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

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September 2017

Homeschool Science: Fall Semester Begins

September 28 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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Join our hands-on, experiential program for homeschoolers (ages 4–15) in a semester of science at the Santa Barbara Zoo! Our interactive approach fulfills California standards by introducing age-specific content and developing research skills. Over each 8-week semester, we help students explore as scientists and field biologists, recording observations, evaluating problems, and developing solutions. Classes are grouped by age; spring and fall semesters offered. Fall 2017 Thursdays, September 28 – November 17 from 9 a.m. – noon  

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October 2017

IMPROVology

October 13 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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First-ever ‘wife vs. husband’ evening where married scientists square off on stage with Dr. Hillary Young and Dr. Douglas McCauley. 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 a "TED Talk," where world-class comedians pros go ape and monkey around, but no one gets thrown to the lions. We hope. All ages welcome. The…

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Explorer Fundays: Cork Bats

October 14 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until October 15, 2017

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 your own spooky bat using corks and a little imagination. 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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Bugs, Boas, and Bones: Creepy-Crawly Creatures Awareness Day

October 14 @ 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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Keepers offer informal activities relating to the Zoo’s collection of insects, spiders, snakes, and other “creepy-crawly creatures.” Check back later or at the entry kiosk for more information. Cost: free with Zoo admission.

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Explorer Fundays: Cork Bats

October 15 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until October 15, 2017

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 your own spooky bat using corks and a little imagination. 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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Boo at the Zoo

October 20 @ 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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Friday, October 20, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, October 21 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, October 22, 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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Explorer Fundays: Paper Roll Spiders

October 21 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until October 22, 2017

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! Need a hand? Your new spider friend has eight to spare! 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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Boo at the Zoo

October 21 @ 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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Friday, October 20, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, October 21, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, October 22, 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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Explorer Fundays: Paper Roll Spiders

October 22 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until October 22, 2017

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! Need a hand? Your new spider friend has eight to spare! 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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Boo at the Zoo

October 22 @ 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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Friday, October 20, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, October 21, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, October 22, 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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Kids Club: Autumn Assembly

October 28 @ 5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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Autumn Assembly Let your kids spend a spooky evening at the Zoo! Parents, take the evening off while your kids take over the Zoo and enjoy dinner, special animal encounters, night tours, s'mores, and more fun activities. For ages 3–12 (must be self-sufficient in the restroom) Cost $30/child, $20/sibling. Register online.

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November 2017

Rainforest Awareness Day

November 12 @ 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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There are two kinds of rainforest in the world: tropical and temperate. Both types of rainforests contain large numbers of plants and animals, and both types of rainforest also contain many resources used by humans. Zookeepers offer informal activities relating to rainforest-dwelling animals and educate guests about the importance of the world's tropical rainforests to both people and animals across the globe. Cost: free with Zoo admission.

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Fall Zoo Camp

November 20 @ 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until November 22, 2017

Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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November 20–22 & 24 Half Day 9 a.m. – noon Full Day 9 a.m. –   3 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. Cost: half day $45/day, $40/day for SB Zoo Members, full day $57/day, $52/day for SB Zoo Members. Register for Zoo Camp online. 

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Fall Zoo Camp

November 21 @ 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until November 22, 2017

Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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November 20–22 & 24 Half Day 9 a.m. – noon Full Day 9 a.m. –   3 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. Cost: half day $45/day, $40/day for SB Zoo Members, full day $57/day, $52/day for SB Zoo Members. Register for Zoo Camp online. 

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Fall Zoo Camp

November 22 @ 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until November 22, 2017

Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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November 20–22 & 24 Half Day 9 a.m. – noon Full Day 9 a.m. –   3 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. Cost: half day $45/day, $40/day for SB Zoo Members, full day $57/day, $52/day for SB Zoo Members. Register for Zoo Camp online. 

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Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Smash

November 23 @ 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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Fall Zoo Camp

November 24 @ 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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November 20–22 & 24 Half Day 9 a.m. – noon Full Day 9 a.m. –   3 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. Cost: half day $45/day, $40/day for SB Zoo Members, full day $57/day, $52/day for SB Zoo Members. Register for Zoo Camp online. 

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December 2017

Snow Leopard Festival/Sledding at the Zoo

December 3 @ 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

Beautiful and elusive, snow leopards are highly endangered and the subject of celebration at this Zoo event. Kids sled down the Zoo’s “mini-Himalayan” mountains and play in the snow area. Enjoy snow leopard zookeeper talks, snow leopard arts and crafts, and photos with Santa. Early 9 a.m. entry for SB Zoo Members only! Cost: festival is free with Zoo admission; sledding $3/child.

