Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium Special Events
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Love at the Zoo - February 13 and 14, 2016

Join Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium for a lighthearted presentation about dating and mating in the animal kingdom on Saturday, February 13 or Sunday, February 14, 2016 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Tickets are $75 per person and include a champagne welcome, dinner, two free drink tickets to our cash bar, dessert, special animal encounters and a presentation about the courtship, romance and reproduction of animals held inside the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium. Spoil your loved one with a one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day experience under a “tunnel of love," while enjoying the beauty and serenity of the Scott Aquarium after-hours.

Reservations are required. Tickets are non-refundable and will be held rain or shine.

Click here to make a reservation.

This event is for adults 21 and over. No infants or children, please. The program may contain explicit language and adult situations. Bar is cash only once both drink tickets have been used. There will be no ATM available. No need to wear your best penguin suit (but please more than your birthday suit)! There is no specific dress code for this event, however, casual or business casual is encouraged.

EVENT ITINERARY:

6:30 p.m.     Check-in begins. Guests will enter at the main entrance to the Zoo.

                    Pre-event cocktails and hors d’oeuvres available in the Scott Aquarium until 7 p.m.

7 p.m.          Doors to the Education and Conference Center will open. Seating is first come, first serve.

                    Buffet dinner opens. A second bar will be available.

7:45 p.m.     Presentations by Brier Jirka and Jessi Krebs begin and conclude around 9 p.m.

EVENT MENU:

Passed Hors D’oeuvres (Available 6:30 – 7 p.m.)

-Cranberry, feta pinwheels

-Miniature beef wellingtons: beef tenderloin & mushroom duxelle wrapped in puff pastry topped with truffle aioli

Champagne & Strawberries Dinner Buffet (Available at 7 p.m.)

-Strawberry & spinach salad with feta cheese, red onion, candied walnuts with white chocolate vinaigrette

-Herb marinated chicken breast with champagne cream sauce

-Aged white cheddar whipped potatoes

-Green beans in a red pepper lemon butter

-Dinner roll & butter

Dessert Table Display

-Assorted dessert bars, cookies & brownies served at each table

Wild Again: The Struggle to Save the Black-Footed Ferret - March 3, 2016
Dr. David Jachowski, an assistant professor of wildlife ecology at Clemson University, will deliver his presentation, Wild Again: The Struggle to Save the Black-Footed Ferret, at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium's Wild Kingdom Pavilion Auditorium on Thursday, March 3, at 6 p.m. This presentation is the first of Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium's new speaker series being offered this year.

Jachowski has spent more than 15 years doing research on endangered black-footed ferret, one of the rarest mammals of North America. In addition, Jachowski spent 10 years as a federal wildlife biologist working to reintroduce and conserve this species on the Great Plains.

For his talk, Jachowski will provide an engaging narrative account of the historical decline and modern conservation of the black-footed ferret on the Great Plains, one of the most remarkable recovery efforts in the history of the Endangered Species Act and symbolic of a new conservation ethic that has emerged on the Great Plains over the past several decades.

This program is offered free of charge, but requires a reservation. Click here and select Speaker Series from the Tickets & Events drop-down menu.
Teddy Bear Weekend - April 2-3, 2016
Teddy Bear WeekendBring your favorite stuffed animal to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium for repair and care on April 2 and 3, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Your animal will go through a check-up including height, heartbeat, ear and eye exams and, if needed, a trip to the emergency room.

Please note: The emergency room will be closing at 1 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, so please arrive beforehand if your furry friend is in need of a special trip to the ER.

Event activities are free to Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members or with regular paid Zoo admission. Children, ages 3-11, who bring in their favorite stuffed animal will receive FREE admission to the Zoo with a paid adult. What are you waiting for? Being healthy is smart and fun! Cuddle up with your favorite stuffed animal and make your way to Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.
Yoga in the Aquarium - April 9, 10, 16 and 17, 2016

Strike a pose at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium’s one-of-a-kind class: Yoga in the Aquarium. This class will take place on Saturdays and Sundays, April 9, 10, 16 and 17 from 9 to 10 a.m. inside the Education and Conference Center at the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium.

Open to ages 16 and up. Participants must bring their own yoga mats, water bottle and any other necessary equipment. Please arrive early as the class starts promptly at 9 a.m. and it does take time to walk to the location of the class.

Pre-registration cost is $15 per person for Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members and $16 for non-members. Cost includes a one-hour yoga class and admission to the Zoo.

Reservations will be available in March.

Party for the Planet - April 23, 2016
Party for the Planet Join Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium as we celebrate Earth Day and discover ways you can help save our planet at Party for the Planet on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Stop by one of our conservation-themed booths.  Your toes will be tappin’ as Omaha Street Percussion performs music on recycled trash cans and buckets.  Receive gate gifts, provided by Oriental Trading Company, while supplies last.  Event activities are free to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members or with regular paid Zoo admission.
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 and will be available in April.  Tickets are non-refundable.  Event is rain or shine.  All children must be accompanied by a paid adult.


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.

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
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.

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.