plan your visit to FPZFranklin Park Zoo Special Events

Below is a listing of special events at Franklin Park Zoo. Unless otherwise stated, all events are free with paid regular Zoo admission. For more information, please call 617-989-2000.

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Spend April School Vacation Week at the Zoo!

April 21 - 27, 2014

Looking to get your family's spring off to a great start? Throughout April school vacation week, connect with incredible wildlife and spend a memorable day with family and friends exploring Franklin Park Zoo.

Here's some of what we've got in store for you:

-Aussie Aviary opens for the season

Stroll among hundreds of brightly colored budgies in this engaging, interactive space. Purchase a seedstick and the birds may land right on it!

Open 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. during school vacation week
Weather permitting

-Experience the thrilling 6D Rhino Rescue

Set in Africa, this motion simulator ride invites you on a high-speed chase alongside park rangers in their pursuit of poachers. You’ll encounter elephants, wildebeest and other wildlife on your adventure to reunite a baby rhino with his mother. Rhino Rescue tickets cost $5 (in addition to regular zoo admission).
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-Ape Drawing Project
April 21,  11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Draw with local artist Jen Bradley, as she continues her Ape Drawing Project with the Tropical Forest's gorillas!

-Meet Nick Jr.’s Pocoyo™ !
April 25 & 26
The popular Nick Jr. character will be outside for a meet-and-greet every half hour between 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. both days.
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-Join the Party for the Planet
April 27, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Don’t miss the Party for the Planet! Franklin Park Zoo has teamed up with Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts to present a fun and engaging Earth Day celebration to raise awareness for the planet and all it has to offer!
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-Sign up for our April Conservation Week Program (pre-registration required)
April 22 -  25, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Geared toward children ages six through 11, this week-long program will focus on why it's important to protect the environment and how everyone can help animals and their native habitats. Vacation week program sessions will include a combination of animal encounters, art and crafts, behind-the-scenes tours, games and activities.
Pre-registration for Conservation Week Program is required.

register today
For additional information on the April Conservation Week Program, call 617-989-3742 or email




Aussie Aviary

Stroll among hundreds of brightly colored budgies in this engaging, interactive space. Purchase a seedstick and the birds may land right on it! Full exhibit details

Hours (weather permitting):
-During April school vacation week, April 21 - 27,  10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
-After April school vacation week, weekends, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
-Regular hours begin Memorial Day weekend, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. weekdays, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. weekends




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Meet Nick Jr.’s Pocoyo™ !

pocoyoApril 25 & 26, 2014
10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. both days

Meet Pocoyo™, the popular Nick Jr. character, at Franklin Park Zoo on April 25 and 26! Pocoyo will be outside for a meet-and-greet every half hour between 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. both days. Other activities will include storytimes, arts and crafts and more. Guests may also take photos with Pocoyo!

Pocoyo is a bilingual pre-school animated television series, seen on Nick Jr. in English and Univision in Spanish, about a curious, fun loving child who is always into something new. Pocoyo lives in a world that is uniquely his own, whether he’s making a new friend, sharing a toy or learning to make music, every day is an adventure! Join him for your own day of fun and adventure at the Zoo!

Pocoyo TM & © 2005-2014 Zinkia Entertainment S.A.


Party for the Planet: Earth Day 2014

Sunday, April 27, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Don’t miss the Earth Day celebration at Franklin Park Zoo! Franklin Park Zoo has teamed up with Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts to present a fun and engaging day to raise awareness for the planet and all it has to offer! Learn how you can contribute to a healthy planet and preserve the Earth.

Festivities include opportunities to meet the zookeepers, animal enrichment activities, scavenger hunts, entertainment, eco-friendly exhibitors, and much more!

party for the planet"Meet the Keeper" schedule:
10:00 a.m.: Gorilla
10:30 a.m.: Amur Leopard
11:00 a.m.: Anteater
11:00 a.m.: Kea
11:30 a.m.: Lion
11:45 a.m.: Camel
1:30 p.m.: Mandrill
2:00 p.m.: Wild Dog
2:30 p.m.: Prairie Dog
3:00 p.m.: Cow

Featured exhibitors:

American Association of Zookeepers,
Zoo New England Chapter

Mass Dept of Environmental Protection

BeCause Water

Mass Water Resources Authority

Boston Organics

Mass Energy

Harvard NIEHS Center for Environmental Health

New England Aquarium
Beyond Benign

Harvest Co-op Market

Next Step Living

Mass Farmers Markets
Camp Fire Eastern Massachusetts
Northeast Organic Farming Association

 Foundation for a Green Future, Inc.



