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June 2021

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 - We appreciate you, so join us and your favorite animals for our first after-hours members-only event of the summer! Don’t forget your discount at our Thundergod Gift Shop. All restaurants will be open! Please note, we may not have no scheduled animal demonstrations for this event, but watch for "pop-up" experiences during your visit. We look forward to seeing you at the Zoo! Check your membership email for more details.

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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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Date Night Starlight Safari – Adults Only 21+ (June 25, July 3, 17, Aug. 7, 21)

Two warthogs, one grooming the other
Friday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m.
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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: June 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. June 25 and July 3 are sold out. If you would like to be on a wait list for any of our sold out Date Night Starlight Safaris, please submit this form to us.

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July 2021

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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Stroller Safaris: Jungle Journey continues in July

Okapi portrait standing with right side shown
Friday, July 2 at 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
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One event on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 9:00 am

Ages 12 months - 4 years. Dates of July 2, 10 & 29. The natural forest habitat we have on the mountain helps many of our animals feel right at home! Join us as we Journey into the Jungle to meet some MORE animals who prefer the dense coverage of the trees to the open plains! Registration is required. Online registration is open. July 29 is sold out. To be on a waitlist, email [email protected].

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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 - How do we keep our animals active and healthy? We give them enrichment – activities that use natural behaviors, allow control over their environment and enhance their well-being. Enrich your evening by watching our animals enjoy themselves! All restaurants will be open. Please note, we may have no scheduled animal demonstrations for this event, but watch for "pop-up" experiences during your visit. Check your membership email for more details.

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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.

YCLC 2021 is SOLD OUT. If you would like to be on a wait list, please submit this form. 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

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 - Can you believe it? Summer goes by so fast! Enjoy one last after-hours wander through the Zoo at our Members-Only end of summer event! Beat the heat and share a special night at the Zoo. Don’t forget your discount at our Thundergod Gift Shop. All restaurants will be open! Please note, we may have no scheduled animal demonstrations for this event, but watch for "pop-up" experiences during your visit. Check your membership email for more details.

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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 at the Zoo
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 3 evenings in 2021: - Wednesdays May 5, June 2, 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

Boo at the Zoo graphic logo
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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May 2022

Run to the Shrine

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Saturday, May 14, 2022

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.

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June 2022

Moonlight on the Mountain

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