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On June 2, 2017 the Zoo will close early at 2 p.m. in preparation for Jazzoo the Zoo's largest fundraiser. Only Africa will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Helzberg Penguin Plaza will be open from 8:00 a.m. to noon. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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June 2017

On June 2 the Zoo will close early at 2 p.m. in preparation for Jazzoo, the Zoo's largest fundraiser. The Africa portion of the Zoo will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Helzberg Penguin Plaza will be open from 8:00 a.m. to noon. All other exhibits will be closed on June 2. Train and Tram rides will help guests navigate to the open areas of the Zoo and will be complimentary. We apologize for any inconvenience this may…

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Jazzoo

June 2

Mark your calendars for the wildest party in town on Friday, June 2. Savor delicious bites from more than 70 of the finest Kansas City restaurants, enjoy live entertainment on four different stages, and sip refreshing drinks from 10 full and specialty bars. Check out the complete list of restaurants and entertainment for our nocturnal partygoers. Shake your tail feather at Jazzoo!

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Join us for Zootastik Learning Fest as we celebrate World Ocean's Day on Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11. The theme for 2017 is “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet”.  The ocean is the heart of our planet. Like your heart pumping blood to every part of your body, the ocean connects people across the Earth, no matter where we live. The best part is, everyone plays a part to keep it safe and healthy! Kids will learn how much water…

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Sporting KC has faced some formidable opponents but none as wild as our animals! Join us for Sporting KC Day at the Zoo on Sunday, June 11. See Sporting KC players take on our animals for a little one-on-one and then sign autographs for our guests.  See if you have what it takes to play for Sporting KC. Try out your skills on the Sporting KC Futsal Court located behind the sea lion pool.   Our animals are getting in the Sporting…

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Cheetah Run

June 17-18

Run cheetah, run! Watch our three male cats stretch their legs at the Cheetah Run. This enriching activity allows them to gain valuable exercise. Join us at the cheetah exhibit at 10:30 a.m., weather permitting, to watch one of nature's fastest animals in action.

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Dad's receive free admission on Father's Day

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Join us for Species Spotlight on Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25  to learn more about our giraffe herd and the other hoof stock animals that call the Plains exhibit home. Check out special Zookeeper Chats and stop by the lobby to collect your Species Spotlight trading cards. All activities complimentary with Zoo admission. Special thanks to Delta Dental for sponsoring this event.

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Penguin March

June 24-25

Join us on the fourth weekend of each month as our birds parade around the Helzberg Penguin Plaza, enjoying the fresh outdoor air. Get an up-close encounter with Humboldt penguins as they strut their stuff for all Zoo guests to see.

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Putt & Play is a fundraiser to raise funds to help support PBI and green our local community, which ultimately helps the polar bears. Join us a Paradise Park in Lee's Summit on Saturday, June 24 to raise money for our polar bear pals! The event runs 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 11 am -2 pm  Zoomobile Station 4 pm - 7 pm: Raffle 5 pm-9 pm: Silent Auction During the event you can not only learn about polar bears,…

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July 2017

In honor of our Independence Day, active and retired military individuals receive FREE admission to the Kansas City Zoo on Saturday, July 1, Sunday, July 2, Monday,  July 3 and Tuesday, July 4. Visit the Kansas City Zoo for your family adventure this holiday. All active and retired military personnel with valid ID will receive FREE Zoo admission. Families of active and retired military individuals will receive $1 off regular Kansas City Zoo admission. Spend Fourth of July weekend at…

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Animal enrichment provides a way for Zookeepers to encourage and stimulate natural behaviors in our animals through sight, smell, taste, touch, and interaction.   Join us for Zootastik Learning Fest on Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9 to learn why it is as important to provide mentally and physically-enriching activities for the animals as it is to provide nutritious, well-balanced diets.  Discover the five types of enrichment for animals and we'll show you examples of each kind.   Find out…

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Volunteer open house at the ZOO

Do you have a passion for people, animals, and nature? This is the perfect time to get involved! Fill out the Adult Volunteer Application form and join us at the open house! Please submit your application to save your place at the open house.

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FOTZ Members, we’re treating the whole family to a hot breakfast! Join us at the Tropics tent from 8 to 10 a.m. and start off your day at the Zoo right.  Enjoy bacon, eggs, biscuits, gravy and more! Breakfast will be provided to those covered by your current Membership.

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SnowZoo

July 15-16

Are you ready to cool off? Join us for SnowZoo on Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16. Berlin will enjoy an icy paradise when we dump three tons of ice into the Polar Bear Passage at noon. Our river otters will also be enjoying a specially carved ice sculpture and many more animals will cool off with refreshing icy treats. Cool down at SnowZoo!

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Cheetah Run

July 15-16

Run cheetah, run! Watch our three male cats stretch their legs at the Cheetah Run. This enriching activity allows them to gain valuable exercise. Join us at the cheetah exhibit at 10:30 a.m., weather permitting, to watch one of nature's fastest animals in action.

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Join us for Species Spotlight on Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23 to learn more about the monkeys that call the Zoo home. Check out special Zookeeper Chats and stop by the lobby to collect your Species Spotlight trading cards. All activities complimentary with Zoo admission. Special thanks to Delta Dental for sponsoring this event.

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Penguin March

July 22-23

Join us on the fourth weekend of each month as our birds parade around the Helzberg Penguin Plaza, enjoying the fresh outdoor air. Get an up-close encounter with Humboldt penguins as they strut their stuff for all Zoo guests to see.

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The dog days of summer are upon us. Cool off in the shade of the painted dog and dingo exhibits to learn more about these animals that look similar to your dog at home. Check out dingo and painted dog Zookeeper chats. The painted dogs will also be cooling off with ice treats during the chat.   From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. see and touch painted dog biofacts, paint a life-size cutout shaped like our painted dogs for display at the exhibit and then color your…

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August 2017

Elephant Baths

August 5-6

Splish, Splash, our seven elephants are taking a bath! Join in the fun on Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6.

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