SPECIAL EVENTS

Sparky The Sea Lion Show Opening Weekend!

Sparky Ampitheater
5/23/2015 to 5/25/2015
10:00 am

Sparky takes the stage May 23, 24 & 25 at 11:30 and 3:00 . Join Sparky and her trainers for this family tradition!

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TPT Family Fun Day at Como Town & Como Zoo

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
5/30/2015
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Join us for tpt's 6th Annual Family Fun Day at Como Town and Como Zoo! Saturday, May 30th, 10am-4pm

• Enjoy a discounted unlimited ride wristband for Como Town Amusement Park, a family-fun amusement park for kids ages 2 to 12. Enjoy more than 18 rides and attractions including all-time favorites and new, interactive rides that can’t be found anywhere else in the upper Midwest.
• Stop by to see Clifford, Curious George and Word Girl in Como Town between 11:00am and 3:00pm.
• Enjoy the musical performance by children's band Snapdragon Seeds.

We hope we see you at tpt Family Fun Day! MORE


Edible Garden Grand Opening Weekend

Edible Garden Tent
6/12/2015 to 6/14/2015
10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Como’s seasonal exhibit for visitors of all ages designed to teach about planting and preparing foods that can be grown at home.

Activities will include games, crafts, and an Edible Garden Scavenger Hunt! MORE


Groovin' In The Garden ~ Dan Israel & The Cultivators

Visitor Center Courtyard
6/17/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

While the grownups get their groove on with some of the Twin Cities best bands, the kids will be entertained by a climbing wall, bouncy house, and lawn games. Pack the dancing shoes, spread out a blanket & join us for these FREE outdoor concerts & activities on the Visitor Center lawn.

Groovin' In The Garden is funded by the Legacy Amendment


Marjorie McNeely Conservatory Centennial Kickoff Weekend

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
6/19/2015 to 6/21/2015
10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Look for a detailed list of events and activities for the weekend of June 19-21 coming soon. It will include a ribbon cutting ceremony, a vow renewal ceremony for all interested couples, special history talks, strolling musicians, a coloring contest, lighting of the conservatory dome purple, and an outdoor concert followed by a screening of the 1986 rock musical horror comedy “Little Shop of Horrors”.

The public is also encouraged to share their memories and photos using #MMC100 on their social media sites. MORE


Centennial Cinema Presents Music & Movie Night!

Visitor Center Courtyard
6/19/2015
7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Pack a picnic, spread out a blanket and enjoy a free night of music from Twin Cities favorite Indie, World Fusion, Chamber Pop band ”i like you”, followed by the showing of the 1986 rock musical horror comedy ”Little Shop of Horrors”. In-between the band and the movie we will be lighting the conservatory dome purple to commemorate its 100 year anniversary! MORE


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
6/21/2015
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
7/26/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
9/27/2015
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
10/25/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
11/22/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/6/2015
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.


Groovin' In The Garden

Visitor Center Courtyard
6/24/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/8/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/15/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/22/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/29/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
8/5/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

While the grownups get their groove on with some of the Twin Cities best bands, the kids will be entertained by a climbing wall, bouncy house, and lawn games. Pack the dancing shoes, spread out a blanket & join us for these FREE outdoor concerts & activities on the Visitor Center lawn.

Groovin' In The Garden is funded by the Legacy Amendment


Groovin' In The Garden ~ Trailer Trash

Visitor Center Courtyard
7/1/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

While the grownups get their groove on with some of the Twin Cities best bands, the kids will be entertained by a climbing wall, bouncy house, and lawn games. Pack the dancing shoes, spread out a blanket & join us for these FREE outdoor concerts & activities on the Visitor Center lawn.

Groovin' In The Garden is funded by the Legacy Amendment


Groovin' In The Garden

Visitor Center Courtyard
6/24/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/8/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/15/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/22/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/29/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
8/5/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

While the grownups get their groove on with some of the Twin Cities best bands, the kids will be entertained by a climbing wall, bouncy house, and lawn games. Pack the dancing shoes, spread out a blanket & join us for these FREE outdoor concerts & activities on the Visitor Center lawn.

Groovin' In The Garden is funded by the Legacy Amendment


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

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
7/16/2015

TODAY, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory will cut its visiting hours short by three hours–but it’s for a very good cause. On July 16 at 3 p.m., Como will close to allow our team of volunteers to prepare for Travelers Sunset Affair, the biggest fundraiser of the year to benefit Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. Portions of the zoo from Giraffes to Large Cats will be closed all day in preparation as well. MORE


Sunset Affair

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
7/16/2015
5:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Sunset Affair is the highlight of Como Park Zoo and Conservatory’s social calendar. It attracts over 400 of the Twin Cities most influential leaders, representing business, government, media, philanthropy and the arts. Always an entertaining evening, this high-caliber event raises funds to help make possible improved animal exhibits, beautiful gardens and daily educational programs provided free of charge to all visitors.

The Zoo and Conservatory will be closing at 3:00 PM in preparation of Sunset Affair. MORE


Groovin' In The Garden

Visitor Center Courtyard
6/24/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/8/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/15/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/22/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/29/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
8/5/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

While the grownups get their groove on with some of the Twin Cities best bands, the kids will be entertained by a climbing wall, bouncy house, and lawn games. Pack the dancing shoes, spread out a blanket & join us for these FREE outdoor concerts & activities on the Visitor Center lawn.

Groovin' In The Garden is funded by the Legacy Amendment


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
6/21/2015
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
7/26/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
9/27/2015
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
10/25/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
11/22/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/6/2015
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.


Groovin' In The Garden

Visitor Center Courtyard
6/24/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/8/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/15/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/22/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/29/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
8/5/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

While the grownups get their groove on with some of the Twin Cities best bands, the kids will be entertained by a climbing wall, bouncy house, and lawn games. Pack the dancing shoes, spread out a blanket & join us for these FREE outdoor concerts & activities on the Visitor Center lawn.

Groovin' In The Garden is funded by the Legacy Amendment


Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
8/23/2015
3:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Explore the art, music, food, martial arts and cultural traditions of Japan at the annual Como Park Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival, a family-friendly event, reminiscent of Japan’s annual Obon holiday.

Gates and exhibits open at 3pm, with various performances starting at 3:30.

The day will culminate at dusk with the main event—the lantern lighting. Stone lanterns as well as hundreds of floating paper lanterns throughout the Japanese Garden pond and the Frog Pond will create a vision of peacefulness and harmony.

Admission is $5 per person. Admission for children ages 3-12 and Seniors 65 is $3, and those 2 and under are free.

You can easily avoid the parking challenges by following the signs to the free Como Shuttle. MORE


Just Zoo It!

Various Locations
9/12/2015 to 9/13/2015
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

We’re getting in shape with our very own kid-friendly, animal-themed exercises and activities! From Saturday, September 12 – Sunday, September 13, kids can test their skills at animal-themed exercise based activity stations throughout the zoo. Visitors will receive a “Back to School Fitness Report Card” when they enter.


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
6/21/2015
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
7/26/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
9/27/2015
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
10/25/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
11/22/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/6/2015
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.