Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

  • Grand Opening for HCA Healthcare Veterinary Center

    Feb 23rd, 2019
    9:30am - 10:00am
    Nashville Zoo

    Join us for a ribbon cutting ceremony of the Nashville Zoo’s new 23,677-square-foot Veterinary Center on Saturday, February 23 at 9:30am. Immediately following the ribbon cutting ceremony will be Nashville Zoo's fourth annual Teddy Bear Clinic, presented by Swauger Pediatric Dentistry and TriStar Southern Hills.

    The HCA Healthcare Veterinary Center replaces a 30-year-old facility originally designed for a much smaller wildlife park housing indigenous species versus the exotic animals that now call the Zoo home.

    The level of care we’ve always provided our animals is now matched by a state-of-the-art facility that is designed to promote the health and safety of our animals, all while educating our guests about animal care, conservation and research.

    Learn more about the HCA Healthcare Veterinary Center

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  • Teddy Bear Clinic, presented by Swauger Pediatric Dentistry and TriStar Southern Hills

    Feb 23rd, 2019
    10:00am - 3:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    Your stuffed animal friend is due for his annual check-up!

    Children are invited to bring their favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal friend to Nashville Zoo’s third annual Teddy Bear Clinic presented by Swauger Pediatric Dentistry and TriStar Southern Hills on Saturday, February 23 at the Zoo’s new Veterinary Center.

    Following the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the Veterinary Center at 9:30am, Nashville Zoo's Veterinary Department will be on call from 10:00am – 3:00pm to perform routine checkups on your child’s stuffed animal. The clinic is FREE with Zoo admission. No registration is necessary.

    During the event, there will be animal artifacts and learning experiences with Zoo Docents, crafts, veterinarian dress-up play, a photo booth, animal encounters and more. Children will receive a certificate of Beary Good Health at the end of the checkup.

     

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  • Climbing for Clouds

    Feb 24th, 2019
    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 24 for Climbing for Clouds! Bring the family out to Climb Nashville West and meet some of Nashville Zoo's Ambassador Animals between 6pm - 8pm. Keepers will be available to chat about clouded leopard conservation.

    RSVP to the Facebook Event

    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. 

    RSVP to the Facebook event

    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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  • Historic Home Program

    Mar 7th, 2019
    7:00pm - 8:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    Join us Thursday evening, March 7 at 7pm as Historic Site Manager Tori Mason and Jennifer Randles from the TN State Library and Archives discuss their recent travels to Miami, Florida and Havana, Cuba for research on the Croft family and their business once located in Havana. In Miami, they met with 94-year-old Bradford Dallas, the man who was the business administrator, and who was in Havana during the Cuban Revolution. They were able to obtain invaluable oral histories of his time in Havana and his memories of Margaret and Elise Croft. They also spent time in Havana documenting various locations associated with the Croft and the Dallas families.

    The program will be Thursday, March 7 at 7pm in the Gallery located in the Croft Center, and is free to attend.

    Nashville Zoo and the Tennessee State Library and Archives will co-host a free program highlighting the history of the property and historic home through a new digital collection on Thursday, April 5 at 7 p.m.

    The program, which will take place in the Zoo's Croft Center, will tell the story of how two sisters’ love of animals led to the Zoo's relocation. The collection includes photographs,
    letters, oral history audio excerpts, maps, memorabilia and land records.

    The home, built in 1810, is one of the oldest residences in Davidson County open to the public. The property served as a family farm for 175 years. Sisters Margaret and Elise Croft willed the Grassmere property to be used as a nature preserve
    upon their deaths, and Nashville Zoo began management of the site in 1997 to honor that request.

    “This program will highlight a true treasure of our state," said Secretary of State Tre Hargett. "Through this collection, we honor the legacy of two sisters who generously gifted their land, house and its contents for future generations to enjoy."

    Tori Mason, Historic Site Manager of Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, will share some of the more than 250 items included in the new Tennessee Virtual Archive (TeVA) collection curated by the Library and Archives staff.

