Kids Free 2016

From its founding 100 years ago, the San Diego Zoo has always been dedicated to connecting children with nature. Kids Free presented by Mission Fed continues this long-standing commitment by providing free admission for kids 11 and younger throughout October. And Saturdays and Sundays are extra-fun days! Every weekend this month, we have special interactive activities and experiences, so come let your wild ones meet ours!

You can upgrade your child's experience with an optional 1-Day Pass Child Upgrade for $12, which includes the Guided Bus Tour, Kangaroo Bus, and Skyfari aerial tram.


Centennial Treasure Hunt

Follow the clues on the special map to where “X marks the spot” to discover some of the San Diego Zoo’s 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 the Discovery Station 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.

Maned Wolves 11:30 a.m.
Koalas 11:45 a.m.
Polar Bears Noon
Insect House 1 p.m.
Surprise at Children's Zoo 1:30 p.m.
Rhinos 3:30 p.m.

Beast Treats
Various Locations

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

October 8–9: Elephant Odyssey and Northern Frontier 
October 15–16: Lost Forest
October 22–23: Outback and Urban Jungle
October 29–30: Panda Canyon and Asian Passage


The Best of Dr. Zoolittle
Koalafornia Boardwalk
Weekends only; 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.

The beloved Dr. Zoolittle has been treating Zoo guests to double doses of fun, facts, and laughter for over 20 years. Come enjoy some of the best bits of his past shows—you won’t want to miss it!

Centennial Celebration Animal Show
Wegeforth Bowl
1 p.m. daily

Join us in celebrating 100 years of delightful animal friends. Meet some of our amazing animal ambassadors as they show what makes them special. A jumbo screen shares fun and precious moments from our legendary history—come be part of the festive fun!


Kids Free Snapchat Contest

Snap your wild ones contest

Follow the Zoo on Snapchat (username: SanDiegoZoo) and send us a snap of your wild ones at the Zoo or Safari Park during Kids Free month for a chance to win an Inside Look tour for the whole family.

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Kids Free Trivia Quiz

Test your animal smarts

Parents, take the quiz with your kids and learn about family dynamics in the Animal Kingdom. Submit your information and automatically be entered to win a prize for your entire family!

Take the Quiz

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Kids Free Coloring Contest

Get out your crayons, markers, or paints, and you might win this adorable little lion 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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