours, adults-only event. You must be 21 years or older and have a valid ID for entry. All sales are final, no refunds or exchanges will be made. Please drink responsibly.

Member Appreciation Days - July 27 and August 3, 2016
Member Appreciation Day Member Appreciation Days are fun-filled ways for Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium to say thank you for the support throughout the year. Members with last names beginning with A-L can enjoy the fun activities on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. Members with last names beginning with M-Z can enjoy the fun activities on Wednesday, August 3, 2016, from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m.

If you are unable to visit us on your designated date, please join us on the alternate date. A schedule of events will be posted here at a later date.

Event activities are free to Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members or with regular paid Zoo admission.
Tour de Zoo - July 28, 2016
Critter Ride

Bring your bike and ride during Tour de Zoo, a family fun event on July 28, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. There will be dinner, snacks and refreshments plus special animal encounters during the fun-filled evening.

If registered by July 13, guests will receive a FREE T-shirt! Cost is $20 per person for Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members and $25 per person for non-members. Children 2 and under are free, do not require a registration and will not receive a T-shirt. Reservations are required. Tour de Zoo is rain or shine. Registration fees are non-refundable.

The bike ride is an open format with water stations throughout the Zoo. Buildings are not open to ride through. Helmets are not required, but are recommended.

Ride-in registrations are available but will not receive a T-shirt.

Reservations will be available starting in June.

Back to School Bash - August 6 - 7, 2016

Hey kids, before the bell rings for your first class this school year, visit Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for one last hurrah! Get into the school spirit by hanging out with local mascots while enjoying kid-friendly music from Omaha Street Percussion.

Finish summer with a bash! Gate gifts, provided by Oriental Trading Company, will be given out, while supplies last. Event activities are free to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members or with regular paid Zoo admission.

Labor Day Weekend - September 3 - 5, 2016
Labor Day Weekend

Say goodbye to summer and hello to one last hurrah on Saturday, September 3 through Monday, September 5, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Labor Day Weekend at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium! There will be wild entertainment including bounce houses, airbrush tattoos and special animal presentations for all ages.

Gate gifts, provided by Oriental Trading Company, will be given out, while supplies last.  Event activities are free to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members or with regular paid Zoo admission.

Family Fiesta! - September 18, 2016

Join Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium Sunday, September 18, 2016 from noon to 5 p.m. for a fiesta the whole family can enjoy! The annual celebration highlights Latin American culture via dance and a live mariachi band while entertaining the kids with bounce houses, airbrush tattoos and much more. 

The first 500 visitors through the gates will be able to create their own Latin-inspired rhythm with a Fiesta Maraca instrument, provided by Oriental Trading Company. Event activities are free to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members or with regular paid Zoo admission.

Zoo Run - September 11, 2016

Zoo Run

Lace up your shoes for the 36th annual Zoo Run on Sunday, September 11, 2016. This fun run is great for runners of all levels with the choice between a five mile run and a one mile run/walk. Check-in begins at 7 a.m. at the Main Entrance. The five-mile run departs at 8 a.m. and the one-mile run departs at 8:10 a.m.

Participants will receive bagels, bananas and free Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium admission on the day of the run.

Cost is $25 for Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members and $30 for non-members. Children 2 and under are free, do not require a registration and will not receive a t-shirt. Reservations are required and non-refundable.

Registration will be available in July.