Holiday Stroll

Holiday Stroll

Last minute shopping? Support your local businesses at our first Holiday Stroll!


Are you a last minute shopper? Join local vendors at the Buttonwood Park Zoo for some holiday fun at the Holiday Stroll! Check back for a complete list of vendors.

Two Saturdays in December!

December 10th & 17th

10:00am – 4:00pm

Last admission is at 3:15pm.

No special event pricing. Event included in your general admission ticket.

Check out the vendors who will be here below!

Mother Madick’s Crystal Cauldron
Feeling Groovy 2Day
Reset by Megan
Zen-Creations & Intuitive Ang
Emerald City Gifts
Jinjer Woodworks
What The Crumb
Everything Jams
Studio Sea Designs
Jordan Crafts
Upcrafting Creations

Questions? Please contact Kris Caisse, Event & Marketing Manager, at 508.991.4556 ext. 120 or kcaisse@bpzoo.org

A Piece of Sandwich
Beth be Crafty
Creations by Mater
Daisy Girl Scout Troop #77313
Life With Rainbows
Cilla’s Devine Care
Sangria Lady
AJ Sprirtual Intuitive Psychic Art
Jami’s Soy Candles
Kriola Creations
Wicked Weird Artist
Mockingbird Lane
International Red Panda Day

International Red Panda Day


Join us for International Red Panda Day at the Zoo on Saturday, September 17th to learn about our red pandas, Jacob and Marie, and raise awareness about this beautiful, yet endangered species.

There will be a special Red Panda Keeper Chat at 2:00pm.

Let’s see how much we can raise for red pandas! Donate to the Zoo’s conservation donation fund during your visit, or online, and be entered into a raffle to win a VIP Red Panda Encounter for four people! For every $5.00 donation, you’ll receive one raffle entry. These donations must be made in person or online on September 17th to be entered.


Do you have a red panda shirt? Wear it to the Zoo on September 17th and you’ll receive a free ride ticket! Be sure to tag us on social media and show that you want to #savetheredpanda!


What are we doing to protect this endangered species?

BPZOO is proud to partner with the Red Panda Network, the world leader in efforts to protect red pandas and their habitat, as a Reforestation Sponsor. Our most recent donation of $5,000 will support the land purchase, reforestation, and the salary of a local land steward for one hectare of red panda habitat in the Panchthar-Ilam-Taplejung (PIT) corridor in eastern Nepal: a critical location for red panda conservation that has been heavily fragmented and degraded by deforestation.

Red pandas are unique, important and unfortunately endangered. There may be as few as 2,500 red pandas remaining in the wild. Red pandas are a flagship species. Their conservation has landscape-level impacts, and like an umbrella, the entire ecoregion — its forests and wildlife — are protected when red pandas are conserved.


BPZOO is dedicated to protecting wildlife and wild places.

Elephant Appreciation Day

Elephant Appreciation Day


Elephant Appreciation Day at BPZOO is happening on Sunday, September 25, 2022 and we welcome you to join us in honoring and celebrating Ruth and Emily! Can you believe that Ruth is turning 64 and Emily is turning 58!? Stop by the Asian elephant habitat for educational activities from 11:00am – 2:00pm, with a Happy Birthday sing-a-long & special enrichment happening at 1:00pm.

Did you know – Ruth and Emily are among the oldest Asian elephants in North America? It is an honor and a privilege to provide a home for these beautiful elephants and we welcome the community to join us in honoring them!

If you would like to bring Emily and Ruth a special treat, donations of unopened packages of unsalted shelled peanuts, yogurt covered raisins, and dried fruit will be accepted on their behalf.

The Asian elephants you know and love living in zoos and human care serve as ambassadors to inspire people to care about their preservation. From Sunday, September 18 – 25, all Coins for Conservation donations will go directly towards in-situ elephant conservation.

Asian elephant numbers are 10 times lower than those of African elephants. Worldwide, the estimate is that only 40,000 – 50,000 remain. Lack of habitat, competition for resources, and development have left about a third of all Asian elephants reliant on some form of managed care. We need to find ways for humans and elephants to peacefully coexist to save the species. AZA facilities and affiliated conservation organizations are doing just this, in order to ensure this magnificent species will remain for generations to come!

You can make a donation in their honor that goes directly towards Asian elephant conservation.


BPZOO is dedicated to protecting wildlife and wild places.

Easter EGG-stravaganza

Easter EGG-stravaganza

Hop on over to BPZOO!

April 9 (sold out), April 10 (sold out), April 16 (sold out), 2022

Hop on over to BPZOO and join in the fun at our Easter EGG-stravaganza April 9th, 10th & 16th!

This family friendly, outdoor, walk through event will include an Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt, Easter candy stations, our Spring Forward Obstacle Course, and The Bunny Hop Trail. With endless photo opportunities, unlimited carousel rides, up-close meet and greets with our own Animal Ambassadors plus a visit from the Easter Bunny, you’re sure to have an EGG-cellent time!

Please be aware that the train will not be running during the Easter event. 

Make sure you remember to bring those Easter baskets to carry all your Easter treats!

Advanced purchasing of tickets is advised. Event will be held outdoors, rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable.

BPZOO Membership has its perks! Members receive discounted tickets. Please log in to receive your discount and to purchase tickets.

Member prices: Adults $11
Children: $7

Non-Member prices: Adults $16
Children: $12

Children under 2 are free





Cookies, Paws, & Santa Claus

Cookies, Paws, & Santa Claus

Enjoy Holiday Magic at Cookies, Paws and Santa Claus!


Jingle all the way over to the Buttonwood Park Zoo for some holiday fun at Cookies, Paws & Santa Claus! Let your creativity run wild as you decorate your own sweet treat and create some holiday magic at festive craft stations. With animal encounters, unlimited rides, delicious hot cocoa, and lots of memories to be made, you certainly won’t want to miss out on this family fun event. Don’t forget to bring your letter to Santa with your holiday wishes as he will be flying in for a visit to see his favorite friends!

Saturday and Sunday
December 10 & 11, 17 & 18

10:30 am – 11:30 am
Members Only

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Open to Public

Pre-registration is not required but highly recommended.

Member prices:
Adults $8
Children (ages 3-17): $12

Non-Member prices:
Adults $11
Children (ages 3-17): $15

Children’s ticket includes:

  • 4 cookies to decorate – either on-site or to-go
  • Free train and carousel rides – weather dependent
  • Photos with Santa 
  • Animal Encounters
  • Crafts

Children under 3 are free.
Adult tickets do not include cookies. Additional cookies will be available to purchase.
Please choose your date and time carefully as tickets are non-refundable and cannot be rescheduled.
Zoo is open for general admission.

Questions? Please contact Kris Caisse, Event & Marketing Manager, at 508.991.4556 ext. 120 or kcaisse@bpzoo.org

A portion of all event proceeds goes to supporting BPZOO’s animal welfare, conservation efforts, and youth education within the community.