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Winter Zoo Camp

December 18 @ 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until December 22, 2017

Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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Dec. 18–22 and Dec. 26–29 Half Day 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Full Day 9 a.m. –   3 p.m. The Zoo’s award-winning Zoo Camp has a special program during two weeks of Winter 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. Cost: half day $42/day, $37/day for SB Zoo Members, full day $55/day, $50/day for SB Zoo Members. Register online.

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Winter Zoo Camp

December 19 @ 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until December 22, 2017

Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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Dec. 18–22 and Dec. 26–29 Half Day 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Full Day 9 a.m. –   3 p.m. The Zoo’s award-winning Zoo Camp has a special program during two weeks of Winter 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. Cost: half day $42/day, $37/day for SB Zoo Members, full day $55/day, $50/day for SB Zoo Members. Register online.

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Winter Zoo Camp

December 20 @ 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until December 22, 2017

Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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Dec. 18–22 and Dec. 26–29 Half Day 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Full Day 9 a.m. –   3 p.m. The Zoo’s award-winning Zoo Camp has a special program during two weeks of Winter 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. Cost: half day $42/day, $37/day for SB Zoo Members, full day $55/day, $50/day for SB Zoo Members. Register online.

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Winter Zoo Camp

December 21 @ 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until December 22, 2017

Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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Dec. 18–22 and Dec. 26–29 Half Day 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Full Day 9 a.m. –   3 p.m. The Zoo’s award-winning Zoo Camp has a special program during two weeks of Winter 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. Cost: half day $42/day, $37/day for SB Zoo Members, full day $55/day, $50/day for SB Zoo Members. Register online.

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Winter Zoo Camp

December 22 @ 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until December 22, 2017

Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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Dec. 18–22 and Dec. 26–29 Half Day 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Full Day 9 a.m. –   3 p.m. The Zoo’s award-winning Zoo Camp has a special program during two weeks of Winter 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. Cost: half day $42/day, $37/day for SB Zoo Members, full day $55/day, $50/day for SB Zoo Members. Register online.

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Winter Zoo Camp

December 26 @ 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until December 29, 2017

Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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December 18–22 and December 26–29 Half Day 9 a.m. – noon Full Day 9 a.m. –   3 p.m. The Zoo’s award-winning Zoo Camp has a special program during two weeks of Winter 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. Cost: half day $45/day, $40/day for SB Zoo Members, full day $57/day, $52/day for SB Zoo Members. Register online.

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Winter Zoo Camp

December 27 @ 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until December 29, 2017

Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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December 18–22 and December 26–29 Half Day 9 a.m. – noon Full Day 9 a.m. –   3 p.m. The Zoo’s award-winning Zoo Camp has a special program during two weeks of Winter 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. Cost: half day $45/day, $40/day for SB Zoo Members, full day $57/day, $52/day for SB Zoo Members. Register online.

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Winter Zoo Camp

December 28 @ 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until December 29, 2017

Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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December 18–22 and December 26–29 Half Day 9 a.m. – noon Full Day 9 a.m. –   3 p.m. The Zoo’s award-winning Zoo Camp has a special program during two weeks of Winter 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. Cost: half day $45/day, $40/day for SB Zoo Members, full day $57/day, $52/day for SB Zoo Members. Register online.

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Winter Zoo Camp

December 29 @ 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until December 29, 2017

Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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December 18–22 and December 26–29 Half Day 9 a.m. – noon Full Day 9 a.m. –   3 p.m. The Zoo’s award-winning Zoo Camp has a special program during two weeks of Winter 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. Cost: half day $45/day, $40/day for SB Zoo Members, full day $57/day, $52/day for SB Zoo Members. Register online.

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Kids Club: New Year’s Eve

December 31, 2017 @ 5:30 PM - January 1, 2018 @ 10:30 AM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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New Year's Eve Let your kids celebrate New Year's Eve at the Zoo! What better way for the kiddos to ring in the new year than with all of their animal friends? Enjoy a night out celebrating while your kids take over the Zoo and enjoy dinner, special animal encounters, night tours, s'mores, and more fun activities. For ages 3–12 (must be self-sufficient in the restroom). Kids can stay until just after midnight (twilight option) or until 10:30 the next morning (overnight…

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