Events and Programs

Jungle Bells

Saturday, December 7 from 11-4pm

Kick off the holiday season with a trip to enjoy Mill Mountain Zoo’s festive splendor!  Jungle Bells will have fun activities for the whole family, including a seasonal craft for children.  Adults will be able do some holiday shopping among a variety of excellent local vendors, and the keepers will have some informative chats about how winter impacts the zoo and the animals that call it home.  The whipped cream on top is our very own Amanda Panda!  She was appointed by Santa himself to take your little ones’ wish-list requests and to give you the perfect holiday photo opportunity!  All activities included with regular zoo admission.

Night Howls

Third Thursdays October through March  from 5:30-7pm

December 19
January 16
February 20
March 19

Bundle up and bring your friends to the zoo to hear the wolves howl, the owls hoot and the big cats call!  Participants will begin the night indoors enjoying hot cider and cookies while learning about nocturnal animals and the noises they make.  Guests will then proceed outdoors for a guided tour of the zoo in the dark to observe the creatures and enjoy spectacular views of the city at night.

Members: $9 for children and $12 for adults
Non-Members: $12 for children and $15 for adults

Register online at our Square Store.

Spring Fling

Saturday, March 21 from 11-4pm

Spring is in the air! Come up to Mill Mountain Zoo to celebrate the beginning of spring with activities related to gardening, birding and other fun things to get you thinking about springtime! Enjoy spring themed crafts, get your face painted and of course see our great collection of animal residents. All of the activities are included with regular zoo admission!

3rd Annual Fierce Film Festival

Sunday, March 29 from 1-3pm

Calling all budding filmmakers! Mill Mountain Zoo is looking for 3-15 minute short film entries about animals, nature or conservation. Film submissions from all ages are welcome! Mill Mountain Zoo Staff will select 7-15 films, depending on length, to show at The Spot on Kirk from 6-8pm on 14. One winner will be selected at the end of the screening and will a Mill Mountain Zoo Gift Basket and Family Membership.

Spring Break Camp

Tuesday-Thursday, April 7-9 from 9-3:30pm

Mill Mountain Zoo’s Spring Break Zoo Venture is back! As in years past, each day has a special theme and is chocked full of fun and educational activities. There will be hands-on interactions with animals, guided zoo tours, games, art activities, stories and more. To make it easy for any schedule, parents can pick and choose which days to enroll their children or enroll them in the entire week!  Zoo Venture is designed for students ages 6-13.

Camp Schedule

Tuesday, April 7-Beast Feast
Animals can’t just go to the grocery store or open a refrigerator like humans can. They need to search or hunt for food. Campers will learn about food chains and webs and explore the adaptations that herbivores and carnivores use to get the food they need to survive.

Wednesday, April 8-Global Explorers
Campers will travel through forests, mountains, tundra and other habitats as they learn about animals that come from the many different environments found on Earth. Discover how different habitats present challenges and how animals are adapted to survive in these various locations.

Thursday, April 9-Creepy, Crawly Creatures
Creepy and crawly?!? Many of the animals you may think of as creepy or crawly creatures are often unnecessarily feared and also pretty fascinating! In this camp, we will explore some of the animals that make people shudder and discover that they’re not so bad after all!

Registration deadline is April 3, 2020!  Reservations can only be mad with full payment. Click here to download registration form.  Registration may be faxed, mailed, e-mailed or dropped off at the zoo. No phone reservations will be accepted. Please call or email Bambi Godkin with additional questions at (540) 343-3241 x103 or

Single Day Rates: Member/$55 & Non-Member/$65
3 Day Rates: $160/Member & $180/Non-Member

Ravishing Raptors

Thursday, April 16 from 5:30-7pm

Join us in welcoming Falconer Philip Bailey and Dr. Kerri Cooper-Bailey back to Mill Mountain Zoo, along with a number of their beautiful bird companions.  Meet a variety of species and get the chance to chat with these avian experts.  You won’t want to miss it!

Members: $9 for children and $12 for adults
Non-Members: $12 for children and $15 for adults

Register online at our Square Store.

Party for the Planet

Saturday, April 25 from 11-4pm

Come celebrate Earth Day with Mill Mountain Zoo and Clean Valley Council. Chat with zookeepers and participate in neat earth friendly art activities for the whole family! Plus…the unveiling of one very unique sculpture made from litter cleaned out of the river! Artist: Katherine Devine. All activities are included with Zoo admission!

World Migratory Bird Day and Community Art Show

May 9 from 11-4pm

WMBD is a holiday that celebrates the migration of nearly 350 species of migratory birds between nesting habitats in North America and non-breeding grounds in Latin America, Mexico and the Caribbean.  Join us to celebrate and learn more about migratory bird conservation and how you can help.  Keeper chats, crafts and face painting are just some of the activities.  You can also participate in our 6th annual Community Art Show.  Animal themed works of art will be hung at the zoo during the duration of the event, and anyone bringing a piece to hang will get free admission.  All activities are included with regular zoo admission!

Breakfast with the Animals

Dates: 3rd Saturday of the month May-October 8:30-10:30am

May 16
June 20
July 18
August 15
September 19
October 17

Join us at the Mill Mountain Zoo every 3rd Saturday, 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.