Events and Programs

Breakfast with the Animals

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.

Remember to make reservations–space is limited!
Breakfast with the Animals starts at 8:30am sharp!
Please be on time!
Don’t forget to bring a camera!

Cost per breakfast:
Members: $9 for Children/$12 for Adults/$35 for Family of 4
Non-Members: $12 for Children/$15 for Adults/$45 for Family of 4

Breakfast with the Animals Schedule

Saturday, September 16-Feast with the Furry
Are you a fan of all things furry and fluffy?  To commemorate International Red Panda Day, keepers will talk about our red panda, as well as some of our other mammalian residents.  Once breakfast and the keeper chats are over, guests will do a texture rubbing picture of their favorite furry critter and then do an activity sheet containing even more mammal fun!

Saturday, October 21-Eating with the Endangered
Did you know last week was Wolf Awareness Week and that Mill Mountain Zoo is home to red wolves, which are one of the most endangered species in the world?  Come for some tasty breakfast and learn about our red wolves and interesting information about some of our other endangered species as well.  Following that, guests will do a 3-dimensional Model Magic sculpture of their favorite endangered species and do an activity sheet related to those animals.

Advanced registration REQUIRED.  Download registration form, and return to Mill Mountain Zoo with full payment.

International Red Panda and E.B. White Day

Saturday, September 16 11-4pm

Come celebrate the author E.B. White and International Red Panda Day with lots of fun activities for the whole family!  Roanoke Public Libraries will be here handing out free books, and there will be crafts, keeper chats, face painting and much more!  Any child coming dressed as their favorite storybook character will get a $1 off their admission!

65th Anniversary Fall Brew at the Zoo

Saturday, October 7 5-8:30pm

Join us for a fall celebration at the Zoo! Enjoy the animals, the view, and of course, the beer from Ballast Point Brewery!  Live music by the talented Mason Creek! Mountain Grille Food Truck will be here serving up some delicious food! Bring your lawn chair and relax or dance the night away under the stars!

-Advance tickets: Adults: $10 for members and $15 for non-members
-Day of event tickets: $15 for members and $20 for non-members
-Children (3-11): $5.
On drink ticket is included with admission (21+ and over)
Adults who purchase a Mill Mountain Zoo Kleen Kanteen will also receive a free drink ticket.

We will have child friendly beverages, along with crafts for the kids!

Visit our Square Store for advance tickets!

Zoo Boo

Saturday, October 28 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 included with Zoo admission!  So for a “terrorably” good time, come and celebrate Halloween 2017 with the animals and staff of Mill Mountain Zoo.

Night Howls

November 16
December 21
January 18
February 15

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: Children $9/Adults $12
Non-Members: Children $12/Adults$15