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
In the Spotlight
Location: Various Locations

Keepers and other staff will chat with visitors at exhibits about the animals they care for and share fun and fascinating stories.

10:30 a.m.:  Giant horned lizards
11 a.m.: Animal Ambassadors
11:30 a.m.: Maned wolves
Noon: Animal Ambassadors
12:15 p.m.: Elephants
12:30 p.m. Tasmanian devils
1 p.m.: Insect House
1:30 p.m.: Animal Ambassadors
1:30 p.m.:  Polar bears
1:30 p.m.:  Pangolins

Spotted Animals
Location: Various Locations

Keepers connect the dots about spots and point out how they help the wearer. In addition, they’ll share fun and fascinating stories about the animals and explain how they care for them.

10:15 a.m.: Servals
12:30 p.m.: Spot-necked otter and spot-nosed guenon
1 p.m.:  Spotted hyena
2:30 p.m.: Jaguars

Spot the Animal
Location: Various Locations

Special feeding times or viewing times give guests a chance to spot animals in action—always a fun and fascinating thing to watch! Stop by and see what’s happening.

9 to 10 a.m.: Cheetah
11 a.m.: Bonobos
1:45 p.m. Francois langurs

The Researcher’s Spot
Location: Price Education Center
Time(s): 3:30 p.m.

From jaguars to giraffes and beyond, San Diego Zoo Global is working to help endangered wildlife and their habitats. Each day during Play Days, one of our esteemed wildlife researchers will give guests an inside look at the work they do learning about and helping animals.

Easter Bunny’s Basket
Location: Skyfari East on Front St.
Time(s): March 21 – April 5, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What’s in the Easter Bunny’s basket? YOU! Meet Peter or Paula Cottontail and capture the moment with a photo—say “carrot”!

Costume Characters
Location: Koalafornia Boardwalk
Time(s): Noon, 1, 2, and 3 p.m.

Join Harry Lion, Churchill the Polar Bear, Monty Meerkat and our other big, beloved costume characters for hugs and pictures!

Selfie Spots

Spot yourself at the Zoo! If you find a selfie spot, you know what to do. Tag your selfies with #sdzselfiespot & #sandiegozoo to share the fun.

Instagram Contest

Share your Play Days memories on Instagram with #sdzplaydays for a chance to win an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour for two.

Learn More here!

Spot Yourself at the Zoo

Enter to win two FREE 1-Day Passes to the Zoo or Safari Park. All you have to do is enter your info and cross your fingers. The winner will be notified by email.

Learn More here!

Spotted Plants
Location: Safari Kitchen
Time(s): 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Discover exotic orchids and other plants with spotted leaves, and get the dirt on our plant collection.

The Sand Band
Location: Koalafornia Boardwalk
Time(s): 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.

Spot the beat and clap along; the Sand Band will get your toes tapping.

Dr. Zoolittle Presents
Location: Koalafornia Boardwalk
Time(s): 11:30 a.m.; 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.

The San Diego Zoo’s own zany Dr. Zoolittle hasn’t changed his spots. He’s still as fun and funny as ever and he’s got a new show that will have you seeing spots before your eyes—and laughing all the while!

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Kids' Coloring Contest. Learn More.