SPECIAL EVENTS

Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
4/8/2015
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
5/17/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
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.


Party for the Planet sponsored by Xcel Energy

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
4/18/2015 to 4/19/2015
10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Hey party animals, it’s cool to conserve! Earth Day is April 22, but we’re starting the party early with our annual “Party for the Planet”, in partnership with Xcel Energy. Bring the family for a fun weekend of activities, crafts and education programs that explore animals, plants and people that depend on this big blue ball. You’ll leave with some great ideas for reducing your own impact on the planet, and improving our natural habitats.


Wedding & Event Showcase Open House

Visitor Center
4/26/2015
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Come see why we host over 400 weddings a year! Visit with photographers, musicians, officiants, decorators, and other vendors who will make your big day special. Tour our wedding, reception, and meeting spaces and discover what you can add to make your wedding or event spectacular. The wedding & event showcase is a FREE event.


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
4/8/2015
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
5/17/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
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.


Sparky The Sea Lion Show Opening Weekend!

Sparky Ampitheater
5/23/2015 to 5/24/2015
10:00 am to 6:00 pm

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

•Enjoy the music of Steven Sanders of local children's band Snapdragon Seeds. Fun for kids of all ages, always upbeat and engaging!
•Take a break in The Zone and watch one of your favorite children’s shows
•Character appearances on the Sparky stage featuring Daniel Tiger, Curious George, Word Girl between noon and 3pm*
•Como Town Amusement Park is a family-fun amusement park for kids ages 2 to 12
•Must have a wristband to go on rides


*Character appearances subject to change

Call TPT for more information. (651) 229-1330 or toll free (866) 229-1300 9-5 Monday - Friday
Questions about this event and tickets? Call TPT at (651) 229-1330 or toll free (866) 229-1300 9-5 Monday - Friday


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

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


Marjorie McNeely Conservatory 100th Birthday Kickoff

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

Join us as we celebrate 100 Years of the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory!


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
4/8/2015
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
5/17/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
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
6/17/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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
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
6/17/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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
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
4/8/2015
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
5/17/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
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 ~ Dan Israel & The Cultivators

Visitor Center Courtyard
7/29/2015
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
6/17/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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
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
4/8/2015
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
5/17/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
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.