October 21, 22, 28 and 29, 2017
2017 is a special milestone year for ZooBoo. Not only is it the 30th Anniversary of the event but it is also the final year of ZooBoo in its current design. Thanks to the incredible support from our attendees, volunteers, donors, partnering organizations, and the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory staff, this family tradition has been a wonderful fundraiser for Como Friends and Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. Due to significant construction of a new Seals and Sea Lion habitat in the heart of the campus – and a need to refresh ZooBoo, it will come to a close this year and we will launch something new in 2019.
This year will still be the family-friendly event that the community loves and we hope you will join us!
Special Access: Captivating Cats
Saturday, September 16, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Como Friends ZooBoo at Como Zoo
October 21, 22, 28, and 29, 2017, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Holiday Shopping & Flower Show
Thursday, November 30, 2017 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
February 22, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Travelers Sunset Affair
July 19th, 2018, 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
ZooBoo Frequently Asked Questions
ZooBoo is a fundraiser for Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. It is a non-scary Halloween festival for families. For this unique event, Como Zoo is transformed into a world of fairytales and fun. More than 200 live costumed characters mingle and interact with children along an outdoor ZooBoo path. This magical event offers families a safe trick-or-treating alternative plus many Halloween surprises.
No, tickets are good for any night of ZooBoo.
You can purchase tickets at the gate, but they are more expensive…the price goes up to $7.
All adults must have a ticket. All children who are trick-or-treating must have a child’s ticket. Children who are under two years of age and not trick-or-treating are free.
ZooBoo is best suited for children up to age 8.
Children will get about 10 treats…a variety of items from healthy fruits and snacks, to candy, stickers, and educational materials.
We do encourage kids to wear costumes – but ZooBoo is an outdoor event, so make sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
Yes, children are encouraged to bring their own reusable treat bag.
ZooBoo guests are encouraged to use the FREE park and ride shuttle service during ZooBoo. The park and ride lot is a State Fair parking lot located on the south side of Como Avenue across from the State Fair’s Warner Coliseum. The shuttle runs from approximately 4:00-8:15pm each evening.
Typically the first weekend of ZooBoo (Oct. 21-22) is less busy than the second weekend (Oct. 28-29). Sundays are also lighter than Saturdays. Most guests come between 4:30-5:30pm, so the crowds are lighter after 6:00 pm each evening.
Most animals will not be out. The animals normally go to bed at 4 p.m. in October and ZooBoo begins after bedtime. However, some animals that sleep outside, such as the bison and Dall’s sheep may be visible during ZooBoo. Also the Polar Bears will have access to their outside exhibit during ZooBoo but we can’t guarantee that they’ll be visible.
ZooBoo is a fundraiser for Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. ZooBoo is produced by Como Friends, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire community generosity to advance Como Park Zoo and Conservatory as a destination where people from every walk of life can gather, learn and enjoy the natural world.
Call Como Friends at 651-487-8229 or email ComoMembership@comofriends.org
Thank you Como Friends ZooBoo 2017 Sponsors!
To learn more about making an in-kind contribution to the event, contact Amanda Golden, Events Manager, at 651-207-0338, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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