    “One of the most frequently asked questions we receive from visitors is, ‘Where can I get more information about this family and the property?’ Up to this point, we have not been able to guide visitors to a site to access more information other than the Zoo's website and our social media pages,” Mason said. “Thanks to the Library and Archives staff, we now have the ability to direct those questions to the TeVA site and all of these wonderful documents, photos and oral histories."

    Megan Spainhour and Jami Awalt from the Library and Archives will also present on instructing how to browse the collection through TeVA, which is available here.

    Learn more about how to search the archives here

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  • Gardening Class

    Apr 6th, 2019
    11:00am - Noon
    Grassmere Historic Home & Farm

    Nashville Zoo and the Davidson County Master Gardeners are hosting gardening classes on Saturdays this April. The informal sessions cover a variety of topics, including composting, organic gardening and canning. 

    Spring gardening classes are free with Zoo admission and take place at from 11am - 12pm at the Grassmere Historic Farm gardens located behind the home. Master Gardeners leading the session will answer guests’ questions and provide handouts, soil sample kits, and other helpful items.

    • April 6: And Sow It Begins: Seed Starting and Composting
    • April 13: Can You Identify That Plant?
    • April 27: Culinary and Medicinal Herbs
    • May 4: Planting Seeds in the Children's Garden

    The award-winning Davidson County Master Gardeners are responsible for the complete restoration of the Grassmere Historic Home’s gardens and provide the manpower, resources and expertise to keep the areas around the historic home both beautiful and bountiful.

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  • Week of the Young Child - Kickoff

    Apr 7th, 2019
    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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  • Gardening Class

    Apr 13th, 2019
    11:00am - Noon
    Grassmere Historic Home & Farm

    Nashville Zoo and the Davidson County Master Gardeners are hosting gardening classes on Saturdays this April. The informal sessions cover a variety of topics, including composting, organic gardening and canning. 

    Spring gardening classes are free with Zoo admission and take place at from 11am - 12pm at the Grassmere Historic Farm gardens located behind the home. Master Gardeners leading the session will answer guests’ questions and provide handouts, soil sample kits, and other helpful items.

    • April 6: And Sow It Begins: Seed Starting and Composting
    • April 13: Can You Identify That Plant?
    • April 27: Culinary and Medicinal Herbs
    • May 4: Planting Seeds in the Children's Garden

    The award-winning Davidson County Master Gardeners are responsible for the complete restoration of the Grassmere Historic Home’s gardens and provide the manpower, resources and expertise to keep the areas around the historic home both beautiful and bountiful.

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  • Eggstravaganzoo

    Apr 20th, 2019
    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

     
     

    Animal fun too!

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

    Keeper Talks

    9:45 am - Rhinoceros Iguana (Unseen New World)
    10:00 am - Tortoise (Critter Encounters)
    10:00 am - Macaw
    10:15 am - Bat feeding (Unseen New World)
    10:15 am - Spider Monkey
    10:45 am - Porcupine
    10:45 am - Rhinoceros Hornbill
    11:15 am - White Rhinoceros
    11:15 am - Andean Bear
    11:45 am - Tapir
    12:15 pm - Barn Owl (Historic Farm)
    12:45 pm - Flamingo
    12:45 pm - Zebra, Antelope, Ostrich
    1:15 pm - Cassowary
    1:45 pm - Sheep Encounter (Historic Farm)
    2:00 pm - Pig Encounter (Critter Encounters)
    2:15 pm - Red Panda
    2:15 pm - Aviary
    2:45 pm - Giraffe
    3:15 pm - Red River Hog

    Amphitheater Shows

    10:00 am - Magic Show
    11:00 am - Animal Show
    12:00 pm - Magic 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)

    Registration for Bunny Breakfast is now closed.

    Register for Bunny Breakfast

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

     
     
     
     
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  • Party for the Planet

    Apr 25th, 2019
    9:00am - 2:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    Join the Zoo in celebrating Earth Day on April 25!

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

     

    Spring Into Action!

    Students of all ages are encouraged to join Nashville Zoo this spring for the Spring Into Action conservation campaign contest! Leading up to the Zoo’s annual Party for the Planet event and Earth Day, classrooms in Metro Nashville, as well as Cheatham, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Wilson and Williamson Counties, are encouraged to come together and take action to save wildlife both here in Tennessee and around the world.

