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March 2021

Creature Connections Session 2: March 12 – April 23

Boy guest with skunk and spoon during Creature Connection session
Friday, March 12 - Friday, April 23
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One event on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 12:00 am

Ages 1-4 years with adult. 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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April 2021

Annual Plant Sale – Online April 1-26 (In-Person May 22-23)

Shop the Annual Plant Sale Online Only this year, April 13-May 3, 2020
Thursday, April 1 - Monday, April 26

Our 2021 Plant Sale now offers two ways to shop!  1) ONLINE shopping at the Zoo’s Online Plant Sale from Thursday, April 1 – Monday, April 26 Order online and schedule your local Zoo curbside pick-up time between Friday, April 30 - Sunday, May 2 (NO POSTAL SHIPPING). Our online plant sale offers many varieties of perennials, grasses, shrubs, vines and new this year, fruit trees! 2) IN-PERSON shopping only on Saturday, May 22 & Sunday, May 23 Join us at the Zoo for our in-person plant sale of different plants than the online sale, including vegetables, fruits, herbs and annual hanging baskets and fruit trees (and any remaining items from the online sale) all while stocks last! All of the proceeds benefit Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.  (Please note: NO shipping or delivery is available, Zoo in-person shopping only).

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April Family Camp – Hopping into Spring

April Family Camp - Hopping into Spring with two rabbits in grass
Thursday, April 1 at 9 a.m. - Friday, April 30 at 5 p.m.

Usher in a new, magical season with a visit to our bounciest animals at the Zoo! Create lasting family memories as we investigate our jumping champions and their unique adaptations. Each family will have their own EdVenture guide and time slots to keep safety our number one priority. Registration is required. Online registration is open.

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Paint. Sip. Safari. – April 14 or 28

Guests with Paint Sip Safari parrot paintings
Wednesday, April 14 at 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
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One event on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 6:00 pm

The program on April 28is sold out. April 14 has one spot left! To join a waitlist - email [email protected]. Ages 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! April animal: African penguin. Registration is required.

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Stroller Safari: Awesome Amphibians in April

Red-eyed tree frog portrait
Friday, April 16 at 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
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One event on Friday, April 16, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 9:00 am

April Stroller Safaris are SOLD OUT. May Stroller Safaris are coming soon! To be on a waitlist for April, email [email protected] Ages 12 months - 4 years. Offered April 10, 16 or 21. This month we are focusing on toads, frogs, newts and salamanders! Participants will get a chance to meet some of these animals and make their very own frog slime to take home and explore! Registration is required.

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Hands-On Homeschool – Endangered Species Exploration

Zoo staff sharing animal amabassador with family program children
Saturday, April 17 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

1st - 6th grades. Bring your sense of adventure as we explore our fantastic endangered species here at the Zoo. Our travels will help us understand what makes a species endangered and how we can help. Welcome aboard our journey to impactful learning! Registration is required. Online registration is open.

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AAZK’s Small Community-Wide Park Clean-Up for Earth Day

AAZK of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo logo
Thursday, April 22 at 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Location: Fountain Creek Nature Center: 3695 US-85 Colorado Springs, CO 80916 - *The clean up site is a trail next to this address. An AAZK pop-up tent will be visible at the site, so that people can easily spot the clean up location. *We are asking everyone to bring their own work gloves for possible glass/metal that will be picked up, also reducing the use of latex gloves. Trash bags and buckets will be provided for the glass and metal. AAZK will properly dispose of the trash.

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Date Night Starlight Safari – Adults Only 21+ (Apr. 22, May 9, 13, June 5, 25, July 3, 17, Aug. 7, 21)

Two warthogs, one grooming the other
Thursday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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One event on Sunday, May 9, 2021 at 6:30 pm

One event on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 6:30 pm

One event on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 6:30 pm

One event on Friday, June 25, 2021 at 6:30 pm

One event on Saturday, July 3, 2021 at 6:30 pm

One event on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 6:30 pm

One event on Saturday, August 7, 2021 at 6:30 pm

One event on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at 6:30 pm

Adults 21+. Offered nights of: April 22, May 9, 13, June 5, 25, July 3, 17, August 7 or 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.

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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 and available online now.

