Events

The talented staff and contributors to Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo design special events and programs throughout the year. Our beautiful grounds also provide the perfect setting for a variety of musical concerts. Visit this portion of our site often to see what’s coming up!

 

June 2015

  • Mon, 06/01/2015 - 9:00am - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:00pm

    Now through Labor Day, enjoy Camel Rides from 9 am to 3 pm. Get to know Toby, Goliath and Gabriel for just $5 per ride. No age restrictions, but riders 5 and younger require an adult rider with them. Purchase tickets at the front gate, gift shop, carousel, and at the camel ride (cash only). 

  • Fri, 06/26/2015 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

    AARP members can enjoy free admission to Connecticut’s only zoo on the 4th Friday of each month from June to September 2015. Up to 3 additional guests will receive a 15% discount off regular admission prices. Visit the AARP booth on these dates to receive a 20% off coupon for one item at the Zoo gift shop! To learn more, visit www.aarp.org/ctdiscounts.

July 2015

  • Wed, 07/01/2015 - 9:00am - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 3:00pm

    Through Labor Day, enjoy Camel Rides from 9 am to 3 pm. Get to know Toby, Goliath and Gabriel for just $5 per ride. No age restrictions, but riders 5 and younger require an adult rider with them. Purchase tickets at the front gate, gift shop, carousel, and at the camel ride (cash only). 

  • Sat, 07/04/2015 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

    This self-guided hunt will challenge visitors to find all of the animals sporting patriotic colors -- such as red wolf, white swans, blue poison dart frog -- and many more. Enjoy a special "Animal Bytes" presentation about the American Bald Eagle.

  • Wed, 07/15/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

    The Zoo's evening lecture series engages audiences of all ages, especially lifelong learners, who have an appetite for delving deeper into the wonders of wildlife. Attending these programs allows visitors to live vicariously through our experts, who often have had incredible close encounters with creatures across the globe. This month's topic is The Armadillos of Argentina. Details to follow. Refreshments served. $10 suggested donation. In our Hanson Exploration Station.

  • Fri, 07/17/2015 (All day) - Fri, 07/31/2015 (All day)
    Rainforest Reptile Shows presents exotic crawlers, unusual slitherers and fascinating creepers, all of which are creatures of the rainforest. Experience direct contact with live animals, artifacts and fascinating stories about these unusual animals and their natural habitats. Free with paid admission to the Zoo. Shows will be held from July 17 through Sept. 6 EXCEPT on Mondays. Tuesday through Thursday, shows are at 12 and 2. Fridays through Sundays, shows are at 10:30, 12:30 and 2:00.
     
  • Sun, 07/19/2015 (All day) - Sat, 07/25/2015 (All day)

    Our zookeepers are both educators and wildlife ambassadors who not only keep our animals healthy and happy but also teach our visitors about conservation. Come to the Zoo this week, say hello to our zookeepers, and enjoy the fun-filled activities they have in store for you - including a super fun kids scavenger hunt!

  • Fri, 07/24/2015 (All day)
    You never know what you’re going to win when you take a zoo bumper magnet from our shiny 2015 Hyundai on display!
     
  • Fri, 07/24/2015 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
    AARP members can enjoy free admission to Connecticut’s only zoo on the 4th Friday of each month from June to September 2015. Up to 3 additional guests will receive a 15% discount off regular admission prices. Visit the AARP booth on these dates to receive a 20% off coupon for one item at the Zoo gift shop! To learn more, visit www.aarp.org/ctdiscounts
     
  • Sun, 07/26/2015 - 11:00am - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 4:00pm

    Famous for getting everyone involved, Chris brings animals to life through kid-friendly songs, dance, puppets and colorful props. He creatively blends music, comedy and education to create fast paced, interactive shows that teach and inspire young people. Children are invited to wear fun hats and sing along with Chris on stage as he shares his self-penned songs about animals and their environment. Free with paid admission to the Zoo. Performances are at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm and last approximately 30 minutes. Chris returns July 31, Aug. 1-3 and 5-9 for additional performances.

  • Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Famous for getting everyone involved, Chris brings animals to life through kid-friendly songs, dance, puppets and colorful props. He creatively blends music, comedy and education to create fast paced, interactive shows that teach and inspire young people. Children are invited to wear fun hats and sing along with Chris on stage as he shares his self-penned songs about animals and their environment. Free with paid admission to the Zoo. Performances are at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm and last approximately 30 minutes. Chris returns Aug. 1-3 and 5-9 for additional performances.
     

