Special Events

Cosley Zoo hosts a variety of events every year, including the popular Run for the Animals in June and The Festival of Lights & Christmas Tree Sales in December.

Important: Unless otherwise noted, please register for events by calling Cosley Zoo at 630.665.5534.



Great Egg Scramble


MARCH 28, 2015 | Multiple Sessions Running from 9:20-11am

Come to Cosley Zoo for an egg-cellent time!

Bring your baskets and scramble for eggs and other trinkets. Meet some of the zoo’s residents, visit with the Easter Bunny, and enjoy the zoo while you are here. Times listed below are for the scramble portion of this event. Activities will be available from 9A-11A. Please check-in a minimum of 15 minutes prior to your scramble start time. Scrambles will start promptly at the times listed. Event will be held outdoors, rain or shine, so dress for the weather. This is not a drop-off program; please plan to enjoy this event with your child.

Regular adult admission rates apply.

Preregistration is required. Registration ends when filled or 3/26/15.

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Sponsored by:




2015 Run for the Animals 5K/10K
and Zippity Zoo Run


JUNE 6, 2015 | 7:30A Race Start

Memorial Park (208 W. Union, Wheaton IL)


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About This Event

One of the suburbs' largest 5K/10K Runs. First 2500 runners receive a long-sleeve tech t-shirt. Post-race includes music, awards and refreshments.

Walking is permitted. All registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

This race is hosted by the Cosley Foundation to raise funds for the development and renovation of exhibits at Cosley Zoo.

Race Route Map (PDF)


Online Registration is available through active.com.

Online registration closes on June 1, 2015 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time.


In-person registration available:

June 3-4 | 8am-8pm: During packet pickup at the Community Center

June 6 | 6-6:45am: On race day at Memorial Park



Until May 6 May 7-June 1* June 4 & 5 (Packet Pickup) June 6 (Race Day)
5K/10K $30 $35 $38 $40
Zippity Zoo Run $15 $15 $15 $20


Please note: CARA members are eligible for a $3 discount

*Online registration closes on June 1, 2015 at 11:59pm Pacific Time.


For more information, please visit the 2015 Run for the Animals 5K/10K
and Zippity Zoo Run event page >

Interested in sponsoring this event? Click here.


Interested in sponsoring an event?

Please contact Sarah O’Donnell, Development Director, at 630-510-4986 or sodonnell@wheatonparks.org

Benefiting Cosley Zoo

Proceeds from all events support Cosley Zoo and its activities, including educational programs and wildlife conservation. 

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Great Egg Scramble

Run for the Animals
5K / 10K and Zippity Zoo Run


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