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Signature Zoo Events give you more great reasons to keep coming back to the Zoo. Enjoy the great outdoors each and every season as we celebrate in Zoo style.

Every Tuesday in July, 2018: 8:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Every Tuesday in July, enjoy $3 admission into the Zoo with a Cox voucher. The Zoo will be open for extended hours, 8:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Vouchers will be available for pick up at any area Cox Solutions Store after June 22.

Wichita Locations:
2556 N. Maize Rd., Suite 102
2240 N. Rock Rd., Suite 101
446 S. Ridge Rd., Suite 100

Derby Location:
1636 N. Rock Rd., Suite 100

El Dorado Location:
101 E. 12th Ave

Newton Location:
417 Windward Dr.

One voucher per group, voucher can be reused on multiple Twilight Tuesday dates.

2018 event sponsored by: Cox

Saturday, July 21, 2018: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Celebrate the Farms by participating in some old-fashioned county fair activities. Learn how animals are judged at the fair and much more. You might even win a blue ribbon yourself!

Regular admission applies. Members are free with membership card and photo ID.

Saturday, August 4, 2018: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Admission is just $3 per person!
Members FREE with membership card and photo ID.

Don't forget to bring school supplies to help needy kids in our community! (School supplies are not required to receive $3 admission.)

Couple of things to note about the big day:

  • Last year's attendance was 10,000+ so be prepared for large crowds.
  • Should our main parking lots become full, we've prepped the grass lot to the north of Zoo for your parking needs.
  • Don't forget to bring school supplies for the Salvation Army! (Not required for discount admission)
  • Have fun and enjoy your adventure at the Zoo!

2018 event sponsored by: KAKE and Dillons

Saturday, September 8, 2018: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sedgwick County Zoo is open 364 days a year, closing only one day in preparation for the biggest fund raising event in Wichita — Zoobilee. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you. We hope that you will plan to visit the Zoo one of the other 364 days of the year. And remember, the Zoo is always closed the day of Zoobilee — which always falls on the first Saturday after Labor Day.


Saturday, September 8, 2018: 6:00 p.m. – Midnight
Musical entertainment and wild animals will greet you as you arrive for this annual fundraiser. Bring your appetites for delicious delicacies from our community’s favorite restaurants. Bid on hundreds of items in the Zoo’s one-of-a-kind Silent Auction! Participate in our Live Auction! Adopt the gorillas, penguins or tigers; there are many more from which to choose! Dance the night away to the rhythm of several bands performing throughout the Zoo! Adult beverages will be served at this Signature Zoo Event so please be prepared to show a valid driver’s license. Plan to join the fun!

Please note: Zoobilee will be held RAIN or SHINE. Tickets will go on sale in the summer of 2018 and are not refundable or transferable.

THANK YOU to our sponsors, food vendors and everyone else who make this event so great!

Saturday, September 22: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
You won’t eat like a bird at this event! Enjoy a tasty breakfast in Australia and South America, followed by a guided tour. While roaming the area guests will have the opportunity to help staff serve breakfast to the birds.

Breakfast buffet will include: waffles, eggs, bacon, fruit, juice and coffee.

Cost is just $15 for Zoo members and $25 for non-members.
Ticket includes breakfast, tour and admission to the Zoo.
Space is limited.


Other Breakfast with the Birds:
Saturday, November 3, 2018 - Tropics

5th Grade Fire Prevention Adventure

Tuesday, October 9, 2018: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
5th grade teachers will need to register their class for the Fire Prevention Adventure to enjoy this exciting day of promoting fire prevention and safety. The goal of this event is to provide 5th grade students in the community with interactive, hands-on learning experiences as they visit booths and displays, and to increase the students' awareness of the multifaceted tasks of a Fire Department. This year's activities may include:

  • Vehicle Extrication and JAWS Demonstration
  • Hazardous Materials Team Demonstration
  • How to use a Fire Extinguisher Demonstration
  • High-Rise Rescue Demonstration
  • Try on Firefighting Gear
  • EagleMed Helicopter

This event is brought to us by the Sedgwick County, Hutchinson, Wichita, McConnell, and Winfield Fire Departments.


2018 date TBD

Celebrate Croctoberfest with our Amphibians, Reptiles, and their keepers. Enjoy live music, silent auction, food, and craft beer while learning about our crocs.

Proceeds benefit Crocodilian Conservation.

Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and 21, 2018: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sedgwick County Zoo will be accepting plants at the Zoo for drop off in the Zoo Administration parking lot. We will accept tropical plants, and perennials in containers of 12 inches or larger. Ferns, selloums, ficus always seem to be very popular among the donations. We will take as many of these as we can, but may not be able to take all of them.

Sedgwick County Zoo does not need annuals (petunias, impatiens, marigolds, pansies, coleus etc.). Cacti and succulents will be accepted on a case-by-case basis only.