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Outdoor School: Wild Kids – Fort Building

EdVenture programs Outdoor School Wild Kids: Fort building
Saturday, May 8 at 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages 6-10. Building forts in the trees is a key part of allowing kids to fully explore nature! Participants will be able to stack rocks, assemble branches, pack mud, and so much more as they let their WILD side come to life. Kids must be excited about and willing to get dirty and be outside for a long period of time. Also.... no parents allowed! Registratino is required.

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Run to the Shrine

Run to the Shrine May 15 or 16, 2021 graphic
Saturday, May 15 at 3:20 p.m. - 8 p.m.
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One event on Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 3:20 pm

On Saturday May 15 or Sunday, May 16, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo invites all ages of world class runners and families alike to Run to the Shrine. 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. Saturday, May 15 has sold out, but there are still spots on Sunday, May 16!

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Creature Connections Session 3: May 21 – July 2

Boy guest with skunk and spoon during Creature Connection session
Friday, May 21 - Friday, July 2

Ages 1-4 years with adult. 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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Annual Plant Sale – In-Person May 22-23

Shop the Annual Plant Sale Online Only this year, April 13-May 3, 2020
Saturday, May 22 at 9 a.m. - Sunday, May 23 at 5 p.m.

Our 2021 Plant Sale IN-PERSON shopping at the Zoo, only on Saturday, May 22 & Sunday, May 23. Join us at the Zoo for our in-person plant sale of different plants than the online sale, including vegetables, fruits, herbs and annual hanging baskets and fruit trees (and any remaining items from the online sale) all while stocks last! All of the proceeds benefit Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.  (Please note: NO shipping or delivery is available, Zoo purchasing day of only).

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Outdoor School: Animal Portrait Photography

Guests photographing a skunk in Animal Photography Outdoor School class
Sunday, May 23 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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One event on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at 9:00 am

Ages 15 and up. Offered on May 23, June 12, July 10 or August 21. Capturing the perfect animal photos takes practice, patience, and technique. After learning some terms and techniques several live animals will be brought to the studio classroom for you to practice and hone in your new skills. Explore different backdrops, capture active and slower moving animals, and meet the animal models! Afterwards, upload your photos and experience an artistic critique of your work as well as gain advice for further developing your animal portrait skills. Registration is required.

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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. 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 and available online now.

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AAZK’s Art on the Hoof

Art on the Hoof, AAZK Fundraiser event's logo
Saturday, June 5 at 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
VIP Room – Norris Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Rd
Colorado Springs, 80905 United States
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Join in for the 19th annual fundraiser of the American Assoc. of Zookeepers' Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Chapter. Art on the Hoof will be held at the VIP Room at the Norris Penrose Event Center. (Address: 1045 Lower Gold Camp Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80905) this year, featuring nature and animal inspired artwork showcasing local artists. Guests receive admission, drink tickets and an art drawing ticket. Drawings occur throughout the evening until all guests with a ticket have chosen a piece of art to take home. Tickets will be on sale closer to the event.

ARTIST'S CALL: Art on the Hoof needs your art, all media types welcome, get the details!

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Outdoor School: Wild Women – Watercolors in the Wild

Watercolor paints open and ready to use on pallette
Friday, June 11 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages 15 and up. Take a break from the noise of the city and join us in an afternoon of exploring nature through art. Watercolors in the Wild is an introductory program to a quick and mobile painting style that helps capture the best moments in nature. This program takes place at Cheyenne Mountain State Park. Registration is required.

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Member Appreciation Night

Nile hippo Kasai by the waterfall in Water's Edge: Africa
Wednesday, June 23 at 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Zoo Members only - Our Zoo may be looking a little different this summer, but we appreciate you more than ever! Visit your favorite animals during our first after-hours members-only event of the summer. Food options are limited, but the Grizzly Grill will be open (cash/credit cards accepted). Please note, we will have no scheduled animal demonstrations for this event. Due to state-mandated capacity limits, we may not be able to accommodate all members who want to attend. Check the calendar for our next event. Advance reservations are required to attend.

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Tails & Tunes

Tails & Tunes logo and graphic 2021
Thursday, June 24 at 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Adult 21+ • Dance the Night Away! • Full Zoo Experience • Live Music. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo invites you to dance the night away while enjoying this adults-only evening. Local musicians will set the mood throughout the Zoo until 9:30 p.m. Tickets on sale now!