    Plan a project around one of four conservation campaigns to make an impact on a threatened species. The winning project in each age group will receive a FREE field trip to the Zoo! Learn more about the contest or sign up your classroom!

     

     

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  • Gardening Class

    Apr 27th, 2019
    11:00am - Noon
    Grassmere Historic Home & Farm

    Nashville Zoo and the Davidson County Master Gardeners are hosting gardening classes on Saturdays this April. The informal sessions cover a variety of topics, including composting, organic gardening and canning. 

    Spring gardening classes are free with Zoo admission and take place at from 11am - 12pm at the Grassmere Historic Farm gardens located behind the home. Master Gardeners leading the session will answer guests’ questions and provide handouts, soil sample kits, and other helpful items.

    • April 6: And Sow It Begins: Seed Starting and Composting
    • April 13: Can You Identify That Plant?
    • April 27: Culinary and Medicinal Herbs
    • May 4: Planting Seeds in the Children's Garden

    The award-winning Davidson County Master Gardeners are responsible for the complete restoration of the Grassmere Historic Home’s gardens and provide the manpower, resources and expertise to keep the areas around the historic home both beautiful and bountiful.

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  • Gardening Class

    May 4th, 2019
    11:00am - Noon
    Grassmere Historic Home & Farm

    Nashville Zoo and the Davidson County Master Gardeners are hosting gardening classes on Saturdays this April. The informal sessions cover a variety of topics, including composting, organic gardening and canning. 

    Spring gardening classes are free with Zoo admission and take place at from 11am - 12pm at the Grassmere Historic Farm gardens located behind the home. Master Gardeners leading the session will answer guests’ questions and provide handouts, soil sample kits, and other helpful items.

    • April 6: And Sow It Begins: Seed Starting and Composting
    • April 13: Can You Identify That Plant?
    • April 27: Culinary and Medicinal Herbs
    • May 4: Planting Seeds in the Children's Garden

    The award-winning Davidson County Master Gardeners are responsible for the complete restoration of the Grassmere Historic Home’s gardens and provide the manpower, resources and expertise to keep the areas around the historic home both beautiful and bountiful.

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  • Zoovie Night

    May 24th, 2019
    6:00pm - 10:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    Join us for a fun family night under the stars!

    Zoovie Nights include games, inflatables, music, and after-hours access to the carousel and zip line! When the sun goes down the evening’s feature film will play on a large inflatable screen, so pack a blanket and head to the Zoo!

    Event Schedule

    6 PM - Sunset
    • Inflatables, DJ and games on Festival Field
    • Face painting and concessions*
    • Carousel and zip line open*

    *additional fees apply

    Sunset - Movie time!

    Please note that Zoo animal trails will close at 6 pm and guests must stay in Festival Field area after Zoo closing time.

    Movies

    • May 24th- TBD
    • August 30th- TBD

    Zoovie Cost

    Members - Free
    Non-Members - Included with day-of admission, OR $6 per person if entering after 6pm

    Inclement Weather

    In the case of inclement weather, please check the Zoo's Facebook page for up-to-date information. Weather-influenced cancellations will be made by 4:30pm on the day-of the event.

     
     
     

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  • Zzzoofari Slumber

    May 25th, 2019
    4:00pm - 11:55pm
    Nashville Zoo

    Join us for a unique camping experience as you sleep under the stars just a short distance away from the snoozing animals.

    Zzzoofari Slumber is an overnight camp session for families and escorted children. Recommended for kids ages 4 - 12 years old. Enjoy a variety of activities during the evening and a full breakfast the next morning. 

    Schedule of Activities

    • 4 - 6 pm - Crafts and Tent Set-up
    • 6 - 7:30 pm - Jungle Gym, Wild Animal Carousel, Soaring Eagle Zipline, Hayride, and Animal Show (starts at 7pm)
    • 7:30 - 9:30 pm - Corn hole, inflatables and campfire with a marshmallow roast

    Activities include hayrides, carousel and zipline rides (until 8:30 pm), inflatables (until 9:30pm), an animal show, crafts, dinner and marshmallow roast and a full breakfast in the morning.

