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January 2022

Family Camp January: Amazing Armadillos

Armadillo left side walking on dirt area
Saturday, January 1 at 9 a.m. - Monday, January 31 at 5 p.m.

All ages. Book any time in January during regular Zoo hours. We are not the only ones who celebrate special times with extra food! Did you know that armadillos are closely related to sloths? Or that contrary to popular belief, most armadillos cannot fully enclose themselves in their shells? Join us as we investigate the amazing adaptations of these "little armored" creatures. Each family will have their own EdVenture guide and time slots to keep safety our number one priority. Registration one week in advance is required.

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Stroller Safaris: Jumping into January

Frog looking at camera with leaves
Friday, January 21 at 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
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One event on Friday, January 7, 2022 at 9:00 am

One event on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 9:00 am

One event on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 9:00 am

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

One event on Saturday, January 29, 2022 at 9:00 am

Ages 12 months - 4 years. Offered on January 21, 29. This month we are kicking 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! Registration is required. Online registration is open.

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Hands-On Homeschool: The Odd & Unique Part 2 – Jan. 27

Axolotl photo blue color, front facing the camera
Thursday, January 27 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages 6th - 8th Grades. join us for experiential learning through hands-on engagement. Naked Mole Rats, Axolotls, Walking Stick Bugs, Emus and Tapirs; these animals may seem a bit odd but they are some of the most incredible species on our planet. Come join us for Part 2 at the Zoo as we dive into the lives of some of the strangest animals and their unique adaptations. Registration is required. Online registration is open.

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Date Night Starlight Safari – Adults Only 21+ (Jan. 14, 28, Feb. 12, 13, 14)

Two warthogs, one grooming the other
Friday, January 28 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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One event on Friday, January 28, 2022 at 6:30 pm

One event on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 6:30 pm

One event on Saturday, February 12, 2022 at 6:30 pm

One event on Sunday, February 13, 2022 at 6:30 pm

One event on Monday, February 14, 2022 at 6:30 pm

Adults 21+. Offered nights of: Jan. 14, 28, Feb. 12, 13, 14. 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. To be on a wait list if any of our Date Night Starlight Safaris are sold out, please submit this form to us.

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February 2022

Family Camp February: Chillin’ with Chinchillas

Chinchilla facing camera
Tuesday, February 1 at 8 a.m. - Monday, February 28 at 5 p.m.

All ages. Book any time in February during regular Zoo hours. We are not the only ones who celebrate special times with extra food! Did you know that armadillos are closely related to sloths? Or that contrary to popular belief, most armadillos cannot fully enclose themselves in their shells? Join us as we investigate the amazing adaptations of these "little armored" creatures. Each family will have their own EdVenture guide and time slots to keep safety our number one priority. Registration one week in advance is required.

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Stroller Safaris: Feathered Friends in February

Two guinea fowl pecking at the grass
Saturday, February 5 at 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
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One event on Wednesday, February 9, 2022 at 9:00 am

One event on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 9:00 am

One event on Friday, February 25, 2022 at 9:00 am

Ages 12 months - 4 years. Offered on February 5, 9, 19, 25. This month we will be focusing on birds! Participants will get a chance to meet a variety of feathered friends, and make enrichment for native bird species! Registration is required. Online registration is open.

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Hands-On Homeschool – In My Backyard

Canada lynx
Thursday, February 10 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages 1st-5th grade. Explore the Rocky Mountains and discover what animals live right in our backyard! We will discuss local flora and fauna to discover how our closest ecosystem operates. Meet one of our local animal heroes up close as we learn how we can better protect the environment around us. Registration is required. Online registration is open.

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Hands-On Homeschool – Native Predator & Prey

Amur tiger Chewy portrait in the grass
Thursday, February 17 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages 6th-8th Grade. Join us at the Zoo as we learn about what defines an animal as a predator or prey species. We'll discuss unique predator-prey interactions and the balance they help keep within ecosystems. Through hands-on activities and observing resident animals around the Zoo we’ll learn about the different adaptations that allow certain predator and prey species to be so successful. Registration is required. Online registration is open.

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March 2022

Spring Break Day Camps – (Mar. 21, 22, 23, 24, 25)

African elephant at CMZoo enjoying a bath
Monday, March 21 at 9 a.m. - Friday, March 25 at 4 p.m.

Ages 1st - 6th grade. Offered as single day camps on weekdays of March 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 2022. Theme: Incredible Innate Behaviors! – How does an elephant know when to migrate? Or how does an animal know to “play possum” for safety? Come and discover the amazing innate behaviors animals use throughout the wild world! Registration is required. Online registration is open.

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April 2022

Hands-On Homeschool – Nature’s Builders

American beaver Ginger dragging a branch
Thursday, April 14 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages 1st-5th grade. Animals are experts when it comes to building with raw materials! Join us as we learn about nature’s construction workers and their purpose in our environment. We will even try our hand at building with natural materials. Registration is required. Online registration is open.

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Hands-On Homeschool – Ecosystem Engineers

Five black-footed ferrets peeking up atop dirt pile at the camera
Thursday, April 21 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages 6th-8th grade. Many animals play a crucial role in their habitats but did you know that some species can change their entire ecosystems? Join us at CMZ as we delve into the world of Ecosystem Engineers. Through hands-on activities and observing resident animals we’ll learn how certain species can alter entire landscapes. Registration is required. Online registration is open.

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May 2022

Hands-On Homeschool – Wild & Weird

Ground hornbill portrait
Thursday, May 5 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages 1st-5th grade. Journey with us as we discover some of the strangest animals at the Zoo and their unique adaptations. We will meet a few of the animals up close along the way and create our own uniquely built creature. Registration is required. Online registration is open.

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Hands-On Homeschool – Reptile Rampage

American alligators - three by the water
Thursday, May 12 at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ages 6th-8th grade. Reptiles are some of the oldest animals on our planet, many surviving through the era of dinosaurs! Some species, such as crocodilians, still look the same as they did millions of years ago but what makes these animals so resilient? Join us at CMZ as we learn about what makes these misunderstood creatures so amazing. We’ll study their unique adaptations and possibly even meet some of our very own residents here at the Zoo. Registration is required. Online registration is open.

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Run to the Shrine (May 14 or 15)

Run to the Shrine graphic logo
Saturday, May 14 at 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
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One event on Sunday, May 15, 2022 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 14, or Sunday May 15, 2022. 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.

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June 2022

Moonlight on the Mountain

Moonlight on the Mountain hero graphic African lion licking lips photo
Thursday, June 30 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 2022.

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July 2022

Tails & Tunes

Tails & Tunes logo and graphic 2021
Thursday, July 28 at 6 p.m. - 9:30 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 until 9:30 p.m.! 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 online closer to the event.

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August 2022

Tails & Tunes

Tails & Tunes logo and graphic 2021
Thursday, August 25 at 6 p.m. - 9:30 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 until 9:30 p.m.! 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 online closer to the event.

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September 2022

Silent Night at the Zoo

Silent Night at the Zoo
Sunday, 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 on Sunday, September 11, 2022. 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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Military Appreciation Week

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Monday, September 12 at 9 a.m. - Sunday, September 18 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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Tails & Tunes

Tails & Tunes logo and graphic 2021
Thursday, September 29 at 6 p.m. - 9:30 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 until 9:30 p.m.! 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 online closer to the event.

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October 2022

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

Boo at the Zoo graphic logo
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 will be on sale online closer to the event.

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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 24 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. 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, NEW THIS YEAR: 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. Tickets are on sale online now.

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