Events

Behind the Scenes Tour

Date:
April 29, 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

Breakfast with the…Red River Hogs

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

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.

ZOOTINI

Date:
May 11, 2017
Time:
6:00-9:00 PM (5:30-9:00 for VIP Ticket Holders)
Details:

It’s time to shake things up – mark your calendar for May 11 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 by Dexter O’Neal and the Funk Yard!

VIP Ticket: $75/person
This new ticket allows guests to sample a selection of our martinis from 5:30-6pm
. (Limited Quantity Available)

All tickets must be purchased by May 10th    **NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR**

 

Advance Ticket Cost:
$60
At the Door Ticket Cost :
$65 (after April 26)
Age Restriction:
This is an Over 21 Event
Registration Required:
Yes
To Register:

All tickets must be purchased by May 10th    **NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR**

Contact Info:

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

Mother’s Day at the Zoo

Date:
May 14, 2017
Details:

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

ZooFest featuring T-shirt Day!

Date:
May 27, 2017
Time:
11:00-2:00
Details:

Kick off summer right by joining the Zoo in our annual ZOOFEST celebration. 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. Check out our website for foods the food bank could use. T-shirts available while supplies last! We’ll have bouncy rides, games, animal encounters and more!

Included with regular
zoo admission:
Yes

World Oceans Day

Date:
June 8, 2017
Time:
11:00-2:00
Details:

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!

Included with regular
zoo admission:
Yes

Bowling for Rhinos

Date:
June 10, 2017
Time:
6:00 pm
Details:

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 .

Child Cost:
$15
Adult Cost:
$20

Star Wars aka Luke I am your Father’s Day

Date:
June 11, 2017
Time:
11:00-2:00
Details:

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!

 

Included with regular
zoo admission:
Yes

Adult Only Night at the Zoo (21+ Only)

Date:
June 15, 2017
Time:
5:30pm - 8:30 pm (Outside animals will be moved off exhibit 30 minutes before sunset.)
Details:

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 until twilight. Cash bar available (No outside alcohol allowed.)

$15/person ($12/person before July 23) Presale tickets available May 1, 2017 at the gift shop

 

Adult Cost:
$15 /person ($12/person before June 11)
Age Restriction:
21 and over ONLY!
Registration Required:
Yes

Breakfast with the…Tigers

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

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.

Lego Day

Date:
June 24, 2017
Time:
11:00-2:00
Details:

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!

Included with regular
zoo admission:
Yes

Winter in Summer

Date:
July 8, 2017
Time:
11:00-2:00
Details:

Come learn how we keep our animals cool during the “dog days” of summer. You’ll have the opportunity to help keep them cool by making ice treats for the animals as well as enjoying ice treats for yourself. We’ll also have games and prizes throughout the day.

Included with regular
zoo admission:
Yes

Breakfast with the…Reptiles

Date:
July 15, 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 Reptile breakfast is offered on Saturday, July 15th and Sunday, July 16th.

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.

Super Hero Weekend

Date:
July 22, 2017
Time:
11:00-2:00
Details:

Calling all Super Heroes ! 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 super heros as well as our own local heroes in Central Illinois.  Fun for the whole super hero family!

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

Per-Person Cost:
Regular Zoo admission applies.
Included with regular
zoo admission:
Yes

Breakfast with the…Giraffes

Date:
August 5, 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 Giraffe breakfast is offered on Saturday, August 5th and Sunday, August 6th.

Member Cost:
Member Adult $9 ; Member Child $6
Non-Member Cost:
Non-Member Adult $18 ; Non-Member Child $12
Minimum Number:
5
Maximum Number:
25
Registration Required:
Yes
To Register:

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

Back to School Day

Date:
August 12, 2017
Time:
11:00-2:00
Details:

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.   Check out the Peoria Zoo Hosted Book Fair .

 

Per-Person Cost:
Regular Zoo Admission Applies
Included with regular
zoo admission:
Yes

Multicultural Day

Date:
August 26, 2017
Time:
11:00-2:00
Details:

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! 

Per-Person Cost:
Regular Zoo Admission Applies
Included with regular
zoo admission:
Yes

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.

2016 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.