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October 2022

Family Camps – Not So Scary Spiders (October)

Greenbottle Blue Tarantula portrait
Saturday, October 1 - Monday, October 31

All ages. Book your family fun with us today! October means that spooky season is upon us! Several creepy and crawly creatures enjoy this time of year, but are they really as scary as we might think? Join us as we unwrap the myths surrounding one of those creepy crawly creatures – spiders! We will even get to meet some of our nicest eight-legged friends around! Ambassador Animal: My Big Backyard spiders. Tour Areas: My Big Backyard and Scutes Family Gallery. Registration is required.

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We’re Expecting! Guess Bailey’s Delivery Date

Bailey, retiruclated giraffe female at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Wednesday, October 5 at 8 a.m. - Saturday, November 19 at 5 p.m.

Now through Bailey's delivery time. When will the baby arrive? Your guess is as good as ours! Guess the minute, hour and date her calf will arrive. The winner gets a behind-the-scenes experience with our giraffe herd for up to four people.

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Live Cam – Bailey’s Temporary Overnight Birth Cam

Live Temporary Birth Watch Cam - Bailey, reticulated giraffe at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Wednesday, October 5 at 4 p.m. - Saturday, November 19 at 4 p.m.

The Zoo welcomes giraffe lovers worldwide to join us for 24-hour per day baby watch! Fans can tune in to a special live stream broadcast from Bailey’s overnight stall, where viewers will also be able to watch the labor and birth live on the Giraffe Cam page, or on YouTube.

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Teen Only Starlight Safari

Teen Starlight Safari roasting marshmallows
Friday, October 7 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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One event on Sunday, May 29, 2022 at 6:30 pm

One event on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at 6:30 pm

Middle & High School students. Offered October 7. Teenagers only for this community Starlight Safari. We will roast s'mores and walk among the stars as we tour our Zoo amidst the dark skies. Spend an evening away from home and find out what the animals do at night when the rest of the world is sleeping. We will tour multiple buildings as well as have a chance to meet an animal up close! Registration is required.

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Kids Only Starlight Safari Tour

Kids on hippo sculptures at starlight safari evening
Friday, October 7 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Ages 5 years and older. Offered Friday, October 7. Enjoy a night off while your kids have a blast at our Kids Only evening Zoo tour. Drop off the kiddos for an amazing night filled with s'mores, animals, and nature connection right here on the mountainside. We will start the night with roasting s'mores around the fire before we adventure among the stars to visit our animal friends during a private evening tour. We will tour multiple animal buildings and get to meet an animal friend up close! Registration is required.

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Creature Connections – Incredible Invertebrates: Oct. 8 – Nov. 19

Giant African millipede portrait stretched out - right side
Saturday, October 8 - Saturday, November 19

Ages 1-4 years with adult. This is a 6-week series that creates opportunities for you and your young explorers to learn more about wildlife and wild places! We will provide prompts and activity ideas each week of the session to guide your exploration, as well as supplemental optional opportunities for exclusive “pop-ups” at the Zoo weekly on Wednesdays & Saturdays, where they can meet the animal they’ve been learning about! Note: You will also need to get your advanced timed eticket into the Zoo.

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Outdoor School: Fantastic Forts in Fall

Outdoor School program building a fort in the woods
Saturday, October 8 at 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Families of all ages. Location - Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Nature Trail. Let imagination be your guide in this fort building adventure! Join zoo staff as we explore our very own nature trail and seek out the perfect spots to construct our forts. Together we will use natural materials to create unique designs and most importantly have fun in the outdoors. Bring your creative imagination and get ready to build! Registration is required and closes 48 hours before the event.

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Paint. Sip. Safari. – (Oct. 12, 26, Nov. 8, 29, Jan. 11, 24, Feb. 7, 21 )

Guests with Paint Sip Safari parrot paintings
Wednesday, October 12 at 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
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One event on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at 6:00 pm

One event on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at 6:00 pm

One event on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at 6:00 pm

One event on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at 6:00 pm

One event on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at 6:00 pm

One event on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at 6:00 pm

One event on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 6:00 pm

One event on Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at 6:00 pm

One event on Tuesday, February 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

Ages 21+. Offered on Oct. 12, 26, Nov. 8, 29, Jan. 11, 24, Feb. 7, 21. Join us for an adults only program where you not only get to create memories but a painting of one of our amazing animals as well. Each month offers a different animal theme to paint. Spend the evening at the Zoo strolling through animal exhibits, enjoying an adult beverage, meeting animals up-close and creating a masterpiece! Registration is required.

