10 Exciting Events at the Bronx Zoo in 2024 + 20% Offer on Membership

Did you know that the Bronx Zoo is celebrating 125 years!? The zoo opened in 1899 and was the first conservation zoo, currently home to over 11,000 animals, representing more than 640 species. So it’s no surprise they will be celebrating all year long with special events, including ones just for Bronx Zoo members. So now more than ever is the perfect time to become a member if you aren’t already- especially with our 20% Family Zoos Plus Membership discount (code: BXMAMA20, valid through 3/31).

While the zoo is fun to visit at any time, here are 10 exciting new and returning events happening this year at the Bronx Zoo:

Animal Chronicles

Check out the Bronx Zoo’s brand NEW walking trail, featuring immersive eco-sculptures that showcase the Bronx Zoo’s history of saving animal species and connecting New Yorkers to wildlife.

Members get an exclusive preview on Thursday, April 18 & Friday, April 19, before the trail opens to the public.

Birthday Celebrations

Celebrate from spring to summer with fun birthday celebrations taking place on select weekends from April – Labor Day Weekend. Visitors can look forward to:

  • Parades
  • Performances
  • Crafting
  • Wildlife Theater
  • and much more. 

Included with free Member admission ticket.

Member Mornings

Zoo members already get to enjoy member nights, but as part of the birthday fun there will also be Member Mornings. Enjoy storytelling, crafts, special meet and greets, face painting, and more at Rainy Gate Corner from 10AM-12PM:

April 12 – Earth Day Celebration

May 11 – Celebration of Birds

June 16 – Father’s Day Celebration & Congo Gorilla Forest

July 21 – Big Cats Celebration

August – 18 Celebration of Asia

September 1 – Celebration of Africa

Exclusive to Members! 

WCS Run for the Wild 

If you’ve had the WCS 5K Run & 3K Family Run/Walk on your bucket list, this is the year! Join the Bronx Zoo to raise money to save wildlife. This year’s event supports conservation work at the Bronx Zoo and around the world, protecting snow leopards and other endangered wildlife. 

Members save $15 on registration.

Members Evenings

Yet another perk of being a member of the Bronx Zoo, on July 9 & 18 the zoo stays open until 7:30PM. Members can visit all of their favorite animals, enjoy free parking, trivia, Member swag, 20% off food and retail items and more. 

Exclusive to Members! 

Brew at the Zoo 

Sorry kids, this one’s for mom and dad 😉 Kick off summer at the Bronx Zoo’s after-hours party for adults ages 21+ with tastings of more than 100 varieties of beer, wine, and cider and delicious food for purchase from over 15 food vendors. Enjoy live music performances, DJs and dancing, and salsa and bachata dancing instruction. Test your luck with Bronx Zoo 125th-birthday-themed games and trivia, and explore the new Animals Chronicles walking trail.

Members receive 15% on General Admission tickets.

Wild Encounters

If you remember, we had a lot of fun feeding giraffes last year. Wild Encounters at the Bronx Zoo are such a cool experience to do with friends or family. Connect with amazing animals, like giraffes, cheetahs, penguins, and more, during an up-close, in-person animal encounter. Chat with the experts who care for them and get answers to your most challenging questions. A great add on to your day, available year-long!

Members save 10%.

Boo at the Zoo 

This one is a Bronx Zoo classic. The Bronx Zoo’s annual fall family festival returns weekends throughout the month of October. Enjoy a day with wildlife plus all your favorite Halloween festivities like magic and mind-reading shows, pumpkin carving demonstrations, costume parades, Halloween crafts, puppet shows, and more.

Included with free Member admission ticket

Pumpkin Nights

We’re super excited that this is returning! The Bronx Zoo’s nighttime family Halloween event. Follow an animal-themed jack o’lantern trail, featuring more than 5,000 illuminated pumpkins, plus enjoy outdoor games and delicious treats.

Members receive 40% on tickets.

Holiday Lights

This one has become such a fun way for myself and my daughters to kick off the holidays for the last five years! New York City’s family-favorite holiday tradition, featuring hundreds of thousands of lights and illuminated animal-lantern displays that take you on safaris around the world. Enjoy immersive light shows, the holiday tree and dazzling walk-through tunnel, live ice carving demonstrations, illuminated performers, kids’ favorite holiday train, Wildlife Theater, delicious seasonal treats, and more. 

Members receive exclusive preview nights AND 40% on tickets.

As you can see, being a member of the Bronx Zoo has even more perks this year as they celebrate 125 years. It’s such a no-brainer since membership pays for itself in just one visit, and gives you discounts and exclusive invites to year-round events. Enjoy year-round admission to the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, and Queens Zoo. And don’t forget, right now BronxMama followers receive 20% off Family Zoos Plus Membership using code BXMAMA20– valid through 3/31. Grab your membership here.

What events are you most excited for?

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