Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

Enjoy a Night Out with Music, Dinner, Animals and the Kids!
Animals and All That Jazz Returns to the Indianapolis Zoo

June 01, 2010

Those interested in bringing a little music and culture to their families, with the freedom to clap, dance and play around, should “Kick It with the Cool Cats” at the Indianapolis Zoo during the Animals and All That Jazz concert series, Thursday evenings, July 15 through August 19. The most unique concert venue in the city (the middle of the Zoo) offers visitors a chance to see Zoo animals until 7pm, while the concerts and activities run from 5:30-8:30pm.

Besides listening to amazing music from the area’s most well-known bands, adults will have the chance to register for prizes at booths from the Zoo and local jazz venues, while various activities keep children engaged and having a blast. The kids will love getting to meet Zookeepers as they bring out animals, letting you get even closer and ask questions. Then, dance with the Zoo’s mascot before climbing on the playground and until 7pm, cool down in the Kroger Splash Park – both are located directly opposite the Jazz stage. On those really warm summer evenings, the kids will find the Splash Park’s cooling waters of the pop up jets and the towering daisy fountains to be great fun. (But parents might want to bring an extra set of dry clothes for the little ones.) Also, the Zoo rides will be running until 7pm. As a perk for Zoo members, a different Zoo ride will be featured each night to ride free of charge.

And don’t forget about family dinner! Café on the Commons will be open with Zoo favorites such as hot dogs, nachos and hamburgers, while full buffet options with additional offerings awaits more mature diners. (As with any Zoo visit, guests are asked to refrain from bringing in personal food and drinks.)

Don’t miss out on a chance to enjoy live music and special festivities at one of Indianapolis’ favorite family spots! With no specific seating for the event, guests can gather around a picnic table or bring their own lawn chairs. Don’t worry if you see a few clouds rolling in—the concert will move to the Party Pavilion in inclement weather.

Invite family and friends and come “Kick It with the Cool Cats” at the Indianapolis Zoo. Animals and All That Jazz is free for members and included with regular Zoo admission. Learn more at!