When you go to the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, it's always a wonderful experience, right? It is for me too! So how could it get any better? Well, how about some of those special events that the zoo puts on! This summer, the zoo has some events that you and your child can enjoy together.

Wild Wednesdays

Every Wednesday this May, June, July, and August, the zoo will stay open late for your enjoyment! Last admission will be at 7 p.m. with rides, exhibits, and buildings closing at 7:30.

World Oceans Day

Living in the Midwest doesn't mean you can't play a part in protecting the coasts. Learn about the ocean and how we protect it with activities that run all day from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on June 11.  

What's the Buzz?

Learn the importance of bees and other pollinators and how to help them in your own back yard through activities that run from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on June 17.  


Get gross and explore mucus, slime, and other adaptations that are vital to animals' survival. Activities run from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on June 25 and are free with zoo admission.  

Backstage Pass

Step behind the gates that say "Employees Only" to learn what it takes to feed and care for over 1,000 animals on July 9. Tours will be available from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and are free with zoo admission!

Ice Day

Chill out with the animals as they get icy treats to beat the heat in celebration of National Zoo Keeper Week. Activities run from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on July 23 and are free with admission.  

International Tiger Day

Discover how you can help these beautiful endangered cats through activites that run from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on July 29.  

Family Wild Nights

Have you ever wondered what it was like to be at the zoo after the sun goes down? Well you can this summer by signing up for the "Family Wild Nights" program. You can experience the zoo after dark with a sleepover! How cool is that? It includes educational activities, food, and tons of fun and laughs for the whole family in one single payment. There are two sleep options available; an aquarium sleepover, which is "Sleeping with the Sharks" which will be on August 1, September 11, and October 2 from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. Or check out the "Sleeping under the Stars" outdoor sleepover on June 20, July 17, and September 5  from 6 p.m. - 9 a.m. Then for the really small children, there's a "Fun with the Fishes Preschool" night on August 28 from 6 p.m. - 9 a.m. Cost for each sleepover is $30/child and $20/adult. All you have to do is choose the theme that works for your family and register.

Summer Safari Day Camp

As if sleepovers at the zoo weren't enough, "Summer Safari Day Camp" programs are also offered at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. 2015 marks the 26th year for the "Summer Safari Day Camp" and gives us 16 sessions to choose from this summer. There are many options for sessions using the age group of your child, which ranges in age from 3 to 12 years old. The themes also range from "Animal Alphabet" to "Monkey See, Monkey Do" to "Animal Training 101."

If summer day camp at the zoo sounds like something you and your child would want to be involved in, hurry and register. Slots are filling up quickly!

The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo is already a beloved summer attraction, but these events put the zoo over the top!