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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. 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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Outdoor School: Wild Families – Dutch Oven BBQ

Dutch oven cooking with coals
Thursday, July 1 at 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Have you ever wondered how to make delicious meals in the wild, without having to eat freeze dried meal packs? Join us in an evening of fun and food while learning how to use a Dutch oven style of cooking over a fire- and we promise, no freeze dried anything! This evening is 4th of July themed and will feature some classic BBQ dishes! Registration is required.

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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 and available online now.

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Member Enrichment Night

Male gorilla with enrichment
Thursday, July 15 at 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Zoo Members only - Our Zoo may be looking a little different this summer, but we appreciate you more than ever! Visit your favorite animals during this after-hours members-only summer event. Food options are limited, but the Grizzly Grill will be open (cash/credit cards accepted). Please note, we will have no scheduled animal demonstrations for this event. Due to state-mandated capacity limits, we may not be able to accommodate all members who want to attend. Check the calendar for our next event. Advance reservations are required to attend.

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Youth Conservation Leadership Conference 2021 (Ages 12-18)

Youth Advisory Board at Annual Youth Conservation Leadership Conference
Friday, July 23 at 8:30 a.m. - Sunday, July 25 at 5:30 p.m.

Ages 12-18. CMZoo’s Youth Leadership Action Board invites you to the 3rd Annual Youth Conservation Leadership Conference (YCLC), right here on the mountainside. This conference is hosted by your teenage peers as a common ground conference to work towards worldwide conservation education efforts. Registration is required and opens April1.

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Tails & Tunes

Tails & Tunes logo and graphic 2021
Thursday, July 29 at 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Adult 21+ • Dance the Night Away! • Full Zoo Experience • Live Music. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo invites you to dance the night away while enjoying this adults-only evening. Local musicians will set the mood throughout the Zoo until 9:30 p.m. Tickets on sale now!

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Creature Connections Session 4: July 30 – Sept. 10

Boy guest with skunk and spoon during Creature Connection session
Friday, July 30 - Friday, September 10

Ages 1-4 years with adult. 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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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. 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 and available online now.

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Outdoor School: Wild Families – Outdoor Hike

OUtdoor hiking in the Rocky Mountains
Thursday, August 12 at 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Join this program for families who love the outdoors, led by guides with families who also love the outdoors! Explore a true local gem- Cheyenne Mountain State Park- during one of the best times of year to enjoy the outside. This evening hike will cover about 1-3 miles of beginner level hiking throughout the park, looking and listening for nocturnal wildlife, and taking time to be present in nature. Let your senses come alive and experience nature at night! Registration is required.

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End of Summer Member Celebration Night

African lion keeper talk with kids watching lioness
Monday, August 23 at 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Zoo Members only - Our Zoo may be looking a little different this summer, but we appreciate you more than ever! Visit your favorite animals during this after-hours members-only summer event. Food options are limited, but the Grizzly Grill will be open (cash/credit cards accepted). Please note, we will have no scheduled animal demonstrations for this event. Due to state-mandated capacity limits, we may not be able to accommodate all members who want to attend. Advance reservations are required to attend, and will be available closer to the event

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Tails & Tunes

Tails & Tunes logo and graphic 2021
Thursday, August 26 at 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Adult 21+ • Dance the Night Away! • Full Zoo Experience • Live Music. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo invites you to dance the night away while enjoying this adults-only evening. Local musicians will set the mood throughout the Zoo until 9:30 p.m. Tickets on sale now!

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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 and available online now.

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Military Appreciation Week

Military Appreciation Week graphic logo
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

Tails & Tunes logo and graphic 2021
Thursday, September 30 at 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Adult 21+ • Dance the Night Away! • Full Zoo Experience • Live Music. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo invites you to dance the night away while enjoying this adults-only evening. Local musicians will set the mood throughout the Zoo until 9:30 p.m. Tickets on sale now!

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October 2021

Creature Connections Session 5: Oct. 8 – Nov. 19

Boy guest with skunk and spoon during Creature Connection session
Friday, October 8 - Friday, November 19

Ages 1-4 years with adult. 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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Boo at the Zoo

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Saturday, October 16 at 3:40 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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One event on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at 3:40 pm

One event on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 3:40 pm

One event on Sunday, October 24, 2021 at 3:40 pm

One event on Friday, October 29, 2021 at 3:40 pm

One event on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 3:40 pm

One event on Sunday, October 31, 2021 at 3:40 pm

All ages. October 16-17, 23-24, 29-31, 2021, 3:40 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 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! Tickets will be on sale 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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