Eggstravaganza FAQ

The 2019 Utica Zoo Eggstravaganza has returned for another year! We hope to see you on April 20, 2019, from 10am-3pm. While Eggstravaganza festivities wrap up around 3 pm, the Zoo will still be open until 4:45 pm. We would also like to thank Empower Federal Credit Union for sponsoring the 2019 Utica Zoo Eggstravaganza.

As always, we want this and any event to be fully enjoyed by everyone who attends, and not knowing an important piece of information can be frustrating. Check our list of Frequently Asked Questions for all the most up to date information. Have an additional question? Email info@uticazoo.org and we will get back to you!

Do I need tickets for Eggstravaganza?

No. Eggstravaganza is included with Utica Zoo admission. Utica Zoo members receive FREE ADMISSION. The Egg Hunt is $3 for members and $5 for not-yet-members. Admission costs as follows:

  • Adults $8.00
  • Children 3-12 $4.75
  • Seniors 62+, Military, Veterans, and College Students w/ ID $6.75
  • Under 2 Free

Want to save some money? Become a Utica Zoo member and receive membership benefits immediately. Visit our Membership page to become a member, or you can visit our membership table near the front gate to become a member the day of Eggstravaganza.

What is the parking situation?

Both of our parking lots will be available for use on a first come, first served basis. We kindly ask that you be cognizant of other cars around you and not double park other guests.

Once the main and upper lots are full, visitors will be redirected to the Parkway Rec Center at 220 Memorial Parkway, where visitors may utilize our FREE shuttle bus. There will NOT be a shuttle bus running to and from MVCC.

How does the Egg Hunt work?

We will have 3 separate age-appropriate Egg Hunt locations within the Zoo; 0-3 years old, 4-7 years old, and 8+. Each participant will collect 5 different eggs from the Egg Hunt location which each corresponds to a different candy collection table. Bring your eggs to each of the candy tables to collect your treats! Eggs will not contain candy.

We encourage everyone to bring a basket for their eggs but ask that NO PLASTIC EASTER GRASS BE BROUGHT ONTO ZOO GROUNDS. The Easter grass can easily blow away into an animal exhibit which could cause severe injury or death to an animal. The egg hunt is an all-day event; come whenever is best for you!

Will the Easter Bunny be at Eggstravaganza?

You know it! You can choose to have our professional photographer, J. Chapple Design and Photography, take your photo or take one yourself. Photos are free of charge.

Will there be a place to buy food and drinks?

Yes! Louie and the Grapevine Gyro Cart and Holy Smoques BBQ Fusion truck will be available. We also have multiple drink vending machines around the Zoo and have snacks and drinks in our Gift Shop. We are hoping our new concession vendor will be open before Eggstravaganza.

What animals will I be able to see?

Most of our animals have gone back into their regular exhibit spaces from the winter. However, some animals will not be on exhibit for Eggstravaganza, including Ring-tailed Lemurs, Black Swans, Chinese Alligators, Vietnamese Pot Bellied Pigs, and Sulcata Tortoises.

We have also added several new exhibits with new species and have relocated our Emu and Bennett’s Wallaby exhibits for a more comfortable space. As always, our animal’s safety and comfort are our first priority, so some animals may choose to remain inside their indoor spaces. If an animal you are hoping to see is not on exhibit, feel free to ask a staff member when/if they will be out.

How many people will be at Eggstravaganza?

While we are not able to provide an exact number until after the event is over, we generally plan for 2500 people to attend Eggstravaganza.

Is Eggstravaganza family friendly?

Absolutely! We encourage you to bring everyone; mom, dad, kids, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, great-grandpa and his lucky hat, your mother’s great aunt, your dentist’s mail carrier, your neighbor’s mechanic, BRING EVERYONE YOU KNOW! We just ask that pets other than service animals be left at home; Sorry Fido.

Can I sponsor Eggstravaganza?

Absolutely! Contact our Development Coordinator at heather@uticazoo.org for sponsorship options.

Can I volunteer to help out during Eggstravaganza?

For sure! Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at kyla.grose@uticazoo.org for volunteer opportunities.

Will there be anything educational?

Of course! Eggstravaganza is all about the Egg, so much of our educational opportunities will be egg themed or relate to an animal who brings their young into the world in an egg. Our education department and docents will be on grounds doing animal meet and greets and presentations, our keepers will be doing keeper talks and shows, and many of our animals will receive egg-themed enrichment items. Follow the enrichment schedule below: (schedule subject to change)

  • 10:30 am-Gibbons and Spider Monkeys
  • 11:00 am-Donkey, Rabbits, and Pigs
  • 11:30 am-Camel Keeper Talk and Enrichment
  • 12:00 pm-Red Pandas
  • 12:30 pm-Sea Lion Feeding Show and Enrichment
  • 1:00 pm-Cotton Top and Golden-headed Lion Tamarins
  • 1:30 pm-Cranes and Muntjac
  • 2:00 pm-Red Fox
  • 2:30 pm-Emu
  • Throughout the Day-Reptiles in Wildlife Hall, Urials, Alpaca, Zebu, Cavy, Goats, Sheep, Chickens, Zebra, Ostrich, Lynx, Wolves, Arctic Fox, North American Porcupine, and Raven.

Do you have a hashtag I should use when I post pictures on social media?

Do we ever! We encourage everyone to always use #UTICAZOO so we can see how much you enjoyed your visit. For Eggstravaganza, also use #UZEGG and we will share some of our favorite photos!

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