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Adult Lecture Series – Animal Care at Peoria Zoo

November 25th, 2014 by

Come and learn about Peoria Zoo! This adult only series will focus on what makes Peoria Zoo a world class zoo experience. Learn about our past, our efforts today, and our bright future. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required.

Attend each class in the series, classes offered; January 18, February 15, March 15 and April 19

Family Lecture Series – Mobs, Pods and Prides

November 25th, 2014 by

Bring your grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, and kids of all ages to learn about animal families while spending time with your own! We will explore different animal family dynamics through activities, crafts, and games. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required.

Attend both classes in the series; the classes are offered on February 14-Mobs, Pods, and Prides (Mammal Families) and April 11-Parliaments, Flocks, and Murders (Bird Families).

Breakfast with the…Aussie Animals

May 13th, 2014 by

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 Aussie breakfast is offered on Saturday, May 17th and Sunday, May 18th.

Father’s and Floats

May 13th, 2014 by

Join us at the Zoo for a special Father’s day treat. We’ll have ice cream floats, animal encounters and scheduled talks throughout the Zoo.

Peoria Rotary Adventure Grove Ribbon Cutting

September 22nd, 2014 by

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.

Adult Lecture Series – History of Peoria Zoo

November 25th, 2014 by

Come and learn about Peoria Zoo! This adult only series will focus on what makes Peoria Zoo a world class zoo experience. Learn about our past, our efforts today, and our bright future. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required.

Attend each class in the series, classes offered; January 18, February 15, March 15 and April 19

Year of the Monkey

November 17th, 2014 by

Join us as we celebrate the Chinese New Year and welcome the Year of the Monkey. Enjoy a light breakfast as we learn about these amazing animals, create sheep related crafts and even get a chance to meet some other Chinese Zodiac animals up close! Registration is required.

Adult Lecture Series – Peoria Zoo Conservation

November 25th, 2014 by

Come and learn about Peoria Zoo! This adult only series will focus on what makes Peoria Zoo a world class zoo experience. Learn about our past, our efforts today, and our bright future. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required.

Attend each class in the series, classes offered; January 18, February 15, March 15 and April 19

Family Lecture Series – Parliaments, Flocks, and Murders

November 25th, 2014 by

Bring your grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, and kids of all ages to learn about animal families while spending time with your own! We will explore different animal family dynamics through activities, crafts, and games. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required.

Attend both classes in the series; the classes are offered on February 14-Mobs, Pods, and Prides (Mammal Families) and April 11-Parliaments, Flocks, and Murders (Bird Families).

Adult Lecture Series – Animal Families

November 25th, 2014 by

Come and learn about Peoria Zoo! This adult only series will focus on what makes Peoria Zoo a world class zoo experience. Learn about our past, our efforts today, and our bright future. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required.

Attend each class in the series, classes offered; January 18, February 15, March 15 and April 19

Endangered Species Day

May 14th, 2015 by

Peoria Zoo joins many zoos around the world in celebrating ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY.
ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY commemorates the 41st anniversary of the Endangered Species Act.  Established in 1973, the Endangered Species Act serves the purpose of studying, listing, and protecting endangered species.  According to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service there are 1,160 ENDANGERED animal and plant species and there are 327 animal and plant species listed as THREATENED.

On May 15th the endangered species housed at Peoria Zoo will not be viewable and for the many species that are listed as vulnerable will be designated with caution tape.  We hope this symbolic loss of these species will have a profound impact on our visitors and inspire every day actions we can all take to help protect endangered species.

 

Breakfast with the…Takin

December 2nd, 2014 by

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 Takin breakfast is offered on Saturday, May 16th and Sunday, May 17th.

Breakfast with the…Zebras

September 8th, 2015 by

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 Takin breakfast is offered on Saturday, September 19th and Sunday, September 20th.

Trivia Night at the Zoo

March 21st, 2016 by

Come show off your trivia knowledge and support Peoria Zoo!

Join us for a wild trivia filled night at the inaugural Trivia Night at Peoria Zoo! Contest will feature ten rounds of ten questions on a variety of topics (animal trivia will be limited to two rounds). Snacks will be provided but you are welcomed to BYOF (Bring Your Own Food and non-alcoholic drink too!) Cash bar available (No outside alcohol allowed.)

Trivia Night at Peoria Zoo (21+ Only)

Prizes for the TOP 3 TABLES! Table Theme: Zoo! (Best decorated table wins a prize!)

