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January 2021

Creature Connections Session – January 1 to February 12

Boy guest with skunk and spoon during Creature Connection session
Friday, January 1 - Friday, February 12

Creature Connections Session 1 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 also need to get your advanced timed eticket into the Zoo.)

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January Family Camp – Phenomenal Porcupines

North American porcupine walking across a tree
Friday, January 1 at 9 a.m. - Sunday, January 31 at 5 p.m.

Create family memories as we investigate our porcupines and the many places that they live! Each family will have their own personal EdVenture guide and time slot to keep safety our number one priority. Currently booking any day in January.

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Paint. Sip. Safari – (Adults only 21+) – Jan. 20

Eclectus parrot 'Mister' sitanding on a branch
Wednesday, January 20 at 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Adults 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. 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. Online registration is open.

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Date Night Starlight Safari – Adults Only 21+ (Jan. 29 or 30)

Two warthogs, one grooming the other
Friday, January 29 at 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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One event on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 6:00 pm

Ages 21+. Offered either night, January 29 or 30. 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. Online registration is open.

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February 2021

Hands-On Homeschool – Valentine’s Day Enrichment Party – Feb. 6

Zoo staff sharing animal amabassador with family program children
Saturday, February 6 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages 6-12. Create with us as we explore the importance of enrichment for both humans and animals. We will make animal themed Valentine's Day cards for each other and Valentine's Day themed enrichment for our Loft animal friends. At the end of our session we will even enjoy a sweet cotton candy treat! Registration is required. Online registration is open.

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Valentine’s Love is in the Air Date Night, Adults Only 21+ – (Feb. 12 or 13)

Two budgies on a branch, one blue, one green
Friday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
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One event on Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 6:30 pm

Ages 21+. 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 ends 2/7/2021. Registration is required and open online now.

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Teen Zootography Workshop and Q&A with Photographer Layne Kennedy – Feb. 13

Teen photography workshop
Saturday, February 13 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Come be a wildlife photographer for the day and learn how images can make an impact on global conservation efforts. This class will focus on editorial photography and how we can share stories through the art of photographs. Try your hand at photographing some of our animal ambassadors up close. We'll examine some of the world's most notable animal photo journalists and connect the impact of their photographs to conservation. We will have a live virtual Q & A with Layne Kennedy, an editorial assignment photographer for the likes of National Geographic, Smithsonian, Traveler, Outside and LIFE magazines. Registration is required. Online registration is open.

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Kids Only Valentine’s Day Starlight Safari Pizza Party & Tour – Feb. 13

Kids on hippo sculptures at starlight safari evening
Saturday, February 13 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Kids only ages 5+. Enjoy a night-off while your kids have a blast at our Kids Only Valentine’s 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 and open online now.

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Teens Starlight Safari

S'mores over the coals
Friday, February 19 at 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Open to all Middle and High School students. Teenagers only for this community Starlight Safari! Come join us for a night time tour of the Zoo with your friends from the community. 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. Online registration is open.

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Signing Safari – A New Kind of Hands-On

Evening Starlight Safari roasting marshmallows before their evening tour
Saturday, February 27 at 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

We're going even more hands-on for one of our most popular programs, Starlight Safaris. This evening Starlight Safari tour is designed for kids, families, and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing. From start to finish, this program will be in sign language. Come join the Zoo to learn about what our animals do at night while the rest of us are sleeping. Walk underneath the stars and enjoy the Zoo in a brand new way as the stories of our animals are signed for all our guests. Registration is required. Online registration is open.

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May 2021

Silent Night at the Zoo

Silent Night event logo
Wednesday, May 5 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. Offered 5 evenings in 2021: - Wednesdays May 5, June 2, July 7 and August 4 and Saturday, September 11. 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.

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Run to the Shrine

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Saturday, May 15 at 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo invites all ages of world class runners and families alike to Run to the Shrine on Saturday, May 15, 2021. 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 day 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. Watch for registration to open in January 2021.

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Summer Camps – May

Summer campers kindergarten mud-kitchen fun in the mud outdoors together
Monday, May 31 at 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Ages K-9th grade. ** Early Bird pricing Jan. 1 - March 1.** Cheyenne Mountain Zoo offers summer camp adventures that share the wonders of wildlife and wild places in fun and exciting ways. Campers meet animals up-close, explore the outdoors, interact with keepers, make treats for the animals, design cool crafts and more! Full week camps, offered weekdays, May 31 - August 19. Online registration is open.

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June 2021

Summer Camps – June

Summer campers kindergarten mud-kitchen fun in the mud outdoors together
Tuesday, June 1 at 9 a.m. - Wednesday, June 30 at 4 p.m.

Ages K-9th grade. ** Early Bird pricing Jan. 1 - March 1.** Cheyenne Mountain Zoo offers summer camp adventures that share the wonders of wildlife and wild places in fun and exciting ways. Campers meet animals up-close, explore the outdoors, interact with zookeepers, make treats for the animals, design cool crafts and more! Full week camps, offered weekdays in June through August 19. Online registration is open.

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Silent Night at the Zoo

Silent Night event logo
Wednesday, June 2 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. Offered 5 evenings in 2021: Wednesdays - May 5, June 2, July 7 and August 4 and Saturday, September 11. 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.

