Kids Free in October
Throughout the month of October, kids ages 11 and younger receive free admission (when accompanied by an adult - separate form of entry required). We've got special fun planned for the weekends, so go wild and join us over and over again! Kids Free admission in October 2018 includes the Skyfari Tram Ride – no separate ticket needed! Standard child rider policies apply. Kids can ride the Guided Bus or Kangaroo Bus for $5. Please purchase bus tickets at the Zoo.
Dr. Zoolittle and Friends Explore AustraliaLocation: Koalafornia Boardwalk
Times: Weekends only: Noon and 1 p.m.
The San Diego Zoo’s own zany Dr. Zoolittle and his zoo character friends share stories and smiles as they discover the wonderful animals from “Down Under.”
Stop by for a show that’s fun for the whole family!
Times: 5 to 8 p.m. on October 26, 27, and 28
Join us for a colorfully creepy celebration October 26 through 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. The Zoo will be all aglow with activities and entertainment: a DJ spinning spooktacular tunes for everyone to dance to among bursts of bubbles, acrobats, jugglers, a cupcake walk, and more. Kids are free for this event, and may wear costumes according to our guidelines.
Zoo Character Meet and GreetLocation: Africa Rocks
Times: Weekends only; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Join Dr. Harry Lion, Bamboo Panda, Churchill the Polar Bear, and our other big, beloved zoo characters for high-fives, hugs, and pictures.
Beast TreatsLocation: Various Locations
Times: Check map for times.
A pile of pine shavings to roll in, scents daubed on stumps and stones, container puzzles with food hidden inside, and treat “treasure hunts” are just some of the ways our animal keepers provide enrichment for our zoo animals. The fun for visitors is watching the animals in action! Look for the special items at various exhibits in these Zoo zones, on these dates:
Oct. 6 and 7 – Elephant Odyssey and Northern Frontier
Oct. 13 and 14 – Discovery Outpost and Lost Forest
Oct. 20 and 21 – Outback and Urban Jungle
Oct. 27 and 28 – Panda Canyon, Asian Passage, and Africa Rocks
Discovery StationLocation: Queenslander House Classroom
Times: Weekends only; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
See what artifacts, props, and fun our Zoo Corps members have in store. Discover how you can make your backyard a habitat, learn about how we care for our animals, find out what everyone can do to help save wildlife, and more!
Zoo Treasure Hunt
Pick up a special map and follow the clues to discover some of the Zoo’s wildlife treasures. List them all and get a prize!
Maps available weekdays at Guest Services, weekends at the Queenslander House at the Koala exhibit.