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Zoo Special Events

Party for the Planet | Saturday, April 18, 2015, 9 am-2 pm

The Greenville Zoo celebrates Earth Day with our Party for the Planet! Vendors from across the Upstate will assist the zoo to educate and share information about conservation. We will also be showing you how to play a part in making a difference for the future of our planet.

Princess and Pirates - Save the Frogs Day, and DNA Day
presented by Future Scholar 529 | Saturday, April 25, 2015, 10 am-2 pm

Children are invited to enjoy a special day of make believe at the Greenville Zoo’s annual Princess and Pirate: Save the Frogs Day. The event features a princess and pirate themed party, educational activities, and frog-inspired arts and crafts and contests. This event is an effort to raise awareness of the rapid disappearance of frog species world-wide and a portion of the proceeds from the event go toward conservation efforts for amphibians. Adding a special twist to the event, princesses and pirate characters will be strolling the zoo grounds, and telling stories and children, ages 12 and under, who attend the event dressed in costume will receive half price admission.

Princess and Pirate Day: Save the Frogs Brunch sponsored by Jelly Beans Hair Design – April 25, 2015, 9–10 am
Be sure to reserve your spot for a special brunch and exclusive early access to your favorite princesses and pirates. The special brunch ticket price of just $15 a person (members price) or $20 (non-member price) includes admission to the zoo, sparkle station, photo opportunites and a visit from one of our animal ambassadors. Register

Also, April 25 is DNA Day, the anniversary of the day the structure of DNA was published by Watson and Crick. In honor of DNA Day and Save the Frogs Day, the Clemson University Life Sciences Outreach Center will help zoo patrons isolate DNA from strawberries and learn how DNA information has revolutionized many fields, including species identification and conservation. DNA is helping us save the frogs!

Endangered Species Day | May 15, 2015, 9 am-1 pm

This event is presented by the education staff. It is an opportunity for guests to learn about endangered species and how to protect them.

Brew in the Zoo presented by RJ Rockers | May 29, 2015, 6-9pm

The Greenville Zoo invites zoo-goers to tap into the wild at the annual Brew in the Zoo, presented by RJ Rockers. The evening provides adults 21 and older an opportunity to sample an assortment of beers while exploring the zoo during its after-hours.

Brew in the Zoo promises a fun evening of sampling, with beer provided by RJ Rockers, along with food and live musical entertainment provided by The Broadcast a hard-edged soulful rock band from Asheville, NC. All proceeds benefit various programs throughout the zoo. Tickets go on sale May 1.

World Oceans Day | June 6, 2015, 9 am–1 pm

World Ocean’s Day seeks to educate the public about the world’s oceans, waterways, and their inhabitants, in partnership with AZA (The Association of Zoos and Aquariums)

Ice Cream Social | June 20, 2015, 11 am-1 pm

Cool off on the first day of summer at the zoo with entertainment for the kids and fun for everyone - including face painting and more!

Hot Dog Day | July 11, 2015, 9 am-4 pm

Greenville Zoo visitors can enjoy hot dogs, Pepsi products, chips and ice cream for 50 cents each at the annual Hot Dog Day. Zoo admission for the event is $8.75 for adults. Children ages 3 to 15 will receive a special discounted admission for $2.25. Admission is free for Greenville Zoo members.

Sippin’ Safari | September 11, 2015, 6-9 pm

The annual sampling event presented by Friends of the Greenville Zoo transforms the Greenville Zoo into a pathway of wine and food tasting stations, live music, tours of the zoo and a silent auction not to be missed. The purpose of Sippin’ Safari is to raise awareness and funds for various programs around the zoo and Friends of the Greenville Zoo.

Boo in the Zoo | October 16-18 and 23-25, 2015
5:30pm – 8pm on Fridays and 4pm – 8pm Saturdays and Sundays

Greenville Zoo’s annual family-friendly Halloween event for children ages 12 and under features trick-or-treating, fun-filled booths and an un-haunted house. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and everyone is invited to come in costume. Tickets go on sale October 2 for Greenville Zoo members and October 12 for the general public.

Safari Santa | December 5, 2015, 11 am–1 pm

Come enjoy the zoo AND have your photo taken with Santa! The event will offer zoo guests the opportunity to visit with Santa and enjoy an afternoon at the zoo. The first 100 children to have their photo taken with Santa will receive a free cookie and milk. As part of the event, some of the zoo animals will have their own Christmas tree and will enjoy a variety of enrichment treats.