Events

There's Much to Do at the Zoo in June!

 

ALL JUNE LONG…

 

  • ENROLL IN OKC ZOO SUMMER CAMPS

Introduce your young explorers to a wild world of fun and wonder with the Oklahoma City Zoo’s Summer Camps. Our weekly themed camps are available all summer, June through August, for children ages 3-15. Camps meet Tuesday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. And, new this year take advantage of extended day hours from 12:30-5:15 p.m. Additional fees apply for the extended hour option. These highly popular programs will reach capacity, so enroll now. Advance registration, payment and birth certificate are required. For more information, call (405) 425-0218. To register online visit http://okczooed.com/camps1.

 

About the new extended day option: Following each morning session at 12:30 p.m., campers will enjoy a variety of activities including Zoo play, exhibit tours, animal visits, keeper chats, enrichment and water play, plus, Zoo rides and attractions! Not to mention, weekly visits to Science Museum Oklahoma. Daily snacks provided. Extended day hours officially end at 5:15 p.m. Late pick-up fees of $1/minute will apply.    

 

  • GO WILD FOR CONSERVATION 

Eat. Drink. Shop. Save Animals. The Oklahoma Zoological Society and the Oklahoma City Zoo are teaming up with several local eateries, shops and businesses in support of wildlife conservation–helping all creatures, great and small. Keep your calendar open for a month full of special events such as these taking place at Classen Curve:

The signature kick-off event is June 4 at Café 501’s Cocktails for Conservation from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Come, sit on the patio and sip their signature cocktail, “Gecko Fizz” plus, other tasty libations accompanied by sumptuous appetizers and music by Collin Holloway–all in support of endangered species. Reservations are required, space is limited. Cost is $65 per person. This is an event for ages 21 and older. To reserve your spot call (405) 844-1501 or via www.zoofriends.com. Other functions include Zoo Day at On A Whim on June 2, Blo’s Mommy and Me Hair Braiding Class on June 18, Zoo Night at Tuckers Onion Burgers on June 22, and many more. Throughout June, treat yourself to a tasty concoction including Republic’s own wild libation, “Rupert the Rhino” or Café 501’s new signature drink, the “Gecko Fizz.” Proceeds from the sales of these cool cocktails and other events will benefit ZooFriends and the OKC Zoo. Some activities may require reservations. To learn more, call (405) 425-0262. For the complete calendar of happenings visit www.okczoo.com or www.classencurve.com.

 

  • TUESDAYS:         WILD TUESDAYS STORY TIME SAFARIS

Take a reading safari with the Oklahoma City Zoo and Whole Foods Market OKC on Tuesdays in Juneand July! Perfect for children 11 and under, these free story sessions are held at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. on Grandma’s Porch in the Children’s Zoo. Story sessions are themed around fun, age appropriate stories and include a craft activity, keeper chat and snack. Wild Tuesdays Story Time Safaris begin June 2 and continue through July 28, and are free with paid admission.

 

  • OKC ZOO AND OKLAHOMA BLOOD INSTITUTE SUMMER PARTNERSHIP

The summer months provide the greatest challenge to the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) to maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in hospitals across the state. The timing of this annual promotion is crucial to avoiding summer blood emergencies. This partnership provides those donating blood with the extra motivation they need! Now through August 31, each person donating receives a voucher for two adult admission tickets to the Oklahoma City Zoo and a 2015 OBI T-shirt, health screenings and Donor Rewards Points. To schedule a blood donation appointment, visit www.obi.org.

 

  • WEEKEND KEEPER CONNECTIONS

Learn about your favorite Zoo animals from the people entrusted to care for them, the keepers! Connect with wildlife while hearing how the Zoo strives to conserve and preserve our planet’s wildlife and wild places, and what you can do to help, too. Keeper Connections are held at posted areas throughout Zoo grounds weekends only, and occur weather permitting. Schedules are available in the Guest Relations office.

 

  • OKC ZOO BEHIND THE SCENES EXPERIENCES

This is your opportunity for an amazing and rare experience to go behind the Zoo scenes! Spend time with the Zoo’s animal teams as they care for and enrich their animals. You’ll be able to ask lots of questions and learn what you can do to help animals in the wild. Tours for individuals or couples are available weekends through October. The cost is $100/person for ZooFriends members and $120/person for nonmembers, which includes Zoo admission. Tours for groups up to eight participants are from 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. and cost $250 per group, which includes Zoo admission. Participants can choose from various animal areas. Spaces are limited and pre-registration is required. Participants must be 14 years and older. Gift certificates are available. To book a Behind the Scenes experience, call (405) 425-0262.

 

JUNE 5:          WORLD OCEANS DAY

What’s the commotion about the ocean?  Come, find out on Friday, June 5, 2015, as the Oklahoma City Zoo hosts a World Oceans Day event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with family-fun activities in the Noble Aquatic Center: Aquaticus. Zoo guests will discover diverse and beautiful ocean creatures and habitats, how our daily actions affect them, and how we can help protect the ocean for future generations. Also, KIND Healthy Snacks will be joining the celebration by hosting a Kindness Safari inspired by animals. Families will receive a scavenger hunt booklet with interactive kindness activities. The day’s activities are free with paid Zoo admission.