Family Zoo Snooze

April 7th, 2016 by

Ever wondered what’s going on at Peoria Zoo at night?  Find out when you spend the night at the Zoo! Enjoy nocturnal tours, meet some animals up close and find out what the Zoo is like at night. Your group’s adventure begins at 7:00pm and ends the next morning at 9:00am. Snack and breakfast provided as well as admission into the Zoo the next day!

This event runs April 22nd from 7:00pm until April 23 at 9:00am.

Mother’s Day Tea at the Zoo

May 6th, 2014 by

Join us in the lodge for a special Mother’s day treat. We will have tea and light snacks along with crafts for the kids, and animal encounters.

Registration is required. Mother’s Day Tea is offered on May 8 2:00-3:30 pm.

Primate Day

May 20th, 2015 by

Spider Monkeys, Mandrills, and YOU are just some of the primates we will discover through scavenger hunts, games, and much more!

Olympics Day

May 23rd, 2016 by

Come kick off Summer Olympics 2016 at Peoria Zoo!   Help us explore and celebrate amazing animals with athletic-type adaptations!

Regular zoo admission applies.

Bird Day

May 13th, 2014 by

Join us to celebrate our fine feathered friends through games, activities, and up close animal encounters. Learn about the birds who call Peoria Zoo home as well as those found in your very own backyard!

LATE NIGHT

May 31st, 2016 by

We are excited to offer our second LATE NIGHT! On August 19th the zoo is staying open late until 7:00 pm.  Regular zoo admission applies.

 

 

T-Shirt Day

May 13th, 2014 by

Support the Zoo and the food bank too! Bring in 3 non-perishable food items and receive a free t-shirt from the Zoo (limit 1 shirt per person). Admission into the Zoo is required.
T-shirts available while supplies last!

Grandparents Day at the Zoo

August 6th, 2014 by

Bring your Grandma, Grandpa, Nana, or Papa out to the Zoo. Spend time learning all about the importance of families in the animal world while spending time with your own family!

Breakfast with the…Spooky Animals

October 4th, 2016 by

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 Spooky Animal breakfast is offered on Saturday, October 29th and Sunday, October 30th.

Remarkable Reptiles

December 2nd, 2014 by

From snakes to turtles, do not miss your chance to find out more about the fascinating world of reptiles. We will have animal encounters and talks throughout the event as well as a snake feeding at 1:00pm.

When: March 18 11:00-2:00

Regular zoo admission applies

Breakfast with the…Red River Hogs

March 22nd, 2016 by

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 Red River Hog and Colobus monkey breakfast is offered on Saturday, May 6th and Sunday, May 7th.

Bowling for Rhinos

May 16th, 2014 by

Come bowl with us at Landmark Bowling Alley. 3225 N. Dries Lane Peoria.

Silent auction, prizes and a ton of fun.

100% of money raised will be donated to national parks in Africa and India which protect rhinos and other threatened species.

Hosted by the Heart of Illinois American Association of Zookeepers, for more information checkout their HOI AAZK Facebook Page .

Breakfast with the…Tigers

August 6th, 2014 by

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 Tiger breakfast is offered on Saturday, June 17th and Sunday, June 18th.

Lego Day

May 20th, 2015 by

When it comes to Legos, everyone is a child at heart! Bring you favorite Lego master to the Zoo to build, play, and grow their love of Legos with a zoo spin of course!

Multicultural Day

May 23rd, 2016 by

Come and celebrate our World! This day is a celebration of cultures and the people who make our world special! Explore different cultures from around the world and even the role animals play in their lives! 

Breakfast with the…Monkeys

May 13th, 2014 by

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 Monkey breakfast is offered on Saturday, September 9th and Sunday, September 10th.

Luthy’s Garden Christmas Party

November 30th, 2017 by

Get into the Christmas spirit by coming to Luthy Botanical Gardens.

Enjoy a tropical collection which blends with hundreds of poinsettias to create a wonderland, music, door prizes, The Hall of Christmas trees, s’more making, a lighted fairy garden and more.

The Garden Christmas Party will take place on four separate nights: Dec 8, Dec 9, Dec 15 and Dec 16.

Year of the Dog

January 19th, 2018 by

Join us as we celebrate the Chinese New Year and welcome the Year of the Dog. Enjoy a light snack as we learn about these amazing animals, create a craft and even get a chance to meet some other Chinese Zodiac animals up close.
Registration is required.

