Houston Zoo

Party for the Planet

Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018 – Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018

09:00 AM – 03:00 PM


Presented by CenterPoint Energy

Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Join us for a Party for the Planet presented by CenterPoint Energy, and learn how protecting our environment saves wildlife!

All event activities are included with your paid Zoo admission. This event is free for Zoo Members.

We will have plenty of activities, crafts, music and more to make this Earth Day memorable. Be sure to get your Party for the Planet event program as you enter the Zoo. Activities include:

  • APE-ril Maze – Learn how to save monkeys and apes in the wild as you make your way through the maze.
  • Scavenger Hunt – Explore the Zoo looking for ways the Zoo (and you!) help save animals in the wild.
  • DJ – What’s a party without music? Dance, sing and hula-hoop to the music at the Reflection Pool.
  • Reusable Mural – Channel your inner artist on our five-foot-tall coloring mural, a fun reusable art project.
  • Race to the Sea – Strap on a (cardboard!) sea turtle shell, avoid predators, and race to the ocean to find food.
  • Meet the Keeper Talks Presented by Phillips 66 – Hear special Meet the Keeper Talks throughout the day and find out how we help animals at the zoo and in the wild! Check the Plan Your Day Kiosks or the Daily Schedule on our website on the day of the event for the schedule.
  • Ladybug Release – Meet with a Zoo horticulturist and learn how you can protect pollinators. This will be held at the NFL Pollinator garden at the entrance to the African Forest.
  • MacGregor Elementary Performance – MacGregor Elementary will present their version of The Jungle Book at the Houston Texans Enrichment Zone in the John P. McGovern Children’s Zoo. SATURDAY ONLY.  


  • Daylight Savings Time, 9:00 am - 7:00 pm (last admission 6pm)
    Central Standard Time, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm (last admission 5pm)
    Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, All hours subject to change - See website for more details
    Zoo Lights Times: Daytime 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Zoo Lights: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Adults 12-64: $19.95 Children 2-11: $15.95 Seniors 65+: $14.95 Children 1 and under are free. | The Houston Zoo offers free admission to guests on the first Tuesday of each month September through May from 12:00 p.m. until closing. Does not apply to June, July and August.

Directions & Parking

  • Free Parking
  • Paid Parking
  • The Houston Zoo does not have its own parking lot; free parking is available in Hermann Park. Please note, parking is limited so consider arriving early or using public transportation.

Special Offers / Dining

Wherever you are in the Houston Zoo, you’re never far away from a snack. Cafes, carts and kiosks are located throughout the Zoo and feature items such as burgers, salads, hot dogs, soft pretzels, popcorn, fresh fruit, beverages and more.


Food Trucks

Our chefs are constantly working to provide Zoo guests with exciting new options for refreshments. The latest addition includes themed food trucks with a variety of savory and sweet options. Visit the Masakan truck located near our jaguar habitat for Asian inspired cuisine, and our BBQ Americana trailer for smoked meats and classic sides.


Macaw Café

The perfect place to grab a quick bite as you enter the Zoo, Macaw Café offers a seasonal rotation of market salads and wraps, sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, fries, and a variety of treats such as parfaits, cookies, trail mix, and fresh fruit.


Herzstein Trading Post

Feeling the need for a sweet treat? Here’s your place. Located at the entrance of African Forest, the Trading Post offers Dole Whips as well as a variety of other snacks and treats, including cookies, large pretzels, and popcorn. You’ll also find beverages like soda, juice and Saint Arnold beer.

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