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Stay cool all summer long as TXU Energy presents Chill out at the Houston Zoo! Even in the heat you can head to the Zoo for a relaxing day filled with fun, education, and amazing animals. It may be hot outside, but the Zoo is cool!

Memorial Day Scavenger Hunt

Join us on Memorial Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a cool scavenger hunt to the Zoo’s 14 indoor, air-conditioned buildings. You can pick up your scavenger hunt at either Zoo entrance upon arrival. Visit all 14 locations and redeem your paddle fan for one FREE snow cone, thanks to TXU Energy! This event is included in your zoo admission and is FREE for Zoo Members.

Icy Animal Enrichment

Our animals enjoy Chill Out-themed enrichment activities that keep them happy and cooled off. From ice-pops for our bears to daily baths for our elephants, our animals will be enjoying Chill Out enrichment all week long.

Be sure to check the Daily Update on the Plan Your Day Kiosk when you arrive at the Zoo for a complete list of the day’s chilly happenings.

Chill Out Animal Enrichment Schedule


9:15 Thursday & Saturday Ice Pops for the Bears –
10:00 Daily Elephant Bath – Elephant Barn
10:30 Monday – Friday Animal Encounter – Naturally Wild Swap Shop
10:30 Saturday & Sunday Icy Enrichment for the Goats – Children’s Zoo


12:30 Daily Ice Pops for the Chimpanzees – African Forest
1:00 Thursday & Saturday Icy Treats for the Meerkats – Natural Encounters
1:45 Friday, Saturday & Sunday Ice Pops for the Sea Lions – Sea Lion Pool
2:15 Daily Sprinklers for the Birds –
Birds of the World
2:30 Daily Animal Encounter –
The Bug House
3:00 Wednesday Ice Pops for the Orangutans –
Wortham World of Primates
3:00 Daily Ice Pops for the Gorillas – African Forest
6:00 Friday Ice Pops for the Giraffes – African Forest

Frosty Indoor Facilities

The Houston Zoo is filled with spaces to cool down and re-energize. If you need a break from the sun, you can always stop into one of the Zoo’s fourteen indoor, air-conditioned Chill Zones:

  • Kipp Aquarium
  • Main Gift Shop
  • Macaw Café
  • Allen H. & Ethel G. Carruth Natural Encounters Building
  • Reptile & Amphibian House
  • Tropical Bird House
  • Brown Education Center
  • Naturally Wild Swap Shop in the Children’s Zoo
  • The Bug House
  • Shani Market in The African Forest
  • Albert & Ethel Herzstein Trading Post
  • Twiga Cafe in The African Forest
  • The Arrival Building
  • The Great Ape Gallery

Be sure to also cool off at the TXU Energy misting stations throughout the Zoo or splash into the Kathrine McGovern Water Play Park.

You can also learn to Chill Out at home with TXU Energy. Pick up a handy Chill Out guide on your next Zoo visit, or visit the TXU Energy website to find out more.

Save $4 after 4 p.m.

Looking for a cool discount? All summer long, zoo guests can save $4 per adult and child admission when you purchase these special online-only tickets and visit the Zoo after 4 p.m.
Purchase your discounted tickets here.

TXUE_logoTXU Energy is one of the Houston Zoo’s strongest partners, supporting our many programs and the care and feeding of the Houston Zoo’s 6,000 animals. Thanks to TXU Energy, the animals receive popsicles and other cool treats all summer long. And, TXU Energy has a treat for you, too! Call 866-CALL-TXUE or visit the TXU Energy website to learn about TXU Energy Free NightsSM and all their innovative products that can save you energy and money!