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Hands-On Homeschool: Bio Blitz

Zoo guests at a EdVenture program in the forest using binoculars
Saturday, October 15 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages: Middle School. Location - Fountain Creek Nature Center. Join us for a field trip to Fountain Creek Nature Center as we delve into the world of our native wildlife. Participate in a biodiversity study along with Zoo staff where we will seek out and observe the abundance of wild animals in one of our local parks. Registration is required.

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Stroller Safari: All Things Orange in October (Oct. 15, 21, 26)

Orangutan Tujoy up-close portrait at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Saturday, October 15 at 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
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One event on Saturday, October 15, 2022 at 9:00 am

One event on Friday, October 21, 2022 at 9:00 am

One event on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at 9:00 am

Ages 12 months - 4 years. Offered October 15, 21 & 26. Registrants will participate in a reptile-themed sensory activity, meet scaly friends throughout the Zoo and help make salads for tortoises! Registration is required.

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Teen Community Program: Silent Hunters

Screech owl portrait
Sunday, October 16 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages: 6th - 12th grades. Though we may not see them or hear them, they are all around us. With superpower-like adaptations, they rule the night skies. Join us at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo as we learn about the incredible lives of owls! Through hands-on activities and up-close experiences, we will learn what makes these creatures some of the most skilled hunters on our planet.Registration is required.

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Date Night Starlight Safari – Adults Only 21+ (Oct. 20, Nov. 5, 20, Dec. 7, Jan. 7, 21)

Ring-tailed lemurs frolicing in their area
Thursday, October 20 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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One event on Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 6:30 pm

One event on Saturday, November 5, 2022 at 6:30 pm

One event on Sunday, November 20, 2022 at 6:30 pm

One event on Saturday, January 7, 2023 at 6:30 pm

One event on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at 6:30 pm

One event on Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 6:30 pm

Adults 21+. Offered Oct. 20, Nov. 5, 20, Dec. 7, Jan. 7, 21. Want a change of scenery on a weekend night? Come join us under the stars for an adults only private evening tour of our mountainside Zoo. We will enjoy a beverage to start off the night, then stroll under the stars to see what our animals do at night, we will even get an opportunity to meet one of our Loft animal ambassadors! This program is for adults only, 21+. Registration is required. (If you would like to be on a wait list when any of our Date Night Starlight Safaris become sold out, please submit this form to us.)

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Boo at the Zoo – (October 21-23, 28-31)

Boo at the Zoo 2022 October nights 21-23, 28-31 ad graphic
Friday, October 21 at 4 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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One event on Saturday, October 22, 2022 at 4:00 pm

One event on Sunday, October 23, 2022 at 4:00 pm

One event on Friday, October 28, 2022 at 4:00 pm

One event on Saturday, October 29, 2022 at 4:00 pm

One event on Sunday, October 30, 2022 at 4:00 pm

One event on Monday, October 31, 2022 at 4:00 pm

Open 7 nights! Evenings of October 21-23, 28-31, 2022 - 3:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. All ages. Come see the original creatures of the night. It’ll be all treats and no tricks for your little pirates and princesses at this year’s Boo at the Zoo, the region’s most unique Halloween event. Boo at the Zoo is a fun way for families with young children to trick-or-treat and enjoy Halloween festivities in a safe environment, and all of our candy is made with sustainable palm oil to help protect wild orangutans! Advance timed admission tickets required and are on sale online now.

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Hands-On Homeschool: Creepy, Crawly Creatures

Large walking stick on keepers arm
Friday, October 28 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages: Elementary or Middle School. Insects are some of the most misunderstood creatures in our world though they are some of the most beneficial. Come join us at the Zoo as we break down the misconceptions of insects and show you how amazing they truly are through some up-close encounters. Registration is required.

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Stroller Safari: Happy HOWLoween!

Mexican wolf carrying a small squash in a winter scene at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Monday, October 31 at 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Ages 12 months - 4 years. This special Holiday edition Stroller Safari offered only on October 31, includes a special demo with our wolves, a meet & greet with a few of our "creepy crawly" but still adorable animals from My Big Back yard, and painting your own mini pumpkin to take home with you! Costumes are both welcome and encouraged for participants of all ages! Registration is required.

