Audubon Zoo’s 2019 ‘Dinner and a ZOOvie’ series begins on May 31

The popular “Dinner and a ZOOvie” series hosted by Audubon Zoo returns for its seventh season with a lineup of five family-friendly movies, starting with the animated superhero film “Incredibles 2” on Friday, May 31.

Gates for the movie will open at 6 p.m. and it will begin after 8 p.m.

Photo courtesy: Audubon Nature Institute

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Screenings will continue on Friday’s throughout the summer, including showings of “Captain Marvel” and “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.”

Before the shows, guests are invited to cool off at Cool Zoo/Gator Run, which is only a short walk from the screening location on the Capital One Bank Field.

“The Dinner and a ZOOvie series has become a beloved tradition for families who want to spend a summer evening under the stars and enjoy an entertaining film,’’ Ron Forman, Audubon Nature Institute president and CEO, said. “Guests can also cool off before the ZOOvie in our water park and grab a bite to eat,” Forman said.

Guests are welcome to bring folding chairs and blankets for their viewing pleasure. Any type of suitcase, backpack or cooler brought in must be no larger than 28-quart size and are limited to one per family. Audubon reserves the right to search coolers and backpacks. For the safety of the animals, glass containers and any type of disposable straws and lids will not be permitted. Animal habitats will not be open, either.

Games and activites with prizes will be available each night, as well as a DJ spinning tunes near the stage. Complimentary Swedish Fish samples will also be available while supplies last.

Outside dinners can be brought in by guests, so long as it is contained within the event’s regulations. Food trucks and some Audubon concessions will also be open and onsite for guests who choose to dine at the Zoo.

Photo courtesy: Audubon Nature Institute

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The “Dinner and a ZOOvie” series is a special admission event. Members must purchase tickets and there is no Member discount. Complimentary guest passes are not valid.

Tickets purchased online for the movie are $6 and those purchased at the gate are $8. Cool Zoo can be added for an additional $7. Children under two years of age receive complimentary admission to both.

Tickets may also be purchased at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. Buying tickets ahead of time is recommended to ensure speedier entry.

Online ticket sales will be available up until 5:15 p.m. on the day of each respective ZOOvie. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Zoo after 6 p.m. Wristbands must be picked up for anyone purchasing Cool Zoo/ZOOvie combo tickets online or in person.

2019 “Dinner and a ZOOvie” Schedule

May 31 – “Incredibles 2” (2018)

June 14 – “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” (2018)

June 21 – “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (2018)

July 12 – “Captain Marvel” (2019)

July 26 – “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” (2019)

Ticket information:

  • If you purchase online: Movie tickets are $6; Add Cool Zoo for an additional $7. Total cost for both is $13.
  • If you purchase at the Zoo’s Front Gate: Movie tickets are $8; Add Cool Zoo for an additional $7. Total cost for both is $15.
  • Children under two years of age receive complimentary admission to both.

For more information, visit Audubon Nature Institute’s website.