Upcoming Events

  • Meet Me at the Zoo: Princesses

    Mar 10th, 2018
    10:00am - 3:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    Nashville Zoo will host a pack of popular princesses for our event series “Meet Me at the Zoo” on March 10.  

    The princess-themed event will offer guests a chance to meet, get autographs and take photos with several recognizable princess characters as well as take part in magical games and activities. Guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite princess character during their visit. 

    The princesses will be available from 10am-noon and 1-3pm. Storybook-themed keeper talks throughout the day. The Zoo’s Critter Encounter contact area will host a princess matching game and the “royal stables” (Grassmere Historic Home and Farm) will have special appearances from Stormy and other trusty steeds.

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  • Climbing for Clouds

    Mar 18th, 2018
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Climb Nashville West

    Join the Nashville Chapter of American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) at Climb Nashville West on Sunday, February 25 for Climbing for Clouds! Bring the family out to Climb Nashville West and meet some of Nashville Zoo's Animal Ambassabors between 6pm - 8pm. Nashville zookeepers will be available to chat about clouded leopard conservation. 

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    The cost to climb is just 15 dollars, five of which will be donated to Nashville Zoo's efforts supporting field research and bringing global awareness to clouded leopard conservation issues. Climbers will also be able to purchase t-shirts for $15.

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  • Eggstravaganzoo

    Mar 31st, 2018
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    Hop into Spring at the Zoo's Eggstravaganzoo!

    Nashville Zoo’s annual spring celebration is back with egg hunts and Easter treats for children of all ages. Activities during the day include 10 scheduled egg hunts for kids, a Zoo-wide hunt for golden eggs, spring-themed games, bounce houses and face painting. Special appearances by the Easter Bunny and Zoo mascot Twiga!

    Activities take place from 9 am - 4 pm. Specific egg hunt schedules are to the right.

    New this year - Twiga’s Sweet Stroll. Wander through a candy-themed wonderland complete with costume characters, bubbles, and photo opportunities. Included in admission, donations toward conservation efforts appreciated

    Eggstravaganzoo (excluding Bunny Breakfast) is included with your Zoo admission or membership.

    Hunt Schedule

    2 years & under - 10 am or 12:30 pm
    3 years - 10:30 am or 1 pm
    4 - 5 years - 11 am or 1:30 pm
    6 - 7 years - 11:30 am or 2 pm
    8 - 10 years - 12 pm or 2:30 pm

    Make your Bunny Cafe reservation now!

    Animal fun too!

    Between the kids' egg hunts, enjoy some of the animal fun we have planned for the day.

    Ampitheater Shows

    10:30 am - Animal Meet & Greet
    11:30 am - Magic Show
    1:00 pm - Animal Show
    2:00 pm - Animal Show

    Hoppy Animal Encounters

    Keep your eye out for some special animal encounters along the Zoo paths throughout the day!

    Event Tips

    How to beat the traffic & get to the eggs quicker

    1. Arrive early Traffic around the Zoo is particularly heavy on this day. We recommend arriving at least one hour in advance of the scheduled hunt for your child's age group. Allow plenty of time to park and get to Festival Field.
    2. Additional Parking & Entrance We will open the back part of the Zoo for overflow parking if needed.
    3. Members get through the ticket booth quicker. Membership expiring soon? We strongly encourage you to renew online before heading to the Zoo. You can use your email confirmation to show proof of membership.

    During the event

    1. Pick up a schedule of events at the entrance. This will include times for all activities throughout the day.
    2. Don't forget the essentials. Egg basket/bag, camera and sunscreen.
    3. Missed the egg hunt for your age group? Younger children who miss their hunt may enter an older aged hunt, but older kids may not participate in lower age groups' hunts. Please only hunt once.
    4. It's not the number of eggs that matters. Every child receives a goodie bag regardless of the number of eggs collected. Redemption tents are adjacent to the egg hunt field.
    5. Spend more time with the Easter Bunny. Reserve your spot during our Bunny Breakfast. See details and pricing below.

    Read our blog post full of more tips!

    Bunny Breakfast

    Start your Eggstravaganzoo day off by beating the crowds and fueling up before the egg hunts. Bunny Breakfast attendees can enter the Zoo beginning at 8am. Bunny Breakfast includes morning favorites, the opportunity to meet and take pictures with the Easter Bunny, a special gift for the kids, and an attraction ticket for each paid guest.

    On the menu

    Buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup and toppings, breakfast potatoes, sausage, scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, coffee, juice and water.


    Seating times

    8 am, 8:30 am, 9 am, 9:30 am
    (selected during registration)

    Register for Bunny Breakfast


    Member Adult - $21
    Member Child - $17
    Non-Member Adult* - $42
    Non-Member Child* - $31
    Children under age 2 - Free
    *Pricing includes Zoo admission and parking.

    Pre-registration is required. Breakfast services ends at 10am.


    Thanks to our event partners:

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  • Week of the Young Child - Kickoff

    Apr 15th, 2018
    2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    Nashville’s “Week of the Young Child” kicks off at Nashville Zoo. Local organizations geared toward children will have booths set up on Festival Field with activities and information from 2pm-5pm.  

