9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
It may be hot outside, but the Houston Zoo is cool! Stay cool all summer long as TXU Energy Presents Chill Out at the Houston Zoo.
Join us on Memorial Day for a cool scavenger hunt to the Zoo’s fourteen 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.
Visit the TXU Energy Presents Chill Out page for more fun ways to stay cool this summer!
Houston weather is hot, but the Houston Zoo is cool. Even in the heat you can head to the Zoo for a relaxing day filled with fun, education, and amazing animals.
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Inside the Reptile House
Join us on Saturday, May 23 to find out all about our local Houston snakes. You’ll see our most commonly encountered snakes up close in aquariums. Can you tell a rattlesnake’s age by the number of rattles? If you see one snake, are you likely to see another? Are baby snakes more toxic than adults? Myths and misconceptions abound when it comes to snakes, so come and learn the truth about them. Zookeepers will be on hand to answer all of your questions.
This event is free with your paid zoo admission and is free for zoo members.
Save endangered wildlife in a fun night of bowling that is perfect for the whole family! Five people are allowed per bowling lane. Don’t have enough people for a full bowling lane? Don’t worry! We will match you with a bowling group. Bowling for Rhinos is presented by the American Association of Zookeepers.
Palace Bowling Lanes
4191 Bellaire Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77025
Choose from one of two bowling sessions:
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. or 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 12, the Jaguar habitat area will close early at 4:30 p.m. for a private event.
Saturday, May 9, Natural Encounters will close early at 5:30 p.m. for a private event.
Wednesday, May 20, the Sea Lion Deck will close early at 4:30 p.m. for a private event.
The Houston Zoo offers free admission to our guests on the first Tuesday of each month, September through May, from noon until closing. June, July, and August do not have Free Afternoons. Please note that this offer includes Zoo admission only and does not apply to the carousel, giraffe feeding, Zoo Lights or other events/attractions.
You will need a free ticket to enter on free afternoons; get them at the gate or ahead of time here and skip the lines at the gate!