Proving Des Moines is NOT boring

The Zoo from you – Limited-time, free gift with holiday purchase!

It starts with the leaves changing, the air turning crisp and the slow creep of holiday apparel onto store shelves. (Seriously, September is way too early.) I’m probably not the first one to tell you this, and I can guarantee I won’t be the last. With November here and Thanksgiving just behind us, we can officially say the holidays are near!

I’m not usually an early shopper – I tend to procrastinate when I don’t know what to get. Sometimes, the big-box stores just don’t seem to have the creative, thoughtful gift I am looking to find.

Sound familiar?

If you’re looking for a fun, unique holiday gift this season, consider making it an experience. A gift of a Blank Park Zoo membership gives (free admission!) all year long – and for a limited time, you get a free gift with your membership. Use the promotion code RED to receive a plush red panda!*

Benefits members receive include free admission all year long, discounts at the gift shop, Safari Grill and on classes and activities. And, members receive reciprocity of free or 50% off admission to more than 170 zoos and aquariums across the country.

There’s a membership for everyone on your list:

  • For the young adult or single, the one plus one membership provides free admission to events like Zoo Brew, and they can enjoy it with a friend.
  • The family membership is great for your sibling, best friend, or that person on your list you want to give a one-of-a-kind family experience for them to enjoy together, again and again.
  • For grandparents, the grandparent membership gives them the opportunity to enjoy quality time out with the grandkids, all while enjoying the animals of the Zoo.
  • The family plus membership allows two extra guests with the family or grandparent option – for only $10 more, it’s perfect for those with additional friends or family to enjoy the membership.

To purchase a membership, you can purchase three ways:

  1. Online at
  2. Visit the Zoo’s membership desk
  3. Call 515-974-2600

Receive your holiday red panda with any membership purchase now through December 20 – simply use the code RED for your plush.*

If you’re looking for that creative, thoughtful gift that gives all year long, buy a one-year Blank Park Zoo membership. As a member, every day is free!
*Additional fee for shipping, or can be picked up at Blank Park Zoo. Cannot be combined with any other offer.


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