Knoxville Zoo Superhero Saturday: Free Admission for Superhero Kids!



Superhero Saturday  Saturday, July 26 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Favorites Captain America and Iron Man are making a special appearance at Knoxville Zoo!  Join us for a “Marvel-ous” chance to have a personal introduction to real superheros.  And to make the day more fun, kids aged 12 and under who come dressed as their favorite superhero get free admission with a paid adult admission!

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Knoxville Zoo Wee Play Adventure Opens July 19 & You Want To Go!


The Knoxville Zoo it is one of our family’s favorite places to spend time. The Wee Play Adventure area is always on the boys’ list to visit so, I was excited to see result of the months of work that has been going on. It is well done, and you are going to love it!  The exhibit is impressively  planned and designed for pre-school through elementary aged kids.  I was happy to see I could bring all four of my boys (aged 2-8) and they would all find something to interest them.

Wee Play Adventure is Knoxville Zoo’s new indoor creative play area with an Inddonesia island theme. The space is large and open, but just like before you can easily see the exits so kids can’t escape move on to explore other parts of the Zoo without you knowing it.


In the center is a giant Woka tree full of tunnels, a rope bridge and lots of room to climb and explore.  Surrounding the Woka tree is an archaeological dig site where your kids can discover all types of fossils.



There are also two imagination areas! One is designed as an outpost where adventurers can stock their knapsacks. The other is a research laboratory and animal clinic where they can help save the island’s Komodo dragons.  There is a small area for crawlers, an infant care room and the new Brown Squirrel Parent Refuge. An area with some comfy couches and chairs, free Wi-Fi and a Pilot Flying J coffee bar!






Of course, I can’t leave out of the best features of the new Wee Play Adventure! The new indoor/outdoor habitat for the zoo’s two Komodo dragons, Khaleesi and Drogo. This habitat is 1,000 square feet and wide open for close up encounters of the two dragons. The habitat also includes a tunnel with a pop-up bubble that takes kids “into” the habitat. Khaleesi used to live up near the snakes and spent a lot of time in her tree so sometimes she was a little hard to see.  Her new home is huge, and open and there is plenty of room for everyone to see her.


I got to go INSIDE Khaleesi’s habitat while I was previewing new exhibit.  She seems even bigger when there is no glass between you. :)  Here is the pic I snapped from the inside.


Other new lizard species making their debut in the Wee Play Adventure include:

Madagascar Giant Chameleon
Giant Leaf-tailed Gecko
Caiman Lizard
San Esteban Island Chuckwalla
Desert Spiny Lizard
Desert Grassland Whiptail Lizard
Chinese Crocodile Lizard
Taylor’s Agama
Green Tree Monitor
Red-headed Agama
Mozambique Girdled Lizard
East African Spiny-tailed Lizard


Are you excited to go see this place!? Wee Play opens July 19 to the public; special previews for zoo members are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 16, 6-8 p.m. July 17 or 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 18.

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FREE Knoxville Zoo Admission for Military and Civilian Service Members & Veterans (July 4-6th)



To celebrate the Independence Day holiday, Knoxville Zoo salutes military and civilian service members and veterans with free admission to the zoo Friday, July 4th Sunday, through July 6th.

Active service personnel eligible for free admission includes active duty military and members of the National Guard, as well as police, fire, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics. Military and civilian service veterans will receive free admission as well.

Free admission is for active service personnel and veterans only, and valid identification conveying their status as an active military or service member or veteran will be required for entry.

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Knoxville Zoo Free Ticket Giveaway!



In the last two days I have told you about two fantastic ways to visit the Knoxville Zoo!

1. Marvel Comic favorites The Amazing Spider-Man and Hulk will make an appearance at the zoo Saturday, June 14, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Zoo visitors will have the chance to meet these famous superheroes, get their autographs and pose for photos. To make the day even more fun, kids 12 and under who come dressed as their favorite super hero get free admission with a paid adult admission.

2. Celebrate Father’s Day with a zoo adventure! In honor of Father’s Day, Knoxville Zoo is offering free admission to all dads with a paid child’s admission this Sunday, June 15, 2014.Even though dads are the guests of honor, the entire family is sure to enjoy an outing full of unforgettable experiences. Meet some of the zoo’s largest animal ambassadors eye-to-eye at the Williams Family Giraffe Encounter, have a throwback to the kind of outdoor play Dad grew up with at Nature Play and bring a swimsuit to cool off in the Clayton Family Safari Splash.

Free admission for fathers is valid on Sunday, June 15, 2014, only and cannot be combined with any other discount offer or coupon.


And now there is a third way! Win ticket from me, Coupon Katie!  That’s  right I am giving away two (2) Family Four (4) Packs of ticket to the Knoxville Zoo!

I am so excited to help two families visit a place my family loves. Why do we love it? It is close. It is easy to walk/push even a double stroller through. It is always changing and there is always something interactive for the kiddos to do. It is a trip that makes all four of my boys happy, ages 2 to 8 there is something for all of them. (They are really loving the Nature Play area this year!)

To enter just use the form below to tell us your favorite thing about the Knoxville Zoo! Good Luck!
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Free Knoxville Zoo Admission for Superhero Kids This Saturday (6/14)




Knoxville Zoo has some very special visitors lined up for the weekend! Marvel Comic favorites The Amazing Spider-Man and Hulk will make an appearance at the zoo Saturday, June 14, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Zoo visitors will have the chance to meet these famous superheroes, get their autographs and pose for photos.

Zoo-goers don’t have to have superpowers to hang out with Spider-Man and Hulk. Fans of all ages are invited to come by for a personal introduction. Superhero Saturday featuring The Amazing Spider-Man and Hulk is included with paid zoo admission. To make the day even more fun, kids 12 and under who come dressed as their favorite super hero get free admission with a paid adult admission.

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Knoxville Zoo Free Admission for Moms on Mother’s Day 2014!



Contrary to popular legend, Knoxville Zoo’s new European white storks have opted to bring moms free zoo admission in lieu of bundles of joy this Mother’s Day. Mothers will receive FREE zoo admission with a paid child’s admission this Sunday, May 11, 2014, at Knoxville Zoo.   So bring mom out for some fun Sunday and don’t forget your swimsuit, Clayton Safari Splash opens this Saturday!


Ever wonder where the Stork legend came from?
Ranging from northern Europe to northern Africa, European white storks are tall, long-necked birds with an iconic profile long associated with the myth that they deliver babies. This legend may have originated in northern Germany, where natives encouraged storks to nest on their land in the hopes they would bring fertility and prosperity.






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Half Off Knoxville Zoo Admission in February!


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It looks like it is going to warm up a bit this week so I wanted to remind everyone of this great deal going on at the Knoxville Zoo!


Take a trip to the Knoxville Zoo for half-price during Penguin Discount Days!  From now until February 28th, 2014, admission to the Knoxville Zoo is discounted 50%!  It’s still 100% fun, since many of the zoo’s animals enjoy the cooler weather and there are plenty of indoor viewing areas to see your favorite elephants, penguins, reptiles, chimpanzees and bears.


If you want to get really frugal with the kiddos while they’re off Monday grab $1 hot dogs at Sonic then head to the Zoo for half price.

Half-price admission tickets can be purchased at the zoo ticket office during regular zoo hours and online at  Discounted admission tickets must be used by Feb. 28, 2014, and cannot be combined  with any other promotion or discount.

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