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July 2018

Just Chillin’ With the Animals – Animal Enrichment Event

July 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

How do our Zoo animals keep their cool during the heat of summer? Think ice, sprinklers, and picnics. We've made special themed enrichment for the animals and we invite you to join us and see what the animals do with them! Animal Enrichment Events are included in the regular admission price when you visit the zoo. These events are great for people of all ages to attend. Animals can be their most active when interacting with enrichment. Time: Saturday, July…

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Zoo Brew: Acoustic Night

July 26 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Potter Park Zoo is excited to continue our Zoo Brew series with Acoustic Night at the zoo! Zoo Brew is the best live music venue in town. Enjoy Lansing Brewing beverages and a cook-out dinner with exclusive after hours access to the zoo. Kick back on a blanket or at a picnic table while you enjoy the zoo animals and local tunes. *This event is for visitors 21 and over Online ticket sales are now LIVE! --> https://www.eventbrite.com/e/july-zoo-brew-acoustic-night-tickets-45687729228 $5 in…

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August 2018

5th Annual Bowling for Rhinos

August 3 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The American Association of Zoo Keepers, Inc. (AAZK) is proud to announce the 28th year of Bowling for Rhinos and Potter Park Zoo’s 5th event. Since 1990, zoo keepers from the United States and Canada have donated their time and skills to run this event allowing every penny raised to go to help endangered species such as rhinos, cheetahs, elephants, and tigers. Bowling for Rhinos is one of the only fundraisers that gives 100% of all funds raised nationally directly…

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Members Night

August 8

This one of a kind event is all about our members and if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a member, now is your chance to find out! You’re invited to a fun-filled evening of animal enrichments, behind the scenes experiences, kids activities, dinner and more. This annual event celebrates the contribution members make to the future of the zoo. SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY! From August 9th till August 24th non-member attendees will have the opportunity to have the value…

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Sundown Safari Camping

August 11 @ 6:00 pm - August 12 @ 9:30 am
$30.00 – $35.00

Have you ever wanted to spend the night at the zoo?  Now's your chance! Potter Park Zoo is offering an opportunity for families and small groups to come experience the zoo after dark. On August 11, arrive to the zoo at 6 p.m. and stay all the way until 9: 30 a.m. the next morning! Campers will take a guided tour of the zoo to learn about nocturnal animals, enjoy s'mores around the campfire, watch a movie outdoors, and sleep under the stars! …

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Zoo Brew: Country Night

August 30 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Potter Park Zoo is excited to continue our Zoo Brew series with Country Night at the zoo! Zoo Brew is the best live music venue in town. Enjoy Lansing Brewing beverages and a cook-out dinner with exclusive after hours access to the zoo. Kick back on a blanket or at a picnic table while you enjoy the zoo animals and local tunes. *This event is for visitors 21 and over. Online ticket sales are now LIVE: --> https://www.eventbrite.com/e/august-zoo-brew-country-night-tickets-45688052194 $5 in advance…

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September 2018

World Rhino Day

September 16

To celebrate the 9th annual World Rhino Day we're offering incredible behind-the-scenes tours for guests to see our black rhino exhibit first hand! Zookeepers will guide you into the exhibit holding area and show you the work that goes into the care and preservation of these amazing animals. You might even get a chance to meet one of these rare and endangered rhinos up close! Help us celebrate with Doppsee and Phineus by learning about rhinos at conservation tables and…

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Tailgate with the Animals – Animal Enrichment Event

September 30 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This isn’t your typical tailgate. It’s the Zoo’s animals receiving football-themed treats and making choices that will “predict“ the outcome of October’s Michigan vs. Michigan State football game. Wear your team’s colors and catch the fun! Students: Don't forget to show your valid college student ID at the admission gate to receive a 50% discount on the price of your admission! September 30 from 1:00-3:00 pm

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October 2018

Ingham County Free Day

October 6 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Lansing & Ingham County residents receive free admission to Potter Park Zoo on Saturday, October 6, 2018 to see our nearly 600 animals and over 160 species. We can’t wait to see everyone! NOTE: Visitors will still be responsible for parking fees.

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Boo at the Zoo
: October 13-14

October 13 @ 12:00 am - October 14 @ 5:00 pm

Join us for Boo at the Zoo on three different weekends this year!  October 13-14  October 20-21  October 27-28  Activities from 12 - 5 p.m. each day Little ghouls and boys will enjoy an afternoon of spooktacular fun! There will be tons of activities for everyone to enjoy. We encourage all kids (big and small!) to come dressed in their spookiest, scariest, or prettiest Halloween costumes. Enjoy free activites for the family: - A straw maze - Candy stations -…

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