August 2015

  • Sat, 08/01/2015 (All day) - Mon, 08/31/2015 (All day)
    Rainforest Reptile Shows presents exotic crawlers, unusual slitherers and fascinating creepers, all of which are creatures of the rainforest. Experience direct contact with live animals, artifacts and fascinating stories about these unusual animals and their natural habitats. Free with paid admission to the Zoo. Shows will be held from July 17 through Sept. 6 EXCEPT on Mondays. Tuesday through Thursday, shows are at 12 and 2. Fridays through Sundays, shows are at 10:30, 12:30 and 2:00.
     
  • Sat, 08/01/2015 - 9:00am - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 3:00pm

    Through Labor Day, enjoy Camel Rides from 9 am to 3 pm. Get to know Toby, Goliath and Gabriel for just $5 per ride. No age restrictions, but riders 5 and younger require an adult rider with them. Purchase tickets at the front gate, gift shop, carousel, and at the camel ride (cash only). 

  • Sat, 08/01/2015 - 11:00am - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 4:00pm

    Famous for getting everyone involved, Chris brings animals to life through kid-friendly songs, dance, puppets and colorful props. He creatively blends music, comedy and education to create fast paced, interactive shows that teach and inspire young people. Children are invited to wear fun hats and sing along with Chris on stage as he shares his self-penned songs about animals and their environment. Free with paid admission to the Zoo. Performances are at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm and last approximately 30 minutes. Chris returns Aug. 5-9 for additional performances.

  • Wed, 08/05/2015 - 11:00am - Sun, 08/09/2015 - 4:00pm

    Famous for getting everyone involved, Chris brings animals to life through kid-friendly songs, dance, puppets and colorful props. He creatively blends music, comedy and education to create fast paced, interactive shows that teach and inspire young people. Children are invited to wear fun hats and sing along with Chris on stage as he shares his self-penned songs about animals and their environment. Free with paid admission to the Zoo. Performances are at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm and last approximately 30 minutes.

  • Wed, 08/19/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

    The Zoo's evening lecture series engages audiences of all ages, especially lifelong learners, who have an appetite for delving deeper into the wonders of wildlife. Attending these programs allows visitors to live vicariously through our experts, who often have had incredible close encounters with creatures across the globe. This month's topic is Turtle Telemetry. Details to follow. Refreshments served. $10 suggested donation. In our Hanson Exploration Station.

  • Fri, 08/28/2015 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
    AARP members can enjoy free admission to Connecticut’s only zoo on the 4th Friday of each month from June to September 2015. Up to 3 additional guests will receive a 15% discount off regular admission prices. Visit the AARP booth on these dates to receive a 20% off coupon for one item at the Zoo gift shop! To learn more, visit www.aarp.org/ctdiscounts
     

September 2015

  • Tue, 09/01/2015 (All day) - Sun, 09/06/2015 (All day)
    Rainforest Reptile Shows presents exotic crawlers, unusual slitherers and fascinating creepers, all of which are creatures of the rainforest. Experience direct contact with live animals, artifacts and fascinating stories about these unusual animals and their natural habitats. Free with paid admission to the Zoo. Shows will be held from July 17 through Sept. 6 EXCEPT on Mondays. Tuesday through Thursday, shows are at 12 and 2. Fridays through Sundays, shows are at 10:30, 12:30 and 2:00.
     
  • Tue, 09/01/2015 - 9:00am - Mon, 09/07/2015 - 3:00pm

    Through Labor Day, enjoy Camel Rides from 9 am to 3 pm. Get to know Toby, Goliath and Gabriel for just $5 per ride. No age restrictions, but riders 5 and younger require an adult rider with them. Purchase tickets at the front gate, gift shop, carousel, and at the camel ride (cash only). 

  • Wed, 09/16/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
    The Zoo's evening lecture series engages audiences of all ages, especially lifelong learners, who have an appetite for delving deeper into the wonders of wildlife. Attending these programs allows visitors to live vicariously through our experts, who often have had incredible close encounters with creatures across the globe. This month's topic is The Bats of Brazil. Details to follow. Refreshments served. $10 suggested donation. In our Hanson Exploration Station.
     
  • Fri, 09/25/2015 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
    AARP members can enjoy free admission to Connecticut’s only zoo on the 4th Friday of each month from June to September 2015. Up to 3 additional guests will receive a 15% discount off regular admission prices. Visit the AARP booth on these dates to receive a 20% off coupon for one item at the Zoo gift shop! To learn more, visit www.aarp.org/ctdiscounts
     

October 2015

  • Wed, 10/21/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
    The Zoo's evening lecture series engages audiences of all ages, especially lifelong learners, who have an appetite for delving deeper into the wonders of wildlife. Attending these programs allows visitors to live vicariously through our experts, who often have had incredible close encounters with creatures across the globe. This month's topic is South African Adventure. Details to follow. Refreshments served. $10 suggested donation. In our Hanson Exploration Station.