Our beloved Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue are departing the Calgary Zoo this fall and are headed to the Giant Panda Research Base in Chengdu, China. Help us send them off in style with a celebration of their time here, games, activities, face painting, and more!  Plus, Engage and Inspire members can attend a special Member Morning (details below)!

DATE: Running daily from October 4 - October 6, 2019
TIME: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m

This event is included with daily admission, any additional costs are listed under the activity schedule.

  • Panda Cub Farewell Activities!
    What Details Where
    Face Painting Look your best with some incredible face painting!
    Cost: $10
    West Lawn BBQ Tent
    FREE Photo Booth Take some photos to commemorate the panda twins. ENMAX Conservatory
    Learn to Play the Guzheng Learn to play this ancient Chinese instrument and listen to its whimsical melodies. ENMAX Conservatory
    Make a Farewell Gift Write your personal farewell greeting on our giant card for the cubs or make a traditional Chinese lantern! ENMAX Conservatory
    West Lawn Activities Participate in fun lawn games, and learn about saving bamboo forests and Chinese traditions West Lawn
    Dime Wishing Well We want to wish the cubs "smooth sailing" to Chengdu. As the Canadian dimes feature a sail boat, we will be collecting them with your well-wishes! All proceeds will go towards giant panda conservation West Lawn BBQ Tent
    Panda Storytime Gather around for storytime, panda style!
    Saturday and Sunday only - 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Tom Baines Classroom
    Jing Wo Cultural Association Lion Dancers Watch the traditional Chinese dancers mimic a lion's movements in costume to bring good luck and fortune
    Saturday and Sunday only - 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
    Dorothy Harvie Gardens
    Calgary Hitmen Farley the fox will be giving away tickets and you can enter a raffle to win your own 25th Anniversary Calgary Hitmen jersey!
    Saturday only
    West Lawn BBQ Tent


Enter to Win!

We need your help! Our favourite panda twins are leaving this fall, and we want to make a video montage of your favourite moments with the cubs to help send them off! Share your videos and photos of Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue on Instagram, tag the zoo and use the hashtag #CalgaryZooPandaCubs! By sharing you’ll be entered to win a $1,000 VISA Gift Card. 

Deadline for submission: Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The montage will be featured throughout the weekend at the event.


DATE: Running Daily from October 4 - October 6, 2019
TIME: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m

Enjoy free face painting, a photo booth, West Lawn activities, and a Member Hour in Panda Passage (from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.). Please note, we cannot guarantee that all animals will be outside from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Can't make it early? Face painting is complimentary until 2:00 p.m. for our members!

*Engage and Inspire members only