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November 2022

Outdoor School: Animal Tracking 101

Outdoor School Animal Tracking paw print in the snow with human hand to scale size
Saturday, November 5 at 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Families of all ages. Location - Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Nature Trail. Ever wonder how biologists actually track and study animals in the wild? Come learn from Zoo staff about different tracking methods that are used by professionals and even put your tracking skills to the test with some hands-on experiences using radio telemetry. Registration is required and closes 48 hours before the event.

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Teen Community Program: Macro Photography

Teens taking up-close photography of a lizard
Sunday, November 6 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages: 6th-12th grades. Come have an up close animal experience like never before! Join zoo staff as we explore the unique approach of macro-photography. Learn how we can make even some of the smallest creatures seem larger than life itself! Registration is required.

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Hands-On Homeschool: The ABC’s of Animal Training

Guest in Animal Training program working with a target and a tortoise
Saturday, November 12 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages: Elementary or Middle School. Come join Zoo staff as we learn what it takes to train an animal! Whether it’s your pet at home or our residents here at the Zoo, you’ll learn the strategies and techniques that zookeepers use on a daily basis. Through our hands-on workshop, you’ll put your animal training skills to the test with some of our smaller ambassador animals and gain some new knowledge to try at home! Registration is required.

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Tusks at Dusk – Premium Kids Only Starlight Safari – (Nov. 19)

Kimba, African elephant at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo portrait
Saturday, November 19 at 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Ages 5 years and older. Offered Saturday, November 19. Drop off the kiddos for an evening program that will be sure to create a lifetime memory! We will start the evening with a pizza party before indulging in s'mores (weather permitting). After our bellies are full we will tour the Zoo to see what our animals do at night. We will meet an animal up close, and even feed our giraffe herd, we will also tour our Elephant Barn! To wind down before pick up, we will get creative and use fabric markers and stencils to personalize our very own Zoo pillowcase to take home. Registration is required.

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Fall Break Camps: Dynamic Decomposers Prek-6th Grade (Nov. 21, 22, 23)

Emperor newts - three on top of each other
Monday, November 21 at 9 a.m. - Wednesday, November 23 at 4 p.m.

Ages PreK-6th grade. Offered as day camps Monday - Wednesday, November 21, 22 & 23, 2022. PreK-K is a half-day 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., 1st-6th grade is a full day 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Join us for a day or all three! We will be exploring Dynamic Decomposers; Decaying, rotting, and molding, oh MY! Every wonder where all of our waste goes? As the leaves fall, join us as we learn about the decomposers that turn that waste into energy! Registration is required.

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December 2022

Electric Safari – (Dec. 2-4, 9-23, 25-January 1, 2023)

Thank You! Electric Safari voted 3rd Best Zoo Lights in U.S. 2021 by USAToday
Friday, December 2, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. - Sunday, January 1, 2023 at 8:30 p.m.
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An event every day that begins at 5:30 pm, repeating until Friday, December 2, 2022

All ages. Celebrate 26 nights of holiday lights and cheer during Electric Safari with 85 light sculptures on over 50 acres! Electric Safari has been ranked Third Best Zoo Lights in U.S. by USA TODAY’S 10Best three years in a row: 2019, 2020 and 2021! Top off this astounding display by gazing out at the city’s lights and watch all of Colorado Springs sparkle. You'll also enjoy photos with our larger-than-life illuminated inflatable animals! Advance timed e-tickets must be purchased in advance, and are subject to selling out. (No one under age 21 will be permitted, including no children or infants.) Tickets will be on sale closer to the event.

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Electric Moonlight

Electric Moonlight December 11, tickets are on sale now!
Thursday, December 8 at 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Adults 21+. Celebrate holiday lights and cheer during this adults-only event, Electric Moonlight. This event combines our festive holiday lights with indoor sampling areas featuring beer, wine, spirits and soft drinks while tasting delicious eats from area restaurants (all while supplies last) – just like at our popular summer event, Larger-than-life illuminated inflatable animals! Moonlight on the Mountain! Advance timed e-tickets must be purchased in advance, and are subject to selling out. (No one under age 21 will be permitted, including no children or infants.) Tickets will be on sale online closer to the event.

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Hands-On Homeschool: Wild Winter

ALaska moost, Atka in the snow
Friday, December 9 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages: Elementary or Middle School. Winter is coming…and with it some major changes to our Zoo! Join us at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo as we dive into the lives of our resident animals during the cold season. Through hands-on experiences, we’ll learn about cold weather adaptations, habitat changes, and how we care for our residents right here at the zoo when the weather gets frigid. Registration is required.

