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Family Fun Nights

August 1, 2018 5:00 pm
August 1, 2018 8:00 pm
Turtle Back Zoo, Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ, United States   View map


Summers are cooler at TBZ!

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Wednesdays & Thursdays in July & August

Essex County Turtle Back Zoo has extended hours to 8pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays from July 5th to August 30th. Enjoy the Zoo when the summer temperatures are cooler and the workday is over. Paid admission is required to enter the Zoo each evening.


Wednesday evenings in July & August! After playing late at the Zoo, enjoy blockbuster movies under the stars on the rooftop of our parking deck. Admission is free. Zoo admission not required to participate. Bring your own chair. Rain cancels. Films begin at dusk.

July 11th Peter Rabbit
July 18th Wall-E
July 25th Deep
August 1st George of the Jungle
August 8th Paddington 2
August 15th Ratatouille
August 22th Kong: Skull Island
August 29th The Jungle Book *Disney live action



6pm & 7pm: Behind the Scenes at the Shores of Africa. Tours begin at 6pm & 7pm @ the Reptile House. Additional fee, advanced registration suggested.

7pm: Sea Lion Show (included with Zoo admission)

Thursday, July 19th: A Sip at the Zoo
In partnership with A Sip of Art ( you can add to your late night Zoo experience with painting at the Zoo.
6:30pm to 8:30pm
$45 per seat
Spaces LIMITED. Register HERE
*Price includes admission to the zoo, so you can arrive at the zoo anytime prior to our event, Just come to the Cafe by 7pm.

Play Pokémon Go?

Catch family fun–and some Pokémon–after work during our summer family fun nights! In addition to our extended hours, take advantage of our 16 Pokéstops and 4 gyms! #TBZPOGO

Learn more about playing Pokémon Go at the Zoo Here

Zoo closes at 8 pm.


  • 16 PokeStops and 3 Gyms that are only accessible from on grounds. NOTE: The South Mountain Recreational Complex has an additional 8 PokeStops and 1 Gym all within walking distance of Zoo parking.
  • With an assortment of different habitats and animals, the zoo sports a wide variety of Pokémon
  • Great place to meet fellow trainers

If all the running around stirs your thirst, stop by the new Savanna Café for a cool beverage and a bite to eat. ZANZIBAR now open till 7pm on Family Fun Nights with beer and wine options at Savanna Café terrace.

Planning to come multiple nights? Think about a Zoo Membership. Learn more about zoo membership at

*Please note children 14-years-old and under must be chaperoned by an adult (18-years-old or older)


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