Breakfast with the…Reptiles

August 6th, 2014 by

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, March 3rd and Sunday, March 4th.

Mother’s Day at the Zoo

May 13th, 2014 by

On Mother’s Day, we’re all kids at heart! All moms will get in for the price of a child’s admission.

Star Wars Day

May 20th, 2015 by

Calling all Jedis, Wookies, and Rebels out to the Zoo for a day dedicated just to YOU! Enjoy Star Wars themed games, crafts, and a scavenger hunt!

 

National Author’s Day

October 12th, 2018 by

Two-for-One Day at the Peoria PlayHouse and Peoria Zoo!

Discover amazing books about animals and more at the Zoo AND PlayHouse.  Buy admission at one facility on November 1 and get same-day admission to the other for free.

 

Romance at the Zoo

November 17th, 2014 by

Join us as we look at the complicated, beautiful and sometimes bizarre courtship rituals of the animal kingdom. From videos to meeting animals up close, this will give you a whole new perspective on relationships!

Coffee and light refreshments will be served. Registration is required.

2-for-1 Day at the Zoo and PlayHouse

January 16th, 2019 by

Learn about butterflies and spiders at both Peoria Zoo AND the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum!
Purchase admission to one facility and receive FREE admission to the other facility on the same day.

VALID Thursday, 14 March 2019 ONLY!

Breakfast with the…Lions

December 2nd, 2014 by

BREAKFAST with the LIONS

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.

ZooFest

May 13th, 2014 by

Kick off summer right by joining the Zoo in our annual ZOOFEST celebration. We’ll have bouncy rides, games, animal encounters and more!

World Oceans Day

May 23rd, 2016 by

Our Oceans, Our Future! Come out to the Zoo as to learn how important the ocean and waterways are to our future and what we can do to help!

Breakfast with the…Rhinos

May 13th, 2014 by

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.

Princess and Pirates Event

December 2nd, 2014 by

Come explore the Zoo dressed in your royal outfit or your buccaneer best as we explore the world of princesses and pirates! Meet parrots and “dragons” up close, encounter a magic mirror, dig for treasure, “walk the plank” and so much more!

Regular zoo admission applies.

Winter in Summer

May 13th, 2014 by

Learn how we keep the animals cool during the “dog days” of summer; or for us the “BIG CAT days” of summer. You’ll have the opportunity to watch the animals stay cool while enjoying ice treats yourself. We’ll also have games and prizes throughout the day.

 

Back to School Day

July 16th, 2015 by

School is starting soon! Come spend your last bit of summer with us! Celebrate everything that makes summer wonderful while looking forward to everything a new school year offers.  

 

Adult Only Night at the Zoo (21+ Only)

May 23rd, 2016 by

Grab your significant other, friends, co-workers, and leave the kids at home! This is an adult only event, featuring a cash bar, keeper chats, and animal meet and greets! Guest can enjoy an adult beverage while strolling through the Zoo and Luthy Botanical Garden until twilight. Cash bar available (No outside alcohol allowed.)

Presale tickets available beginning May 1st.

Aldabra Experience

June 7th, 2019 by

Enter into the exhibit with George our Aldabra Tortoise in this unique behind-the-scenes experience! Our staff will guide you behind the scenes and into the Aldabra Tortoise yard where you will have the opportunity to touch our Aldabra Tortoise. Learn more about conservation and what you can do to further act on behalf of wildlife and the natural world!

The Aldabra Tortoise experience is offered on Saturdays, June 8th, June 29th, July 20th, Aug 10th and Sundays, June 16th, July 7th, July 28th, Aug 18th

Zoo Run Run

May 15th, 2014 by

The 40th Annual Zoo Run Run is a fun healthy way to support the growth of Peoria Zoo.  The even consists of Youth 1/4 Mile Run for ages 12 and under, a 1 mile walk for all ages, and a 5K (3.1mile) Grand Prix Race that winds through the Zoo and Glen Oak Park.  Racers will start and finish near the Africa! portal in Peoria Zoo at Glen Oak Park.

Registration includes a 2019 Zoo Run Run t-shirt, prizes and post-race food.  Registration forms available at Peoria Zoo and other Peoria Park District facilities.

 

Breakfast with the…Giraffes

May 13th, 2014 by

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.

Behind the Scenes Tour

March 31st, 2018 by

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 Saturday May 11th, June 8th, August 10th and Sept 14th.

