Wild Lights Festival at Blank Park Zoo

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Get Wild at the Wild Lights Festival at Blank Park Zoo

As soon as the Blank Park Zoo announced the arrival of the Wild Lights Festival this spring, I knew a visit was a MUST for us. We were lucky to be included in the preview night and I can easily report that it is awesome! The displays are beautifully placed throughout the Zoo. We grabbed hot chocolates with Baileys for the adults and regular hot chocolate for the kids and walked the zoo twice, so we could see the displays at dusk and after dark. To be completely honest, we’ve seen the displays in the daylight as the crew was setting them up and they’re really neat that way too. Still, after dark is the way to see them!

The light up piano and stars were a favorite! 
The way the swans reflect on the pond is perfection.
The giant crab blows bubbles!

To Plan a Visit

  • Visit the Blank Park Zoo website to purchase advance tickets. Tickets will not be sold at the door unless they are not sold out that night. Who wants to chance that, though? Concessions will be open. Animals are not out at this event, as it is after dark.
  • Cost: $24.95/person; $19.95/Zoo member (ages one and under are free); Packages: 4-pack tickets: $89.95 or $71.95/member. At the door prices are more.
  • Masks are required for everyone 2 and up.
  • Hours are 7 to 10 p.m.
  • Wild Lights Festival is at the Blank Park Zoo Wednesday – Sunday, April 1 – May 31.

If you can’t make it for a night, the displays are amazing to see during the day too!

More than anything, we were really excited to leave the house for an event! We even put on jeans and make-up for mom!

About the Author

Ashlen Sheaffer is a proud Des Moines resident who was born and raised here. Ashlen wears many hats: mom, wife, daycare provider at her in-home daycare, blogger and co-owner at The Kidsperts, children’s book author, and co-director and producer for the upcoming play Expressing Motherhood play. In her free time, Ashlen enjoys exploring all Des Moines has to offer, road trips, and adventuring all with the kids in tow. Ashlen is super excited to be able to share some of her family’s adventuring with other Iowans and get other families out into the community.

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