ZOO EVENT CALENDAR 2014
Saturday, October 4
Wake up with the animals and enjoy the quiet, early-morning hours at the beautiful Santa Barbara Zoo. Keeper talks and up-close animal encounters make this a great family event. Breakfast available for purchase at the Ridley-Tree restaurant.
5:45 - 7:15 p.m. (Volentine Family Gallery opens at 5:00 p.m.)
Is there a place for zoos and aquariums in today’s world or are they just outdated, as their most vocal critics claim? Rich Block, the Santa Barbara Zoo's CEO, explores some important dimensions of zoos and aquariums unrecognized by much of the public and rarely acknowledged by those who advocate closing these institutions.
Cost: $10 Non-members, $8 SB Zoo Members. Enjoy appetizers and a cash beer & wine bar. Buy tickets at the Zoo or online.
Friday, October 24, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Have a spooktacularly good time as the Zoo transforms for three nights of safe, traffic-free trick-or-treating during this merry-not-too-scary event. Features monster-ous thrills and chills including a Trick or Treat Trail, Boo-Choo-Choo train rides, Creepy Crawly encounters, Spooky Storytelling, Goblin Games, nightly Costume Parade, Ghoulish Goodies, and more. Boo at the Zoo is the most popular family Halloween festival in the tri-counties area!
Cost: $15/adults, $10 children 2-12; SB Zoo Members get $1 off. Boo-Choo-Choo tickets not included in admission price; sold separately on day of event on first-come, first-served basis. Buy tickets online.Buy tickets online.
Santa Barbara Zoo Explore Trips: Channel Islands Adventure
Looking to build leadership skills in a vigorous, outdoor setting? Join us on the Channel Islands to kayak coves and caves, snorkel pristine kelp forests, and hike the island mountains! We will learn about the dynamics of island ecosystems, and our role in conserving these delicate habitats. Departure from Channel Islands Harbor in Ventura.
For teens 13-18. Cost: $385 per person. $100 deposit required by October 15 to secure spot; full balance due November 1.
Fall Zoo Camp
November 24, 25, 26, & 28
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. or 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m
The Zoo’s award-winning Zoo Camp has a special program during Thanksgiving Break featuring age-appropriate themed programs for kids for ages 3 to 12 and includes games, behind-the-scenes visits, up-close animal introductions, hands-on science, and crafts.
Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Smash
Thursday, November 27
Animal lovers are encouraged to get the kids out of the house this Thanksgiving and come to the Zoo for a smashin’ good time! Watch as the elephants, gorillas, and other Zoo animals play and interact with pumpkins.
Cost: free with Zoo admission.
Sunday, December 7
Learn about the beautiful and endangered snow leopards and how to save them at this one-of-a-kind family festival. Kids sled down the Zoo’s “mini-Himalayan” mountains while parents “chill.” There are also snow-related arts and crafts and more. Plus, Santa returns for photos in the Kallman Family Children’s Garden.
Cost: Festival is free with Zoo admission. Additional fee for all-day access to snow areas.
December 22, 23, 24, 26, & December 29, 2014 – January 2, 2015