 

JUNE 6-7:       SNOOZIN' FOR RHINOS

Rhinos are in danger but you can help! Join the OKC Zoo’s Education Department for a special “Snoozin’ for Rhinos” sleepover and help raise money for this amazing, but critically endangered, species. The sleepover begins at 7 p.m. on June 6 and ends at 9 a.m. the next day. Snooze goers will enjoy an endangered species and rhino program, a guided night hike, bedtime snacks, a light breakfast and a behind-the-scenes experience with the Zoo’s rhinos in the morning! Cost is $30/child and $15/adult. All proceeds from this snooze support Bowling for Rhinos, an annual fundraiser hosted by the OKC Zoo’s chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers. Save the date for this year’s Bowling for Rhinos on July 18, 2015. For more information, please visit www.okczooed.webconnex.com/snoozingrhinos.

 

JUNE 19-JULY 10:    GO ON A SOCIAL SAFARI AT THE OKC ZOO

Show us your smile! When you visit the Oklahoma City Zoo between June 19 and July 10, go on a “Social Safari” for a chance to win cool prizes. The Zoo with support from AT&T invite you to share your favorite pictures and selfies from your Zoo visit on social media for a chance to win of one of four weekly prizes. Just snap a pic at the Zoo, post it to Twitter or Facebook using @okczoo, tag it using #att and you could win. Winning photos will be announced each Thursday at 4 p.m. Photos entries are ineligible if they are not tagged with #att. Need not be present to win. Must be 18 or older and an Oklahoma resident to win. Photo ID required to claim prize. Regular admission costs apply to visit the Zoo.

 

JUNE 19:        ZOOBILATION 2015

Get ready for the wildest party in town, Zoobilation. The annual no-tie gala hosted by the Oklahoma Zoological Society and the Oklahoma City Zoo is the largest annual fundraising event for the Zoo. For one magical night, the Zoo's Children's Zoo is transformed into an enchanting and beautiful setting for the evening's festivities. Complete with gourmet appetizers from some of Oklahoma City's favorite restaurants, adult beverages, a silent auction and live music. And new this year, enjoy a special sea lion presentation, Stingray Bay and a sip and see tour, Zoobilation is sure to be a wonderful time for everyone. All net proceeds of Zoobilation will benefit the Joan Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital. This 21-and-over charity event is limited to 700 guests. Tickets are on sale now for $100 per person. In preparation for Zoobilation, the Canopy Restaurant will close at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 18. On Friday, June 19, the Children’s Zoo and Stingray Bay will be closed all day and the Zoo will be closing at 2 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to visit early this day. Zoobilation will be held rain or shine. For more information, please contact Brianne Hinojosa at (405) 425-0612 or visit www.zoofriends.org.

 

JUNE 21:        FATHER'S DAY

On Sunday, June 21, switch-it-up and take your dad on a safari to the OKC Zoo. Dads get in free on Father’s Day, June 21, with any paid admission.

 

JUNE 26-27:   FAMILY OVERNIGHT SNOOZE AT THE OKC ZOO

What goes bump in the night? Not the animals at the OKC Zoo! Bring the entire family out for this fun-filled sleepover to learn about our animals and how they use their amazing senses to survive at night. The evening begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 26, and ends at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 27. The snooze includes an up-close animal encounter, a guided night hike, a snack, and a light breakfast. Appropriate for ages 4 and up. Cost is $30/child and $15/adult. Parent must accompany child. Pack lightly. Dress for the weather and bring appropriate bedding. For more information, call (405) 425-0218.

 

MORE FUN HAPPENING IN JULY...

  • ZOOFRIENDS' CAPTURE THE WILD PHOTO CONTEST
  • SUMMER DAY CAMPS
  • ZOO SOCIAL SAFARI CONTINUES THROUGH JULY 10
  • JULY 17:  SALES TAX APPRECIATION DAY-Free Zoo admission for everyone.
  • TUESDAYS:  WILD TUESDAYS STORY TIME SAFARIS
  • WEDNESDAYS:  WAY BACK WEDNESDAYS - Zoo admission is $1/person on Wednesdays in July and August.On Wednesdays, guests can also experience our new “wild enrichment” sessions to learn how the Zoo’s keepers work to enrich the lives of the animals in their care every day. See several of your favorite Zoo animals enjoying special treats and other forms of enrichment. Animal enrichment provides an environment that stimulates natural behaviors with special or new exhibit design, training, food or sensory activity. “Wild Enrichment” sessions are free and will take place weather permitting. The 2015 schedule follows:
    • 9:30 a.m.     Oklahoma Trails: Rotates between Grizzly bears, Black bears and otters
    • 10:30 a.m.   Lower aquarium gallery: Noble Aquatic Center
    • 11 a.m.        Sea Lion presentation (regular fee of $2/person applies)
    • 11 a.m.        Alligator Snapping Turtle (Big Rivers building, Oklahoma Trails)
    • 1 p.m.          Sea Lion presentation (regular fee of $2/person applies)
    • 1:30 p.m.     Andean Condor (across from the picnic pavilions)
    • 1:30 p.m.     African Wild Dog pups
    • 1:30 p.m.     Orangutans and Chimpanzees (Great EscApe)
    • 2 p.m.          Elephants presentation
    • 2 p.m.          Spider Monkeys (Children’s Zoo)