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Zoo Happenings

Zoo Event Calendar

Zoo Tales
Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 11 a.m.

Garden Tales
Thursdays at 11 a.m. beginning in April.

Family Zoo Snooze

Scout Zoo Snoozes

Horticulture Events
We partner with community organizations to create a more beautiful world with plants and people.

Myth Day
Saturday, April 5, 2014, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Celebrate Groundhog Day at the Zoo by debunking some popular animal myths. Activities are included with regular Zoo admission.

Stroller Safari
Wednesdays: April 9, April 23, May 7, May 21, 9 – 10 a.m. Gather the little ones and load up the stroller for an exciting Stroller Safari at the Zoo! Children and an adult caregiver have the Zoo to themselves for an hour, and their active adventure includes preschool activities, stories, art and the chance to meet animal ambassadors up close! Choose one class, or join us for all four sessions as we learn about animal coverings. Each day is different! After class, stick around and explore the Zoo on your own. Activities designed for ages 2-4. Pre-registration required by calling 441-2374 x229.
Members: Per class, $10 for an adult/child pair and $5 each for up to 2 additional children.
Non-members: Per class, $15 for an adult/child pair and $7 each for up to 2 additional children.
CLICK HERE for more information or to make a reservation.

Spring Break Camp 2014
April 14-18
, 2014. Come explore the wild and the wonderful at the Virginia Zoo's Spring Break Camp. For kids who love to learn about animals, these camps include up-close animal encounters, crafts, games and visits to the Zoo's exhibits. Join us for a day or spend the whole week - every day is a new adventure! 
Ages: 6-8 and 9-12
Times: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day
Per day – Members: $70 per camper; Non-members: $80 per camper. For all 5 days – Members: $250; Non-members: $300.
CLICK HERE for more infomation and to make your reservation.

Party for the Planet
April 19, 2014, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Join us for a celebration of the Earth and the animals we share it with. Learn about conservation steps you can take to protect natural habitats locally and around the world; see how our zookeepers use enrichment to encourage natural behaviors that will keep Zoo animals healthy and happy; and play like a monkey with the kinds of toys we give animals from meerkats to elephants. Activities are included with regular Zoo admission. CLICK HERE for more info.

The Arts are Wild
May 3, 2014, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Celebrate literacy and the performing arts with Young Audiences of Virginia at the Zoo!
Activities are included with regular Zoo admission.

Zoo-Fari Golf Tournament
Monday, May 12, 2014, 11:30 a.m. A charity golf tournament presented by the Norfolk Sunrise Rotary Club at Greenbrier Country Club, 1301 Volvo Parkway, Chesapeake, VA. All proceeds from the event benefit the Virginia Zoo. Entry fee includes 18 holes of golf, practice range, golf cart, box lunch, beverages, awards reception/dinner and much more! CLICK HERE for more info.

Girl Scout Badge Nights
May 16, Sept. 26 & Oct. 17. Earn a fun patch as you join your own private Zoo guide in an after-hours event just for Girl Scouts! Evening includes hands-on activities, up close encounters with animals, and visits to the exhibits. CLICK HERE for more infomation and to make your reservation.

World Giraffe Day
Saturday, June 21, 2014, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Activities are included with regular Zoo admission.

Enrichment Day
Saturday, July 5, 2014. Animals at the Zoo will beat the heat with red, white and blue popsicles, play with star-spangled piñatas and maybe even roll around a watermelon! Find out why the Zoo's enrichment program is an important part of daily animal care as you watch animals enjoy some extra-special holiday toys and treats. Activities are included with regular Zoo admission.

International Red Panda Day
Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Activities are included with regular Zoo admission.

Elephant Appreciation Day
Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Activities are included with regular Zoo admission.

2014 Holiday Closings
The Virginia Zoo will be closed on the following dates. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday and a wonderful Zoo Year!

  • Closed Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, 2014
  • Closed Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24, 2014
  • Closed Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25, 2014
  • Closed New Year's Day, Thursday, January 1, 2015


Members Only Events
To all our members: Thanks for your support! We have spacial events planned just for you (note that a membership card is required for admission to these events)...

  • Member Night - The Zoo will close its gates to the public and members get to enjoy the Zoo after-hours! This event is FREE for members. Take advantage of a special discounted food menu and experience up-close encounters with animnal ambassadors. Membership card required for admission. Don't miss this members-only event! Stay tuned for Summer 2014 date.
  • Breakfast with the Animals - Members' chance to feast with the beasts! Watch this space for more information and the Summer 2014 date.

Orangutan Awareness Day
Swing by the orangutan exhibit on Mother's Day to learn about how you can protect these fascinating, yet critically endangered great apes. Informational displays will provide you with resources to help orangutans, their habitat and the wildlife that share their island home. Activities are included with regular Zoo admission. Watch this space for 2014 date.

Endangered Species Day
Your actions make a difference for endangered species, and this event will highlight ways to help animals locally and around the world. Find out how the Zoo helps endangered birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. Activity stations will feature hands-on activities and lots of easy ideas for how you can help! Watch this space for 2014 date.

Zoo Parent Event
Our annual event to thank those who've adopted an animal during the year. Meet your animal's zookeeper, and get up-close and personal with some of our animal ambassadors, too. If you’ve not adopted your favorite animal yet, there’s still time! This event is invitation only, so watch your mail for an invitation postcard. Watch this space for 2014 date.

Teddy Bear Clinic                                                                                                                                                  The Virginia Zoo partners with doctors and nurses from Pediatric Specialists, a Children’s Medical Group Practice of CHKD, to host a special Teddy Bear Clinic. Children bring their teddy bears and other stuffed friends to the Zoo for a "check-up" and stitches. Children learn about doctor visits and healthcare in a comfortable and non-threatening environment. Teddy Bear Clinic activities are included with regular Zoo admission. Watch this space for Summer 2014 date.

Zoo Grooves Concerts
Thanks to the nearly 1,200 people who came out to see the Deloreans Saturday, Aug. 24! Watch this space for summer 2014 concert dates. Concerts at the Zoo are a perfect evening activity for families, providing a safe environment for enjoying music, and some of your favorite summer foods and beverages. Artist and admissions prices to be announced. No rain dates, no passes or coupons.

Bring the family, spread your blanket under the stars, and enjoy a family-friendly film at the Virginia Zoo! Summer 2014 dates and admissions prices to be announced.

Military Appreciation Day
A USO-sponsored event in appreciation of military service members hosted at the Virginia Zoo. Military members and their families are honored with free admission! This event is open to the public and free with proper ID for active duty, retired military, DOD civilians, reserve/guard members and their dependents. The day will include children's games, entertainment, give-aways and more. Stay tuned for Fall 2014 date!

Zoo Boo
Thanks to the more than 6,500 people who came out for Zoo Boo 2013, Saturday, Oct. 26, enjoying animal pumpkin encounters, costume contests, trick or treat candy stations, and more! Watch this space for fall 2014 date.

Holiday Marketplace  
The Holiday Marketplace at the Zoo features one-day discounts on unique Zoo-themed gifts like holiday ornaments, train ride gift packs, animal art, zoodoptions and more! Perfect for the animal lover on your list. Stay tuned for winter 2014 date.

Reptile Day
Scurry or slither on over to the Zoo's Exhibit Building to learn all about the coolest cold-blooded creatures! Activity stations will explore the amazing lives of reptiles, and include up-close animal encounters, hands-on displays, children’s crafts and conservation information. Activities are included with regular Zoo admission. Stay tuned for spring 2015 date.

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