Zoo La La

May 15th, 2014 by

Lions, Libations, and Live Music! Join us for our largest fundraising event to support the vision of Peoria Zoo! Be there for exclusive animal adventures including behind-the-scenes experiences, up-close animal encounters, and personalized chats with our animal experts. Guests will enjoy a progressive dinner with culinary delights, libations, and entertainment through their travels around Peoria Zoo. This fun, casual event also features a raffle and silent auction. Experience how we transform the Zoo into an amazing celebration for our largest fundraiser of the year.

VIP Tickets: $125
Event Ticket: $90, Early-bird ticket $80 before 9/3
Reserved Parking Add-On: $25
Reserved Tables: Start at $800

Critter Christmas

August 6th, 2014 by

Enjoy Christmas Zoo style! Enjoy a light breakfast and crafts with Santa 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!

Frogwatch Training

December 2nd, 2014 by

Join the growing number of Citizen Scientists, learning how to count frogs by learning their calls. Over the course of training we will teach you how to identify different frogs and toads, where and how to listen for them and how to report what you heard. Learn about these fascinating amphibians and help make a difference in the world around you! Registration is Required.

Leap Day

November 18th, 2019 by

Learn to leap with our frogs and explore the amphibian world as Peoria Zoo celebrates LEAP DAY! Create frog homes to take home, learn calls, and explore everything that makes up the amazing leaping world of amphibians!

All Together For Animals Virtual Concert Event

March 19th, 2021 by

ALL TOGETHER FOR ANIMALS EXCLUSIVE CONCERT!

During the pandemic, we still need to feed, care, and provide medical attention for our precious animals -every single day! So we are reaching out to our members and friends for support with an exciting offer!
For a $30 contribution – $15 of which directly benefits the Peoria Zoo –
You will receive exclusive access to our “All Together for Animals” concert.

You’ll see performances by Brad Paisley, Old Dominion, Ashley McBryde,
Wynonna Judd, Riley Green, Jessie James Decker, Shy Carter, and others!

CountryArtists
For more information on this exclusive opportunity to AZA member facilities please CLICK HERE.

Mother’s Day Garden Tours

April 16th, 2021 by

Luthy Botanical Gardens Mother’s Day Garden Tours…a perfect outing with Mom!

May 9th at 11:00, 1:00 & 3:00

Walking through the garden as Spring unfolds, we will explore the often-overlooked beauty of the Botanical Garden.  Plants within our collections, that have a seasonal presence will be spotlighted. Please dress for weather and come to the Garden Entrance/Classroom; we will start in the Conservatory. Tours will be limited to 10 participants, mask are required…please register online by 5/7…donations appreciated

UpROARious Sip and Savor

June 7th, 2021 by

Sip and Savor Safari
As part of our UpROARious fundraising series, come explore the Peoria Zoo during our Sip & Savor Safari! Join us on Thursday, September 16 for a casual adult-only evening at Peoria Zoo that includes cocktails, appetizers, and animal encounters. Tickets are $85/person or $75 if you purchase before September 1st. Tickets are limited so don’t monkey around!

UpROARious Zoo Run Run

June 7th, 2021 by

Zoo Run Run
We are proud to present the 42nd annual Zoo Run Run as part of our UpRAORious event series. Run, Walk or Roll with us this year via our 5K or 1 Mile for all ages! There’s nothing virtual about running, so we won’t call this a “virtual” run…. All registrants will be e-mailed a curated list of courses that utilize some of the Peoria area’s best routes! Complete your race anytime and anywhere between 9/18-9/25. You can even submit your race time via our online portal!

Join us for the Stroll and Spot on Saturday, September 18 at 9:30am to pick-up your race t-shirt and enjoy a visit to Peoria Zoo! Enjoy a quiet morning stroll at the Zoo and spot the animals adventuring out into their exhibits.

Race Fee: $30 for those 18 and up; $15 for those 17 and under
Registering by 9/1 guarantees a t-shirt. $5 discount for those with a Peoria Zoo membership valid through 9/18/2021
A portion of Zoo Run Run profits will be donated directly to Tiger Conservation

Wreath Making

October 21st, 2021 by

Wreath Making
Offered – November 27, 9:00 – 11:00am

Create your very own wreath, using the foliage and textures of the season. Your creation will be the perfect seasonal complement to a front door, window or fireplace mantel. We have all your wreath supplies & greenery (i.e. evergreens, juniper, pine cones, dried hydrangea, etc), you provide the pruners & gloves! Classes are limited to 30 participants, limit one wreath per registration. $30/person.

