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.


paws for breakfast

Saturday, June 4, 2016 | 7am-10am

208 W. Union, Wheaton

  • Homemade pancakes & scrambled eggs
  • Breakfast potatoes & sausage
  • English muffins
  • Chick-fil-A breakfast sandwiches
  • Juice, milk & coffee

Cooked and served by:
arrowhead restaurant and bar

Ticket Pricing
$8 adults
$6 seniors (55+)/ children (2-12)

Proceeds benefit Cosley Zoo.


Tickets can also be purchased on site.

Supported by:

  • Gerald Subaru
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Art pape – Foundation President

35th Annual Run for the Animals

Saturday, June 4, 2016 | Memorial Park, Wheaton
Race Start: 5K/10K – 7:30am; 1/2-Mile – 8:45am

5K – 10K – 1/2-Mile Zippity Zoo

Download a 2016 Race Route (PDF)


Race Registration Fees
Before 5/4/16* 5/5/16-5/30/16 Packet Pick-up Race Day
5K/10K $30 $35 $38 $40
1/2-Mile $15 $20 $20 $20


Online registration closes on May 30, 2016


Registration on Race Day: 5K/10K registrations accepted from 6-7:15am;
Zippity Zoo registrations accepted from 6-8:30am.

Packet Pick Up: Wednesday, June 1 and Thursday, June 2 (8A to 8P)
Wheaton Park District Community Center, 1777 S. Blanchard, Wheaton, IL 

Please note: For participants’ safety, NO bicycles, in-line skates, strollers, other-wheeled vehicles (except wheelchairs or other accessibility devices). Animals are also NOT permitted on the race course or in Memorial Park (except for service animals). All registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Interested in volunteering? Click here.

Interested in becoming at 2016 Run for the Animals event sponsor? Contact Carey Moreland at 630.510.4961 or at cmoreland@wheatonparks.org.


Let Parks Plus Fitness Center help you get ready!


Members can utilize the fitness center for their Cross Training days. Not sure you want to join yet, try us out. If you are a Wheaton Park District resident
take advantage of your FREE DAY to workout (available once/year) and ask about how you can make it a FREE WEEK! Also, take advantage of stretching sessions Saturday mornings in May!


The Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals 10K is a CARA Runners’ Choice Circuit Race

CARA Runners' Choice Circuit Races Logo
For more information, please visit: http://www.cararuns.org/



Supported by:



Cosley Zoo Uncorked Wine Tasting

Thursday, July 21, 2016 | 5:30-8:00 pm | Cosley Zoo

Enjoy an evening of wine, appetizers, live music, complimentary chair massages, and a chance to win terrific raffle prizes – all to benefit Cosley Zoo!

$40 per person
$75 per couple


Supported by:


Cosley Classic Golf Outingclassic logo_Opt1

Monday, August 1, 2016 | 10:30 AM to 8:00 PM (CDT) |Arrowhead Golf Club

Enjoy a day on the beautiful Arrowhead Golf Club in support of the Cosley Foundation. Registration includes 18 holes of golf, lunch, steak dinner, on-course drinks, gimmick holes, raffle, and silent auction.


Interested in supporting this event? Please view the Sponsorship Opportunities Packet (PDF).

Interested in sponsorship?

Contact TJ Hicks, Cosley Foundation Director of Development at 630.210.2875 or at tjhicks@wheatonparks.org.

Interested in sponsoring an event?

Please contact Margie Wilhelmi, Director of Marketing, at 630-510-4984 or mwilhelmi@wheatonparks.org.


Benefiting Cosley Zoo

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