Mar 26 - Apr 12


10 AM - 4 PM

Activities run 10am-4pm Thursdays-Sundays only; Zoo is open 9am-5pm
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Winter’s magical. Let’s watch it disappear.

After another long Indiana winter, we could all use a little xZOOberance. Join us for a spring festival featuring 12 days of fun — no matter what you’re looking for. Need a place for the kids to blow off steam and overcome a little cabin fever? We’ve got huge outdoor musical instruments, animal matching games and creative crafts like a fun springtime pinwheel to mesmerize some little eyes. Seeking your next epic photo op? Head to the Bicentennial Pavilion for unforgettable décor, live music and dancing, along with spring-centric art and activities. And, of course, don’t miss encounters with animals—including chickens and goats. Just want to unwind with a beverage? Head to the Cheer Garden anytime, where we’ll have craft beer and wine for adults plus a special menu featuring Bavarian pretzels, kettle chips, picnic snacks and kid-friendly refreshments. With this much to see and do, there’s no question: It’s time to say sayonara to winter and ring in the season we’ve all been waiting for.

xZOOberance Entrance
xZOOberance Oversized Flowers
xZOOberance Oversize Pinwheels
Music and Entertainment

xZOOberance will feature a unique lineup of acts during each of the 12 days. With a main stage under the Bicentennial Pavilion and a second stage at The Perch, a variety of talents will be showcased to keep you engaged and entertained. All concerts are included with Zoo admission. A full entertainment schedule will be announced in the coming months.

Fun Times Await With New Activities

Stretch out with some animal-inspired yoga. Can you balance on one leg like a flamingo? Or spread your wings like a macaw? Join in on the fun with large outdoor musical instruments, animal matching games and creative crafts including springtime pinwheels to catch the season’s breeze. At The Perch, under the cover of the Bicentennial Pavilion, you may have wild encounters with some cool animals, while making color paper kites to provide our animals with enrichment.

xZOOberance is included with regular Zoo admission
Plan Your Springtime Visit
Dolphin Presentation

Visit the St. Vincent Dolphin Pavilion and where you can dive into a wondrous underwater world! You’ll be amazed by the power and athleticism of these marine mammals. You’ll also learn what Central Indiana families are doing to keep our oceans healthy for dolphins in the wild. Watch the new introduction video highlighting how you can help stop the waste of single-use plastics. You’ll walk away inspired and enlightened.

Presented by Citizens Energy Group
Experience Butterfly Kaleidoscope

Returning March 20 — just in time for xZOOberance — experience the beauty of butterflies in the Hilbert Conservatory. While you enjoy the warmth of our indoor garden, watch as nearly 40 species of extravagant butterflies from all around the globe glide around you. Join us for one of our scheduled releases to watch newly hatched butterflies take their first flight. Different colored butterflies will be floating, fluttering and flying creating an aerial rainbow right before your eyes! You can also learn about attracting native pollinators to your backyard. Plus, our xZOOberance scavenger hunt will have you dashing all around our outdoor gardens to discover the whimsical sculptures.