Wine and Wreaths

October 21st, 2021 by

Wine and Wreaths
Offered – December 2, December 3, and December 9, 2021
5:30-7:30 pm

Settle in with a glass of wine, while creating your very own wreath. It will be the perfect seasonal complement to a front door, window or fireplace mantel. We have all your wreath supplies & greenery (i.e. evergreens, juniper, pine cones, dried hydrangea, etc), you provide the pruners & gloves! Classes are limited to 30 participants, limit one wreath per registration. $30/person.   Wine and beer will be available for purchase.

Brunch with Santa

November 10th, 2021 by

Brunch with Santa:

Join us for a festive holiday celebration with this new event at Peoria Zoo sponsored by T-Mobile! Enjoy brunch in the Zambezi River Lodge, a meet and greet with Mr. Claus himself and holiday activities that include cookie decorating, writing letters to Santa and making Christmas cards. Includes admission to the Zoo for the rest of the day! Buy your tickets online today!

Must be registered by 12/13/2021.

Grand Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

November 11th, 2021 by

Grand Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Offered – December 20- December 23,
5:30-8:30 pm

Join us for your new quintessential holiday experience, The Grand Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Luthy Botanical Garden sponsored by Grady Tree Farm. View a beautifully decorated 25-foot Christmas tree, with a lighting ceremony each evening at 5:30pm. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Holiday season, including the annual Poinsettia Show in the Conservatory, hot cocoa and cookies, ornament decorating and a professional photo opportunity. Admission at the door is $5 per person or $15 per family at the door and includes all the holiday splendor.

World Frog Day

March 10th, 2022 by

Conservation Days- These exciting days are celebrated around the world and these days dive into the realm of certain animals or species and highlight conservation efforts.

There will be self-guided activities/crafts which will give guests a chance to learn about some of their favorite animals and how to help with their preservation.

Interpretations or Keeper Chats may take place depending on the different animal and topics.

March 20th is World Frog Day.

 

Garden Lily Show

March 15th, 2022 by

Step inside our Conservatory this spring and see a botanical wonderland of tropical plants, spring plants and, of course, lilies! See hundreds of beautiful flowers contrasted with lush tropical foliage and experience the wonderful world of the Lorax, this year’s theme.  Yes, truffula trees will be added to our collection! The lily show is a community tradition and a wonderful way to greet spring, with family and friends.

March 25-April 17

Free admission, donations appreciated.

Easter Egg Scramble

December 2nd, 2014 by

Looking for a hopping good time? Bounce on over to the Zoo for our annual Easter egg celebration, loaded with candy and fun. The Easter egg hunt is for children 0-12 years.

10:30     ages 0-3 years
10:50     ages 4-7 years
11:10     ages 8-12 years

ADVANCE TICKETS can be purchased at the Barton Pavilion.

Bat Appreciation Day

March 10th, 2022 by

Conservation Days- These exciting days are celebrated around the world and these days dive into the realm of certain animals or species and highlight conservation efforts.

There will be self-guided activities/crafts which will give guests a chance to learn about some of their favorite animals and how to help with their preservation.

Interpretations or Keeper Chats may take place depending on the different animal and topics.

April 17th is Bat Appreciation Day.

Pokémon Day

March 11th, 2022 by

Come find all of the Pokéstops at the Zoo, while visiting our Pokémon friends. Battle, Trade, Collect them all here on this day.

Evening Garden Container Class

March 11th, 2022 by

Enjoy a glass of wine, while creating your very own container garden for mom…or even better with mom. It’s a gift that keeps on growing, for a front porch, patio,
deck. We will provide all the plants & supplies. Beer and wine will be available for purchase and participants.

Afternoon Garden Container Class

March 11th, 2022 by

Create a container garden with mom…or for mom! It’s a gift that keeps on growing, for a front porch, patio, deck. This is a hands-on class that you can register in advance and select any 1-hour time-slot (11:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00).

All plants and materials are included.

Mother’s & Muffins

March 11th, 2022 by

All moms will get free admission with a paying child. Moms, make sure to stop by the the Zambezi Lodge to get a free muffin!

ZOOTINI

May 6th, 2014 by

It’s time to shake things up – mark your calendar for the wildest martini tasting event in Peoria! A variety of martinis (shaken, not stirred) are served by local mixologists at this outdoor, after-hours event in Africa! Taste our signature martinis and walk the boardwalk with friends for a wonderful spring evening event. Included with the ticket are four drink tickets, appetizers, dessert, and live music!

