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January 2020

Utilitarian Basket Weaving

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Friday, January 24 at 5:30 p.m. - Sunday, January 26 at 5 p.m.
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One event on Friday, January 24, 2020 at 5:30 pm

An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until Sunday, January 26, 2020

Ages 12+. Need something to put your pet toys in, or maybe to store hats and mittens, to put the mail in, or just to help clean up a cluttered corner? Get creative while you learn to weave a beautiful and functional basket that fits your lifestyle. The first evening of class we’ll start with a history of the basket, go over terminology, and walk through the process of weaving a basket to completion. Next, we’ll create a basket base and begin to weave height into in as you shape and form it. You’ll have two full days to put your creativity to the test as you finish the course with a completed basket to take home and show off.

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Stroller Safaris – Jumping in January

tree kangaroo on a branch
Thursday, January 30 at 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
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One event on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 10:15 am

One event on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 10:15 am

Ages 12 mos - 4 years. Help us kick off the New Year by jumping right in and meeting some animals who are really good at this method of locomotion! Families will also get to show off their own jumping skills as well as enjoy a themed snack! Dates sell out quickly. Register online.

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February 2020

Stroller Safaris – Feathered Friends February

Girl feeding a chicken in My Big Backyard
Friday, February 7 at 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
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One event on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 10:15 am

One event on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 10:15 am

One event on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 10:15 am

Ages 12 mos - 4 years. Offered February 7, 13, 22 or 27. Help us kick off the New Year by jumping right in and meeting some animals who are really good at this method of locomotion! Families will also get to show off their own jumping skills as well as enjoy a themed snack! Register online.

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Outdoor School – Photography: Animal Portraits

Guests photographing a skunk in Animal Photography Outdoor School class
Saturday, February 8 at 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Ages 15+. Photography: Animal Portraits
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. Register online.

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Starlight Safaris – Mom and Me

Kids feeding a giraffe lettuce up-close
Saturday, February 8 at 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

All ages. Registration is required. Spend an evening under the stars at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo with the special mom figure in your life. Bring all generations of mothers in your life and walk amongst the stars with the animals on our mountain side and learn about family relationships within the animal kingdom! Join us for an evening of celebration, fun, s'mores, stories, and animals! Kids of all ages welcome with their mothers/guardians/favorite adult.

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Sleepover – Valentines Zoo Safari Kids Only

Evening Starlight Safari roasting marshmallows before their evening tour
Friday, February 14 at 6 p.m. - Saturday, February 15 at 8 a.m.

Ages 5+. Date Night! Register your kids for our Valentines weekend Kids Only WildNight. We'll tour the Zoo under the stars and have a pizza party for dinner. We will spend some time getting to know an animal ambassador during a meet and greet in the Loft. Drop the kiddos off and have the night to yourself!

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Sleepover – Valentines Zoo Safari Kids Only

Evening s'more roast with two children holding marshmallows
Saturday, February 15 at 6 p.m. - Sunday, February 16 at 8 a.m.

Ages 5+. Date Night! Register your kids for our Valentines weekend Kids Only WildNight. We'll tour the Zoo under the stars and have a pizza party for dinner. We will spend some time getting to know an animal ambassador during a meet and greet in the Loft. Drop the kiddos off and have the night to yourself!

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March 2020

Spring Break Day Camps

Young school age children feeding a giraffe during Zoo camp
Monday, March 23 at 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until Friday, March 27, 2020

Ages K-6th grade. Week of March 23-27, Monday-Friday. Register your wild ones for one day or all five of these fun Animal Adaptations camps. Kindergarten camps are offered half-day or full day times. Online registration is open.

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May 2020

Run to the Shrine

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Saturday, May 16 at 7 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo invites all ages of world class runners and families alike to Run to the Shrine on Saturday, May 16, 2020. 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. The run provides some of the most stunning views in the Pikes Peak region. The 4-mile race concludes with a party at Lodge at Moose Lake! Early Bird registration begins here on January 30, 2020.

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Annual Plant Sale

Annual Plant Sale at the Zoo, featuring a variety of plants
Saturday, May 23 at 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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One event on Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 9:00 am

One event on Monday, May 25, 2020 at 9:00 am

Saturday, Sunday & Monday, May 23-24-25 - Join us for the annual Zoo Plant Sale, offering many varieties of grasses, perennials, herbs and more! With plants ranging from perennial favorites to freshly picked additions, you’re sure to find a variety of plants to fit your application and location. All of the plants are Colorado grown. Pricing is competitive with garden outlets and all of the proceeds benefit Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. We hope you’ll stop by the Zoo’s greenest event of the year! (Note: Online and pre-ordering are not available this next year.)

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June 2020

World Giraffe Day

Three giraffe mingling in the sun
Sunday, June 21 at 10:15 a.m. - 2 p.m.

