Kids Free in October


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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.


  • Sugar glider
    Dr. Zoolittle and Friends Explore Australia
    Location: 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!

  • Purple glowing jack-o-lantern

    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.

    HalGLOWeen entertainment and activities ▸

  • Kids posing with San Diego Zoo costume characters.
    Zoo Character Meet and Greet
    Location: 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.

Animal Experiences

  • Giant panda playing with enrichment papier-mâché balloon.
    Beast Treats
    Location: 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


  • koala hanging from branch
    Discovery Station
    Location: 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!

  • Young girl looking into penguin exhibit.
    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.