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500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
(805) 962-5339

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March 2018

IMPROVology

March 9 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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Why can’t people be more like African painted dogs? Wildlife conservation biologist Dr. Greg Rassmussen is in town from Zimbabwe to tell you why. He’ll be joined on stage by your favorite improvisational comedians Kelly Holden-Bashar, Jo McGinley, Stephen Kearin, Brian Lohmann and Dan O’Connor. IMPROVology is a live, family-friendly mashup of science and comedy. Mix comedians with animal experts, add cool stories about fascinating critters, and everyone ends up happy as clams. It’s "Whose Line is it Anyway?" meets…

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Princess Weekend/Save the Frogs

March 10 @ 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until March 11, 2018

Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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Early entrance at 9 a.m., exclusively for SB Zoo Members. There’s no better time than the season when clocks “spring forward” to honor the world’s many and varied frogs and amphibians. Meet Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, and other princesses in person as they help celebrate frogs. There are also frog-inspired crafts, games, and special animal appearances. All costumed princesses welcome – as are knights, pirates, and cowboys. Learn how zoos and aquariums are working to save the world’s threatened…

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Explorer Fundays: Coffee Filter Frog

March 10 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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52 Weeks of Fun! Stop by the Explore Store for an easy craft that’s fun for all ages. It's frog awareness Day! Celebrate princesses, princes, and frogs and make a frog of your very own. Explorer Fundays activities are held every Saturday & Sunday from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. in the Explore Store. Cost: free with Zoo admission 

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Princess Weekend/Save the Frogs

March 11 @ 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until March 11, 2018

Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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Early entrance at 9 a.m., exclusively for SB Zoo Members. There’s no better time than the season when clocks “spring forward” to honor the world’s many and varied frogs and amphibians. Meet Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, and other princesses in person as they help celebrate frogs. There are also frog-inspired crafts, games, and special animal appearances. All costumed princesses welcome – as are knights, pirates, and cowboys. Learn how zoos and aquariums are working to save the world’s threatened…

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Explorer Fundays: Coffee Filter Frog

March 11 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until March 11, 2018

Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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52 Weeks of Fun! Stop by the Explore Store for an easy craft that’s fun for all ages. It's frog awareness Day! Celebrate princesses, princes, and frogs and make a frog of your very own. Explorer Fundays activities are held every Saturday & Sunday from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. in the Explore Store. Cost: free with Zoo admission 

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Explorer Fundays: Paper Plate Sunny Days

March 17 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until March 18, 2018

Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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52 Weeks of Fun! Stop by the Explore Store for an easy craft that’s fun for all ages. Some days you have to make your own sunshine. Come make your day a little brighter: make a sunny day out of a paper plate! Explorer Fundays activities are held every Saturday & Sunday from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. in the Explore Store. Cost: free with Zoo admission 

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Explorer Fundays: Paper Plate Sunny Days

March 18 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until March 18, 2018

Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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52 Weeks of Fun! Stop by the Explore Store for an easy craft that’s fun for all ages. Some days you have to make your own sunshine. Come make your day a little brighter: make a sunny day out of a paper plate! Explorer Fundays activities are held every Saturday & Sunday from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. in the Explore Store. Cost: free with Zoo admission 

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April 2018

Explorer Fundays: Potato Print Eggs

April 1 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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52 Weeks of Fun! Stop by the Explore Store for an easy craft that’s fun for all ages. Today we create beautiful egg prints with potatoes! Explorer Fundays activities are held every Saturday & Sunday from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. in the Explore Store. Cost: free with Zoo admission 

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Zoo School: Spring Session Begins

April 5 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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Spring 2018: Water April 5 through  May 25, Thursdays OR Fridays from 9 a.m. – noon. Join our hands-on, experiential program for early education learners (3–5) and homeschool students (ages 3–15). Our interactive approach fulfills California standards by introducing age-specific content and developing research skills. Over each 8-week session, students explore as field biologists, recording observations, evaluating problems, and developing solutions. Classes are grouped by age; winter, spring, and fall semesters offered. Read more about Zoo School, or register online for…

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El Dia del Nino

April 8 @ 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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Free with Zoo admission.

Celebrate this “Day of the Child” at the Zoo, one of the year’s most popular events, featuring Spanish-language music, children’s talent show, food, and fun! Cost: free with Zoo admission.

