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Love is in the air with OKC Zoo’s 2021 Valentine’s Dinner

By Darla Shelden, City Sentinel Reporter –

This story first appeared online on Jan. 24, 2021.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Valentine’s Day celebrators will go wild with a unique dinner experience at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden. The OKC Zoo is hosting two socially distant Valentine’s Dinner events at the Zoo’s Sea Lion Stadium on Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14.

Each event will be limited to 122 guests, 21 and older, to ensure adequate social distancing among attendees. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the first course is served at 7 p.m.

Participants will enjoy dining under the stars at private, socially distanced tables, arranged throughout the Zoo’s covered, outdoor venue Sea Lion Stadium. Heat lamps will create a cozy and inviting setting, but dressing warmly is advised.

Both events will feature a three-course dinner provided by Salt and Surrey Catering.

Menu options include a strawberry or tossed salad, south of France chicken, grilled pork loin with peach chutney, or portabella mushroom stack and a sweet ending with strawberry or chocolate mousse for dessert.

Dinners will feature a full bar with domestic beer, wine, mixed drinks, soda and the event’s specialty cocktail, the Love Potion, available for purchase.

Each of the one-of-kind dinners will conclude with a splash as the Zoo’s California sea lions and harbor seals along with their talented caretakers entertain guests with specially-themed presentation, Sealed with a Fish

“We are excited to expand our adult, 21 and older events and provide Zoo fans with a new, exclusive opportunity to celebrate the Valentine’s holiday in a memorable setting with our beloved wildlife,” said Jenna Dodson, OKC Zoo’s manager of events.

Guests will have the opportunity to complement their dinner with a half-dozen chocolate covered strawberries for an additional $35.

Participants who plan to propose this Valentine’s Day can purchase a proposal package to present during the Valentine’s Dinner and a Zoo representative will reach out to help plan details for the very special occasion.

Valentine’s Dinner admission is $120 per couple for ZOOfriends members and $140 per couple for nonmembers.

During the ticket purchasing process, guests will be asked to give their menu choices and a place to request special seating with friends or other couples. 

Tickets are now available at okczoo.org. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable and events will be held rain or shine.

Advance tickets, required for all guests and ZOOfriends members, can be purchased at okczoo.org/tickets. Zoo tickets are limited each day to maintain social distancing among guests.

Regular admission is $12 for adults and $9 for children ages 3-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free.

The Oklahoma City Zoo is open Thursday through Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with no public access on Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Guests are required to wear masks when in Zoo indoor locations. Masks can be purchased at the Zoo’s giftshop, restaurants and outdoor cafes

Starting at $45, memberships can be purchased at ZOOfriends.org and provide access to the OKC Zoo for an entire year plus, additional benefits and discounts.

To learn more about this and other Zoo happenings, call 405-424-3344 or visit okczoo.org.

The OKC Zoo 2021 Valentine’s Dinner will conclude with a specially-themed presentation of “Sealed with a Fish” by the Zoo’s California sea lions and harbor seals along with their caretakers. Photo provided.