Spooktacular at Dickerson Park Zoo





Military Appreciation Day
Jul 6 all-day
Military Appreciation Day

Dickerson Park Zoo will offer free admission for active military and their families Sunday, July 6.

Admission hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Thank you for your service!

Ball of the Wild
Jul 11 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Annual social fundraiser for Friends of the Zoo. Time and location TBA.

Viva La Fiesta! @ Dickerson Park Zoo
Jul 12 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Enjoy the sounds of a Mariachi Band and other tastes, sights and sounds of Mexico.

Summer Shootout Invitational @ Ozark Shooters Sports Complex
Jul 18 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Summer Shootout Invitation
presented by

Friday, July 18, at noon

Ozark Shooters Sports Complex
759 N. 20th Street in Walnut Shade
4-person teams
$100/shooter     $400/team

Includes shooting fees, lunch, shells and refreshments. Prizes awarded in top three flights.

Contact the zoo office, 417-833-1570, for more information. Proceeds benefit Friends of the Zoo.

Or, contact your local Farmers Insurance Agent:

  • Scott Smith, Branson West, 417-272-8104
  • Tom Bass, Ozark, 417-581-6565
  • Mark Pickens, Springfield, 417-889-4100
Pancakes in the Park @ Dickerson Park Zoo
Aug 2 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am

Annual feast with the beasts! Sponsored by Village Inn.

McDonald’s Day at the Zoo @ Dickerson Park Zoo
Aug 9 all-day

Reduced admission for everyone all day. Admission hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Grandparents Day @ Dickerson Park Zoo
Sep 7 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Spend a special day making memories that will last a lifetime. Dickerson Park Zoo is offering free admission for grandparents on Grandparents Day (with or without your grandkids). Admission hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Bob 105.1 FM Kids Fair @ Dickerson Park Zoo
Sep 13 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join Bob 105.1 FM, Dickerson Park Zoo and Delta Dental for a fun-filled day. Meet representatives from local businesses who cater to families and children.

Thanks to our partner sponsor, Delta Dental, this event is FREE with a complimentary ticket!

Pick up your KIDS FAIR ticket at any of these ticket locations:
   •  WannaGetta Pizza (South National Avenue in the Kelly Plaza Center)
   •  Hy-Vee (Kansas and Battlefield)
   •  Speedy Cash (South National Avenue next to Battlefield Lanes)
   •  Rapid Roberts (any of seven locations)

Free train rides for the first 1,000 kids, courtesy of DeLong Plumbing.


Fall/Winter Hours Begin @ Dickerson Park Zoo
Oct 1 all-day

Dickerson Park Zoo begins fall/winter operating hours on Oct. 1.

Admission and gift shop hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., daily, weather permitting. The zoo will close if there is ice or snow on the walkways.

The Bush Country Cafe is open 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., daily, in October, and weekends only November through February.

The Titus Express train ride and giraffe feeding deck are open 11 a.m.-3 p.m., weekends only in October. The train and giraffe deck close for the season from Nov. 1-Feb. 28.

“Dress Rehearsal” Preview for FOZ Members
Oct 8 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Special “Dress Rehearsal” preview event for our Friends of the Zoo members!
Wednesday, Oct. 8
6:30-9 p.m.
FREE admission for FOZ Families.

Admission to our “dress rehearsal” of Halloween SPOOKTACULAR presented by Simmons Bank is free for family members covered by your current FOZ membership. Please bring your current FOZ membership card and your photo ID for admission to the event.

This is a special evening of SPOOKTACULAR for FOZ members only; it is not open to members of the general public. if you wish to bring a guest, please provide him or her with a one-day admission pass.

The “Dress Rehearsal” will go on regardless of the weather. It will not be canceled or rescheduled because of rain.

Your postcard invitation to the “Dress Rehearsal” will also include a coupon for an additional free night of SPOOKTACULAR. Admission on additional nights for family members covered by your membership is $3 per person.

New in 2014: Children ages 2-12 will receive pre-packaged candy treats. There will not be multiple trick-or-treat stations. Instead, we’ll have lots of interactive characters, like the Sideshow Scientists, activities and games. Children are encouraged to wear costumes, but it is not required. The Titus Express train ride will be operating. Train tickets are $2 per person for everyone age 2 and older.