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Pawpaw Palooza

Join us out at the farm to hike, hear, pluck, and taste our way through the history and folklore of the largest native fruit in America—the pawpaw! Ohio’s state fruit is smooth like a mango with a tropical taste. From hikes in the pawpaw patch to tasting homemade pawpaw ice cream, bring the family out for a fun morning full of activity and storytelling! Then, we will help you prepare seeds for winter so that you can grow your own pawpaw tree next spring!

Register for October 2nd


Dates and Times: Saturday, October 2, 2021 10:am-12:00pm or 1:30-3:30pm

Cost: Members $25; Non-Members $30, per person

IMPORTANT: This is an outdoor program- dress for the weather and with comfortable walking shoes to walk approximately 1/2 mile on uneven terrain. Participants may wish to bring a filled reusable water bottle.

Bowyer Farm is located at 2210 Mason Montgomery Road, Mason, OH 45040

Family Sunset Safari: Goodnight Zoo

The day is ending! It is time for many Zoo animals to start getting ready for bed and for others to start waking up! Join us as we say, “Goodnight,” to some daytime animals and as we greet others starting the night shift. You and your family will encounter animals in their habitats, in private encounters, and roaming the Zoo (even some wild, native animals choose to make the Zoo their home!)!

For families with children 5 years old and up. At least one adult must register with and accompany each family group


Do you have a Zoo Enthusiast under 4 years? Check out Zoo Troop!


Sold out for the season!
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Cost: $35 member/$40 non-member, per person

Note: For families with children 5 years old and up. At least one adult must register with and accompany each family group. All guests must wear a mask when required, see FAQ for details.

The maximum number of attendees is 40. Attendees will be grouped into about 10 attendees and paired with an instructor.

NEW! Private Cart Tours

Imagine spending an evening at the Zoo on your own private tour! Your 2 hour adventure will begin with drinks at Hops Beer Garden overlooking our new Roo Valley habitat.  Then you will hop on a cart and head out on a choose-your-own-adventure tour with an experienced Zoo Educator to learn all about our Zoo and its animals!

You and your group will book out an entire cart. The cost is $600. The carts can accommodate groups up to 6 attendees. This program is great for either adults or for groups with ages 12+. Children ages 12-18 must be accompanied with an adult.

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Date/Time: Thursdays – Saturdays, starting at either 4:30pm or 5:30pm

Cost: $600 per program

Duration: 2 hours

Group Capacity: 6 person group, adults or groups with ages 12+. All groups must include one adult.

Mobility: For those with mobility concerns, cart tours may be the ideal way to learn about our Zoo! Please note there may be times when your party will need to move on/off the cart and walk a short distance.

Hops Beer Garden: This experience includes 2 drinks each at Hops Beer Garden (beer or soda).

Note:  Submitting this request does not guarantee that the date and time you have requested will be fulfilled. The Education Department will be in contact with you within 2-5 days of your request to officially book your experience. Once you have booked an experience, you have secured your exclusive reservation. No refunds will be issued. Program may be rescheduled at no extra cost if rescheduled at least 48 hours in advance. This unique offering is not a behind-the-scenes tour. 

FAQ – Family Programs

Are masks required during the program? (updated 9/1/21)

All attendees and staff are required to wear masks while indoors and during human-animal interactions like animal encounters. There are currently no exceptions to this policy. It is our priority to keep all attendees, animals and staff safe. Live animal encounters allow attendees to be up close and personal with a variety of animals, including mammals that may be susceptible to the disease. Please note protocols may be different for other programs and events due to the nature of the programs. (updated 9/1/21)

What other COVID guidelines are in place?

The Cincinnati Zoo staff will be cleaning shared spaces (like bathrooms) with approved COVID-19 cleaning supplies, following CDC guidelines. Staff and attendees will utilize hand washing or hand sanitizer throughout the program.

Will I be grouped with other attendees?

For Pawpaw Palooza: Yes, your registration group will be with other registered attendees.

For Sunset Safaris: Yes, Zoo Educators will lead groups of about 10. You and your registration group may be placed with other attendees.

For Cart Tours: No, your group will have a private cart tour with a Zoo Educator. No other groups will join you.

What should I bring with for the program?

Attendees should wear comfortable, closed toed shoes and dress for the weather. A water bottle is recommended; we have water refill stations and do not have fountains. Pack a mask for indoor locations, animal encounters, and behind-the-scenes sneak peaks.

What is your cancellation policy?

For Sunset Safaris: Programs happen rain or shine. If the Zoo has to cancel your program for any reason, you will be contacted and receive a full refund. If you want to cancel your registration, please contact us prior to the program starting. You will receive a class credit that can be used on any future education programming.

For Cart Tours: Due to the nature of this private experience, you may choose to move your tour to a different date within 48 hours of your scheduled tour. If you choose to cancel your tour, you will receive a class credit that can be used on any future education programming.

Contact us at [email protected].

I have a gift certificate/class credit. How do I use it?

Gift certificates and class credits are great because they never expire and can be used for any of our education programs. To use your credit, you will need the order number and certificate number. Go through your registration as normal. When you get to the final payment screen, just above where you enter your credit card information, check the box that asks if you’d like to use a gift certificate. Check the box, and enter your certificate/credit information.

Up to 3 certificate/credits can be used per order. If your credit is for less than the total balance, you will then enter your credit card information. If your credit has a remaining balance, that balance will remain on that same certificate/credit and can be used at any time- remember, they never expire!

Received a credit, but can’t find your email? Contact us at [email protected].

CALL OR EMAIL: 513-559-7767 OR [email protected]