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Events for Members

New to being a Member? Want to take even more advantage of your Zoo membership? Consider attending one of these exclusive, exciting events. They fill up fast, so don’t delay when you see that register button! Members-only events include Zoobilee, Member Mornings, and other exclusive events.


Member Mornings

2017 Member Mornings

  • December 2 – Lions

2018 Member Mornings

  • January 6 – Bug House
  • February 3 – Gorillas
  • March 3 – Aquarium
  • April 7 – Tapir
  • May 5 – Bears

*Dates and animal habitat are subject to change

On the first Saturday of each month (except November), Members can enter the Zoo one hour before opening to the general public. Enjoy cooler weather and see the keepers prepare enrichment and animal areas all around the zoo.

Each month, a different Meet the Keeper Talk (Presented by Phillips 66) is featured at 8:30 a.m. exclusively for Zoo members. Hear from one of our Zoo’s experts and gain professional insight about the featured animals. Learn from the best in the field about what it really takes to care for the diverse animals that call the Zoo home!

This event is always FREE for Zoo Members, and there’s no need to RSVP – just show up and enjoy!


Kids’ Birthday Parties – Exclusively for Members!

Looking for a fun and unique way to celebrate your animal lover’s birthday? Hosting your child’s party at the Houston Zoo is the experience for you! As a Member, you have the exclusive opportunity to purchase a Birthday Party Package! With optional additions such as a special Animal Experience and professional face painting, a birthday party at the Zoo will be an unforgettable experience for you and your guests. Reserve your party today!

TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights

Member Preview Nights: November 15 & 16 – $6.95 per person

Join us for this exclusive early access to one of Houston’s most well-loved holiday traditions! Members enjoy a special preview before Zoo Lights opens to the general public. Get your tickets today!


Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 16, 2017
8:00 a.m – 10:00 a.m.

This event is sold out. Visit the webpage for event details.


Members: Field Trip Alert

The Houston Zoo is proud to provide an educational field trip venue for many local schools each year. More information is available on our field trips page.

On most weekday mornings during the school year, arriving at 9 a.m. or after 11 a.m. will allow you to avoid school bus arrival. During this time, parking spaces may be temporarily reserved so that children and teachers may safely unload and assemble. Unoccupied parking spots are made available once field trips have unloaded. We do not book field trips on the first Monday of each month.

If you are accompanying your child on a field trip, we recommend carpooling. Bus and rail options are detailed on this page as well.