SPECIAL EVENTS

A Conversation with Orangutan Expert Dr. Graham Banes

Visitor Center
9/30/2014
9:00 am to 10:30 am

Join us for a conversation with Dr. Graham Banes, a researcher who conducts molecular and ecological studies of orangutans in Borneo. Dr. Banes also wrote The Kingfisher Encyclopedia of Life, a book for young scientists that looks at 30,000 years of biological evolution. Dr. Banes will be available to sign books purchased at the event.


Cost: $10 per ticket; one free ticket per current Como Friends membership or for current Como volunteers

RSVP at 651-487-8229 or [email protected] MORE


Harvest Fest Weekend

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
10/4/2014 to 10/5/2014
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Instead of raking, bagging, and dumping fallen leaves, why not compost them to create nutrient-rich, organic soil that will be ready for use by the spring? That's just one of the bright ideas you'll hear about at Como's Fall Harvest Weekend, a family-friendly event complete with games, crafts, storytelling, and interpretive stations across Como's campus October 4 and 5.


ZooBoo

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
10/18/2014 to 10/19/2014
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
10/24/2014 to 10/26/2014
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
10/26/2014
8:00 am to 10:00 am
11/23/2014
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/7/2014
8:00 am to 10:00 am

Gather the family for pictures in one of our gardens. It's also a great opportunity for artists and photographers to bring in their easels and tripods before or after hours. $5 per person.


Ikebana Show

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
11/10/2014 to 11/16/2014
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
10/26/2014
8:00 am to 10:00 am
11/23/2014
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/7/2014
8:00 am to 10:00 am

Gather the family for pictures in one of our gardens. It's also a great opportunity for artists and photographers to bring in their easels and tripods before or after hours. $5 per person.


Noon Year's Party

Visitor Center
12/31/2014
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
1/1/2015
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. The Noon Year's party features entertainment by KidsDance! We will have craft making, special animal enrichment, giveaways, and a countdown to noon with hundreds of beach balls dropped from the ceiling.


Winter Carnival Orchid Show - Admission Fee Required

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
1/24/2015 to 1/25/2015
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

The Winter Carnival Orchid Show will be held on January 24 and 25 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 with Winter Carnival button). MORE


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