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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.

Saturday, April 19, 2014: 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!

PREVIEW OF ACTIVITIES> (Schedule subject to change) 

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. Call 266-8367 or email ask@scz.org to register for these special activities.

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

2014 event sponsored by: 100.5 the Wolf, and The Kansas CW

Beeper eggs provided by:

Thursday, April 24, 2014: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Meritrust is planning a Party for the Planet to celebrate Earth Day! This FREE 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. 

Admission is FREE the entire day.

Teachers: Registration is now closed! But don't worry, you may still attend this event! There will be onsite registration the morning of Meritrust's Party for the Planet.

2014 Party for the Planet Map PDF

2014 Party for the Planet Scavenger Hunt PDF

Event sponsored by: Meritrust

Saturday, May 3, 2014: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
There will be penguin activities, crafts and keeper chats with a keeper available to answer all your penguin questions.

Keeper Chat & Feeding Schedule: 10:00 a.m., Noon, 2:00 p.m., 3:45 p.m.

Regular Zoo admission applies. Members Free with membership card and photo ID.

Sunday, May 4, 2014: Noon - 6:00 p.m.

Come celebrate Mexican culture with food, music and fun! Exhibitors, authentic Mexican food vendors, and live bands performing on the stage are all part of the festivities during this exciting celebration.

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

2014 event sponsored by: Radio Lobo and Bud Light

Sunday, May 11, 2014: 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.

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.

2014 event sponsored by: BOB FM 97.1, and 100.5 the Wolf

Saturday, May 17, 2014: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Sedgwick County Zoo will be hosting Endangered Species Day. This event is a fantastic opportunity for all ages to come out and learn about the importance of protecting endangered wildlife and see how the Zoo is doing their part to help. Interactive stations will be located throughout the Zoo for you to investigate and talk one on one with the zookeepers. Discover what your Sedgwick County Zoo is doing to aid in saving endangered animals from around the world and what you can do to help! We hope to see all of you there!

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

Postponed for 2014
Due to the continues drought-like conditions our community has been facing and the need to conserve water, the Zoo has made the difficult decision to postpone Wet-n-Wild Days for the summer.

Sunday, June 15, 2014: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 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 cool classic cars, antique autos and vintage hot rods while exploring your favorite animal exhibits at the Zoo.

Dads are admitted free when accompanied by a paying child.

2013 event sponsored by: KEYN Oldies 103.7 and CARS magazine.

Friday & Saturday, June 20 & 21, 2014: 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! Enjoy activities for all ages and discover more about these amazing animals. Learn about ape enrichment, recycling opportunities and much more!

A schedule of activities for these two fun filled days will be posted soon!

Children's Farms Festival: COWabunga Day

Saturday, July 12, 2014: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Thank a cow for all it does for us! Try your hand at milking and learn how to make butter! Discover the cows of the Zoo and learn firsthand all the amazing things they do!

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

Saturday, September 6, 2014: 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.

Zoobilee

Saturday, September  6, 2014: 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!

5th Grade Fire Prevention Adventure

Tuesday, October 7, 2014: 9:00 a.m. - 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 vist booths and displays, and to increas the students' awareness of the multifaceted tasks fo 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
  • Juvenile Firesetting and the Laws
  • EagleMed Helicopter

Sorry, but registration is now closed.

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

Saturday, October 18, 2014: 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 South Central Kansas in the fall, great prizes, and a ton of fun; all while supporting one of Kansas’ favorite community attractions! 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 110 miles roundtrip and will take you through South Central Kansas with stops in Douglass, Leon, Andover, and Park City - beginning and ending 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. 


Questions? E-mail: ask@scz.org

2013 event sponsored by: Alefs Harley Davidson, Piping & Equipment Co, Inc, My TV Wichita, Fox Kansas, Pepsi, Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay,  T-95 and 104.5 the Fox

Saturday, October 18, 2014: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Celebrate Fall at 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.

Night of the Living Zoo presented by Learning Quest

October 24, 25 & 26, 2014: 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!

Please note: You might see animals in their outdoor exhibits (such as elephants, giraffes, and grizzly bears) but most animals will not be in attendance at this event.

Advance tickets:
$6.00 area QuikTrip Stores or online beginning Oct 1.

Tickets purchased at gate:
$6.00 for Zoo members and $8.00 for nonmembers.

Children 2 and under do not need a ticket.

2013 event sponsored by: QuikTrip, Learning Quest,  Black Hills Energy, Fox Kansas, My TV Wichita, B98, 96.3, and KZSN.

Saturday, December 13, 2014: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Visit the Zoo to celebrate the holidays! Come learn firsthand what "animal enrichment" is all about while watching the animals receive special holiday-themed treats!

While you're here, stop by the plaza Beastro for some hot chocolate, and don't forget to peruse the Gift Shop, it's a great place to purchase presents for the animal lovers on your list! The Gift Shop has great deals!

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

2013 Season's Treatings Schedule
10:10 a.m. Orangutans Koch Orangutan & Chimpanzee Habitat
10:15 a.m. Elk North America
  Bison North America
10:30 a.m.
Chimpanzees Koch Orangutan & Chimpanzee Habitat
  Cougars North America
10:45 a.m. Black bears North America
11:00 a.m. Gorillas The Downing Gorilla Forest
11:15 a.m. Grizzly Bears North America
11:30 a.m. Tigers Slawson Family Tiger Trek
11:45 a.m. River otters North America
12:30 p.m. Box turtles Cargill Learning Center
12:30 - 3:30 p.m. Activities Cargill Learning Center
1:15 p.m. Elephants African Veldt
2:00 p.m. Kea Australia
2:15 p.m. Condor South America
3:00 p.m. Domestic Cat Cargill Learning Center

 

Also Receiving Treats, Not at Scheduled Times
Thick-billed parrots South America
Domestic animals Children’s Farms
Colobus monkeys The Downing Gorilla Forest
Jungle Residents Jungle

 

Some animals may be off exhibit due to weather.

Saturday, December 13, 2014: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
The barn is decorated and the animals have their stockings hung. Now they're awaiting the arrival of Santa! Come to the Zoo and visit with Santa, play with farm toys and catch animal demonstrations featuring animals found in a manger!

Demonstration times are every half hour starting at 1:30 p.m. The last demonstration will be at 3:30 p.m.

Join us for some holiday fun at the Farms!

Every Wednesday November 2014 through February 2015: 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 $2.50 per person every Wednesday, November through February.

Sponsored by: 105.3 The Buzz

Children's Farm Festival: Shearing of the Sheep

2015 Date be determined: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 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.

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

     
 
     
   
     
   
     
 
     
     
     
 
     
     
     
     
     
 
     

 

Hours of Operation
Summer Hours8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(Beginning March 1)
Winter Hours10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(Beginning November 1)
Open 364 Days a Year!*
*The Zoo will be closed one day only, September 6, 2014 to facilitate the preparation of the annual Zoo fundraiser, Zoobilee. For Zoobilee ticket information please call 266-8APE (8273).
Downloads
2014 Party for the Planet Map download pdf
2014 Party for the Planet Scavenger Hunt PDF download pdf
2014 Easter Eggstravaganza Activities download pdf
Contacts
Signature Event Information Line:  
Sedgwick County Zoo
t: (316) 266-8386
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