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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!

TXU Energy Presents Chill Out at the Houston Zoo
May 26 – September 3, 2018

Chill Out 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 Kiosks when you arrive at the Zoo for a complete list of the day’s chilly happenings.


10:00 Every Day! Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:30 Monday – Friday Animal Encounter in the Naturally Wild Swap Shop
10:30 Saturday & Sunday Animal Encounter in the Bug House
11:00 Tuesday & Saturday Ice Pops for the Black Bears
11:00 Sunday Ice Pops for the Cheetahs
11:30 Mon/Wed/Fri Saltwater Ice Pops at the Kipp Aquarium


12:30 Every Day! Ice Pops for Chimpanzees at the African Forest
1:00 Tuesday Icy Treats for Otters
1:00 Saturday Icy Treats for Meerkats
2:00 Saturday & Sunday Icy Enrichment for the Farm Animals in the McGovern Children’s Zoo
2:15 Every Day! Sprinklers for the Birds at Birds of the World
3:00 Wednesday Ice Pops for the Orangutans at the Wortham World of Primates
3:00 Every Day! Ice Pops for the Gorillas at the African Forest
6:00 Friday Ice Pops for the Tapirs


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 thirteen 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
  • The Bug House
  • Naturally Wild Swap Shop
  • Shani Market in The African Forest
  • Albert & Ethel Herzstein Trading Post
  • Twiga Cafe in The African Forest
  • The Great Ape Gallery
  • The Arrival Building

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

You can also learn to Chill Out at home with TXU Energy. Visit the TXU Energy website to find out more.

Evening Chill

The Zoo is open late this summer! On Fridays and Saturdays from June 22 – August 18, you can enjoy the cooler evening weather until 8:30 p.m. Each week features a different theme with fun music, activities, and, of course, the animals! From snow to movie nights, there’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

Check Out This Summer’s Schedule

Save $4 after 4

Looking for a cool discount? All summer long, save $4 on regular Zoo admission (adult and child tickets!) when you arrive after 4 p.m.
Purchase anytime beginning May 26, valid for one use May 26 – September 3.

Adult $15    Child $11
Online only – cannot be purchased at the Zoo

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-TXU or visit the TXU Energy website to learn more about TXU Energy Free Nights and Solar DaysSM and all their innovative products that can save you energy and money!