Events

Zoo After Dark

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Date:
September 26, 2014
Time:
7:00-9:00 pm
Duration:
2 Hours
Details:

Interested in what goes on after the lights go out at the Zoo? Join us for this special tour as we talk about night houses, nocturnal animals and even meet some animals up close! Bring your family or bring a whole group, registration is required.

This class is offered August 29th and September 26th from 7:00-9:00pm.

Per-Person Cost:
$20
Minimum Number:
10
Maximum Number:
20
To Register:

Please call 309-681-3559

Behind the Scenes Tours

Behind the Scenes
Date:
September 27, 2014
Time:
9:00 am
Duration:
1 hour
Details:

How much do rhinos weigh? Where do giraffes sleep? All this and more will be answered during our behind the scenes tours. This hour long tour will take you into areas the public doesn’t normally get to see, you can learn more about the animals and how we care for them.

Offered September 27 and October 25 at 9:00 am.

 

Non-Member Cost:
$22/person (includes Zoo Admission)
Registration Required:
Yes
To Register:

please call 309-681-3559

ZOO BREW and WINE TOO

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Date:
October 2, 2014
Time:
5:30 - 8:00 pm
Details:

Tickets go on sale starting September 1st!

This wildly popular event is returning to the Zoo again in October. Guests sample a wide variety of beers and wines during this fun fall evening. Enjoy drink tastings, appetizers, themed dessert, and live music while walking the boardwalk of Africa! Ages: 21 & older.

Starting September 1st, reserve your ticket(s) online, over the phone or in-person at the Safari Gift Shop before they sell out! 

ZOO BREW and WINE TOO Tickets

Age Restriction:
Ages: 21 & older

Peoria Rotary Adventure Grove Ribbon Cutting

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Date:
October 3, 2014
Time:
12:00 Noon
Details:

Peoria Zoological Society, along with Peoria Park District and the Junior League of Peoria, invite you to the ribbon cutting of Peoria Rotary Adventure Grove on Friday, October 3, 2014.

Experience the ecosystem among the great oak trees in Glen Oak Park!  A living extension of Peoria Zoo and the planned Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum, Peoria Rotary Adventure Grove will provide hands-on, interactive opportunities for children to experience habitats and environments of local animals.  Peoria Rotary Adventure Grove is the culmination of support for the Power of Play Campaign received from The Rotary Club of Peoria and an Illinois Department of Natural Resources grant made to Peoria Zoo.

PNC Worldwide Day of Play!

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Date:
October 4, 2014
Time:
11:00-3:00pm
Details:

PNC Worldwide Day of Play is a free day of fun put on by the Peoria Park District and sponsored by PNC Bank. PNC Worldwide Day of Play is part of a national effort by Nickelodeon to get children outside for 4 hours instead of in front of the television. The Peoria Park District divisions and other community partners put on free games and activities throughout the day. Also, there will be a resource fair, touch a truck and much more!

Come out and play with Peoria Zoo! Everyone pays child’s admission all day on October 4th!

Child Cost:
$5.25
Adult Cost:
$5.25 (Child Admission Rate)
Age Restriction:
Everyone is considered a "KID" on Worldwide Day of Play

HOWL-ZOO-WEEN

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Date:
October 10, 2014 - October 11, 2014
Time:
5:30-8:30
Details:

Calling all ghosts and ghouls, join us for our annual event. With a trick or treat trail through Africa, magic shows, a costume contest at 7:00 each night, and so much more, come out and enjoy this family friendly event. Lines are scary, buy tickets ahead of time and get in faster!

Howl-Zoo-Ween

 HOWL-ZOO-WEEN is held on both Friday October 10th and
Saturday October 11th 5:30-8:30.
Peoria Zoo Members, check out the member page for a special offer just for you!

Member Cost:
$5
Non-Member Cost:
$6
Contact Info:

For more information, please call (309) 681-3500.

