Usher in spring with a visit to xZOOberance!

Guests will be entertained by youth performances.

It's time for IndyZoo's spring festival, which is expanding this year. Check out this press release from our friends at the Zoo!

INDIANAPOLIS — Bring on spring! The Indianapolis Zoo is celebrating all the colorful new life and growing excitement of the season with an expanded xZOOberance spring festival, presented by Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Marketing Council.

Just in time for spring break, this year’s event begins March 24 and continues through April 17. Activities run from noon to 4 p.m. every Thursday through Sunday, offering 16 days of performances, spring-centric activities, living artworks and, of course, animals.

The Bicentennial Pavilion will have live entertainment on the main stage. The lineup features an eclectic mix of acts like Cathy Morris, Air Bears, Circle City Bucket Drummers, Meraki Dance Co., Cowboy Randy Erwin and more. Everything is set amid a landscape of oversized pinwheels, animal-shaped topiaries and larger-than-life flowers.

At the Bee Study, visitors can chat with beekeepers and see the tools they use to care for honeybees. Guests can also meet Polly Pollen and discover the importance of pollinators. Plus, children can enjoy story time, learn the bee dance and try their hand at the pollen toss game.

Additional activities include animal-inspired yoga, which will have guests stretching up tall like a giraffe, spreading their wings like a macaw and balancing on one leg like a flamingo. Families also can make memories at the Fly with the Butterflies photo op presented by PNC and express their creativity with a flowery craft.

At the center stage near Café on the Commons, backyard karaoke with Uncle Frank and Aunt June is sure to have guests smiling and singing along. You can enjoy a bite from the new seasonal food menu, which features options including BBQ pork, grilled brats and Bavarian pretzels plus sweet treats like hand-dipped crispy treats and honey lollipops. Adults can also sip craft beers or specialty cocktails created by Hotel Tango.

Moderate spring temperatures also mean more active animals. Guests can meet chickens and goats at the Bicentennial Pavilion. Many of the Zoo’s animals will be out to join in the fun with extra chats and themed enrichment created by guests.

On April 16 and 17, the little ones can meet the Easter Bunny and collect goodies at the new Easter Egg Hunts presented by Kinder Joy®. Day-of registration is required.

xZOOberance is free for Zoo members and included with regular admission. Visit for advance tickets and more information. It's located at 1200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis 46222.