What does the Zoo do with all the donated plants? Well, your plants will be used in a variety of places including the Tropics, The Downing Gorilla Forest and the Koch Orangutan and Chimpanzee Habitat. Others might be divided to propagate more plants. Large ficus (fig) trees and hibiscus trees can be used in our winter holding barn for perching birds. These plants may not be visible to our Zoo guests but they play an important role in providing an enriching environment for our birds that can’t stay out during the winter months.

Saturday, October 20, 2018: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Hit the open road for one WILD ride for the Sedgwick County Zoo! The day will include: a great breakfast at the Zoo to get your motor running, a tour of parts of beautiful Kansas in the fall, great prizes, and a ton of fun; all while supporting one of Kansas’ favorite community attractions!

Early Bird Registration: $20
Registration the Day of Event: $25
Passengers ride free. Registration includes one poker card, t-shirt, and breakfast for one.

8:00 a.m.      
Registration/check in at Sedgwick County Zoo. Before you ride, fill your tank with an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast served by Chris Cakes. Breakfast for passengers is just $5.

10:00 a.m. - LAST BIKE OUT     
Hit the open road for one WILD ride while you work to build the best poker hand. This ride is about 100 miles roundtrip and begins and ends at the Zoo.

2:00 p.m. - ALL BIKES BACK      
Arrive back at the Zoo for more fun, wild animals and great prizes! Finish off your poker hand at the Zoo to see if you're a winner. 

Registration opens August 1.

Questions? E-mail:

2018 event sponsored by: Pepsi, Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, The Inn at Tallgrass,  T-95 and 104.5 the Fox

Night of the Living Zoo presented by Pizza Hut and Taco Bell

October 26, 27 & 28, 2018: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Bring your ghouls and goblins for a night of not-too-scary Halloween fun at the Sedgwick County Zoo! Several ghoulish activities, like pumpkin bowling and beanbag tosses, can be found throughout the Zoo. Wear your costumes if you dare and take a stroll down jack-o-lantern lane, creep up to candy stations and let your spirit come alive!

You can wander the Zoo at your leisure, visiting Dracula and the fortune tellers, playing fun Halloween games, seeing creepy displays, and visiting Candy Land on your way out!

This not-too-scary Halloween event is perfect for kids under the age of eight.

Please note: You might see animals in their outdoor exhibits, but most animals will not be in attendance at this event.

Event Tips>

Advance tickets: On sale Oct. 1
$7.00 area QuikTrip Stores or online! 

Please note: Tickets are good for any of the three nights no matter which date you choose at checkout.

Tickets purchased at gate:
$7.00 for Zoo members and $9.00 for nonmembers.

Children 2 and under do not need a ticket.

2017 event sponsored by: Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, QuikTrip, B98, Channel 96.3, and KZSN The Bull.

Saturday, November 11, 2018: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
We salute our nation’s military service members, both active duty and veterans, for their dedication and service! As a special thank you we are offering complimentary admission on November 11, 2017 for all military personnel (active and retired) and their immediate family.

To receive free admission on November 11, visitors must show a military or veteran organization ID, discharge papers or other official military identification; families of deployed military personnel must show an active duty ID.

Every Wednesday, November 2018 through February 2019: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Grab your coats, throw on your mittens and head over to the Sedgwick County Zoo for Winter Wednesdays! Spend the day in the refreshing outdoors for $3.00 per person every Wednesday, November through February.

Sponsored by: 105.3 The Buzz

Saturday, March 31, 2018: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Come one, come all and enjoy Easter activities throughout the day! Meet the Easter bunny*, participate in egg guessing games and much more! Kids are encouraged to bring their Easter baskets to collect goodies located throughout the Zoo.

There are no traditional Easter egg hunts at Easter Eggstravaganza. We have hidden giant Easter eggs around the Zoo. As you visit the Zoo be sure to count how many of the giant eggs you see. Turn the number in at the tent outside the gift shop and receive a prize!

A special activity for children with special needs will be held at 1:00 p.m. and an activity for visually impaired children will be held at 2:00 p.m. Registration wiil open in February for the special needs activity. 

Regular Zoo admission applies; members get in free with membership card and photo ID.

2018 event sponsored by: Flight and BOB FM

Beeper eggs provided by:

*The Easter bunny will take an occasional break to work on painting eggs. While you wait for his return, feel free to use the Lamphouse Photo Booth Co. Baby Birdie booth to take a spring-y picture or two!

Saturday, March 10, 2018: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Join us as we shear the sheep and prepare for spring. The Zoo’s Tunis, Karakul, and Navajo Churro sheep will be sheared in the American Barn throughout the morning. Guests will get to feel the different wool, try their hand at wool carding and hand spinning. Knitters and spinners will also be on hand to show you how this beautiful wool can be turned into sweaters, scarves and much more. It will be a fun time for all!

Regular Zoo admission applies; members get in free with membership card and photo ID.

