Events

Zoo Run Run

Date:
August 26, 2017
Time:
8:00am (5K) and 8:45am (Youth)
Details:

The 39th 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 2017 Zoo Run Run t-shirt, prizes and post-race food.  Registration forms available at Peoria Zoo and other Peoria Park District facilities.

 

Advance Ticket Cost:
Early Bird (5K) $25 ; Early Bird (Youth) $12
At the Door Ticket Cost :
After August 20 (5K) $30 ; After August 20 (Youth) $15
Registration Required:
Yes
To Register:

You may register on-line with chronotrack  or send or deliver your pre-registration entry form to the Zoo. Registration forms may be copied.

2017 Zoo Run Run Registration Form.

Breakfast with the…Monkeys

Date:
September 9, 2017
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 Monkey breakfast is offered on Saturday, September 9th and Sunday, September 10th.

Member Cost:
Member Adult $9 ; Member Child $6
Non-Member Cost:
Non-Member Adult $18 ; Non-Member Child $12
Minimum Number:
5
Maximum Number:
20
Registration Required:
Yes
To Register:

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

PNC Worldwide Day of Play!

Date:
September 9, 2017
Time:
Activities in the park 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 $3 admission all day on Saturday September 9th!

Child Cost:
$3.00
Adult Cost:
$3.00
Age Restriction:
Everyone is considered a "KID" on Worldwide Day of Play

Princess and Pirates Weekend

Date:
September 16, 2017 - September 17, 2017
Time:
11:00am-2:00pm
Details:

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. Princess and Pirates is offered on Saturday Sept 16th  and Sunday Sept 17th.

Included with regular
zoo admission:
Yes
To Register:

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Just drop in!

Zoo La La

Date:
September 23, 2017
Time:
Regular event starts at 5:30pm.
Details:

Ohh La La!  It’s Zoo La La!  Be there when the Peoria Zoo comes alive! Migrate through Africa! to live entertainment; Taste the difference with food stations and signature drinks; Satisfy your hunger – for knowledge – with Zoo Keepers and their animals; Visit animal digs; Wander and wonder. Not satisfied?  Choose designated parking and seating with VIP package. Want more?  Early reservations can arrange pre-event animal encounters with the giraffes, George the tortoise or the lions.

Each ticket includes general entrance into the event, appetizers and beverages, including signature drinks, as well as a multi-course dinner. VIP tickets available for $100. 

Click here for more information or to buy tickets https://peoriaparkdistrict.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/ZooLaLa2017/tabid/888323/Default.aspx

Per-Person Cost:
General Admission Tickets $75/person ( VIP Tickets $100/person)
Registration Required:
Yes
To Register:

Questions, Call Peoria Zoological Society at 681-3500 or email pzs@peoriaparks.org

 

Behind the Scenes Tour

Date:
September 30, 2017
Time:
9:00 - 10:00 am
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 May 20th, June 17th, July 29th, August 19th, September 30th and Oct 21st at 9:00 am.

Non-Member Cost:
$24/person (includes Zoo Admission)
Registration Required:
Yes
To Register:

please call 309-681-3559

HOWL-ZOO-WEEN

Date:
October 13, 2017
Time:
5:30-8:30
Details:

HOWL-ZOO-WEEN is held on both Friday October 13th & Saturday Oct 14th 5:30-8:30.

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, purchase tickets early at the zoo gift shop.

 

Member Cost:
$7 (Children Under 1 are Free)
Non-Member Cost:
$7 (Children Under 1 are Free)

ZOO BREW and WINE TOO

Date:
October 19, 2017
Time:
5:30 - 8:00 pm
Details:

Socialize and sample a selection of beer and fine wine from local vendors as you explore Africa! after hours at Peoria Zoo. This unforgettable event also includes appetizers, dessert, a raffle, and live music.  This event sold out last year, so don’t monkey around!

Event is for ages 21 and over. Questions? Call the PZS office at (309) 681-3500 or e-mail at pzs@peoriaparks.org 

 

Advance Ticket Cost:
Tickets will be available on September 1st. Cost will be $55 / ticket before October 1st.
At the Door Ticket Cost :
Cost will be $60 / ticket after October 1st.
Age Restriction:
Ages: 21 & older

Pumpkin Bash

Date:
October 28, 2017
Time:
10-12
Details:

Enjoy a mini trick-or-treat trail, games, crafts, and spooky decorations! Even learn about bat conservation and what you can do to help this timeless Halloween icon!

Regular zoo admission applies.

 

Included with regular
zoo admission:
Yes

Critter Christmas

Date:
December 2, 2017
Time:
9:00-11:00 am
Duration:
2 hours
Details:

Enjoy Christmas Zoo style! Enjoy a light breakfast and crafts with Santa in our lodge from 9:00-11:00, 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:
Member Adult $9 ; Member Child $6
Non-Member Cost:
Non-Member Adult $18 ; Non-Memebr Child $12