     

    Packing list:

    • Tent
    • Sleeping bags, Pillows & Blankets
    • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste etc..)
    • Flashlight/ Battery-powered lantern
    Recommended/Suggested Items:
    • Dinner Food/Snacks (to supplement provided dinner and marshmallow roast)
    • Camp chair or blanket
    • Musical instruments (any of you aspiring musicians out there are welcome to play or sing a little ditty around the campfire!)

    Dates

    May 25-26
    August 31-September 1

    Pricing

    Members (age 4+) - $38
    Non-Members (age 4+) - $58
    Member Toddlers (age 2-4) - $16
    Non-Member Toddlers (age 2-4) - $30
    Groups of 8+ $33/each

    Pricing includes souvenir gift for registered children and unlimited rides for guests from 4pm-9:30pm.

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  • Brew at the Zoo

    May 31st, 2019
    6:30pm - 10:30pm
    Nashville Zoo

    Eighth annual beer festival on tap for May 31!

    Nashville Zoo welcomes all species of beer lovers to the eighth annual Brew at the Zoo happening on Friday, May 31 from 6:30pm to 10:30pm. Animals, live music, local food trucks and over 100 craft beers are on tap at this unique after-hours event voted the best beer event in Nashville by Nashville Scene readers in 2014 and 2016.

    Buy tickets!

    Please note: The Zoo will close at 4pm on May 31 to prepare for Brew at the Zoo.

     

    Ticket Types & Details

    Tickets on sale April 3rd!

    SUMMER SIPS COMBO

    Double up & Save

    Double up on adults-only fun at the Zoo this summer and save $$ when you purchase BOTH Brew at the Zoo and Red, White & Zoo tickets at once! The Summer Sips Combo option will appear after you click "Checkout" during the purchase process for Brew at the Zoo tickets.

    GENERAL ADMISSION

    MEMBERS $60  /  NON-MEMBERS $65 - THRU 5/24 
    Week of Price - $75

    Includes commemorative tasting glass and unlimited 2oz samples from all participating craft breweries.

    VIP ADMISSION

    MEMBERS $125  /  NON-MEMBERS $135 - THRU 5/24
    Week of Price - $150
    • Everything included in General Admission along with exclusive access to VIP Lounge 
    • Early entrance (6pm)  
    • Access to the Conservation Lounge
    • Exclusive animal encounter
    • Food pairings with select beers & wines in a VIP Lounge (6pm - 8:30pm)
    • Late night snack stop (9pm - 10pm)

    DESIGNATED DRIVER TICKETS

    GA & VIP options available
    GENERAL ADMISSION - MEMBERS $25 / NON-MEMBERS $30 - THRU 5/24
    Week of Price - $35
    • You must be 21+
    • You will not receive a tasting glass. You will receive a water and snack voucher at check in
    VIP - MEMBERS $55 / NON-MEMBERS $60 - THRU 5/24
    Week of Price - $65
    • You must be 21+
    • Exclusive access to VIP Lounge 
    • Early entrance (6pm)
    • Exclusive animal encounter
    • Access to Conservation Lounge
    • Food pairings in a VIP Lounge (6pm - 8:30pm)
    • Late night snack stop (9pm - 10pm)

    ADD ON CONSERVATION LOUNGE ACCESS

    $11 IN ADVANCE  /  $15 AT THE DOOR
    • Get access to this swanky lounge with lounge seating, an exclusive brewery, animal encounter, door prizes and more
    • Proceeds benefit a conservation project
    • All proceeds support "Rainforest Trust" – a world leader in conservation protecting millions of acres of rainforest from destruction while helping the world's most endangered species thrive.
    • Limited tickets available!

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    Know Before You Go

    • This event is ages 21+ only, no exceptions. Children are not permitted.
    • No public urination – if found in the bushes you will be removed.
    • No weapons of any kind.
    • No illegal substances.
    • Smoking (including vaping) is only permitted in a designated area, which will be noted on the festival map. Please do not smoke anywhere else. If found smoking in other areas, you will be asked to leave.
    • No bags or backpacks. Small purses are allowed.
    • No outside food or beverages. Water will be provided. Empty reusable water bottles are permitted.
    • No pets.
    • Please respect yourself, your fellow Brew patrons and the Zoo property.
    Be responsible. Don’t drink and drive.