Zootini VIP Tickets: Available for or a $150, VIP tickets include the opportunity to sample a selection of martinis from 5:00-6:00 before the regular Zootini event begins.

Zootini Bistro Table: Back by popular demand, you can reserve a gathering place for you and your friends at Zootini! For a $100 donation, you can reserve a high-top bistro table at the event.

Zootini Reserved Parking: For a $25 donation, you can reserve a parking space in the parking lot in front of the event entrance.

Click here to learn about volunteering for this event!

Migratory Bird Day

May 6th, 2022 by

Conservation Days- These exciting days are celebrated around the world and these days dive into the realm of certain animals or species and highlight conservation efforts.

There will be self-guided activities/crafts which will give guests a chance to learn about some of their favorite animals and how to help with their preservation.

Interpretations or Keeper Chats may take place depending on the different animal and topics.

May 14th is Migratory Bird Day.

PNC Worldwide Day of Play!

September 22nd, 2014 by

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.

Come out and play with Peoria Zoo! Everyone pays $3 admission all day on Saturday May 14th!

Endangered Species Day

May 6th, 2022 by

Conservation Days- These exciting days are celebrated around the world and these days dive into the realm of certain animals or species and highlight conservation efforts.

There will be self-guided activities/crafts which will give guests a chance to learn about some of their favorite animals and how to help with their preservation.

Interpretations or Keeper Chats may take place depending on the different animal and topics.

May 20th is Endangered Species Day.

World Turtle Day

May 6th, 2022 by

Conservation Days- These exciting days are celebrated around the world and these days dive into the realm of certain animals or species and highlight conservation efforts.

There will be self-guided activities/crafts which will give guests a chance to learn about some of their favorite animals and how to help with their preservation.

Interpretations or Keeper Chats may take place depending on the different animal and topics.

May 23rd is World Turtle Day.

Party for the Planet

December 2nd, 2014 by

From recycling to skipping the straw, explore simple ways you can help make the planet a better place. We will have animal encounters, activities, and earth friendly treats our animals will receive throughout the day. Fun on the Run inflatables will be in Glen Oak Park leading to the Peoria PlayHouse for a fun activity.

Fairy Tale Land

May 31st, 2022 by

Come on out to Peoria Zoo for a magical day filled with fairy tale creatures far and wide. Join us on June 11th and 12th from 11am-4pm. Regular Zoo admission applies.  This is a new event inspired from the former Princesses and Pirates Day at the Zoo now featuring: ogres, dragons, princesses and more. Be sure to stop out and see this magical event. There will be keeper chats and special enrichment for our very own magical creatures here at the Zoo!

Fairytale Land

March 11th, 2022 by

Come on out to Peoria Zoo for a magical day filled with fairy tale creatures far and wide. This is a new event inspired from the former Princesses and Pirates Day at the Zoo now featuring: ogres, dragons, princesses and more. There will be keeper chats and special enrichment for our very own magical creatures here at the Zoo! Be sure to stop out and see this magical event. Regular Zoo admission applies.

June 11 and June 12

Rhythm in the Rainforest-POSTPONED

May 25th, 2022 by

We’re so sorry, we will not be having Rhythm in the Rainforest on June 16th.
This event will be rescheduled, please check back for the new event details.

Back by popular demand, enjoy this soothing concert while seated outdoors in the beautiful rose garden inside Luthy Botanical Gardens.  Have a cocktail while feeling the beat with the Joe Metzka Band.  This event kicks off our Spring/Summer season at Luthy.  Heavy appetizers are included and cash bar will be available.

 *New this year- Guests have the option of reserving a Bistro Table (standing room only for four guests) or a Sit-Down Table (chairs will be provided for four guests).

Father’s Day at the Zoo

April 25th, 2018 by

All dads will get free admission with a paying child. Stop by the concession stand to get a free float!

Fathers & Floats

May 26th, 2022 by

All dads will get free admission with a paying child. Dads, make sure to stop by the the Zambezi Lodge to get a free root beer float!

World Giraffe Day

June 14th, 2022 by

Happy World Giraffe Day! Today we celebrate the tallest animal on the longest day of the year! We’ll be from 10am-5pm with last admission at 4:30pm.

 

This is event is part of our Conservation Days Series- These exciting days are celebrated around the world and these days dive into the realm of certain animals or species and highlight conservation efforts. There will be self-guided activities/crafts which will give guests a chance to learn about some of their favorite animals and how to help with their preservation. Interpretations or Keeper Chats may take place depending on the different animal and topics.

