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Special Events

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Opening Day

Monday, April 1, 2024

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Join us for opening day and the start of another great year!

Mother's Day

Sunday, May 12, 2024

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Spend a special day making memories that will last a lifetime. The Washington Park Zoo will offer free admission for all mothers and grandmothers with a paid child admission.

Military Members Day

Monday, May 27, 2024

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Military members are honored with free admission all day with proper ID for active duty, retired military, DOD civilians, and reserve/guard members.

Sunset Zoofari Night

Saturday, June 8, 2024

5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Explore the WPZoo after our normal hours as the animals wind down under the cooler setting sun temperatures. We are extending the visiting hours for this two part summer event series. Although the Observation Tower will be closed during the event, the Gift Shop and Concessions will be open until 7 pm for visitors. No reservations are needed and regular admission fees apply.


Looking for something extra special? Consider booking a private tour to learn about the adaptations and personalities of our critters, as well as meet some animals up-close. Extra fee will apply

Reservations for the private tours are required 2 week in advance, please email jhuss@emichigancity.com.

Father's Day

Sunday, June 16, 2024

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Spend a special day making memories that will last a lifetime. The Washington Park Zoo will offer free admission for all fathers and grandfathers with a paid admission.

Zoo Camp Programs

Monday, June 17, 2024

Monday - Thursday 9:00 am

Advance registration is required starting on April 3rd.

• June 17-20 • June 24-27
• July 8-11 • July 15-18
• July 22-25 • July 29 - Aug 1

Sunset Zoofari Night

Saturday, August 10, 2024

5:00 pm - 8:30pm

Explore the WPZoo after our normal hours as the animals wind down under the cooler setting sun temperatures. We are extending the visiting hours for this two part summer event series. Although the Observation Tower will be closed during the event, the Gift Shop and Concessions will be open until 7 pm for visitors. No reservations are needed and regular admission fees apply.


Looking for something extra special? Consider booking a private tour to learn about the adaptations and personalities of our critters, as well as meet some animals up-close. Extra fee will apply

Reservations for the private tours are required 2 week in advance, please email jhuss@emichigancity.com.

Grandparent's Day

Sunday, September 8, 2024

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Spend a special day making memories that will last a lifetime. The Washington Park Zoo will offer free admission for all grandparents with a paid admission.

WILD Zoo Art for Families

Saturday, September 21, 2024

11:00 am- 12:30 pm

Art Gone WILD at the Zoo! Join us for an exciting opportunity to meet a special animal up-close and paint a project yourself . Supplies will be provided. Space is limited. This program is designed for families with children ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration is required.
Cost: $20 per person for either a canvas or ceramic project

For more information contact: jhuss@emichigancity.com

Boo at the Zoo

Saturday, October 19, 2024

10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

A safe trick-or-treating experience for your ghosts and goblins! Area businesses sponsor booths along the decorated zoo paths and hand out candy to the kids. This is a new format with an all day open session with two check in lines:

VIP paper ticket will go on sale May 1st and these ticket holders will be able to get into the zoo starting at 10:00 am. Tickets must be picked up at the zoo admission.

Eventbrite tickets will go on sale on Sept 3rd. We ask that you please print your tickets in advance to help the line go faster and this line will open at 10:30 a.m.

Tickets availability is limited the event and this event will sell out, so advance tickets are recommended.

Regular Admission Fees apply

Washington Park Zoo Members tickets must be picked up at the Zoo Office before October 15th.

Zoo Closes for the Season

Thursday, October 31, 2024

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Enjoy the last day of the season.

Wild Winter Wonderland Day

Saturday, November 30, 2024

10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Explore a winters day at the WPZoo

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