    LYFT Promotion Code - coming soon!

    Lyft will provide a special Brew at the Zoo code that will offer riders:

    • New users: Get 2 free rides (up to $10 each)
    • Existing users: 15% off 2 rides to/from event
    • VIP ticket holders: 30% off round-trip

    Event parking

    Parking at Nashville Zoo will be FREE starting at 6pm. Please remember that parking is free during the event, but if you leave your car overnight it must be removed from the Zoo between 6am and 9am or your car will be towed.

     

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  • Make Music Nashville

    Jun 21st, 2019
    10:00am - 4:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    Nashville Zoo is once again taking part in Make Music Nashville! Make Music Nashville is an all-day festival taking place in various neighborhoods in Nashville, Tennessee on June 21st every year. Join us up at the Grassmere Historic Home and you can listen to various acts perform and even join in on a Harmonica Jam!

     

    PRICING:

    Free for members. Included in admission.

     

    SCHEDULE:

    Historic Home Lawn:

    1pm – 2pm: Howard Pink Musical Jungle
    Description: Howard Pink and His Musical Garden Hoses: Everything you ever wanted to know about the French horn but were afraid to ask.

    2pm – 3pm: Make Music Nashville presents Harmonica Jam at the Zoo
    Description: Join us at Nashville Zoo’s Grassmere Historic Home for free harmonica lessons by Nashville’s Greg Hommert and harmonicas donated by Hohner! Harmonicas only available to first 100 children.

    Historic Home Entrance:

    1pm – 2pm: Vladopus9
    Description: Vladopus9 is the all original acoustic Folk/Americana (female vocalist and male acoustic guitarist) duo from here in Nashville.

    2:15pm – 3pm: The Busks
    Description: The Busks are a throwback Rock & Roll group with influences from classic 60s artists such as The Beatles, The Kinks, The Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel and more.

    3:15pm – 4pm: Courtney Dickinson**TENTATIVE**
    Description: Fiery is a clear description of both the sound and personality of Courtney Dickinson. Courtney plans to add her own fiery flavor to Country Music and make a place for "a female with a message" and introduce herself as the "new redhead in town!"

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  • Zzzoofari Slumber

    Aug 31st, 2019
    4:00pm - 11:55pm
    Nashville Zoo

    Join us for a unique camping experience as you sleep under the stars just a short distance away from the snoozing animals.

    Zzzoofari Slumber is an overnight camp session for families and escorted children. Recommended for kids ages 4 - 12 years old. Enjoy a variety of activities during the evening and a full breakfast the next morning. 

    Schedule of Activities

    • 4 - 6 pm - Crafts and Tent Set-up
    • 6 - 7:30 pm - Jungle Gym, Wild Animal Carousel, Soaring Eagle Zipline, Hayride, and Animal Show (starts at 7pm)
    • 7:30 - 9:30 pm - Corn hole, inflatables and campfire with a marshmallow roast

    Activities include hayrides, carousel and zipline rides (until 8:30 pm), inflatables (until 9:30pm), an animal show, crafts, dinner and marshmallow roast and a full breakfast in the morning.

     

    Packing list:

    • Tent
    • Sleeping bags, Pillows & Blankets
    • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste etc..)
    • Flashlight/ Battery-powered lantern
    Recommended/Suggested Items:
    • Dinner Food/Snacks (to supplement provided dinner and marshmallow roast)
    • Camp chair or blanket
    • Musical instruments (any of you aspiring musicians out there are welcome to play or sing a little ditty around the campfire!)

    Dates

    May 25-26
    August 31-September 1

    Pricing

    Members (age 4+) - $38
    Non-Members (age 4+) - $58
    Member Toddlers (age 2-4) - $16
    Non-Member Toddlers (age 2-4) - $30
    Groups of 8+ $33/each

    Pricing includes souvenir gift for registered children and unlimited rides for guests from 4pm-9:30pm.

    Register

     
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