special needs

Boo Just For You

Join us for a special time of trick-or-treating, costumes, and more at Boo Just For You! This sneak preview of our regularly scheduled Boo at the Zoo events is specially geared for our guests with special needs, and 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 sensitivity. Kids can walk the zoo and participate in treat stations, animal meet-and-greets, and more! The animal care staff will start to close down for the evening during this time, so kids can also get a firsthand look at what happens with the animals each night!

 

Friday, October 11 from 4-6pm

Costume Parade: 5:30pm on The Eagle Deck

 

Tickets:

Non-member: $10.95/person

Members: Free 

 

MEMBERS REGISTER HERE

NON-MEMBERS REGISTER HERE

 

*personal care attendants and/or one-on-one aids may enter at no charge. Pre-registration is required.*

 

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.

Early Access Morning

Join us at the Elmwood Park Zoo for our Early Access Mornings on the first Saturday of every month from April- September at 9:00 AM! Elmwood Park Zoo offers the opportunity for our guests with special needs and their family to enjoy early entry to the zoo. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the zoo in a relaxing setting before it opens to the general public. There will be some friendly animals to meet and our staff will be available for questions and assistance.

 

Dates:

Saturday, April 6th

Saturday, May 4th

Saturday, June 1st

Saturday, July 6th

Saturday, August 3rd

Saturday, September 7th

 

Discounted Non-Member Pricing: $10.95/person* 

*Personal care attendants and one-on-one aides accompanying those with special needs may enter the zoo free of charge.

*Members are free, but must pre-register for this special entry.

 

Members Click Here to Register

 

Non-Members Click Here to Register

 

Pre-registration is required.

There are a limited amount of discounted tickets available.

 

Sensory Backpacks

Thanks to Geiger and Crazy Aarons, 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.

 

Quiet Space

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Elmwood Park Zoo has the right to cancel, change, or postpone any program/event. Programs/events that have not met the minimum number of participants or registrations within the week of the event may be cancelled. In the event that the zoo cancels the program/event, ticket holders will be contacted directly and issued a full refund. Any cancellation or change on behalf of the ticket holder must be received at least 7 days prior to the program/event to receive the change or partial refund of 80%. No refunds will be given for ticket holder cancellations less than 7 days before the scheduled event/program date.

Quiet Evening

Join us at the Elmwood Park Zoo for our Quiet Evening Hours on select Thursdays at 6:00 PM! Elmwood Park Zoo offers the opportunity for our guests with special needs and their family to enjoy a quiet and relaxed visit to the zoo, after it closes to the general public. There will be friendly animals to meet and our zoo staff will be available for questions and assistance. The zoo will be open from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM for the event and last admission will take place at 7:30 PM.

 

Dates:

Thursday, June 27th

Thursday, July 25th

Thursday, August 29th

 

Discounted Non-Member Pricing: $10.95/person*

*Personal care attendants and one-on-one aides accompanying those with special needs may enter the zoo free of charge.

*Members are free, but must pre-register for this special entry.

 

Members Click Here to Register

 

Non-Members Click Here to Register

 

Pre-registration is required.

There are a limited amount of discounted tickets available.

 

Sensory Backpacks

Thanks to Geiger and Crazy Aarons, 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.

 

Quiet Space

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Elmwood Park Zoo has the right to cancel, change, or postpone any program/event. Programs/events that have not met the minimum number of participants or registrations within the week of the event may be cancelled. In the event that the zoo cancels the program/event, ticket holders will be contacted directly and issued a full refund. Any cancellation or change on behalf of the ticket holder must be received at least 7 days prior to the program/event to receive the change or partial refund of 80%. No refunds will be given for ticket holder cancellations less than 7 days before the scheduled event/program date.

Early Access Morning

Join us at the Elmwood Park Zoo for our Early Access Mornings on the first Saturday of every month from April- September at 9:00 AM! Elmwood Park Zoo offers the opportunity for our guests with special needs and their family to enjoy early entry to the zoo. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the zoo in a relaxing setting before it opens to the general public. There will be some friendly animals to meet and our staff will be available for questions and assistance.

 

Dates:

Saturday, April 6th

Saturday, May 4th

Saturday, June 1st

Saturday, July 6th

Saturday, August 3rd

Saturday, September 7th

 

Discounted Non-Member Pricing: $10.95/person* 

*Personal care attendants and one-on-one aides accompanying those with special needs may enter the zoo free of charge.

*Members are free, but must pre-register for this special entry.

 

Members Click Here to Register

 

Non-Members Click Here to Register

 

Pre-registration is required.

There are a limited amount of discounted tickets available.

 

Sensory Backpacks

Thanks to Geiger and Crazy Aarons, 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.

