Party With The Animals at Blank Park Zoo's Shamrocks & Shells

Kimberly Ritter

Want to party with the animals this St. Patrick’s Day in Des Moines? The Blank Park Zoo wants to show you what party animals they have with a fun and festive event to celebrate St. Patty's Day. Here’s what you need to know!

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Image courtesy of Blank Park Zoo.

This St. Patrick’s Day, Blank Park Zoo wants to show off their party animals with a fun, low-capacity and socially distanced event. They invite Des Moines area adults to change out of their sweatpants, gear up in green, leave the house and to enjoy a kid-free night out with animals, drinks, eats, trivia, music and more.

Celebrate St. Patty’s Day this year at an unique event unlike any other. After work, head to the Blank Park Zoo for an evening of fun and adventure. At this event, you will be able to enjoy indoor and outdoor viewing of animals, zoo keeper chats, cold drinks, delicious food from Street Eats DSM, St. Patrick’s Day themed trivia and live music from South of Society.

Events and Activities
The doors for Shamrocks & Shells open at the Blank Park Zoo at 4:30 pm on St. Patrick’s Day. Guests for the event are welcome to come inside, grab a drink, roam the Zoo, and enjoy learning about their favorite zoo animals. Animals will be available for viewing both indoors and outside.

Eats and Treats
When you’re hungry, you will be able to grab a bite to eat when Street Eats DSM begins serving at 5:30pm in front of the Holmes Foster Event Center.

Team Trivia
Trivia will take place in the Zoo Discovery Center at 5:15pm and 6:00pm with three different categories: St. Patrick's Day History, Green Initiatives at Blank Park Zoo, and Tortoises/Turtles. Trivia will be free to play and the top teams will be awarded prizes!

Live Music
Enjoy live music as South of Society begins rocking out at 6:30pm. At this time, the animals will go off exhibit and all guests for the event will stay in the Holmes Foster Event Center area.

Show Your Irish Spirit
Show your Irish spirit and you could win a prize! There will be a special Shamrocks & Shells “Best Dressed” competition. Dust off your kilt, show your shamrocks and dress completely head-to-toe green grab for a chance to win a prize! Red-heads (whether their hair is natural, dyed or a wig!) will be rewarded with a free koozie.

Grown Ups Only Event
Shamrocks & Shells at the Blank Park Zoo is a special event for those ages 21+. Children are not permitted and attendees must present a current photo ID at the door. This event will be held rain or shine.

How to Purchase Tickets
To allow for this event to be socially distanced, tickets for Shamrocks and Shells are limited and may sell out. Tickets for this event are available in advance only and will not be available at the door.

Want to purchase tickets to attend? Tickets are $30 for Blank Park Zoo members and $35 for non-members. Click here to purchase tickets. Each ticket purchased includes one green beer.

Health and Safety Precautions
Masks are required for this event at all times, unless you are actively eating or drinking. Tables inside the Event Center will be spaced out to maintain 6 feet between groups.

For More Information
For more information and questions regarding this event, email events@blankparkzoo.org or call 515-974-4722 for more info.

The Blank Park Zoo is located at 7401 SW 9th St in Des Moines, Iowa and is easily accessible from the interstate. Get detailed directions from the zoo website.

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