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Santa Barbara Zoo

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

April 2019

Explorer Fundays: Gorilla Handprints

April 20 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until April 21, 2019

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 21 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until April 21, 2019

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: Clothespin Caterpillars

April 27 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until April 28, 2019

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. These hungry caterpillars need your help to grow! 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 28 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until April 28, 2019

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. These hungry caterpillars need your help to grow! 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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May 2019

Members’ Night

May 3 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. Help experts from Play-Well TEKnologies kick off a weekend of fun “building the Zoo” with 20,000 LEGO® Bricks, learn about the animals from the zookeepers who take care of them, ride the Zoo Train, dance with DJ Hecktik, enjoy a delicious taco bar dinner, and so much more! Reservations are required. Cost: $18/adults; $12/children 2-12. Order tickets with printable form or online. 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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Roar & Pour Wine Festival

May 11 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 benefit the animals at the Santa Barbara Zoo. For guests ages 21 and older. Tickets go on sale March 1. Visit…

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Explorer Fundays: Coffee Filter Sunflowers

May 18 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until May 19, 2019

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. Turn a coffee filter into a beautiful sunflower. 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: Coffee Filter Sunflowers

May 19 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until May 19, 2019

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. Turn a coffee filter into a beautiful sunflower. 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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June 2019

Explorer Funday: Egg Carton Bees

June 1 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until June 2, 2019

Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States

52 Weeks of Fun! Stop by the Explore Store for an easy craft that’s fun for all ages. Buzz buzz buzz (translation: Come make a bee friend out of an egg carton)! Year of the Explorer activities are held every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.– 2 p.m. in the Explore Store. Cost: free with Zoo admission 

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Zoo Brew

June 1 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 sells out every year! Show your support for the Zoo's animals while you enjoy tastings from 30+ breweries, plus pub food and merchandise are available for sale. VIP tickets allow early entrance and include appetizers.  For ages 21+ only.  Tickets on sale May 1.      

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Explorer Funday: Egg Carton Bees

June 2 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until June 2, 2019

Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States

52 Weeks of Fun! Stop by the Explore Store for an easy craft that’s fun for all ages. Buzz buzz buzz (translation: Come make a bee friend out of an egg carton)! Year of the Explorer activities are held every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.– 2 p.m. in the Explore Store. Cost: free with Zoo admission 

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Summer Zoo Camp Begins

June 10 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States

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.

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Zoo-a-Palooza

June 14 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States

You think the Zoo is pretty wild because of all of the animals? Wait until you see it when it’s taken over by…kids! Children of all ages are warmly welcomed to the first annual Zoo-a-Palooza, a kids’ party at the Zoo. Enjoy local vendors with activity stations, mad science experiments, bounce houses, climbing wall, and of course…a dance party with Zoo fave DJ Hektik.

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Autism Safari Nights

June 20 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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One event on July 25, 2019 at 5:30pm

One event on August 22, 2019 at 5:30pm

Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States

Drop the kids off to play while you connect with other parents of kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Children will enjoy a movie, reading corner, bounce house, and sensory activities while parents eat, drink, and mingle. Food and drinks, including beer and wine, will be available for purchase, so you can take a night off from making dinner too! The Zoo's gift shop will be open and offers sensory backpacks for sale. Advance registration required. Childcare provided at no cost by UCSB Koegel Autism Center. Zoo restaurant offers gluten-free items. Cost: Free. Register online.

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July 2019

Autism Safari Nights

July 25 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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One event on July 25, 2019 at 5:30pm

One event on August 22, 2019 at 5:30pm

Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States

Drop the kids off to play while you connect with other parents of kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Children will enjoy a movie, reading corner, bounce house, and sensory activities while parents eat, drink, and mingle. Food and drinks, including beer and wine, will be available for purchase, so you can take a night off from making dinner too! The Zoo's gift shop will be open and offers sensory backpacks for sale. Advance registration required. Childcare provided at no cost by UCSB Koegel Autism Center. Zoo restaurant offers gluten-free items. Cost: Free. Register online.

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August 2019

DIGS

August 1 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States

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.

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Autism Safari Nights

August 22 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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One event on July 25, 2019 at 5:30pm

One event on August 22, 2019 at 5:30pm

Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States

Drop the kids off to play while you connect with other parents of kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Children will enjoy a movie, reading corner, bounce house, and sensory activities while parents eat, drink, and mingle. Food and drinks, including beer and wine, will be available for purchase, so you can take a night off from making dinner too! The Zoo's gift shop will be open and offers sensory backpacks for sale. Advance registration required. Childcare provided at no cost by UCSB Koegel Autism Center. Zoo restaurant offers gluten-free items. Cost: Free. Register online.

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Zoofari Ball XXXIV

August 24 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States

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! A fundraiser benefiting your Zoo and your planet.

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October 2019

Boo at the Zoo

October 18 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States

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!

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Boo at the Zoo

October 19 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States

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!

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Boo at the Zoo

October 20 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States

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!

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December 2019

Snow Leopard Festival/Sledding at the Zoo

December 1 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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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.

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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 2020

Open New Year’s Day

January 1, 2020 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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