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Cosley Zoo

1356 North Gary Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187 United States
http://cosleyzoo.org/

October 2017

Spooktacular

October 27, 2017, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cosley Zoo, 1356 North Gary Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187 United States
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$4 – $10

Don’t miss this fall festival full of Halloween fun! Come dressed in costume to enjoy loads of activities. Take a stroll through our “not so scary” straw maze, a gander around the spooky pond path, meet live animals, carve or decorate a pumpkin, play games, enjoy refreshments and make crafts. Stop at various stations along the Trick or Treat Trek to collect your supply of holiday goodies. Space is limited, so register early. Non-refundable payment is due at the time…

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March 2018

Busy Bunny Egg Hunt

March 24, 2018, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Cosley Zoo, 1356 North Gary Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187 United States
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$5 – $13.50

Join us for a visit with the Easter Bunny, activities, animal visits and after-hours access to the zoo. Egg dashes will be available for children ages 2-10. Preregistration is required.

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April 2018

Party for the Planet

April 21, 2018, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cosley Zoo, 1356 North Gary Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187 United States
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free with admission

Join us as we take part in the largest combined Earth Day celebration in North America with more than 100 other zoos and aquariums. Visit with representatives from businesses and conservation organizations and learn about a wide variety of conservation efforts related to nature and wildlife.  

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May 2018

Endangered Species Day

May 19, 2018, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cosley Zoo, 1356 North Gary Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187 United States
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included in admission

Come to Cosley Zoo to learn more about endangered species in Illinois and worldwide. Learn about Cosley Zoo’s efforts to protect the Illinois Endangered Blanding’s Turtle, and how you and your family can make a difference for some of these amazing animals.

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June 2018

Bentley Thursdays

June 14, 2018, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Thursday, repeating until July 12, 2018

Cosley Zoo, 1356 North Gary Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187 United States
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$5

Look for Cosley Zoo’s mascot, Bentley the Bobcat, during his Thursday morning strolls around the zoo! No registration required. Regular admission rates apply.

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Picnic with the Animals

June 15, 2018, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cosley Zoo, 1356 North Gary Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187 United States
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Bring your own picnic supper and join us for an evening full of fun. Games, activities, animal visits and after-hours access to the zoo are all included in your fee. The Coyote Café concessions stand and Wild Side Gift Shop will also be open. This event is held rain or shine. Pre-registration is encouraged $20 per family or group up to 5 people Additional family/group members $5 each

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October 2018

Spooktacular

October 26, 2018, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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One event on October 26, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Cosley Zoo, 1356 North Gary Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187 United States
$6 – $12

Don’t miss this fall festival full of Halloween fun! Come dressed in costume to enjoy loads of activities. Take a stroll through our “not so scary” straw maze and around the spooky pond path, meet live animals, carve or decorate a pumpkin, play games, enjoy refreshments and make crafts. Stop at various stations along the Trick or Treat Trek to collect your supply of holiday goodies. All ages are welcome, most activities are geared for ages 2 and up. Space…

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April 2019

Party for the Planet

April 27, 2019, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cosley Zoo, 1356 North Gary Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187 United States

Join us as we take part in the largest combined Earth Day celebration in North America with more than 100 other zoos and aquariums. Visit with representatives from businesses and conservation organizations and learn about a wide variety of conservation efforts related to nature and wildlife.

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May 2019

Endangered Species Day

May 18, 2019, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cosley Zoo, 1356 North Gary Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187 United States

Come to Cosley Zoo and learn about endangered species in Illinois and around the world. Find out what Cosley Zoo is doing to protect the Illinois endangered Blanding’s turtle and how you and your family can make a difference for these amazing animals.

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June 2019

Bentley Thursdays

June 13, 2019, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Thursday, repeating until June 27, 2019

One event on July 11, 2019 at 11:00 am

Cosley Zoo, 1356 North Gary Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187 United States
included in admission

Thursdays, June 13, 20, 27 and July 11 Come meet Bentley the Bobcat, Cosley Zoo’s mascot, during his Thursday morning strolls around the zoo!

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Picnic with the Animals

June 14, 2019, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cosley Zoo, 1356 North Gary Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187 United States
$5 – $20

Bring your own picnic and join us for an evening full of fun. Games, activities, animal visits and after-hours access to the zoo are all included in your fee. The Coyote Café concession stand and Wild Side Gift Shop will also be open. This event is held rain or shine. 50% of the event proceeds will go to support conservation of penguins. Pre-registration is encouraged Additional family/group members $7 each

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October 2019

Pumpkin Fest

October 1, 2019
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until October 31, 2019

Cosley Zoo, 1356 North Gary Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187 United States

Come out to Cosley Zoo this fall and enjoy the colors of the season, see the animals, and pick out your pumpkin! Pumpkins, gourds, apples, cider, corn stalks, and straw bales are all available for purchase. Regular admission applies, additional fees for rides

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Teddy Bear Clinic

October 12, 2019, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cosley Zoo, 1356 North Gary Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187 United States
free with admission

Bring your favorite stuffed animal for a check-up!