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Explorer Fundays: Clothespin Caterpillars

April 14 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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52 Weeks of Fun! Stop by the Explore Store for an easy craft that’s fun for all ages! Create a caterpillar using clothespins and a little creativity. Explorer Fundays activities are held every Saturday & Sunday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Explore Store. Cost: free with Zoo admission 

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Explorer Fundays: Clothespin Caterpillars

April 15 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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52 Weeks of Fun! Stop by the Explore Store for an easy craft that’s fun for all ages! Create a caterpillar using clothespins and a little creativity. Explorer Fundays activities are held every Saturday & Sunday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Explore Store. Cost: free with Zoo admission 

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Explorer Fundays: Gorilla Handprints

April 21 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until April 22, 2018

Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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52 Weeks of Fun! Stop by the Explore Store for an easy craft that’s fun for all ages! Compare the size of your hand with a gorilla's! Year of the Explorer activities are held every Saturday & Sunday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Explore Store. Cost: free with Zoo admission 

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Explorer Fundays: Gorilla Handprints

April 22 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until April 22, 2018

Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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52 Weeks of Fun! Stop by the Explore Store for an easy craft that’s fun for all ages! Compare the size of your hand with a gorilla's! Year of the Explorer activities are held every Saturday & Sunday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Explore Store. Cost: free with Zoo admission 

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Zoo-to-Do

April 28 @ 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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Free, this is a volunteer event. Pre-registration is required

Local residents are invited to help with Zoo improvement projects during this community volunteer day. Work takes place in the Zoo gardens and/or exhibits. Volunteers receive lunch and two Zoo guest passes. Cost: free, this is a volunteer event. Must be 12 or older for this event. Pre-registration is required: contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (805) 962­-5339, ext. 153 or volunteer@sbzoo.org.  

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Explorer Fundays: Newspaper Owls

April 28 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until April 29, 2018

Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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52 Weeks of Fun! Stop by the Explore Store for an easy craft that’s fun for all ages! Whooo you looking at? Why you, you pretty newspaper owl! Explorer Fundays activities are held every Saturday & Sunday from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. in the Explore Store. Cost: free with Zoo admission 

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Explorer Fundays: Newspaper Owls

April 29 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until April 29, 2018

Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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52 Weeks of Fun! Stop by the Explore Store for an easy craft that’s fun for all ages! Whooo you looking at? Why you, you pretty newspaper owl! Explorer Fundays activities are held every Saturday & Sunday from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. in the Explore Store. Cost: free with Zoo admission 

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May 2018

Roar & Pour Wine Festival

May 5 @ 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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Wine tasting event where the animals stay out late and the Zoo is open so guests can stroll and sip. Featuring tastings from more than 20 local wineries, tasty eats available for purchase from local food trucks and Rincon Catering, music, and more! VIP tickets are available and include early entry at 4 p.m., high-end reserve tastings (wines that will not be poured at the main event), complimentary appetizers, and animal encounters. This event is not to be missed; all proceeds…

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Members’ Night

May 11 @ 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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For Santa Barbara Zoo Members and Foster Feeders Only. Join us for this annual event celebrating our loyal Members and Foster Feeders! Zoo Catering Services by Rincon serves a delicious dinner to complete this delightful evening. Reservations are required. Cost: $18/adults; $12/children 2-12. Tickets on sale March 1. Note: the Zoo will close at 3:30 p.m. for this event. SB Zoo Members admitted until 3:00 p.m., tickets sold until 2:30 p.m.

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June 2018

Zoo Brew

June 2 @ 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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Zoo Brew is so popular, it sold out in hours last year! There are tastings from 30+ breweries, plus pub food and merchandise are available for sale. VIP tickets allow early entrance and include appetizers. Check out the Zoo Brew mini site for more info. For ages 21+ only.  Tickets go on sale May 1.    

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Safari Sleepover

June 23 @ 6:30 PM - June 24 @ 10:30 AM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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2018 Family SafariSleepovers: June 23, July 21, and August 18 Going on safari doesn’t have to mean spending a lot of money, packing a lot of gear, or traveling internationally. Go on a Safari Sleepover and enjoy adventure, exotic animals, and lots of fun right here in Santa Barbara! Your family will enjoy behind-the-scenes tours, animal encounters, train rides, movies, games, a pizza dinner, and a pancake breakfast after you've spent the night at the Zoo. Cost $70/person, $60/person for SB…

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July 2018

Traditional Summer Zoo Camp Begins

July 9 @ 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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Zoo Camp dates: Monday, July 9 – Friday, August 17 Zoo Camp introduces kids ages 3 to 8 to the wild world of animals and science. Age-appropriate themed programs include games, teacher-led workshops, behind-the-scenes visits, up-close animal introductions, hands-on science, and animal-related crafts, songs and skits. Half-day, full-day, and extended day options are available. Half-day: 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. $225/week, $185/week for SB Zoo Members Full-day: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. $285/week, $245/week for SB Zoo Members Extended day option: additional $75/week…

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Safari Sleepover

July 21 @ 6:30 PM - July 22 @ 10:30 AM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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2018 SafariSleepover: June 23, July 21, and August 18 Going on safari doesn’t have to mean spending a lot of money, packing a lot of gear, or traveling internationally. Go on a Sleepover Safari and enjoy adventure, exotic animals, and lots of fun right here in Santa Barbara! Your family will enjoy behind-the-scenes tours, animal encounters, train rides, movies, games, a pizza dinner, and a pancake breakfast after you've spent the night at the Zoo. Cost $70/person, $60/person for SB…

