Blank Park Zoo
Blank Park Zoo

Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: $14 Adult | $8 Child

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Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: $14 Adult | $8 Child

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Ruby the Red Panda presents Special Guest Storytime!


Day and Time:
Mondays and Saturdays once a month, September-April
Time: 11 am
Length: ~30 minutes
Cost: Free with zoo admission or your Blank Park Zoo membership

Join us each month for Storytime with Ruby the Reading Red Panda! Ruby is a plush red panda who loves to read! Each month we will read a story and meet a special live ambassador animal from the Zoo’s education department.

During Special Guest Story Times come see Ruby and a special guest who will read a story and pose for photos. During this time children will also meet a live ambassador animal from the Zoo’s education department.

Regular Dates: Regular Storytimes are the 2nd Monday of each month at 11 am

  • September 9
  • October 7
  • November 11
  • December 9
  • January 13
  • February 10
  • March 9
  • April 13

Special Guest Dates: Special Guest Storytimes are each month at 11 am on the dates listed below

  • September 14
    • Special Guest: Zookeeper
  • October 12
    • Special Guest: Puppy Jake Foundation
  • November 9 – Special Event: Family Fun Day
    • Special Guest: Snow Queen and Snow Princess
  • December 21
    • Special Guest: Des Moines Fire Department
  • January 11
    • Special Guest: Pete the Cat
  • February 8
    • Special Guest: Des Moines Police Department
  • March 14
    • Special Guest: Iowa Wild
  • April 11 – Special Event: Eggstravaganza
    • Special Guest: To Be Announced

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