Join us at the zoo for some special after hours trick-or-treating fun! This after-hours access of our regularly scheduled Boo at the Zoo event is specially geared for our guests with special needs along with their families and caregivers. This is a great opportunity to experience and enjoy Boo at the Zoo in a more relaxed setting, perfect for those with sensory sensitivities. Guests can walk the zoo and participate in treat stations, animal meet-and-greets, a costume parade and more! Don’t forget your costume and your trick-or-treat bag!
Friday, October 22 from 4-6pm
Costume Parade: 5:30pm on The Eagle Deck
Pre-registration is required
*$14.95 for Single Day Members
*$10.95 for Yearly Members
*Personal care attendants and/or one-on-one aids may enter at no charge.
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In May of 2018, Elmwood Park Zoo became the first zoo to earn a certification as a Certified Autism Center. The designation, given by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), is awarded to organizations that have completed a training and review process with the goal to better serve individuals with autism and other sensory needs.
Join us for a tranquil morning at the Zoo!
The first Saturday* of every month the Zoo will open our gates at 9:00 am for our annual Quiet Mornings. This is a great opportunity for our guests with special needs and their family to enjoy early entry to the Zoo. Quiet Mornings provide a relaxing setting before the Zoo opens to the general public. There will be some friendly animals to meet and our staff will be available for questions and assistance.
*July’s Quiet Morning will be on Sunday, July 5th
Sunday, July 5th
Saturday, August 1st
Saturday, September 5th
Saturday, October 3rd
DISCOUNTED SINGLE DAY MEMBER PRICING
Ages 3 & up: $10.95/person*
Ages 2 & under: FREE
*Personal care attendants and one-on-one aides accompanying those with special needs may enter the zoo free of charge
*Pre-registration is required
YEARLY MEMBER PRICING
Members are free, but must pre-register for this special entry event
Thanks to Geiger and Crazy Aaron’s, Elmwood Park Zoo guests have access to complimentary daily-use Sensory Packs. The backpack includes noise cancelling headphones, fidget toys, a stress ball, thinking putty and laminated copies of EPZ’s Social Story, sensory map, and sensory guide.
Guests may request a sensory backpack upon their arrival at the Admissions window. Guests must provide the zoo with a valid ID. The zoo will hold this ID until the backpack is returned.
A dedicated quiet space is located across from the prairie dog exhibit on the south facing side of the bison exhibit. This quiet space has gate access and available seating.
Click here to visit our Accessibility Page, which includes a sensory guide, accessibility map, social narrative and helpful tips for your visit.
In May of 2018 Elmwood Park Zoo became the first zoo in the world to earn certification as a Certified Autism Center. The designation, given by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), is awarded to organizations who have completed a training and review process with the goal to better serve individuals with autism and other sensory needs.