elephant jumping into pool with large number of pool noodles
April 6–21


Presented by National University

Come Join the Fun

Shake off those winter blues and make some memories with animal encounters, the Easter Bunny, and more!



Dr. Zoolittle

Dr. Zoolittle Springs into Springtime

  • 1, 2, 4, and 5 p.m.
  • Africa Rocks Stage

Grab a seat and get ready to grin as our zany Dr. Z shares the wonders of spring and fun for all.

4-D Theater

4-D Theater: Smallfoot

  • Continuous from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • 4-D Theater in Northern Frontier

An extraordinary adventure for all ages, Smallfoot 4-D Experience turns myth upside down when a bright young yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human!

Easter eggs

Easter Bunny Photos

  • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Panda Pagoda in Asian Passage

Meet Peter or Paula Cottontail and capture the moment with a photo—say “carrot!” 

Ring-tailed lemur with mouth open.

San Diego Zoo Rock Radio 201.8

  • 11 a.m. to 6 pm.

Enjoy the atmosphere spun by our lively DJ—tunes a poppin' and beats a boppin'!


A young girl and boy looking at flamingos.

Zoo Treasure Hunt

  • All day

Looking for Zoo treasures? Pick up a Treasure Hunt guide from Guest Services and follow the clues! Take your completed page to the San Diego Zoo Kids Store when you're finished, and pick up a prize.

Zoo educator holding an ambassador animal eating a peanut.

Animal Encounters

  • Various

Get a special look at some of our animal ambassadors as trainers share fun facts about each one.

10:30 a.m.: Front Street Stage
11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.: Africa Rocks Stage

African penguins

Meet the Experts

  • Various
  • See Zoo map for locations

Find out more about some of our animals from the pros who know them best: our expert zookeepers and the always entertaining Dr. Zoolittle. This is a special kind of experience that lives long in hearts and minds.

9:45 a.m. Gorillas
10 a.m. Turtles
11 a.m. Orangutans
11:45 a.m. Tree climbing demonstration and plant chat
Noon Elephants
12:15 p.m. Tasmanian devils
12:30 p.m. Baboons
12:30 p.m. Reindeer
12:45 p.m. Lemurs
1 p.m. Polar bears
1:30 p.m. Horse, burro, or camel 
1:30 p.m. Okapis
2:15 p.m. Gibbons
3:15 p.m. Penguins
3:15 p.m. Giraffes

A pair of hands holding a small potted plant.

Plant Sale

  • 10 a.m. Weekends only: April 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, and 21
  • Mercado

Stop by and pick out some Zoo-grown treasures to take home. A horticulturist will be on hand to help you choose the best plant for your growing conditions and needs, and answer questions.



We've cooked up some special additions to our menus, just for your Yaycation. They're only available for a limited time—don't let your taste buds miss out on the Yacation yum!

Front Street Café: Baja Wrap

Safari Kitchen: Safari Spring Chicken Sandwich

Sandwich Company: Coffee Float; Agua Fresca

Lagoon Terrace: Elotes (corn)

Hua Mei Cafe: Asian Grilled Wrap

Panda Pagoda: Frozen Banana

The Bridge: Chubby Unicorn Funnel Cake; Dino Funnel Cake

Treetops Café: Spring Salad

Sabertooth Grill: Chili w/Cornbread; Stuffed Bell Peppers

Sydney's Grill: S'mores Sundae; Strawberry Sundae

The private, nonprofit National University, which sponsors Yaycation, has been a valued philanthropic partner of San Diego Zoo Global, providing support in recent years for various educational programming including the San Diego Zoo Global Teacher Workshops as well as the installation of the San Diego Zoo Kids channel at University Children’s Hospital in San Antonio, Texas.. To learn more about National University and their 100+ higher education degree programs, visit NU.edu

Child's tiger facemark, adult koala mask, child's polar bear.

Face Masks

In Child and Adult sizes!
Amahle the hippo calf in her pool.


Knockaround. Image of giraffe and giraffe pattern sunglasses.

Polarized Giraffe Sunglasses ($30)

Hotel with pool
Creature Comforts