Thursday, April 19, 2018: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
We're planning a Party for the Planet to celebrate Earth Day! This environmental fair gives everyone the opportunity to learn how to protect and care for the world we live in. With hands-on activities and interactive exhibits, there are many learning opportunities for children. Activities are geared towards third through fifth grade. 

2018: Regular admission will apply for this event. Admission will be free for registered class groups.


Event sponsored by:  Black Hills Energy

Tram will not be running during this event.

Sunday, May 6, 2018: Noon to 5:00 p.m.
You’re invited to a Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Sedgwick County Zoo! Come celebrate with food, music and fun! Exhibitors, authentic Mexican food vendors and live music on the main stage are all part of the festivities during this exciting celebration. And don’t forget to see your favorite Zoo animals while you’re here!

Regular admission applies. Members will be admitted free with a membership card and photo ID.

2018 event sponsored by La Raza 99.7 FM and House of Schwan

Tram will not be running during this event.

Thank you to the following sponsors for their support of the Sedgwick County Zoo and the Signature Zoo Events!



Sunday, May 13, 2018: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Celebrate the beauty of spring and treat your mom to a visit to the Zoo on her special day! Visit our newest babies and their Zoo moms while enjoying the great family atmosphere!

All moms are admitted free when accompanied by a paying child. (If child is 2 and under, another paid admission will get mom free admission.)

Stop by the Pavilion from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and enjoy a wonderful all-you-can-eat Chris Cakes pancake & sausage brunch for just $5 a plate.

Sponsored by: BOB FM and Hank FM

Saturday, May 26, 2018: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Meet the different heritage breeds at the Zoo, discover what it takes to care for them, and all the ways they help us.

Regular Zoo admission applies; members FREE with membership card and photo ID.

Friday & Saturday, June 8 & 9, 2018: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
If you are looking for a cool activity this summer, think about joining us for Ape Awareness! Come learn more about the three types of apes living at Sedgwick County Zoo: gorillas, chimpanzees, and orangutans.

Activities for all age groups will include participating in keeper chats, learning about ape enrichment, discovering recycling opportunities, and investigating the struggles that apes face. There will also be ape merchandise available to purchase, with proceeds going toward ape conservation projects.

Keeper Chat Schedule
11:30 a.m. - Gorilla
1:00 p.m. - Orangutan
1:30 p.m. - Gorilla
1:45 p.m. - Chimpanzee
2:15 p.m. - Orangutan
2:30 p.m. - Gorilla
3:30p.m. - Chimpanzee

Regular Zoo Admission applies. Members FREE with membership card and photo ID.

Sunday, June 17, 2018: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Dads, grab your crew, put the pedal to the metal and cruise on out to the Sedgwick County Zoo for Father’s Day. See classic cars, antique autos, vintage hot rods, and new model cars while exploring your favorite animal exhibits at the Zoo.

Dads are admitted free when accompanied by a paying child. (If child is 2 and under, another paid admission will get dad free admission.) Zoo members FREE with membership card and photo ID.


Online registration closes at midnight on June 15. In person registration available at the membership office from at 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on June 16 or 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 17.

Awards will be given for 1st and 2nd place in the following categories:

  • Best Mopar
  • Best GM
  • Best Ford
  • Best Import
  • Best Lowrider
  • Best Pre-1950s
  • Best 1950s
  • Best 1960s
  • Best 1970s
  • Best 1980s
  • Best 1990s and newer

Special Zoo Awards:

  • Flock Favorite
  • Pack Pick
  • Kid’s Pick
  • Dad’s Pick

2018 Awards Sponsors: American National Insurance Company, Broadway Truck & Auto, Devlin Rod and Customs, Goddard Veterinary Clinic, Fostoria Pet Hospital, Heartland Camaros Camaro Club, Helten Veterinary Clinic, Knipp's, L&M Auto Repair, Lonny Moore's Collision Repair, LLC, Morgan-Bulleigh, Inc., Reiloy USA, Stanhope, Store in a Wink, TMS Eyecare, True Lies Ranchhand Café & Steak House, Wichita Auto Auction

2018 event sponsored by: Classic Hits KEYN 103.7

Tram will not be running during this event.

2018 Date to be Determined: Noon - 5:00 p.m.
Numerous authentic Mexican food vendors, community information booths, Mexican bands and of course, the animals!
It’s going to be a great day at the Zoo!

Regular Zoo admission applies; members FREE with membership card and photo ID.
Zoo visit and music are included with admission fee. Food vendors are an extra cost, paid directly to them.

2017 Sponsors: KFDI, T95, 104.5 The Fox, Radio Lobo and Classic Country 1070 and Carbanc.

Tram will not be running during this event.

Hours of Operation
Summer8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(March – October)
Winter10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(November – February)
*The Zoo will be closed one day only, September 8, 2018 to facilitate the preparation of the annual Zoo fundraiser, Zoobilee.
Signature Event Information Line:  
Sedgwick County Zoo
t: (316) 266-8386