SPECIAL EVENTS

Bugs, Boas, & Bones! Creepy-Crawly Creature Awareness Weekend

Visitor Center
10/1/2016 to 10/2/2016
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Join us for activities and an up-close look at many of our behind-the-scenes insects, spiders, snakes, and other creepy-crawly creatures! Visit and learn about some of our carnivorous and poisonous plants and animals. Snakes, skulls and stick-bugs, oh my! MORE


Fall Flower Show Opening Weekend

Sunken Garden
10/8/2016 to 10/9/2016
10:00 am

While many Minnesota gardens are winding down for the winter season, the Sunken Garden at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory will be in full bloom! The Fall Flower Show always features a variety of Chrysanthemums. The colors for the show will be red/maroon and yellow/gold.

The Fall Flower Show will run October 8 - October 31, and November 4 - November 27 MORE


**We Will Be Closing at 3:00 To Prepare for ZooBoo**

Zoo Grounds
10/22/2016 to 10/23/2016
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
10/29/2016 to 10/30/2016
3:00 pm

We will close at 3:00pm on October 22-23 & 29-30 in preparation for ZooBoo. We open back up at 4:30 for all of Mummy's ghosts & goblins to enjoy a NON scary time at ZooBoo! Tickets available at the door!


ZooBoo

Zoo Grounds
10/22/2016 to 10/23/2016
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
10/29/2016 to 10/30/2016
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

ZooBoo is a non-scary Halloween fundraising festival for families and young children. For this unique fall fundraiser, the grounds of Como Zoo transform into a world of fairytales and fun! Over 200 live costumed characters interact and entertain children. This magical event offers families a safe trick-or-treating alternative plus many Halloween surprises.  

Como will close at 3:00 to prepare for ZooBoo. MORE


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
10/23/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
11/20/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/4/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am

Whether you choose the lush greenery of the North Garden or the flowers in the Sunken Garden, this is the perfect opportunity to use the many gardens inside the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory as a backdrop for your holiday family photos. Guests are welcome to bring in their own camera and find the perfect spot for their photo. $5 per person.


**We Will Be Closing at 3:00 To Prepare for ZooBoo**

Zoo Grounds
10/22/2016 to 10/23/2016
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
10/29/2016 to 10/30/2016
3:00 pm

We will close at 3:00pm on October 22-23 & 29-30 in preparation for ZooBoo. We open back up at 4:30 for all of Mummy's ghosts & goblins to enjoy a NON scary time at ZooBoo! Tickets available at the door!


ZooBoo

Zoo Grounds
10/22/2016 to 10/23/2016
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
10/29/2016 to 10/30/2016
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

ZooBoo is a non-scary Halloween fundraising festival for families and young children. For this unique fall fundraiser, the grounds of Como Zoo transform into a world of fairytales and fun! Over 200 live costumed characters interact and entertain children. This magical event offers families a safe trick-or-treating alternative plus many Halloween surprises.  

Como will close at 3:00 to prepare for ZooBoo. MORE


Ikebana Show

The Ordway Gardens
11/7/2016 to 11/13/2016
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Unique flower arrangements that utilize the flowers, foliage and berries of autumn will be created by artists from Ikebana International’s Minneapolis St Paul Chapter.

Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. Ikebana is more than simply putting flowers in a container. It is a disciplined art form in which nature and humanity are brought together. It is steeped in the philosophy of developing closeness with nature.

The growing appreciation of Japanese art and architecture in the West has extended to the Japanese way with flowers. Ikebana is an art, in the same sense that painting and sculpture are arts. It has a recorded history; backed up by articulate theories; and it is concerned with creativity. In Japan, flower arrangements are used as decorations on a level with paintings and other art objects.


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
10/23/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
11/20/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/4/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am

Whether you choose the lush greenery of the North Garden or the flowers in the Sunken Garden, this is the perfect opportunity to use the many gardens inside the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory as a backdrop for your holiday family photos. Guests are welcome to bring in their own camera and find the perfect spot for their photo. $5 per person.


Noon Year's Party

Visitor Center
12/31/2016
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
1/1/2017
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

A family event so popular, we're doing it twice! Ring in the "Zoo" year during a special Noon Year's Celebration on December 31 & January 1. Kidsdance, Minnesota's favorite high-energy, interactive DJ service for kids, will be here both days with tunes, contests, and fabulous prizes! We will have craft making, special animal enrichment, giveaways, and a countdown to noon with hundreds of beach balls dropped from the ceiling.


Music Under Glass Featuring Rachel Ries

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
1/22/2017
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Live music from some of the Twin Cities finest musicians perform in the Sunken Garden Sunday's January 1 - March 5 from 4:30-6:30. The music is also piped in to the Palm Dome and North Garden for your listening and strolling enjoyment. Beer and wine available to purchase. (Please note: no shows on January 29 and February 12)


Winter Carnival Orchid Show - Admission Fee Required

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
1/28/2017 to 1/29/2017
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

The Winter Carnival Orchid Show will be held on January 28 and 29 at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in Saint Paul from 10am to 4pm. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-12 ($1 off admission for Como Friends Members and for visitors with Winter Carnival button).


Music Under Glass Featuring Sister Tree

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
2/5/2017
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Live music from some of the Twin Cities finest musicians perform in the Sunken Garden Sunday's January 1 - March 5 from 4:30-6:30. The music is also piped in to the Palm Dome and North Garden for your listening and strolling enjoyment. Beer and wine available to purchase. (Please note: no shows on January 29 and February 12)


Minnesota Parent Camp Fair

Visitor Center
2/25/2017
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Looking for unique, engaging summer activities for your child this summer? This FREE event gives parents a chance to meet one-on-one with dozens of camp representatives, who will be sharing information about their camps for kids.
Camps range from all-season sleep-a-way camps to weeklong day camps, including art and performance programs; science, technology and academic activities; sports, horseback riding and more. Free children’s activities at the Camp Fair include face painting, a craft station and an appearance from a special Zoo animal.

For more information, visit http://www.minnesotaparent.com/campfair, email [email protected] or call Minnesota Parent at 612-825-9205.

FREE ADMISSION