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Winter Break Day Camps – (Dec. 26, 27, 28, 29, & 30)

Grizzly bears Emmett and Digger in the snow at Rocky Mountain Wild area
Monday, December 26 at 9 a.m. - Friday, December 30 at 4 p.m.

Ages PreK-6th grade - Offered as day camps Monday - Friday, December 26, 27, 28, 29, & 30. PreK is a half-day 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., 1st-6th grade is a full day 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Theme: Winer Around the World. As the weather outside is frightful, the animals are so delightful! Animals all around the world prepare for winter differently, join us as we learn about our hungry, sleepy, and cold animal friends! Registration is required.

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Creature Connections – Mammal Mania: Dec. 31 – Feb. 10

Hedgehog 'Groot' portrait with a small pumpkin
Saturday, December 31, 2022 at 8 a.m. - Friday, February 10, 2023 at 5 p.m.

Ages 1-4 years with adult. This is a 6-week series that creates opportunities for you and your young explorers to learn more about wildlife and wild places! We will provide prompts and activity ideas each week of the session to guide your exploration, as well as supplemental optional opportunities for exclusive “pop-ups” at the Zoo weekly on Wednesdays & Saturdays, where they can meet the animal they’ve been learning about! Note: You will also need to get your advanced timed ticket into the Zoo.

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February 2023

Kids Only Valentine’s Day Starlight Safari Pizza Party & Tour – (Feb. 10 or 11)

Sleepover scene at a Kid's Only WildNight
Friday, February 10, 2023 at 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
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One event on Saturday, February 11, 2023 at 6:00 pm

Ages 5 years and older. Offered Friday, February 10 or Saturday, February 11, 2023. Enjoy a night off while your kids have a blast at our Kids Only Valentines evening tour. Drop off the kiddos for an amazing night filled with pizza, animals, and nature connection right here on the mountainside. We will start the night with a pizza party and dessert before we adventure among the stars to visit our animal friends during a private evening tour. We will tour multiple animal buildings and get to meet an animal friend up close! Registration is required.

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Valentine’s Love is in the Air Date Night, Adults Only 21+ – (Feb. 10, 11, 14)

Two budgies on a branch, one blue, one green
Friday, February 10, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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One event on Saturday, February 11, 2023 at 6:30 pm

One event on Tuesday, February 14, 2023 at 6:30 pm

Ages 21+. Offered Feb. 10., 11 or 14. Want a change of scenery for a date night with a special someone? Come join us under the stars for an adults only private evening tour of our mountainside Zoo to celebrate Valentine's Day. Start the evening with an adult beverage and then we will stroll under the stars to see what our animals do at night, we will even get an opportunity to meet one of our Loft animal ambassadors! Your guide will focus on "Love is in the Air" themes from the animal kingdom. This program is for adults only. Registration is required.

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March 2023

Creature Connections – Feathered Fun: Mar. 11 – Apr. 21

Eclectus parrot 'Mister' sitanding on a branch
Saturday, March 11, 2023 - Friday, April 21, 2023

Ages 1-4 years with adult. This is a 6-week series that creates opportunities for you and your young explorers to learn more about wildlife and wild places! We will provide prompts and activity ideas each week of the session to guide your exploration, as well as supplemental optional opportunities for exclusive “pop-ups” at the Zoo weekly on Wednesdays & Saturdays, where they can meet the animal they’ve been learning about! Note: You will also need to get your advanced timed ticket into the Zoo.

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May 2023

Creature Connections – Awesome Amphibians: May 20-June 30

White's tree frog sitting on a branch
Saturday, May 20, 2023 - Friday, June 30, 2023

Ages 1-4 years with adult. This is a 6-week series that creates opportunities for you and your young explorers to learn more about wildlife and wild places! We will provide prompts and activity ideas each week of the session to guide your exploration, as well as supplemental optional opportunities for exclusive “pop-ups” at the Zoo weekly on Wednesdays & Saturdays, where they can meet the animal they’ve been learning about! Note: You will also need to get your advanced timed ticket into the Zoo.

