Events

BIG BUGS!

Date:
June 1, 2024 - July 28, 2024
Time:
11am -4pm
Details:

BIG BUGS!
June 1- July 28; Open daily from 11am-4pm

Step into a world where giants roam, but they’re not what you’d expect! Join us at Peoria Zoo from June 1st to July 28th for an extraordinary adventure – “BIG BUGS!” Prepare to be mesmerized by the colossal creatures that once ruled the Earth, now brought back to life in stunning larger-than-life animatronic detail.

Embark on a journey through time as you encounter thirteen bug behemoths, each one meticulously crafted to astound and amaze. From the majestic Mantis to the awe-inspiring Scorpion, these mechanical marvels will transport you to a realm where insects reign supreme.

Feel the earth tremble beneath your feet as you come face to face with these gargantuan insects, their movements so lifelike you’ll swear they’re alive! Watch in wonder as the wings of the Butterfly flutter with graceful elegance, or marvel at the intricate detail of the Beetle’s armor-like exoskeleton.

But the adventure doesn’t stop there, on select days dive deeper into the world of bugs with interactive exhibits, educational displays, themed food and beverage, and fun-filled activities for the whole family. Learn about the fascinating lives of these incredible creatures and discover the vital role they play in our ecosystem.

Don’t miss your chance to witness the magic of “BIG BUGS!” at Peoria Zoo. It’s an event of colossal proportions that promises to leave you buzzing with excitement!

Check out our virtual program here!

Thank you to our sponsors:

Member Cost:
$3 plus current membership (Children 1 and under are Free)
Non-Member Cost:
$3 plus regular admission (Children 1 and under are Free)

Capes and Crowns

Date:
June 22, 2024
Time:
11:00-4:00
Details:

Mark your calendars because something MAGICAL is about to happen at Peoria Zoo on June 22 & 23! Calling all heroes and royals- it’s time to assemble at Peoria Zoo for an action-packed weekend!

Immerse yourself in a realm of wonder with special experiences that will leave you breathless (additional costs may apply.) Crafts, photo ops, and magical moments with your favorite characters await! But wait, there’s more… Dress up as your beloved character and be part of the enchantment! Let your imagination run wild. The event runs from 11AM to 4PM each day, ensuring adventure and fun for everyone! Join us at Peoria Zoo and let the magic begin!

This event is included with admission/membership; no registration required. (Additional costs may apply for additional experiences!)

Don’t forget to check out BIG BUGS! while you’re at the Zoo for additional fun and excitement!

Included with regular
zoo admission:
Yes
To Register:

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Just drop in!

National Pollinators Week

Date:
June 22, 2024
Time:
10:00am-4:00pm
Details:

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 keeper chats throughout the week. Make sure to check out BIG BUGS! to make your visit even more special! This event is included with admission/membership; no registration required.

Included with regular
zoo admission:
Yes
To Register:

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Just drop in!

Party for the Planet

Date:
June 29, 2024
Time:
10:00am-4:00pm
Details:

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. This event is included with admission/membership; no registration required.

Included with regular
zoo admission:
Yes
To Register:

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Just drop in!

World Snake Day

Date:
July 16, 2024
Time:
11:00am-4:00pm
Details:

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.

 

Included with regular
zoo admission:
Yes
To Register:

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Just drop in!

Pokémon Day

Date:
July 27, 2024
Time:
11:00am-4:00pm
Details:

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

Included with regular
zoo admission:
Yes
To Register:

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Just drop in!

World Tiger Day

Date:
July 29, 2024
Time:
11:00am-4:00pm
Details:

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.

Included with regular
zoo admission:
Yes
To Register:

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Just drop in!

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