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Celebrate National Fossil Day

October 19, 2019, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cosley Zoo, 1356 North Gary Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187 United States
Free

With the Lauer Foundation see first hand some of Illinois’ famous Mazon Creek fossils, including the Tully Monster, our state fossil. Look at Megalodon shark teeth, dinosaur teeth and bones, and learn about Geology! You’ll be able to touch real fossils and even take one home!

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Spooktacular

October 25, 2019, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cosley Zoo, 1356 North Gary Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187 United States
$5 – $12

5:30-7P and 7-8:30P Join us for some Halloween fun, complete with games, crafts, animal visits, pumpkin decorating, and a little trick or treating too. Get your costumes together (family friendly please) and register early. Space is limited. All ages are welcome, most activities are geared for ages 2 and up. Pre-registration is required Fees -$12 ages 2-14; $6 ages 15-Adult; free ages 1 and under Cosley Zoo member fees* – $10 ages 2-14; $5 ages 15-adult; free ages 1 and under

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November 2020

Festival of Lights and Tree Sales

November 26, 2020, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until December 30, 2020

Cosley Zoo, 1356 North Gary Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187 United States
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A winter visit to Cosley Zoo has become a favorite family tradition. Cosley Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland with thousands of twinkling lights, an amazing selection of Christmas trees, wreaths and greenery, hot chocolate and an unique assortment of holiday gifts in the Wild Side Gift Shop.   For information on more events like this, check out our roundup of the Best Christmas Lights.

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June 2021

Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals

June 5, 2021, 7:00 am
Cosley Zoo, 1356 North Gary Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187 United States
$25 – $35
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Animal Moves

June 25, 2021, 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 1:30 pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating until July 23, 2021

One event on August 20, 2021 at 1:30 pm

Cosley Zoo, 1356 North Gary Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187 United States
$9 – $11.50
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July 2021

Family Enrichment Workshop

July 11, 2021, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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One event on August 15, 2021 at 2:00 pm

Cosley Zoo, 1356 North Gary Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187 United States
$8
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Sunset Stories

July 23, 2021, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cosley Zoo, 1356 North Gary Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187 United States
$8
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August 2021

Junior Animal Trainer

August 11, 2021, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Cosley Zoo, 1356 North Gary Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187 United States
$30

Must register in advance.

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Animal Training

August 28, 2021, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Cosley Zoo, 1356 North Gary Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187 United States
$20

Cost is per household. 

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October 2021

Pumpkin Fest

October 1, 2021, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until October 31, 2021

Cosley Zoo, 1356 North Gary Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187 United States
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Free – $8

Taking in the beautiful fall colors at Cosley Zoo is a must do! Come see the animals in the crisp fall air, listen to the squeals of excitement from the children conquering the straw pyramid or finding their way through the corn stalk tunnel, and take in the thousands of pumpkins scattered on the zoo’s lawn. Children’s rides are also available. Timed-entry reservations are required.   For information on more events like this, check out our roundup of Fall Festivals…

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Spooktacular Halloween Stroll

October 22, 2021, 5:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Cosley Zoo, 1356 North Gary Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187 United States

Space is limited, so register early. Nonrefundable payment is due at the time of registration.   For information on more events like this, check out our roundup of Halloween Events.

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November 2021

Santas Craft Corner

November 27, 2021, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, repeating until December 11, 2021

Cosley Zoo, 1356 North Gary Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187 United States
$20

Skip the long line at the mall and visit Santa at the zoo. While you are here, make a craft or two and tour the zoo before you go. Admission includes crafts, refreshments, and of course, a visit with the man in red himself. Be sure and bring your camera to capture those holiday memories. Santa’s Craft Corner is held in the Kiebler Room, located on the second floor of the large barn, accessible by stairs. No advanced registration required.…

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January 2022

Bookworms

January 19, 9:30 am - 10:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until February 23, 2022

Cosley Zoo, 1356 North Gary Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187 United States
$8.75 – $11.25

Do you and your child love stories and animals? Must register in advance.

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Bookworms

January 26, 9:30 am - 10:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until February 23, 2022

Cosley Zoo, 1356 North Gary Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187 United States
$8.75 – $11.25

Do you and your child love stories and animals? Must register in advance.

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