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Moonlight on the Mountain

Moonlight on the Mountain hero graphic African lion licking lips photo
Thursday, June 24 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. VIP tickets get you in earlier! This evening is for adults 21 and older ONLY. IDs must be presented on event night. Watch for VIP and General Admisison tickets, on sale in March 2021.

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July 2021

Summer Camps – July

Summer campers kindergarten mud-kitchen fun in the mud outdoors together
Thursday, July 1 at 9 a.m. - Saturday, July 31 at 4 p.m.

Ages K-9th grade. ** Early Bird pricing Jan. 1 - March 1.** Cheyenne Mountain Zoo offers summer camp adventures that share the wonders of wildlife and wild places in fun and exciting ways. Campers meet animals up-close, explore the outdoors, interact with zookeepers, make treats for the animals, design cool crafts and more! Full week, weekday camps in July through August 19. Online registration is open.

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Silent Night at the Zoo

Silent Night event logo
Wednesday, July 7 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. Offered 5 evenings in 2021: Wednesdays - May 5, June 2, July 7 and August 4 and Saturday, September 11. 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.

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Tails, Tunes & Tastes

Musicians playing at Tails, Tunes and Tastes adult evening at the Zoo
Thursday, July 29 at 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Adult 21+. Dance and Dine the Night Away! Full Zoo Experience • Live Music • Adults 21+ • All-Inclusive Food & Drink. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo invites you to dance and dine the night away while enjoying drinks and international delights from Taste, our in-house caterer. Animal shows during the night will inspire and delight while you enjoy this adults-only evening. Local musicians will set the mood throughout the Zoo until 9:30 p.m. Tickets onsale closer to the event.

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August 2021

Summer Camps – August

Summer campers kindergarten mud-kitchen fun in the mud outdoors together
Monday, August 2 at 9 a.m. - Friday, August 20 at 4 p.m.

Ages K-9th grade. ** Early Bird pricing Jan. 1 - March 1.** Cheyenne Mountain Zoo offers summer camp adventures that share the wonders of wildlife and wild places in fun and exciting ways. Campers meet animals up-close, explore the outdoors, interact with zookeepers, make treats for the animals, design cool crafts and more! Full week camps, weekdays through August 19. Online registration is open.

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Silent Night at the Zoo

Silent Night event logo
Wednesday, August 4 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. Offered 5 evenings in 2021: Wednesdays - May 5, June 2, July 7 and August 4 and Saturday, September 11. 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.

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Teddy Bear Day

Teddy Bear Day graphic hero image
Saturday, August 14 at 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

All ages welcome. Children ages 3 to 11 who bring their plush friend save $10 on admission. (Kids 2 and under are just 75¢, and Zoo members are always free.) Kids can stop by the Teddy Bear Clinic at the Lodge at Moose Lake for a free stuffed animal “check-up” and meet medical personnel in a “beary” fun environment. Check out the special animal experiences and come have a BEARiffic day at the Zoo! (Event details are subject to change.)

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Tails, Tunes & Tastes

Musicians playing at Tails, Tunes and Tastes adult evening at the Zoo
Thursday, August 26 at 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Adult 21+. Dance and Dine the Night Away! Full Zoo Experience • Live Music • Adults 21+ • All-Inclusive Food & Drink. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo invites you to dance and dine the night away while enjoying drinks and international delights from Taste, our in-house caterer. Animal shows during the night will inspire and delight while you enjoy this adults-only evening. Local musicians will set the mood throughout the Zoo until 9:30 p.m. Tickets onsale closer to the event.

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September 2021

Silent Night at the Zoo

Silent Night event logo
Saturday, September 11 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. Offered 5 evenings in 2021: Wednesdays - May 5, June 2, July 7 and August 4 and Saturday, September 11. 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.

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Military Appreciation Week

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Monday, September 13 at 9 a.m. - Sunday, September 19 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! Price varies by day; see cmzoo.org/military for all the details. Tickets will be on sale closer to the event.

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Tails, Tunes & Tastes

Musicians playing at Tails, Tunes and Tastes adult evening at the Zoo
Thursday, September 30 at 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Adult 21+. Dance and Dine the Night Away! Full Zoo Experience • Live Music • Adults 21+ • All-Inclusive Food & Drink. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo invites you to dance and dine the night away while enjoying drinks and international delights from Taste, our in-house caterer. Animal shows during the night will inspire and delight while you enjoy this adults-only evening. Local musicians will set the mood throughout the Zoo until 9:30 p.m. Tickets onsale closer to the event.

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December 2021

Electric Safari – Dec. 3-5, 10-23, 25-Jan. 1, 2022

Electric Safari third best Zoo lights thank you!
Friday, December 3 at 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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One event on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 5:30 pm

One event on Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 5:30 pm

One event on Friday, December 10, 2021 at 5:30 pm

An event every day that begins at 5:30 pm, repeating until Thursday, December 23, 2021

One event on Saturday, December 25, 2021 at 5:30 pm

An event every day that begins at 5:30 pm, repeating until Saturday, January 1, 2022

All ages. Celebrate 24 nights of holiday lights and cheer during Electric Safari with 85 light sculptures on over 50 acres! Top off this astounding display by gazing out at the city’s lights and watch all of Colorado Springs sparkle. Details and tickets available closer to the event.

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Electric Moonlight

Electric Moonlight December 11, tickets are on sale now!
Wednesday, 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, Moonlight on the Mountain! Online tickets available closer to the event.

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