Events and Programs

Art Gone Wild

Thursday, August 16 from 10-12pm/Ages 6-9

Does your child like animals?  Does your child also like art?  Why not combine the two together?!?  This 2 hour class will give children the opportunity to use the zoo’s residents as inspiration for fun, colorful and unique art projects.  Painting, 3-dimensional work and multi-media projects are just a few of the possible, critter-themed activities children will have a chance to participate in.

Member: $15
Non-Member: $20

Visit our Square Store to sign up today!

Breakfast with the Animals

Join us at the Mill Mountain Zoo every 3rd Saturday at 8:30am, May-October for a unique opportunity to have breakfast with the animals.  Guests will be treated to a light breakfast buffet and the chance to meet one of the zoo’s education outreach animals.  This will be immediately followed by a special chat with zookeepers as they amaze our guests with more fun and educational facts about our animal residents.  This intimate experience will allow zoo visitors to learn more about various animals’ diets, behavior and personalities.  Following the chat, there will be a child-focused and parent-assisted project and activity sheet that will be designed to further foster excitement and knowledge about the featured animals.

Cost per breakfast:
$15/non-member adult                                 $12/member adult
$12/non-member child                                 $9/member child
$45/non-member family of 4                      $35/member family of 4

Click here for downloadable registration form.

Saturday, August 18-Partake with the Predators
Many animals get their food by hunting, catching and eating other animals.  Have a nice breakfast at the zoo, and then hear about how some of the zoo’s animals are perfectly adapted to be effective predators.  After the chat, children will create a Model Magic sculpture of their favorite predator and do a similarly themed activity sheet to explore even more!

Saturday, September 15-Munch with the Mammals
Eat breakfast and then experience a chat with zoo keepers as they share information about some of our mammals’ diets and other fascinating information.  Once the chat is complete, children will get to do easy foam block print of their favorite mammal and then complete an activity sheet that will get the whole family exploring the zoo.

Saturday, October 20-Ruminate with the Raptors
How would you like to have the keen eyesight of a bird of prey?  Learn about this and a lot of other great information about raptors.  Visit for breakfast, and then hear about some of the zoo’s resident birds of prey.  After the keeper chat, children will design a collage of their favorite raptor and an activity sheet inspired by the zoo’s birds of prey.

Storybook Safari

Saturday, August 18 from 11-1pm

In this fun program, child and caregiver will get to hear an animal themed children’s book and meet some of Mill Mountain Zoo’s education animals!  Participants will also have a mini-tour of the zoo and ride the train.

This program is for 4-6 year olds to attend with a caregiver.

Member: $15 for one child and one caregiver
Non-Member: $20 for one child and one caregiver
$5 for each child attending with caregiver

Visit our Square Store to sign up today!

Acoustic Fest

Saturday, August 25 from 1-7pm

Join us for a relaxing day filled with live acoustic music!  Twin Creeks Brewery will be here, and we will also have Angry Orchard Cider and Woodbridge wines available.  Everyone’s favorite food truck, Wake and Bacon, will be on grounds as well!  There will be activities for kids, free apple juice and local vendors onsite.

General Admission
Members get in for free!
$5 drink tickets
This day only, purchase memberships onsite for 50% off!

Celebrate International Red Panda Day and Children’s Literacy

Saturday, September 15 from 11-4pm

Celebrate International Red Panda Day and children’s books featuring spotted animals.  We will have lots of fun activities for the whole family!  Roanoke Public Libraries will be handing out free books, and we will have crafts, keeper chats, face painting and much more!  Any child attending dressed as their favorite storybook character or spotted animal will get $1 off their admission!

Zoo Boo

Saturday, October 27 from 11-4pm

Are you looking for a great, safe place to bring your family for some howling Halloween fun?  Spend your Halloween holiday at Mill Mountain Zoo’s annual Zoo Boo!  From trick-or-treating, to costume contests, to performances and “spooktacular” art activities, Zoo Boo is a fun-filled day for the whole family!  Plus, you get to enjoy it all in the beautiful outdoor setting of Mill Mountain Zoo.  Even better, all of these activities are FREE with Zoo admission!  So for a “terrorably” good time, come and celebrate Halloween 2018 with the animals and staff of Mill Mountain Zoo.