 

Pollinators Week

March 11th, 2022 by

Conservation Days- WE’RE DEDICATING THE ENTIRE WEEK TO POLLINATORS!

There will be self-guided activities/crafts which will give guests a chance to learn about some of their pollinators and how to help with their preservation.

Celebrate bees and butterflies and all the other animals that help flowers bloom. Come learn about all the ways you can help pollinators
thrive in your own backyard. There will be different activities, crafts, and critter chats throughout the week.

June 20-26

World Snake Day

June 30th, 2022 by

Happy World Snake Day! Join us to celebrate the remarkable world of our reptiles for World Snake Day! There will be self-guided activities/crafts which will give guests a chance to learn about some of their favorite animals and how to help with their preservation.

 

This is event is part of our Conservation Days Series- These exciting days are celebrated around the world and these days dive into the realm of certain animals or species and highlight conservation efforts. There will be self-guided activities/crafts which will give guests a chance to learn about some of their favorite animals and how to help with their preservation. Interpretations or Keeper Chats may take place depending on the different animal and topics.

 

World Tiger Day

June 30th, 2022 by

Happy World Tiger Day!  Join us for a roaring good time as we celebrate World Tiger Day! There will be self-guided activities/crafts which will give guests a chance to learn about some of their favorite animals and how to help with their preservation.

This is event is part of our Conservation Days Series- These exciting days are celebrated around the world and these days dive into the realm of certain animals or species and highlight conservation efforts. There will be self-guided activities/crafts which will give guests a chance to learn about some of their favorite animals and how to help with their preservation. Interpretations or Keeper Chats may take place depending on the different animal and topics.

World Lion Day

July 5th, 2022 by

Happy World Lion Day! Today we celebrate the lions!

This is event is part of our Conservation Days Series- These exciting days are celebrated around the world and these days dive into the realm of certain animals or species and highlight conservation efforts. There will be self-guided activities/crafts which will give guests a chance to learn about some of their favorite animals and how to help with their preservation. Interpretations or Keeper Chats may take place depending on the different animal and topics.

Superhero Weekend

May 13th, 2014 by

Saturday August 13th and Sunday August 14th.  Calling all Superheroes ! Grab your capes, masks, and spider webs and head to the Peoria Zoo! Games, crafts, and fun that all center around your favorite comic book superheroes as well as our own local heroes in Central Illinois.  Fun for the whole super hero family!

Dress up like your favorite superhero and come out to the Zoo for games, animal encounters and more!

Day of the Cotton-Top Tamarin

July 5th, 2022 by

Join us to celebrate the day of the Cotton Top Tamarin! There will be self-guided activities/crafts which will give guests a chance to learn about some of their favorite animals and how to help with their preservation.

This is event is part of our Conservation Days Series- These exciting days are celebrated around the world and these days dive into the realm of certain animals or species and highlight conservation efforts. There will be self-guided activities/crafts which will give guests a chance to learn about some of their favorite animals and how to help with their preservation. Interpretations or Keeper Chats may take place depending on the different animal and topics.

Murder Mystery

November 10th, 2021 by

Murder Mystery:

Welcome to the annual neighborhood BBQ! The year is 1955 and what a great year it’s been… so far! Everyone always looks forward to the annual BBQ; it’s a time to relax, meet new neighbors, and catch up with old friends. No matter what the occasion, there is always bound to be a little neighborly gossip and drama. A storm is brewing at this neighborly gathering, and there may not be any more “Happy Days” in this neighborhood!

One of the names on the guest list is also on someone’s hit list… and no one is safe from the consequences.

With murder on the menu, you are certain to find a medley of individuals to make the night most memorable. Nobody is safe from murder…but everyone will have a chance at solving it.

Join us, for our Murder Mystery Dinner and dress for a 1950’s BBQ. There will also be animal romance trivia with prizes!

UpROARious Online Auction

July 21st, 2020 by

Online Auction

Join us for our annual online auction to support YOUR Peoria Zoo! This multi-day auction is loaded with items of all interests and price points. From Zoo experiences, to things for your home, to jewelry, to gift cards, to stuff for your kids, there is really something for everyone!

The auction will start at 3:00 pm on Thursday, September 15th and will go through Sunday, September 18th at 8:00 pm.

We also gladly accept auction donations, and any item large or small is appreciated.

