Free Family Fun!

This summer, kick off the weekend with Family Fun Friday Nights — 5-7 p.m. on Fridays, May 14 through August 13, 2021. It’s the perfect time to have a free, safe night out with the family. 

Music and Strolling Entertainment

As you walk around the Zoo, you’ll find entertainers roaming around campus. Entertainers will vary throughout the summer. You may find strolling magicians, jugglers, stilt walkers, saxophone or guitar players, or even a DJ around the Zoo.

Zoo Attractions

Normal admission fees apply to these attractions:


The majority of animal exhibits will have extended hours, until 7 p.m., on Fridays and Saturdays. Some animal areas may need to close before 7 p.m.

Food and Drink Specials

Grab dinner for your whole crew! We will have family-sized meal specials available at food and beverage locations throughout the Zoo.

Mix-and-Match Meal for Four ($33.95)
Choose between chicken strips or cheeseburgers, in any combination of four. Includes four orders of fries and four fountain beverages or milk. Available after 5 p.m. at Lakeside Cafe and RiverCamp Cafe.

Pizza and Salad Meal for Four ($33.95)
One 16-inch, made-to-order pizza, family-size garden salad and four fountain beverages or milk. Available after 5 p.m. at Lakeside Cafe.

Ice Cream Specials

  • Four ice cream cake cones or cups ($12.99). Available after 5 p.m at Ice Cream Oasis.
  • Single scoop ice cream cake cone ($3). Available after 4 p.m. at Scoops.

We’re Open Late On Saturdays, Too!

If you can’t make it to Family Fun Friday Nights, we’re also open Saturday evenings until 7 p.m. all summer long. See our extended summer hours and schedule

Prairie Farms Dairy Summer Zoo Weekends

Zoo Reservations Required to Visit

All Zoo guests, including those visiting for Family Fun Friday Nights, must make a free, timed reservation online in advance to enter the Zoo. Make a reservation up to seven days prior to the date of visit. Daily attendance is limited to help maintain social distancing within the Zoo. 

Make a Zoo Reservation


Thank you to our Family Fun Friday Nights sponsors:

  • Mid America Chevy Dealers
  • Prairie Farms Dairy
  • Coca-Cola
  • 106.5 The Arch

Our Zoo Values Safety

The safety of guests, staff and animals is the Zoo's highest priority. To provide a safe and memorable experience for all, the Zoo has implemented enhanced protocols and procedures.

See the reservations page for up-to-date details and other safety measures prior to your visit.