October Is Full Of Fun for Adults And Kids

With Summer behind us, October at Como means smaller crowds and closer encounters with the plants and animals.

Fall Flower Show

Opening Saturday, October 6 is the popular, 103rd Annual Fall Flower Show. The show will feature hundreds of chrysanthemums of many different cultivars. The colors for this year’s show are predominantly red and yellow. Yellow Swiss Chard and Chili Chilly peppers will serve to accentuate the beautiful red and yellow chrysanthemums. The Fall Flower Show at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory is open October 6-November 25 from 10:00am-4:00pm. There will be a show change October 29 – November 2 in which the Sunken Garden will be closed, but all other rooms of the Conservatory will remain open to the public.

Fall Flower Show

MEA Camps!

Wondering what to do with the kids during MEA? Send them to the award winning Camp Como! October 18 & 19, and again on October 26, kids in 1st – 4th Grades have the opportunity to spend a half day or a full day at Camp Como. Como’s camps focus on developing children’s appreciation for the natural world through play and exploration, behind-the-scenes experiences, interactions with zookeepers and gardeners, and up-close encounters with plant and animal ambassadors. Space is limited so sign up soon!

MEA Camps


Creepy-Crawly Creature Awareness Weekend, October 20 and 21

Slither in on October 20 & 21 and get eyeball-to-eyeball with some of our resident creepy crawly bugs and spiders. Use your creativity to make a spider craft, and learn more about creepy carnivorous plants. Get up close to interesting bio-facts. Many of the weekend’s featured animals are our behind-the-scenes critters not often seen by the everyday visitor. These interesting insects and stunning spiders are often the STARS in our top-notch classes and programs.

Creepy Crawly

Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours in the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, October 21

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.


Senior Strolls Tomorrow, October 2!

Senior Strolls take place on the first Tuesday of every month from 9am-10am. This is a special time set aside for just for our 55-and-up aged friends. Each month will feature an opportunity to visit a part of the Zoo or Conservatory for a leisurely walk before the crowds as well as special activities and guests. This event is a great opportunity for Seniors to enjoy a free event that encourages being active and social with some adult learning to spice it up.


American Sign Language Interpretive Day Wednesday, October 3

American Sign Language Interpretive Day take place on the first Wednesday of every month Como will have an American Sign Language interpreter on-site interpreting our public Zoo and Conservatory talks. These ten minute talks will be interpreted between the hours of 10:30AM-1:15PM.


Sensory Friendly Morning, October 14

Join us from 9-10 a.m. for an inclusive experience at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory. Spend time exploring exhibits, and activities designed for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. Use the “social narrative” and the “create your own visual schedule” to help prepare you for your Autism Friendly Early Entry day.


Adventures for Adults!

Orchid Odyssey, October 6.  There are over 30,000 different species of orchids worldwide. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Orchid House in the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory to see our extensive orchid collection. Meet a gardener, learn orchid basics, and receive tips to help you grow orchids at home.

Big Cat Enrichment on October 21. You will be able to create enrichment items for our big cats and observe the fun without the crowds! Learn more about why we provide enrichment, the dangers big cats face in the wild, and the conservation efforts in place to protect these magnificent animals.