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Run to the Shrine (May 20 & 21)

Run to the Shrine graphic logo
Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
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One event on Sunday, May 21, 2023 at 5:00 pm

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo invites all ages of world class runners and families alike to Run to the Shrine, offered on Saturday, May 20 and Sunday May 21, 2023. Run to the Shrine is a 4-mile run/walk course that curves through the Zoo, up to the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun and back down into the Zoo. Run to the Shrine has become an annual Cheyenne Mountain Zoo tradition, and it is the only time of the year that guests are allowed to travel up to the Shrine of the Sun by foot! In addition, Run to the Shrine is an important fundraiser for the Zoo. Registration is required and will be available closer to the event.

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June 2023

Moonlight on the Mountain

Moonlight on the Mountain hero graphic African lion licking lips photo
Thursday, June 29, 2023 at 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Kick off your summer with Cheyenne Mountain Zoo during the first adults-only event of the season! Don’t miss this adults-only event. Enjoy all-inclusive samples of beer, wine, spirits and soft drinks while tasting delicious eats from area restaurants. Local musicians will set the mood throughout the Zoo and have you dancing the night away until 10 p.m. This evening is for adults 21 and older ONLY. IDs must be presented on event night. Tickets will be available closer to the event.

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July 2023

Tails & Tunes

Tails & Tunes logo and graphic 2021
Thursday, July 27, 2023 at 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Join us for Tails & Tunes! Enjoy a magical evening on the mountain, exclusively reserved for those age 21 and up. Local musicians will set the mood throughout the Zoo! Dinner will be available for purchase and your entry includes two drink tickets. Cash bars also available. Advanced tickets are required and will be on sale closer to the event.

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Creature Connections – Rocking Reptiles: July 29 – Sept. 8

Moroccan spiny-tailed lizard portrait
Saturday, July 29, 2023 - Friday, September 8, 2023

Ages 1-4 years with adult. This is a 6-week series that creates opportunities for you and your young explorers to learn more about wildlife and wild places! We will provide prompts and activity ideas each week of the session to guide your exploration, as well as supplemental optional opportunities for exclusive “pop-ups” at the Zoo weekly on Wednesdays & Saturdays, where they can meet the animal they’ve been learning about! Note: You will also need to get your advanced timed ticket into the Zoo.

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August 2023

Tails & Tunes

Tails, Tunes & Tastes hero graphic banner
Thursday, August 31, 2023 at 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Join us for Tails & Tunes! Enjoy a magical evening on the mountain, exclusively reserved for those age 21 and up. Local musicians will set the mood throughout the Zoo! Dinner will be available for purchase and your entry includes two drink tickets. Cash bars also available. Advanced tickets are required and will be on sale closer to the event.

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September 2023

Military Appreciation Week

Military Appreciation Week graphic logo
Monday, September 11, 2023 at 9 a.m. - Sunday, September 17, 2023 at 5 p.m.

Join us for Military Appreciation Week at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo! It’s a week of even bigger thanks to our military personnel for their continued service to our great country. This week’s military discount features 50% off the day's normal admission base price, which is offered to all active-duty, veteran and retired military personnel and their dependents living in the same household. To enjoy a full week of stars and stripes, march on up to the Zoo! Check back closer to the event for more details.

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Silent Night at the Zoo

Silent Night at the Zoo
Monday, September 11, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

All ages. Full Zoo experience (except sky ride and carousel). Dining options will be limited. We invite you to a unique Zoo event, Silent Night on Monday, September 11, 2023. Our busy lives are often filled with schedules, responsibilities and noise. Come prepared for a peacefully quiet evening away from the pressures of the city below. Advance e-tickets are required and will be available online closer to the event.

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Tails & Tunes

Tails, Tunes & Tastes hero graphic banner
Thursday, September 28, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Join us for Tails & Tunes! Enjoy a magical evening on the mountain, exclusively reserved for those age 21 and up. Local musicians will set the mood throughout the Zoo! Dinner will be available for purchase and your entry includes two drink tickets. Cash bars also available. Advanced tickets are required and will be on sale closer to the event.

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October 2023

Creature Connections – Incredible Invertebrates: Oct. 7 – Nov. 17

Giant millipede pic
Saturday, October 7, 2023 - Friday, November 17, 2023

Ages 1-4 years with adult. This is a 6-week series that creates opportunities for you and your young explorers to learn more about wildlife and wild places! We will provide prompts and activity ideas each week of the session to guide your exploration, as well as supplemental optional opportunities for exclusive “pop-ups” at the Zoo weekly on Wednesdays & Saturdays, where they can meet the animal they’ve been learning about! Note: You will also need to get your advanced timed ticket into the Zoo.

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