All ages. Free with Zoo admission. Join us in celebrating giraffes on the longest day of the year! Discover the challenges giraffe face in the wild and help us raise support. Find hands-on giraffe-themed activities throughout the day, meet our herd and their keepers. Have you seen our live-streaming Giraffe Cams?

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Moonlight on the Mountain

Moonlight on the Mountain hero graphic African lion licking lips photo
Thursday, June 25 at 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Adults 21+ • Full Zoo Experience • Live Music • Unlimited Food & Drink Samples.
One of the region's premier annual mixers, featuring the best food and drink around.

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July 2020

Global Tiger Day

Amur tiger male lying down with front paw on a log
Wednesday, July 29 at 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

All ages. Come out to celebrate #GlobalTigerDay at #CMZoo on July 29 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. With less than 4,000 remaining in the wild, tigers are in danger and need our help. Global Tiger Day is both a celebration and an awareness day for people all over the world to participate in. During our Global Tiger Day festivities, guests will enjoy tiger demonstrations, face painting and educational activities at several different booths. Activities include opportunities to learn about the enrichment our two Amur tigers, Thimbu and Chewy receive, their diets, how YOU can help tigers in the wild, and the chance to know what a tiger feels like. Come out to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's Global Tiger Day festivities to learn more about what you can do to help these large, water-loving, striped cats.

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Tails, Tunes & Tastes

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Thursday, July 30 at 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Ages 21+. 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 and local musicians will inspire and delight while you enjoy this adults-only evening. All event proceeds benefit the care of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s animals. Advanced online tickets available closer to the event.

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August 2020

World Elephant Day

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Wednesday, August 12 at 10 a.m.

All ages. Included with admission. Celebrate the world's largest mammals from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Encounter Africa Plaza on Wednesday, August 12. Booths for the event include activities such as painting and using puzzle feeders like elephants do, a ring toss, and elephant-themed crafts and a scavenger hunt!

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Teddy Bear Day

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Saturday, August 15 at 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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 shows and happenings and come have a BEARiffic day at the Zoo!

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Tails, Tunes & Tastes

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Thursday, August 27 at 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Adults 21+ • Full Zoo Experience • Live Music • Adults 21+ • All Inclusive Food & Drink. Dance & dine the night away enjoying animals shows, local bands, drinks and international delights from Taste, our in-house caterer. All event proceeds benefit the care of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s animals. Advanced online tickets available closer to the event.

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September 2020

Military Appreciation Week

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Monday, September 14 at 9 a.m. - Sunday, September 20 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.

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October 2020

Boo at the Zoo

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Saturday, October 17 at 4 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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One event on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 4:00 pm

One event on Friday, October 23, 2020 at 4:00 pm

One event on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 4:00 pm

One event on Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 4:00 pm

One event on Friday, October 30, 2020 at 4:00 pm

One event on Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 4:00 pm

All ages. October 17-18, 23-25 & 30-31, 2020, 4 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (last admission at 7:30 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 available closer to the event.

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Wolf Awareness Week

Gray wolf facing camera in snowy scene
Sunday, October 18 at 9 a.m. - Sunday, October 25 at 5 p.m.

To celebrate Wolf Awareness Week, we've got celebrations throughout the week including special enrichment demonstrations, tables in Rocky Mountain Wild with activities for kids of all ages, information about the cross-fostering program, ways to live peacefully with wolves, and more! Come to #CMZoo during Wolf Awareness Week and join us as we celebrate this keystone species!

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December 2020

Electric Moonlight

Electric Moonlight December 11, tickets are on sale now!
Wednesday, December 9 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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Electric Safari – Dec. 10-12, 17-23 & 25 – Jan. 1, 2021

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Thursday, December 10 at 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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One event on Friday, December 11, 2020 at 4:30 pm

One event on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 4:30 pm

One event on Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 4:30 pm

One event on Friday, December 18, 2020 at 4:30 pm

One event on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 4:30 pm

One event on Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 4:30 pm

One event on Monday, December 21, 2020 at 4:30 pm

One event on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 4:30 pm

One event on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 4:30 pm

One event on Friday, December 25, 2020 at 4:30 pm

One event on Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 4:30 pm

One event on Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 4:30 pm

One event on Monday, December 28, 2020 at 4:30 pm

One event on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 4:30 pm

One event on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 4:30 pm

One event on Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 4:30 pm

One event on Friday, January 1, 2021 at 4:30 pm

18 nights! - Dec. 10-12, 17-23 & 25 - Jan. 1, 2021. All ages. Lights, Animals and Holiday Spirit! Celebrate holiday lights and cheer during Electric Safari with 85 light sculptures on over 50 acres! Warming fires throughout the Zoo offer a reprieve from the chill, as do select indoor animal exhibits that remain open during the event. Top off this astounding display by gazing out at the city’s lights and watch all of Colorado Springs sparkle. Buy your tickets online beginning in November 2020.

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