Kids Free 2015

When it was founded nearly 100 years ago, the San Diego Zoo was dedicated to the children of San Diego. Kids Free Presented by Mission Fed continues this long-standing commitment by providing free admission for kids 11 and younger throughout October.  

During the month of October, upgrade your child's experience and buy a 1-Day Pass Child Upgrade for only $12 (to include the Guided Bus Tour, Kangaroo Bus and Skyfari aerial tram). Come let your wild ones meet ours!

Kids Free Coloring Contest terms & conditions


Make It for the Animals
Koalafornia Boardwalk
Weekends only; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

If you ever wanted to give our zoo animals a token of your appreciation, here’s your chance. As you help us make enrichment items that will be given to the animals in the future, you might get some fun ideas for your own pet at home!

Beast Treats
Various Locations
Check map when you arrive for times.

Each weekend, look for our Beast Treats signs at the following exhibits as our animals receive a variety of fun enrichment throughout the day. 

Asian leopards
Polar bears
Forest buffalo and Red river hogs
Otters and monkeys
Squirrel monkeys
Tasmanian devils
Mountain lions

Australian Outback
Weekends only; 10 a.m. – 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.


Dr. Zoolittle’s “How to Train Your Children”
Koalafornia Boardwalk
Weekends only 12:30 & 1:30 p.m.

The San Diego Zoo uses positive reinforcement to train their animal ambassadors; the animals work with people because they enjoy it! Dr. Zoolittle has a few ideas about how people can use these loving techniques to get kids (or maybe parents) to wash dishes, do homework, or fold laundry!

Costume Characters
Koalafornia Boardwalk
Weekends only; 10 & 11 a.m.; Noon; 1 p.m.

Join Bamboo Panda, Churchill the Polar Bear, Monty Meerkat and our other beloved costume characters for hugs and pictures.

Open House Animal Training Session
Wegeforth Bowl
1 p.m. daily

Watch trainers work with our animal stars as they get used to their new stage and prepare for an exciting new show.

San Diego Zoo 100 Years: Learn More
Launch the San Diego Zoo Historical Timeline