It's the Summer/Fall Schedule for the Zoo!

July 28, 2009 12:44:48 PM PDT
Back by popular demand, Sunset Safari will be offered for a second time this year! On Friday, August 7, the Philadelphia Zoo will stay open until 8:00 p.m. The evening will feature food specials and music, along with animal feedings as guests get a rare opportunity to say "goodnight" to their favorite animals. Every weekend in October, join us to celebrate Beast Feast. Watch our animals receive special harvest treats and learn all about the benefits of buying local produce for you and the environment. And don't forget to visit us during the Philadelphia region's most festive Halloween party -- Boo at the Zoo! Dress up as a lion, tiger or bear (oh my) and stop by the Zoo's annual trick-or-treat event. Hang out with creepy critters, collect ghoulish goodies, jam out to live music, paint pumpkins, hear spooky stories and much more. It's all happening at the Zoo this fall!


Sunset Safari

August 7

5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Extended evening hours!

Free with Zoo admission

Don't wait - the Zoo will be open late! Bid goodnight to the tigers and send a snake off to slumber. See the Zoo in a whole new light and visit our animals as they get ready for bed! Enjoy live family-friendly music and catch special evening feeding demonstrations.

Bowling for Rhinos

August 14

3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

$25 per person, children under 2 are free

Wynnewood Lanes in Ardmore, PA

Join us as we "strike out" rhino extinction! Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of bowling, rhino games, and a special appearance by Zoo on Wheels while saving an endangered species. Bowlers may register individually or form a team of six. Registration fee includes shoe rental, bowling for 2 hours, and games. For pledge forms log on to Further information on Bowling for Rhinos is available by calling 215-243-5721 or emailing


Twilight Tour-Animal Happy Hour -- Adults Only!

September 11

7:00 to 11:00 p.m.

$50.00 per person

The Zoo isn't just for kids! Join us after the Zoo closes for a special intimate look at the animals. Experience a guided tour around the Zoo, have a meet and greet with a keeper and ask all the questions you want, have a special up close visit with some of the Zoo's education animals and enjoy a nice snack of wine and cheese. Call 215-243-5254 to book this program. Space is limited, advance reservations required.

Feathered Friends Pajama Prowl

September 18

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

$20 per member, $25 per nonmember

Put on your pj's and join us for a fun night learning that birds are amazing! Enjoy a craft, night hike and live animal experience. Space is limited and advance reservations are required. Call (215) 243-5254 for more information.

Raptor Days

September 26 and 27

11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Free with Zoo admission

Join us to discover more about the fascinating world of raptors! Learn what makes a bird of prey a special and just which ones you can find in your own backyards. Meet folks from many local raptor conservation groups, participate in great bird ?related crafts, have a chance to meet some of our own raptors in person and participate in fun keeper talks!


Beast Feast

Every weekend in October

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

Free with Zoo Admission

Kids aren't the only ones getting treats at the Zoo during October! Several times a day, families can see our animals receive special harvest treats. Produce and vegetables given to the animals for Beast Feast are provided by a number of local farms as part of the Philadelphia Zoo's "Buy Local" conservation campaign. The Zoo encourages families to buy their own fruits and vegetables locally, too.

The Nocturnal Zoo Family Overnight

October 17

6:30 p.m. Saturday to 10:00 a.m. Sunday

$50 per person

Find out what animals are awake at night! Enjoy hikes around the Zoo, a keeper talk, craft and live animal experience. A light snack is provided at night and continental breakfast provided in the morning. Space is limited and advance reservations are required. Call (215) 243-5254 for more information.

Boo at the Zoo

October 24 and 25

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

Free with Zoo admission

Boo at the Zoo - a masquerade party for the whole family! Come to America's first zoo for plenty of sweets and treats, and play our Pumpkin Toss Across, along with other cool games, at our family game stations for exciting prizes. Storytelling, music, games and of course our animals make the Zoo one of the Philadelphia region's most festive Halloween destinations, and Boo at the Zoo the must-attend Halloween event in the city!


Family Workshop: Leaves and Seeds

November 14

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

$30 per family of five or fewer

Celebrate the breathtaking colors of fall as we explore our Zoo. Collect seeds, make leaf rubbings and take photographs of our beautiful foliage to create your own special natural centerpiece. You'll also receive a CD with the day's photos. Space is limited and advance reservations are required. Call (215) 243-5254 for more information.

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the Zoo's winter events. These events are so exciting -- you'll be counting down the days until they begin!

Zoo Winter Camp 2009: Animals in Art and Culture

December 28 -- December 30, 2009

3- to 4- year olds

9:30 a.m. -- 1:00 p.m.

$30 per day

5- to 9-year olds

9:30 a.m. -- 3:00 p.m.

$50 per day

At Winter Zoo Camp, we will explore the use of animals in art and culture using live animals, interactive activities, music and crafts. Each day will focus on a different world geographical area:

Monday, December 28 -- Rainforests

Tuesday, December 29 -- Polar Regions

Wednesday, December 30 -- Tropical Islands

Space is limited and advance reservations are required. Call (215) 243-5254 for more information.

The Philadelphia Zoo is located at 34th Street and Girard Avenue - minutes from the historic downtown area - in beautiful Fairmount Park. The Zoo is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Admission for the Zoo is $15.00 for children under 12 and $18.00 for adults. Family memberships start at just $99; Zoo members receive free admission.

About the Philadelphia Zoo:

Philadelphia Zoo, America's first zoo, is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its founding. Chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on March 21, 1859, the Zoo is currently home to over 1,300 animals from around the world, many rare and endangered. Welcoming more than one million visitors each year from throughout the region and beyond, the Zoo serves children and families as a unique and engaging public resource for wildlife conservation and education. The Philadelphia Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. For more information or to purchase and print tickets online, visit