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  • Party for the Planet

    Apr 20th, 2018
    9:30am - 3:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    Join the Zoo in celebrating Earth Day on April 20!

    The Zoo's third annual Party for the Planet event will include: games and activities, special keeper talks, and friends from local conservation organizations. 

    Interactive Experiences

    9am-2pm | Festival Field

    The Zoo's Festival Field will be filled with fun activities and games from the Zoo docents and volunteers. Be sure to bring your old electronics (like old cell phones, small box tvs, computers, etc.) and the Zoo will be recycling these products during Party for the Planet. Plus, our friends from local organizations will be onsite to share tips about living green and how to become involved.

    Participating Organizations:

    • Cumberland River Compact
    • Metro Water
    • Urban Green Lab
    • Waste Management
    • Zoo's Green Team
    • Zoo's Master Gardeners

    Recycled Art Contest

    9am-3pm | Savannah Loop

    Enter the Recycled Art Contest for a chance to win a free Zoo Membership. Art pieces will be displayed at the Zoo during Party for the Planet and judged by a panel made up from members of local organizations. Winners in each category will receive following prizes:

    • 1st - Family Membership
    • 2nd - Four Pack of Zoo tickets with a Parking Pass
    • 3rd- Two Pack of Zoo Tickets with a Parking Pass

    Pre-registration required. Turn your recycling into artwork!


    Conservation Projects from Croft Middle School

    10am-2pm | Education Outpost Trail

    Our neighbors from Croft Middle Prep have been working to complete animal conservation projects of their own design throughout the school year. As part of our Party for the Planet, students will be showcasing their completed projects for Zoo guests along the Education Outpost Trails from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Students will be on-hand to discuss their projects and answer questions about the animals and habitats they have been researching.


    Thank you to our event partners:

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  • Meet Me at the Zoo: Star Wars

    Apr 28th, 2018
    10:00am - 3:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    Nashville Zoo is expecting some guests from a galaxy far far away on April 28th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Star Wars characters will be available for photos and to meet their adventurous guests, who are encouraged to dress as their favorite characters from the Star Wars movies.

    Meet Me at the Zoo is included with general Zoo admission and Nashville Zoo membership.

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  • Autism Awareness Day

    Apr 29th, 2018
    9:00am - 6:00pm
    Nashville Zoo


    Nashville Zoo will hold its fifth annual Autism Awareness Day on Sunday, April 29.

    Held in partnership with the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD), Autism Awareness Day is included with Zoo admission or membership and offers family-oriented animal experiences and activities throughout the Zoo. Guests can participate in a Zoo-wide scavenger hunt or sensory tour and close encounters with animals along the Zoo's trails.

    Activity Schedule

    10:00-11:15  Open House at Croft House
    10:30-11:00  Animal Encounters at Festival Field
    11:30-12:00  Kid’s Tour at Croft House
    1:00-1:30  Sensory Friendly Animal Show at Amphitheater
    1:30-2:15  Sensory Tour (Meet at Festival Field)
    1:45-2:45  Open House at Croft House
    2:00-2:30  Sheep Visit at Croft House Front Lawn
    2:15-3:00  Sensory Tour (Meet at Festival Field)
    3:00-3:45  Sensory Tour (Meet at Festival Field)

    Autism Spectrum: Planning Your Visit

    Nashville Zoo has been working with Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) to develop tools and supports to enhance a Zoo visit for families with children on the autism spectrum. Prepare for a visit to Nashville Zoo with these planning materials, such as visual schedules, Zoo map with quiet areas and social stories about Zoo experiences.

    Social Stories to help prepare for a Zoo visit:

    Going to the Nashville Zoo Pictures (pdf) 
    Going to the Nashville Zoo Pictures/Spanish (pdf)
    Petting Animals at the Zoo Pictures (pdf)
    Waiting in Line at the Zoo Pictures (pdf) 

    Zoo Maps, Tours, and Visual Schedules:

    This resource includes a specialized map of the Zoo, indicating quiet and loud areas, as well as other information to help prepare for your trip to the Zoo. The included icons can be used to create a visual schedule to plan your trip!

    General Zoo Map & Visual Schedule (pdf)

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  • Avian Awareness Day

    May 12th, 2018
    10:00am - 3:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    Nashville Zoo’s Birds Get All the Attention on May 12

    Nashville Zoo will spotlight its feathered residents during Avian Awareness Day on Saturday, May 12 from 10am - 3pm. Zoo guests can participate in activities that focus on the importance of birds throughout the world, Nashville Zoo avian conservation projects and how you can help birds in your own backyard.

    Avian Awareness Day highlights the journey of migratory birds as they make passage between their breeding grounds in North America and their wintering grounds in Central and South America.

    Activities include: educational stations set up at many of the bird exhibits throughout the Zoo, keeper talks, and encouters with some of our ambassador animals.

    Avian Awareness Day celebrates International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD), an event founded in 1993 by a coalition of bird-minded organizations that recognized the need for a unified focus on the conservation of migratory birds. Zoos across the country celebrate IMBD, raising awareness for the nearly 350 species that travel between nesting habitats and non-breeding habitats each year. 2018 is also the "Year of the Bird" celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act - a pivotal piece of legislation that continues to save countless birds' lives.

    Avian Awareness Day is free with Zoo admission or membership.

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