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August 2018

DIGS

August 2 @ 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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Throw on a gaucho hat, shine up those dancing shoes, and bring an appetite for fun. Celebracion de los Dignatarios kicks off Fiesta week with the wildest party in Santa Barbara, including the infamous “Digs” margaritas, icy cold beer, and tasty regional wines. Enjoy yummy appetizers from top local eateries, boogie to the stinging sounds of DJ Hecktik, and hobnob with VIPs… like you. Viva DIGS! For more Fiesta activity info, visit the OSD website. For guests 21+ and over only. …

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Safari Sleepover

August 18 @ 6:30 PM - August 19 @ 10:30 AM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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2018 SafariSleepovers: June 23, July 21, and August 18 Going on safari doesn’t have to mean spending a lot of money, packing a lot of gear, or traveling internationally. Go on a Sleepover Safari and enjoy adventure, exotic animals, and lots of fun right here in Santa Barbara! Your family will enjoy behind-the-scenes tours, animal encounters, train rides, movies, games, a pizza dinner, and a pancake breakfast after you've spent the night at the Zoo. Cost $70/person, $60/person for SB…

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Zoofari Ball XXXIII

August 25 @ 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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Join us for the biggest "fun"raiser of the year...Zoofari Ball. This event combines dinner, dancing, and supporting the animals at the  Santa Barbara Zoo.  Zoofari usually sells out in advance, so make your reservations early! For more information, call (805) 962-5339, ext. 113. Reservations open June 1. A fundraiser benefiting your Zoo and your planet. Early Closure: Zoo closes at 3:30 p.m.  

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October 2018

Boo at the Zoo

October 19 @ 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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Friday, October 19, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, October 20 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, October 21, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Zoo transforms for three nights of safe, traffic-free trick-­or-treating for monster-ous thrills and chills including a Trick-or-Treat Trail, Boo Choo Choo train rides, Creepy Crawly encounters, Spooky Storytelling, Goblin Games, and more. It's the most popular family Halloween festival in the tri-counties area! Early Closure for all three dates: Zoo closes at 3:30 p.m. Areas of the Zoo will…

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Boo at the Zoo

October 20 @ 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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Friday, October 19, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, October 20, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, October 21, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Zoo transforms for three nights of safe, traffic-free trick-­or-treating for monster-ous thrills and chills including a Trick-or-Treat Trail, Boo-Choo-Choo train rides, Creepy Crawly encounters, Spooky Storytelling, Goblin Games, and more. It's the most popular family Halloween festival in the tri-counties area! Early Closure for all three dates: Zoo closes at 3:30 p.m. Areas of the Zoo will be closed…

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Boo at the Zoo

October 21 @ 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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Friday, October 19, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, October 20, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, October 21, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Zoo transforms for three nights of safe, traffic-free trick-­or-treating for monster-ous thrills and chills including a Trick-or-Treat Trail, Boo-Choo-Choo train rides, Creepy Crawly encounters, Spooky Storytelling, Goblin Games, and more. It's the most popular family Halloween festival in the tri-counties area! Early Closure for all three dates: Zoo closes at 3:30 p.m. Areas of the Zoo will be closed…

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November 2018

Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Smash

November 22 @ 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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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.  The Zoo closes early today, at 3:30 p.m.

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December 2018

Snow Leopard Festival/Sledding at the Zoo

December 2 @ 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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Free with Zoo admission

A rare blizzard hits the Zoo with 80 tons of snow for sledding and snow play for this frosty fun family festival. Snow leopards bask in their element while Santa poses for holiday photos. Early 9 a.m. entry for SB Zoo Members only! Cost: festival is free with Zoo admission; sledding $3/child.

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Open Christmas Eve

December 24 @ 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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The Zoo is open Christmas Eve, so come spend some holiday time with your animal friends at the Santa Barbara Zoo! General Admission until 2:30 p.m.; SB Zoo Member Admission until 3:00 p.m.  Zoo closes at 3:30 p.m.

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Open Christmas Day

December 25 @ 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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The Zoo is open Christmas Day, so come spend some holiday time with your animal friends at the Santa Barbara Zoo! General Admission until 2:30 p.m.; SB Zoo Member Admission until 3:00 p.m.  Zoo closes at 3:30 p.m.

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Open New Year’s Eve

December 31 @ 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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The Zoo is open regular hours on New Year's Eve, so come spend some holiday time with your animal friends at the Santa Barbara Zoo!

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January 2019

Open New Year’s Day

January 1, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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The Zoo is open regular hours on New Year's Day, so come spend some holiday time with your animal friends at the Santa Barbara Zoo!

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