Play Days

March 28–April 12, 2015

*Special Extended Hours!* 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Get ready for Play Days at the San Diego Zoo!
Come to the San Diego Zoo's Play Days, and hear about our world-famous animals and plants from the people who take care of them!

Animal Experiences
Animal Encounters
Location: Various Locations
Time(s): Times vary
Duration: 15 minutes

Watch some of our animals enjoy special enrichment, and get to know more about them from their keepers.

4 p.m. - Animal Ambassadors - Urban Jungle
5 p.m. - Otter - Asian Passage
5:30 p.m. - Children's Zoo - Discovery Outpost
6 p.m. - Giraffe - Urban Jungle

Happy Holidays Happens at Albert's*
Location: Albert's Restaurant
Time(s): Daily, 3 to 5 p.m.
Duration: Continuous

'Tis the season for great deals on drinks and appetizers at Albert’s Restaurant. Stop by to fill your stomach before getting your Jungle Bells on.

Santa's Igloo*
Location: Skyfari East on Front St.
Time(s): Varies by date

Stop in at Santa’s igloo for a visit and photo with the jolly old elf.

December 5 and 6: Noon to 4 p.m.
December 11–18: 4 to 8 p.m.
December 19–23 and 25: Noon to 8 p.m.
December 24: Noon to 4 p.m.

23 Days of Jungle Bells
Location: Northern Frontier
Time(s): 5:15 p.m.

Which is more fun, unwrapping a gift or what’s inside? Watch our raccoon deftly open a “present” that contains a favorite food.

California Coast Credit Union
Location: Front Street
Time(s): 3 to 8 p.m.

Visit our Presenting Sponsor's booth on the following dates from 3pm-8pm: December 12, 14, 19, and January 2.

Strolling Musician
Location: Front Street
Time(s): 5-5:30, 6-6:30, and 7-7:30 p.m.
Duration: 30 minutes

Listen and watch for the strolling musician, and follow along as he helps everyone get in tune with the holiday spirit.

Jingle Brass
Location: Front Street
Time(s): 4:30, 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 p.m.
Duration: 30 minutes

Jazzy carols and lots of smiles: this interactive music show turns the holiday spirit up!

Toy Shop Hop
Location: Sydney's Grill
Time(s): 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, and 6:30 p.m.
Duration: 15 minutes

Santa’s acrobatic elves and their trampoline return to put a bounce in everyone’s holiday step.

Dr. Zoolittle's " 'Twas The Night Before Christmas"
Location: Koalafornia Boardwalk
Time(s): 4, 5, 6, and 7 p.m.
Duration: 25 minutes

The zany Dr. Zoolittle shares a zoo version of Clement Clarke Moore’s classic poem.

"Carol of the Jungle Bells" Light Experience
Location: Koalafornia Boardwalk
Time(s): Every 30 minutes from 4:25 to 7:25 p.m.
Duration: 5 minutes

Lights, music, WOW! A medley of holiday tunes and “dancing” lights combine to light up the night with “oohs” and “aahs.”

Twinkle Light Trolley*
Location: Entrance
Time(s): Leaves every 15 minutes from 5 to 8 p.m.
Duration: 30 minutes

Sit back and enjoy this ride to view the marvelous animal-shaped light sculptures throughout the Zoo.

Costume Characters
Location: Koalafornia Boardwalk
Time(s): 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, and 6:30 p.m.
Duration: 30 minutes

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

“Celebration of Lights” Music/Light Experience
Location: Entrance
Time(s): 5, 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30, and 8 p.m.
Duration: 5 minutes

Hundreds of strands of colorful lights blink, blaze, and dazzle as our huge holiday tree comes to life—and light!

Polar Express 4-D Experience*
Location: Northern Frontier
Time(s): Continuous; last show begins at 7 p.m.

All aboard for the sights, sounds, smells, and feel of a magical train ride to Santa’s home! Special effects bring this seasonal classic to life.

Jungle Bell Rock
Location: Wegeforth Bowl
Time(s): 5:15 and 6:45 p.m.

The Alley Cats share their sweet a capella harmonies of holiday favorites to warm your heart and soul.

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