 

Quiet Space

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Elmwood Park Zoo has the right to cancel, change, or postpone any program/event. Programs/events that have not met the minimum number of participants or registrations within the week of the event may be cancelled. In the event that the zoo cancels the program/event, ticket holders will be contacted directly and issued a full refund. Any cancellation or change on behalf of the ticket holder must be received at least 7 days prior to the program/event to receive the change or partial refund of 80%. No refunds will be given for ticket holder cancellations less than 7 days before the scheduled event/program date.

Quiet Evening

Join us at the Elmwood Park Zoo for our Quiet Evening Hours on select Thursdays at 6:00 PM! Elmwood Park Zoo offers the opportunity for our guests with special needs and their family to enjoy a quiet and relaxed visit to the zoo, after it closes to the general public. There will be friendly animals to meet and our zoo staff will be available for questions and assistance. The zoo will be open from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM for the event and last admission will take place at 7:30 PM.

 

Dates:

Thursday, June 27th

Thursday, July 25th

Thursday, August 29th

 

Discounted Non-Member Pricing: $10.95/person*

*Personal care attendants and one-on-one aides accompanying those with special needs may enter the zoo free of charge.

*Members are free, but must pre-register for this special entry.

 

Members Click Here to Register

 

Non-Members Click Here to Register

 

Pre-registration is required.

There are a limited amount of discounted tickets available.

 

Sensory Backpacks

Thanks to Geiger and Crazy Aarons, 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.

 

Quiet Space

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Elmwood Park Zoo has the right to cancel, change, or postpone any program/event. Programs/events that have not met the minimum number of participants or registrations within the week of the event may be cancelled. In the event that the zoo cancels the program/event, ticket holders will be contacted directly and issued a full refund. Any cancellation or change on behalf of the ticket holder must be received at least 7 days prior to the program/event to receive the change or partial refund of 80%. No refunds will be given for ticket holder cancellations less than 7 days before the scheduled event/program date.

Early Access Morning

Join us at the Elmwood Park Zoo for our Early Access Mornings on the first Saturday of every month from April- September at 9:00 AM! Elmwood Park Zoo offers the opportunity for our guests with special needs and their family to enjoy early entry to the zoo. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the zoo in a relaxing setting before it opens to the general public. There will be some friendly animals to meet and our staff will be available for questions and assistance.

 

Dates:

Saturday, April 6th

Saturday, May 4th

Saturday, June 1st

Saturday, July 6th

Saturday, August 3rd

Saturday, September 7th

 

Discounted Non-Member Pricing: $10.95/person* 

*Personal care attendants and one-on-one aides accompanying those with special needs may enter the zoo free of charge.

*Members are free, but must pre-register for this special entry.

 

Members Click Here to Register

 

Non-Members Click Here to Register

 

Pre-registration is required.

There are a limited amount of discounted tickets available.

 

Sensory Backpacks

Thanks to Geiger and Crazy Aarons, 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.

 

Quiet Space

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Elmwood Park Zoo has the right to cancel, change, or postpone any program/event. Programs/events that have not met the minimum number of participants or registrations within the week of the event may be cancelled. In the event that the zoo cancels the program/event, ticket holders will be contacted directly and issued a full refund. Any cancellation or change on behalf of the ticket holder must be received at least 7 days prior to the program/event to receive the change or partial refund of 80%. No refunds will be given for ticket holder cancellations less than 7 days before the scheduled event/program date.

Quiet Evening

Join us at the Elmwood Park Zoo for our Quiet Evening Hours on select Thursdays at 6:00 PM! Elmwood Park Zoo offers the opportunity for our guests with special needs and their family to enjoy a quiet and relaxed visit to the zoo, after it closes to the general public. There will be friendly animals to meet and our zoo staff will be available for questions and assistance. The zoo will be open from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM for the event and last admission will take place at 7:30 PM.

 

Dates:

Thursday, June 27th

Thursday, July 25th

Thursday, August 29th

 

Discounted Non-Member Pricing: $10.95/person*

*Personal care attendants and one-on-one aides accompanying those with special needs may enter the zoo free of charge.

*Members are free, but must pre-register for this special entry.

 

Members Click Here to Register

 

Non-Members Click Here to Register

 

Pre-registration is required.

There are a limited amount of discounted tickets available.

 

Sensory Backpacks

Thanks to Geiger and Crazy Aarons, 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.

 

Quiet Space

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Elmwood Park Zoo has the right to cancel, change, or postpone any program/event. Programs/events that have not met the minimum number of participants or registrations within the week of the event may be cancelled. In the event that the zoo cancels the program/event, ticket holders will be contacted directly and issued a full refund. Any cancellation or change on behalf of the ticket holder must be received at least 7 days prior to the program/event to receive the change or partial refund of 80%. No refunds will be given for ticket holder cancellations less than 7 days before the scheduled event/program date.