Call (309) 681-3500 or [email protected] to donate today!

ZOOBREW, WINE and Spirits TOO!

May 15th, 2014 by

Sample a variety of beer and wine selected by our local vendors as you explore Africa! after hours at Peoria Zoo. This event includes appetizers, dessert, and live music by The Matt Eckberg Band. The evening will also kick off our annual auction UpROARious, and will included exclusive auction packages for Zoobrew guests. This event sells out, so buy your tickets today!

Tickets are $65/person or $75/person after Sept 1st.

Zoobrew VIP: For an additional $15, you can add on a VIP experience and sample a selection of sparkling wines from a variety of regions. Assorted liqueurs will also be available as mixers.

Reserved High-Top Table: For and additional $75, you can reserve a gathering place for you and your friends at the event.

Reserved Parking: For an additional $25, you can reserve a parking space in the parking lot in front of the event entrance.

Questions? Call the PZS office at (309) 681-3500 or e-mail at [email protected]

Interesting in volunteering for this event?  Sign up online

World Rhino Day

August 26th, 2022 by

Happy World Rhino Day! Today we celebrate our white rhinos!

This is event is part of our Conservation Days Series- These exciting days are celebrated around the world and these days dive into the realm of certain animals or species and highlight conservation efforts. There will be self-guided activities/crafts which will give guests a chance to learn about some of their favorite animals and how to help with their preservation. Interpretations or Keeper Chats may take place depending on the different animal and topics.

Autumn Market

July 25th, 2022 by

Autumn Market at Luthy Botanical Garden

Enjoy a creative community of artists, craftsmen, foodies and collectors coming together to bring the charm and excitement of the fall to Luthy Botanical Garden.
Admission is a $2/person donation at the door. List of vendors coming soon!

If you’re interested in becoming a vendor, please contact Steve Hausler at [email protected] or (309) 681-3507 by August 20th.

Annual Mum Show – Hogwarts’ Garden of Botanical Wonders

September 1st, 2022 by

Step inside our Conservatory this Fall and see a botanical wonderland of tropical plants,  of course, mums! See hundreds of beautiful flowers contrasted with lush tropical foliage and experience the wonderful world of Hogwarts’, this year’s theme.  The annual mum show is a community tradition and a wonderful way to greet the Fall season, with family and friends.

October 7-30 Garden admission is Free admission, donations appreciated.

HOWL-ZOO-WEEN

August 6th, 2014 by

HOWL-ZOO-WEEN is held on both
Friday October 14th & Saturday Oct 15th 5:30-8:30.

Calling all ghosts and ghouls, join us for our annual event. With a trick or treat trail, bounce houses, Fall market, and so much more, come out and enjoy this family friendly event. Lines are scary, purchase tickets early on-line or at the safari zoo gift shop. Tickets on sale now.

Peoria Zoo Members check out the Member Resources Page for information on Howl-Zoo-Ween Member Night

Wand-Lore and Wand-Making at Luthy Botanical Garden

September 1st, 2022 by

Wand Lore and Wand-Making at Luthy Botanical Garden

Wizards, witches, and muggles are welcomed to the world of wand-making and wand-lore. Dressing in wizard gear is encouraged, but not mandatory. We will explore wand-making, a few magical plants…but most importantly you will be paired with your very own wand!

Age: 6-15, and limited to 15 participants

Fee: $12

Saturday 10/15 10:00 – 11:00 am

Sorry, this event is SOLD OUT.

Yoga, Wine and Chocolate

August 26th, 2022 by

Yoga, Wine and Chocolate at Luthy Botanical Garden

Yoga, Wine and Chocolate! Start the night with a 45 minute yoga class taught by an instructor from the RiverPlex, surrounded by lush botanical plants at Luthy Botanical Gardens. Then, finish it off with a glass of wine and fine chocolates.

21 years old and older.

 

World Lemur Day

September 23rd, 2022 by

Happy World Lemur Day! Today we celebrate the lemurs!

This is event is part of our Conservation Days Series- These exciting days are celebrated around the world and these days dive into the realm of certain animals or species and highlight conservation efforts. There will be self-guided activities/crafts which will give guests a chance to learn about some of their favorite animals and how to help with their preservation. Interpretations or Keeper Chats may take place depending on the different animal and topics.

Pumpkin Bash

September 8th, 2015 by

Guests can decorate pumpkins to take home and watch as the animals receive special pumpkin enrichment!

Regular zoo admission applies.

 

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