SPECIAL EVENTS

Music Mondays!

Zoo Grounds
9/1/2014
10:30 am

Join us every Monday through Labor Day at 10:30, 11:45 & 12:40 as members of the Jack Brass Band lead a Second Line Parade through the zoo grounds!

Music Mondays is funded, in part, by the Minnesota State Arts Board through the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.


Minnesota Parent Education Fair

Visitor Center
9/27/2014
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Have questions about the best early learning, school, or after school opportunities for your child? Join Minnesota Parent for the ninth annual Education Fair at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory Visitor’s Center. Meet representatives and have some fun! This event features free all-day fun including face painting, a professional photo booth, and great giveaways.

The event is on September 27th from 10 am through 2pm. There’s something for everyone so make it a family outing!

For more information visit www.mnparent.com or call 612-825-9205.


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
9/28/2014
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
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.


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
9/28/2014
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
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
9/28/2014
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
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.


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