Groups & Field Trips

O&O Theatre Info

The IMAX® Theatre at the Minnesota Zoo offers a wide range of educational movies for class field trips. Whether your class is studying animals, nature, art or science, we will both educate and entertain your class. Our deeply discounted pricing for school field trips makes the IMAX Theatre an affordable class outing and our flexible reservation policy and procedures make it an easy one to plan.

Our films offer teachers a powerful teaching tool that is easily integrated into classroom curriculum through the use of downloadable movie-specific Teacher Guides. IMAX provides educators with an interactive component to teaching and students with unique and exciting opportunities to explore new worlds and new ideas.

IMAX films are so inspiring that scientists and explorers have cited them for influencing their career choice. As NASA astronaut, Susan Helms, said of her decision to become an astronaut: "I first thought about it as an option for me in my 20s after seeing the IMAX movie, The Dream Is Alive." For pricing or to book your group or for more information call group sales at 952 997 9714 or

Senior Day*
Please join us the second Tuesday of every month for Senior Day. Event begins at 9 AM, movie at 10 AM. All tickets are $6.00. Come early for complimentary coffee and treats and to register for door prizes. Enjoy 10% off in our Gift Shop! For more information contact Sales at 952 997 9714 or email

Upcoming Senior Day Events:

October 9 | Humpback Whales 3D

November 13 | Backyard Wilderness 3D *New*

December 11 | TBD


*All shows, times, and prices are subject to change without notice.

Birthday Packages
Take your child’s birthday party on a journey full of surprise and delight. For birthday parties of five guests or more, you can take your kid’s birthday party to the limitless reaches of outer space or the depths of the mysterious ocean at a special discounted rate. IMAX movies put you in the center of spirited adventure and hypnotic events in a way no other movie presentation can. Reserve our table for presents and cake or a hot dog meal or pizza before or after the show for just $25.

Create your own Birthday Party (3-12 yrs.old)

  • Prices depend on film choice – IMAX® documentary or Hollywood feature
  • Discount in IMAX gift shop
  • Concession discounts available on request (must be pre-ordered)
  • Reservation required

To schedule your birthday party and check for future movie options, contact Sales at or call 952 997 9714.

The IMAX Theatre is the perfect place to host your child's next birthday party!

Corporate Theatre Rental
The IMAX Theatre at the Minnesota Zoo offers a prestigious, high-powered facility for your next special event. From business meetings to social gatherings, our premier facility provides more than a traditional venue. Project your presentation onto our giant screen and be entertained by the most powerful film experience in the world. Break away from traditional venues and impress your guests with a “larger-than-life” meeting experience. Located just ten minutes south of the Mall of America in Apple Valley, Minnesota.


  • 500 stadium seats
  • Fixed microphones in auditorium and lobby, wireless mic available
  • Powerpoint Slide show
  • Video projection system
  • Concession packages available (additional charge)

Show Buyout: (During a regularly scheduled show time)
Private Screening: (Added before or after regular scheduled show)

For Private Theatre Rental Rates please call 952 997 9714 or email

Looking for a memorable dinner experience? Escape up north for dinner in our neighbor, the Minnesota Zoo's Minnesota Lodge or in the living rainforest of the Tropics. Complete the experience with an IMAX film of your choice. For zoo rental information log on to or email

School/Community Groups

Your group will have a Larger-than-Life experience at the IMAX Theatre, offering both IMAX and IMAX 3D technology. Whether you encounter wild animals in Africa, swim to the bottom of the sea, or take a spin with astronauts from NASA, our large-format films are guaranteed to take you places you've never been before. An affordable and exciting option for community groups such as church groups, camps, YMCA's, youth groups or family gatherings/reunions!


Reservations are required in order to receive the group rate. To make a group booking, please call 952 997 9714 or email Group size is 20 people or more. Ask us about Double Feature discounts for same day viewing!

Thank you for your interest in the IMAX Educator Connection. An exclusive membership for educators and special event groups of school-aged child care groups.

Member benefits include:

  • Advance information on upcoming movies and events (via your workplace e-mail)
  • Invitation to exclusive screenings and events

Members must:

  • Be employed by a school or in a position capable of scheduling an event for their participants
  • Supply your company’s information requested below. A valid work e-mail address is required

Thank you for your interest in our IMAX Theatre. We reserve the right to deny membership to any applicant. No other discounts or coupons apply to this rate.

Our fundraising program works like this. Organization chooses a film from our exclusive film library; tickets are printed with school name and event information. Your group sells the tickets for anything over $7.


  • Admission to the event


  • Exclusive use of theatre*
  • 10 minutes before or after to address guests / microphone and podium included
  • On screen slide the night of your event – provided by organization in advance
  • Film posters for marketing (subject to availability)



  • Organization returns all unused tickets and final payment

*If organization sells less than 100 tickets, the show becomes a public show. $50 security deposit is exchanged for printed tickets and will be used towards your final payment.

Special Engagement films are subject to approval in advance and cannot be booked the first 3 weeks of release. The organization sells a pre-set number of tickets for anything over $13 (your profit margin is over $13). Please note, this may not be an exclusive event and will be open to public. Other restrictions may apply.

You can begin selling as early as today! For more information or to book your fundraiser contact Cindy Purfeerst at 952 997 9714 or