Early Access Morning

Join us at the Elmwood Park Zoo for our Early Access Mornings on the first Saturday of every month from April- September at 9:00 AM! Elmwood Park Zoo offers the opportunity for our guests with special needs and their family to enjoy early entry to the zoo. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the zoo in a relaxing setting before it opens to the general public. There will be some friendly animals to meet and our staff will be available for questions and assistance.

 

Dates:

Saturday, April 6th

Saturday, May 4th

Saturday, June 1st

Saturday, July 6th

Saturday, August 3rd

Saturday, September 7th

 

Discounted Non-Member Pricing: $10.95/person* 

*Personal care attendants and one-on-one aides accompanying those with special needs may enter the zoo free of charge.

*Members are free, but must pre-register for this special entry.

 

Members Click Here to Register

 

Non-Members Click Here to Register

 

Pre-registration is required.

There are a limited amount of discounted tickets available.

 

Sensory Backpacks

Thanks to Geiger and Crazy Aarons, 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.

 

Quiet Space

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Elmwood Park Zoo has the right to cancel, change, or postpone any program/event. Programs/events that have not met the minimum number of participants or registrations within the week of the event may be cancelled. In the event that the zoo cancels the program/event, ticket holders will be contacted directly and issued a full refund. Any cancellation or change on behalf of the ticket holder must be received at least 7 days prior to the program/event to receive the change or partial refund of 80%. No refunds will be given for ticket holder cancellations less than 7 days before the scheduled event/program date.

Early Access Morning

Join us at the Elmwood Park Zoo for our Early Access Mornings on the first Saturday of every month from April- September at 9:00 AM! Elmwood Park Zoo offers the opportunity for our guests with special needs and their family to enjoy early entry to the zoo. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the zoo in a relaxing setting before it opens to the general public. There will be some friendly animals to meet and our staff will be available for questions and assistance.

 

Dates:

Saturday, April 6th

Saturday, May 4th

Saturday, June 1st

Saturday, July 6th

Saturday, August 3rd

Saturday, September 7th

 

Discounted Non-Member Pricing: $10.95/person* 

*Personal care attendants and one-on-one aides accompanying those with special needs may enter the zoo free of charge.

*Members are free, but must pre-register for this special entry.

 

Members Click Here to Register

 

Non-Members Click Here to Register

 

Pre-registration is required.

There are a limited amount of discounted tickets available.

 

Sensory Backpacks

Thanks to Geiger and Crazy Aarons, 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.

 

Quiet Space

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Elmwood Park Zoo has the right to cancel, change, or postpone any program/event. Programs/events that have not met the minimum number of participants or registrations within the week of the event may be cancelled. In the event that the zoo cancels the program/event, ticket holders will be contacted directly and issued a full refund. Any cancellation or change on behalf of the ticket holder must be received at least 7 days prior to the program/event to receive the change or partial refund of 80%. No refunds will be given for ticket holder cancellations less than 7 days before the scheduled event/program date.

Early Access Morning

Join us at the Elmwood Park Zoo for our Early Access Mornings on the first Saturday of every month from April- September at 9:00 AM! Elmwood Park Zoo offers the opportunity for our guests with special needs and their family to enjoy early entry to the zoo. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the zoo in a relaxing setting before it opens to the general public. There will be some friendly animals to meet and our staff will be available for questions and assistance.

 

Dates:

Saturday, April 6th

Saturday, May 4th

Saturday, June 1st

Saturday, July 6th

Saturday, August 3rd

Saturday, September 7th

 

Discounted Non-Member Pricing: $10.95/person* 

*Personal care attendants and one-on-one aides accompanying those with special needs may enter the zoo free of charge.

*Members are free, but must pre-register for this special entry.

 

Members Click Here to Register

 

Non-Members Click Here to Register

 

Pre-registration is required.

There are a limited amount of discounted tickets available.

 

Sensory Backpacks

Thanks to Geiger and Crazy Aarons, 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.

 

Quiet Space

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Elmwood Park Zoo has the right to cancel, change, or postpone any program/event. Programs/events that have not met the minimum number of participants or registrations within the week of the event may be cancelled. In the event that the zoo cancels the program/event, ticket holders will be contacted directly and issued a full refund. Any cancellation or change on behalf of the ticket holder must be received at least 7 days prior to the program/event to receive the change or partial refund of 80%. No refunds will be given for ticket holder cancellations less than 7 days before the scheduled event/program date.