Kids Free 2017

Calling all kids! October is Kids Free month presented by Mission Fed at the San Diego Zoo! All month long, children 11 years and younger receive free admission when accompanied by an adult with a valid form of entry. Special activities on the weekends help kids connect with wildlife and nature in exciting and fun ways.

During the month of October, you can upgrade your child's experience with a 1-Day Pass Child Upgrade for only $12—which includes the Guided Bus Tour, Kangaroo Bus, and Skyfari aerial tram. Come let your wild ones meet ours!


African Treasure Hunt

Follow the clues on the special map to where “X marks the spot” to discover some of the San Diego Zoo’s African wildlife treasures. List them all and get a prize! 

Weekdays: Guest Services
Weekends: Queenslander House at Koalas

Zoo Corps
Queenslander House Classroom

Weekends only; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Stop by and visit with Zoo Corps members, as they share really cool props and amazing facts and stories.

Keeper Talks
Various Locations

Our animal keepers know their stuff—and their animals! Stop by for interesting information and fascinating stories.

Surprise at Children's Zoo: 11:15 a.m.
Insect House: 11:30 a.m.
Maned Wolves: 11:30 a.m.
Koalas: 11:45 a.m.
Polar Bears: Noon
Lions/Jaguars: 2:30 p.m.
Rhinos: 3:30 p.m.

Beast Treats
Various Locations

Our animals receive a variety of enrichment throughout the day, and during Kids Free, they’ll get some special surprises. Look for them enjoying fall-themed fun in the following areas: 

October 1: Discovery Outpost
October 7 and 8: Elephant Odyssey/Northern Frontier
October 14 and 15: Lost Forest
October 21 and 22: Outback/Urban Jungle
October 28 and 29: Africa Rocks/Panda Canyon/Asian Passage


Discovery Outpost

Join us for this special new event: HalGLOWeen on October 27, 28, and 29. On these nights, the Zoo will stay open until 8, so families can BOOgie to the Halloween beat of a DJ, enjoy bubble fun and special entertainment, and give the glowing “Boolahoops" a try. Dr. Zoolittle has a special "creepy" show to thrill everyone, and we've got lots of festive family fun in store. HalGLOWeen entertainment runs from 6 to 8 p.m.

Learn More about HalGLOWeen

San Diego Zoo Costume Policy (PDF)

Dr. Zoolittle & Friends Explore Australia
Koalafornia Boardwalk

Weekends only; Noon and 1 p.m.

The San Diego Zoo’s zany Dr. Zoolittle has been bringing fun and facts to audiences for decades. Join him and his Zoo character friends as they discover the wonderful animals from “Down Under.”


Kids Free Coloring Contest

Lemur plush prize

Get out your crayons, markers, or paints, and you might win this adorable little lemur plush!

Download our Kids Free coloring page, color it any way you’d like, and turn it in to the San Diego Zoo or Safari Park. Can’t make it to the Zoo or Park?  You can also mail it in to the address listed on the coloring page.

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Africa Rocks Summer 2017. San Diego Zoo.
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