Name Description
America Recycles Day

Bring your recyclables to the Zoo and receive discounted admission.

Big Creek Cleanup
Boo at the Zoo

Cleveland's premiere family-friendly Halloween event. Roam the Zoo at night and enjoy live animals shows, magicians, music and much more.

Creature Comforts

View enrichment demonstrations that keep the Zoo's animals active and healthy year-round.

December Days

"Whether you prefer the warmth of the tropics or an invigorating chill, you're sure to enjoy Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's December Days.

Festive family fun abounds at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo during December Days. Enjoy special seasonal activities including holiday crafts, live music, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Wolf Lodge (Dec. 17-24 only), cookie decorating and more! You can visit with the animals in Northern Trek including bears, tigers and reindeer and take the complimentary heated shuttle to the Primate, Cat & Aquatics Building. Then take a break in The RainForest and check out the orangutans, otters and sloths.

Even on the coldest of December Days, the Zoo offers many warm indoor exhibits. Explore the warmth and beauty of The RainForest, home to 600 animals and 10,000 plants. Discover one of the largest collections of primate species in North America and some really cool cats inside the Primate, Cat & Aquatics Building. Enjoy an encounter with koalas inside GumLeaf Hideout, experience the seasonal splendor of the Zoo's Public Greenhouse and warm up with the wolves inside the comfort of Wolf Lodge. See for yourself Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's commitment to the best in animal care in the Reinberger Learning Lab located inside the Center for Zoological Medicine. The displays feature hands-on interactive exhibits, tools-of-the-trade, and views of surgical suites where visitors might sneak a peek at an animal health check in progress."


The prehistoric age comes to life through the magic of animatronic technology when DINOSAURS! returns this summer for a sixth earth-shaking season at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

The wooded path around Waterfowl Lake will tremble with the roar of 20 animatronic dinosaurs, six of which will be making their Zoo debut, including Quetzalcoatlus, one of the largest flying creatures that ever lived, and Troodon, one of the first fossilized dinosaurs found in North America. They will be appearing alongside returning favorites such as the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex and the towering Brachiosaurus.

People of all ages are fascinated with these prehistoric beasts, making them one of the most popular seasonal exhibits ever mounted at the Zoo. Created and built by the Billings Production Co. of McKinney, Texas, the larger-than-life robotic dinos at the Zoo will capture the imaginations of visitors from the ages of 1 to 101.


2007 event for families at the zoo

Fairy Tales & Frogs

"The day focuses on frogs, but with a twist! Learn about the importance of frogs and celebrate the special role they have played in fairytales and legends throughout history. Kids 11 and younger will receive free admission to the Zoo and RainForest, with a paid adult admission, and everyone is encouraged to dress like a princess, prince or frog. Meet the Zoo's larger-than-life frog mascots and even a princess or two!

Get nose-to-nose with frogs during Get-Close Encounters and decipher myth from reality by talking with the Zoo's frog keepers. Other activities include a frog craft, storytelling and an interactive life-size ""Frogger"" game that teaches the importance of frogs in our ecosystem and addresses the perils that frogs face in the wild due to pollution, climate change and habitat loss."

Father's Day at the Zoo

Activities and half-price admission for dads.

Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo

Celebrate responsible pet ownership and adopt a cat, dog, kitten or puppy from area shelters.

Mother’s Day at the Zoo

Activities and half-price admission for moms.

Noon Year’s Eve

"Dollar Bank presents Noon Year's Eve.

Bring your pint-sized party animals to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and let them dance till the break of noon! Kids of all ages can celebrate 2013's arrival during daylight hours at the seventh annual Noon Year's Eve party at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. The family-friendly event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. December 31.

The Noon Year's Eve festivities include kid-friendly activities the whole family can enjoy. Watch a crew of charismatic critters in a special Noon Year's Eve Wild Animal Show. Make New Year's ReZOOlutions and an eco-friendly craft. Other activities include music, dancing an ice-carving demonstration, costumed characters and more.

Complimentary Shearer's snacks and Honest kids beverages are offered (while supplies last).

The Noon Year's Eve celebration culminates at the stroke of noon with a traditional ball drop to welcome 2013. Noon Year's Eve activities are FREE with Zoo admission."

Party for the Planet
Professor Wylde’s Live Animal Show

Mammals, reptiles and free-flying aviation actors return to the Savanna Theater.

Senior Safari

Free admission for everyone 55 years and older with activities designed for seniors.

Teddy Bear Day

Bring your teddy for a health check-up and learn all about bears.

Thanksgiving at the Zoo

Free Zoo admission for all visitors. Enjoy animal enrichment demonstrations including treats for the animals.

Twilight at the Zoo
Wild Ride at the Zoo

Visit the animals as you pedal through the Zoo during this heart-healthy bicycle event.