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Saturday, May 3, 2014
6:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel

Enjoy an evening of cocktails, dinner, auctions and a few surprises that only a zoo can provide!
Event details and registration



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May the 4th be with you

logosSunday, May 4, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Force will be strong as signature characters from the Star Wars films roam the Zoo! Guests are encouraged to wear their own Star Wars attire and to take photos with costumed characters.

Learn about how animal adaptations and behaviors in our galaxy relate to the creatures from the films with scavenger hunts and other activities. Animals will also join the fun as they enjoy treats and special Star Wars themed enrichment items throughout the day. The first 200 visitors will receive complimentary treats of their own – delicious cake and cupcakes courtesy of Oakleaf Cakes.

Costumed characters are members of the New England Garrison of the 501st Legion and Alderaan Base of the Rebel Legion, groups of Star Wars fans who contribute to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work.



Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Zoo!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Help us celebrate your mom (and all of ours!) at Franklin Park and Stone Zoos this Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11! In recognition of all they do, we're offering FREE ADMISSION for all mothers throughout the day. 


Endangered Species Day

Saturday, May 17, 2014
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

InocencioDo you know Franklin Park Zoo is home to a number of endangered species including western lowland gorillas, Grevy’s zebras, pygmy hippos and others? In honor of Endangered Species Day, Franklin Park Zoo has partnered with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (Northeast Regional Office) to present an engaging day designed for visitors of all ages to learn more about endangered species and ways that they can help protect these animals as well as their habitats.

Children will have the opportunity to dress up as a field biologist or wildland firefighter, see confiscated wildlife products and learn about piping plovers, an endangered bird species that can be found in Massachusetts. Throughout the day, there will also be opportunities to meet with the zookeepers and ask questions during scheduled zookeeper encounters.

Pictured right: Pygmy hippo, Inocencio, settles into his exhibit. Read more about his journey to Franklin Park Zoo.



Bowling For Rhinos

bowling for rhinosThursday, May 29, 2014
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Town Line Luxury Lanes, 665 Broadway, Route 99, Malden, MA
Registration fee: $20.00 (includes a BFR T-shirt!)
Register online
Download pledge sheet

Each year the national American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) sponsors a fundraising bowl-a-thon, “Bowling For Rhinos” (BFR). Over 60 AAZK chapters participate throughout the U.S. and Canada, raising between $200,000- $300,000 annually. We'd love to see that number increase this year! Funds support Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Ujung Kulon National Park, Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, and Way Kambas National Park. These sanctuaries not only save rhinos, but they protect ecosystems!

Our local chapter’s BFR event is extremely popular, with teams formed within and outside of the zookeeper community to raise awareness and contributions for rhino conservation. Bowlers collect pledges to raise funds for the event, and top fundraisers receive prizes.

Not so into bowling? You can still help raise funds-- with or without those fancy bowling shoes--by collecting pledges.

Download a pledge sheet, and let's get rolling!

For questions, contact


Mark your calendar for our first annual wine tasting event!

uncorkedSaturday, May 31, 2014
5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
21+ event

Please note, Franklin Park Zoo will close at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 31st in preparation for this event.

Throughout the evening, guests can sample wines while strolling among the animals in the zoo’s signature Tropical Forest Pavilion. Here, you'll mingle with western lowland gorillas, pygmy hippos, ring-tailed-lemurs, a giant anteater and many other fascinating species.

Event details and registration



Don’t miss daily zookeeper encounters!


This is the perfect opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the animals. Daily zookeeper encounters are held at the following times:

-11:00 a.m., Bird’s World (Scrubland exhibit)
-2:00 p.m., Tropical Forest (indoor gorilla exhibit)
-3:00 p.m.,  Franklin Farm


Everyone’s a kid at the Zoo!
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Don’t miss “Kids’ Price Saturdays!”

Feel like a kid again when visiting the Zoos! From 10:00 a.m. - noon on the first Saturday of every month, all guests will be charged the children's admission price ($11.95 at Franklin Park Zoo and $6.95 at Stone Zoo).


For special events at Stone Zoo click here.

Zoo New England offers a comprehensive sponsorship program tailored to your company's needs and marketing objectives. For additional event sponsorship information, please e-mail  

For information on hosting your own special event at the Zoo, click here.