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Music, Games and Up-Close Animal Encounters Highlight Zippity Zoo Day on June 15

June 13, 2019

Families will be rocking around the Great Plains Zoo on Saturday, June 15 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. for Zippity Zoo Day, the Zoo’s annual summer children’s carnival. The fun, all-ages event features a day of music, games and inflatables coupled with animal experiences that can only be found at the Great Plains Zoo.

“Zippity Zoo Day is one of the Zoo’s most beloved events that families look forward to each summer,” said Elizabeth A. Whealy, President and CEO of the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History. “We invite you to enjoy an entertaining day of kids’ music, carnival games and six huge inflatables, in addition to experiencing up-close animal encounters and visiting more than 1,000 animals from around the world.”

The Zippity Zoo Day schedule will include:

  • Music from DJ Sieff, face painting, carnival games, inflatables, and food vendors throughout the event from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Primate Lawn with inflatables at various locations across the Zoo)
  • Creature Features at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (Zoo’s Plaza)
  • Zookeeper Chats 
    • Brown Bears at 11:30 a.m. (Fortress of the Bears Exhibit)
    • Singing Dogs at 3 p.m. (Singing Dogs Exhibit)
  • Bookworms Reading Program at 1 p.m. (KELOLAND Education Center)
  • Primate Animal Feeding at 2 p.m. (Primate Building)
  • Penguin Animal Feeding at 2:30 p.m. (Penguin Exhibit)

Zippity Zoo Day is free with Zoo admission. The Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., with the last admission at 6 p.m. each day. Visit the Zoo online at or call 605-367-7003 for more information about the Zoo and Museum.


The Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering a greater understanding of our natural world through education, conservation, recreation and discovery. The Great Plains Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) – a leader in wildlife conservation. Fewer than 10% of animal institutions in the United States have met the high standards for AZA accreditation.

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    Taylor F.
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    Robin A.
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