Throughout October, children 11 years and younger receive free admission when accompanied by a paying adult. Each weekend holds special interactive activities and memory-making experiences that connect kids with wildlife and nature—so, go wild!
Get to know some of our animal ambassadors, and learn more about the species they represent as trainers share their deep understanding of these featured creatures.
10:30 a.m.: Front Street Stage
11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.: Africa Rocks Stage
Discover some of our remarkable animals in an in-depth way by learning about them from their keepers.
11:30 a.m.: Maned wolves (Northern Frontier)
Noon: Lemurs (Africa Rocks)
12:30 p.m.: Meerkats (Africa Rocks)
12:30 p.m.: Baboons (Africa Rocks)
3:30 p.m.: Giraffes (Urban Jungle)
A pile of pin shavings to roll in, container puzzles with food hidden inside, and food-treat "treasure hunts" are just a few of the ways our keepers provide enrichment for our animals.
October 5 and 6: Elephant Odyssey and Northern Frontier
October 12 and 13: Discovery Outpost and Lost Forest
October 19 and 20: Outback and Urban Jungle
October 26 and 27: Asian Passage and Africa Rocks
Zoo Corps Discovery Stations
- Weekends only; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Queenslander House; Australian Outback
See what fun activities, artifacts, and props our teen Zoo Corps members have in store. Filled with enthusiasm and knowledge, they have a lot to share! Discover how you can make your backyard a habitat, learn about how we care for our animals, what everyone can do to help save wildlife, and more.
Zoo Characters Meet & Greet
Join Dr. Harry Lion, Churchill the Polar Bear, Monty Meerkat, and our other big, beloved costumed characters for high-fives, hugs, and pictures.
October 5 and 6: 10:30, 11:30 a.m.; 12:30, 1:30 p.m. (Boardwalk Beer Garden)
October 11 - 13: 5 to 9 p.m., continuous (Base of the Bashor Bridge elevators in Asian Passage)
October 18 - 20: 5 to 9 p.m., continuous(Base of the Bashor Bridge elevators in Asian Passage)
October 25 - 27: 5 to 9 p.m., continuous (Base of the Bashor Bridge elevators in Asian Passage)
Dr. Zoolittle Explores Australia
- October 5 and 6; Noon and 1 p.m.
- Boardwalk Beer Garden
Join our beloved and zany Dr. Zoolittle as he shares the wonders of animals from “Down Under”—it's fun for the whole family!
- 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (continuous showings)
- 4-D Theater (Northern Frontier)
*additional ticket required
Experience—with all your senses—the fast-paced, magical mayhem of Happy Family 4-D as the Wishbone family attempts to reverse the spell that an evil witch places on them.
Our popular event is growing this year, filling the last three weekends of October with glowing fun, giggles, and grins. Give Boolahoops a spin, bob to the beat among bubbles, marvel at acrobats, jugglers, and more. October 11-13; 18-20; and 25-27.