Zoo Event Calendar
1 Body Fitness Power Hour
Starts in February. Tuesday mornings at 9 a.m. and the 1st Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. This hour-long interval training workout will get your blood pumping and muscles burning. Get a total body workout in some of the most unique scenery in Hampton Roads! Children are welcome at class as long as they are secured in a stroller or approved baby carrier. For more information, visit www.1-body-fitness.com, or contact us at 757-589-1554.
Tuesdays at 11 a.m.
Thursdays at 11 a.m.
Family Zoo Snooze
Scout Zoo Snoozes
Orangutan Awareness Day
Sunday, May 12, 12 to 2 p.m. Swing by the orangutan exhibit on Mother's Day to learn about how you can protect these fascinating, yet critically endangered great apes. Informational displays will provide you with resources to help orangutans, their habitat and the wildlife that share their island home. Activities are included with regular Zoo admission.
Zoo-Fari Golf Tournament
Monday, May 13, 1 to 4 p.m. A charity golf tournament presented by the
Norfolk Sunrise Rotary Club at Greenbrier Country Club, 1301 Volvo Parkway, Chesapeake, VA. All proceeds from the event benefit the Virginia Zoo. Entry fee includes 18 holes of golf, practice range, golf cart, box lunch, beverages, awards reception/dinner and much more! CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.
Endangered Species Day
Friday, May 17, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Your actions make a difference for endangered species, and this event will highlight ways to help animals locally and around the world. Find out how the Zoo helps endangered birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. Activity stations will feature hands-on activities and lots of easy ideas for how you can help!
Zoo Parent Event
Sunday, May 19, 1 to 3 p.m. Our annual event to thank those who've adopted an animal during the year. Meet your animal's zookeeper, and get up-close and personal with some of our animal ambassadors, too. If you’ve not adopted your favorite animal yet, there’s still time! This event is invitation only, so watch your mail for an invitation postcard.
Virginia Symphony Concert
Friday, June 7, 6 to 9 p.m. Admissions prices to be announced.
Zoo Grooves Concerts
Concerts at the Zoo are a perfect evening activity for families, providing a safe environment for enjoying music, and some of your favorite summer foods and beverages. Artist and admissions prices to be announced. No rain dates, no passes or coupons.
- Saturday, June 22, 5:30 to 9 p.m. - The Rhondels - Join us for a rockin' good time with tunes from the 50s and 60s.
- Saturday, Aug. 24,
5:30 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, July 6. Animals at the Zoo will beat the heat with red, white and blue popsicles, play with star-spangled piñatas and maybe even roll around a watermelon! Find out why the Zoo’s enrichment program is an important part of daily animal care as you watch animals enjoy some extra-special holiday toys and treats. Activities are included with regular Zoo admission.
Teddy Bear Clinic The Virginia Zoo partners with doctors and nurses from Pediatric Specialists, a Children’s Medical Group Practice of CHKD, to host a special Teddy Bear Clinic. Children bring their teddy bears and other stuffed friends to the Zoo for a "check-up" and stitches. Children learn about doctor visits and healthcare in a comfortable and non-threatening environment. Teddy Bear Clinic activities are included with regular Zoo admission. Watch this space for Summer 2013 date.
Friday, Sept. 6, 6 to 9 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 20, 6 to 9 p.m.
Bring the family, spread your blanket under the stars, and enjoy a family-friendly film at the Virginia Zoo! Films and admissions prices to be announced.
Military Appreciation Day
A USO-sponsored event in appreciation of military service members hosted at the Virginia Zoo. Military members and their families are honored with free admission! This event is open to the public and free to military and dependents. Watch this space for Fall 2013 date.
Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Animal pumpkin smashing, costume contests, trick or treat candy stations, and more! Admissions prices to be announced.
Saturday, Nov. 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Holiday Marketplace at the Zoo features holiday ornaments, train gift packs, animal art, zoodoptions and more zoo-themed holiday gifts! Activities included with regular admission.
Members Only Events
To all our members: Thanks for your support! We have spacial events planned just for you (note that a membership card is required for admission to these events)...
- Member Nights -
Thursday, June 13, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, July 18, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
The Zoo will close its gates to the public and members get to enjoy the Zoo after-hours! This event is FREE for members. Take advantage of a special discounted food menu
and experience up-close encounters with animnal ambassadors.
Membership card required for admission. Don't miss this members-only event!
- Breakfast with the Animals - Saturday, Aug. 10, 8 to 10 a.m. Members' chance to feast with the beasts!
Watch this space for more information and the 2013 date. Admissions prices to be announced.
We partner with community organizations to create a more beautiful world with plants and people.
2013 Holiday Closings:
The Virginia Zoo will be closed on the following dates. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday and a wonderful Zoo Year!
- Closed Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, 2013
- Closed Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24, 2013
- Closed Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25, 2013
- Closed New Year's Day, Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate Groundhog Day at the Zoo by debunking some popular animal myths February 2, 2013. Stay tuned for winter 2014 date!
Kiss & Tail - Valentine's Day Event
Thanks to everyone who joined us for Kiss & Tail Saturday, February 16, a special Valentine's Day program about Jungle Love that separates the birds from the beasts! Join us next spring for this adults-only opportunity to learn about animal mating, dating and reproductive habits in an honest and humorous forum.
The Arts are Wild -- Literally!
Thanks to everyone who celebrated literacyand the performing arts with us and Young Audiences of Virginia Saturday, April 13!
Party for the Planet
Thanks to those of you who came out Saturday, April 20 to learn about conservation steps you can take to protect natural habitats locally and around the world; see how our zookeepers use enrichment to encourage natural behaviors that will keep Zoo animals healthy and happy; and play like a monkey with the kinds of toys we give animals from meerkats to elephants. Join us next spring for another celebration of the Earth and the animals we share it with.