Spooky Creatures & Scary Plants

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Date:
October 18, 2014
Time:
2:00-3:30 pm
Duration:
1.5 hours
Details:

Instructors: Zoo & Botanical Garden Staff

Within nature, there are many spooky creatures and seriously dangerous, even frightening, plants. In the spirit of Howl-Zoo-Ween and the Chrysanthemum Show “The Nightmare before Christmas”, we will explore sensationally spooky creatures and beautiful but dangerous plants. The class will be held at the new Tropics classroom at the Zoo (use the old Zoo entrance).  Halloween fun for the whole family! Spooky snacks will be served!

Member Cost:
$7.50 (Garden or Zoo Member)
Non-Member Cost:
$15
Minimum Number:
10
Maximum Number:
40
Registration Required:
Yes
To Register:

Classes fill fast. Call to Register at 681-3559.

Behind the Scenes Tours

Behind the Scenes
Date:
October 25, 2014
Time:
9:00 am
Duration:
1 hour
Details:

How much do rhinos weigh? Where do giraffes sleep? All this and more will be answered during our behind the scenes tours. This hour long tour will take you into areas the public doesn’t normally get to see, you can learn more about the animals and how we care for them.

Offered September 27 and October 25 at 9:00 am.

Non-Member Cost:
$22/person (includes Zoo Admission)
To Register:

please call 309-681-3559

Home School-Poopology

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Date:
November 12, 2014
Time:
10:00-11:30
Details:

Smells not included!

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Classes will usually be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) and will run simultaneously. Parents are welcome but not required.

Home School classes are running August 13, September 10, November 12, and December 10.

Member Cost:
$6
Non-Member Cost:
$12
Age Restriction:
Classes will usually be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) and will run simultaneously.
To Register:

Registration is required. Please call (309) 681-3559 to make reservations.

Breakfast with the…Reptiles

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Date:
November 15, 2014
Time:
9:00-10:00
Details:

Our popular series is back, with new breakfast opportunities.

Join us for a light breakfast while learning about the animal of the day. Then head down to their exhibit and see the featured animal enjoy their breakfast too! This is perfect for the entire family, enjoy breakfast and then head out and see the rest of the Zoo.

The Reptile breakfast is offered on Saturday, November 15th and Sunday, November 16th.

Member Cost:
$7.50
Non-Member Cost:
$15
Minimum Number:
5
Maximum Number:
20
Registration Required:
Yes
To Register:

Please call (309) 681-3559 for questions or to make reservations.

Critter Christmas

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Date:
December 6, 2014
Time:
9:00-11:00 am
Duration:
2 hours
Details:

Enjoy Christmas Zoo style! Enjoy a light breakfast and crafts in our lodge from 9:00-10:00, and then head out into the Zoo. Starting at 10:00, our animals will get gifts here at the Zoo that you can watch them enjoy. Santa will be making a visit too, so don’t miss a chance to make sure he’s got you on the “nice” list! Everyone from meerkats to lions to tigers will receive special treats throughout the day. Special thanks to the Ol Dairy Barn Christmas Tree Farms in Trivoli for the Christmas trees.

Buy tickets ahead of time and skip the line!

Member Cost:
$6
Non-Member Cost:
$12
Contact Info:

For more information, please call (309) 681-3500.

Home School-Remarkable Reptiles

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Date:
December 10, 2014
Time:
10:00-11:30
Details:

“Cold blooded and Cool”

Science has never been more exciting, with up-close animal encounters, tours, experiments and more. Each month is a new topic and helps to meet state standards. Classes will usually be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) and will run simultaneously. Parents are welcome but not required.

Home School classes are running August 13, September 10, November 12, and December 10.

Member Cost:
$6
Non-Member Cost:
$12
Age Restriction:
Classes will usually be divided into age groups (5-8 years and 9-13 years) and will run simultaneously.
To Register:

Registration is required. Please call (309) 681-3559 to make reservations.