Activities are free with zoo admission except as noted. Subject to cancellation depending on the cooperation of weather and animals.


Daily Activities offered through September 30
*denotes fee-based activity


Ride the Historic Carousel*

9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Cost: $3 a ride (cash or card) in addition to zoo admission.

Enjoy rides on Woodland Park Zoo’s Historic Carousel with classic, hand-carved wooden carousel horses.

NOTE: The Historic Carousel closes to the public at 3:30 p.m. on ZooTunes concert days. It is open 4:30 - 8:00 p.m. for concert attendees only.

Family Farm Contact Area

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily

Is a goat soft? How does a sheep want to be touched? Pet some domestic farm animals and learn more about them in supervised areas at the Family Farm. Free with zoo admission.

Willawong Station Bird Feeding

The Bird Feeding Experience
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Free with zoo admission. Seed sticks: $2 each, cash only at the exhibit. Punch cards available at West and South Entrances: $10.00 for 6 sticks.

This popular walk-through bird feeding experience transports you to the world of the Australian parrot and grasslands habitat. Willawong Station is a fun opportunity for the whole family to get up close and feed birds in a controlled, safe environment while learning about responsible care for birds both in the wild and at home. The aviary includes approximately 100 free-flying birds, primarily small colorful Australian parrots.

Molbak’s Butterfly Garden

Molbak’s Butterfly Garden and Microsoft Pollinator Patio
Open May 24 - Sept. 2, 2019
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Free with zoo admission or membership

Take a walk among a variety of North American butterfly species in the zoo’s immersive Molbak’s Butterfly Garden. An arching tent structure encloses a landscape of approximately 3,000 square feet, and nearly 500 free-flying butterflies represent at least 15 species native to North America. The seasonal garden emphasizes both the fragility and resilience of nature through the display of what many consider to be among the most beautiful of natural expressions: butterflies and flowers. Guests will learn about the butterfly’s life cycle while watching new butterflies emerge from their chrysalises before flying free in the garden. Behind the Garden is the Microsoft Pollinator Patio where guests can enjoy a beautiful stroll among pollinator-friendly plants while learning how to help pollinators in their own backyard. The patio, open year-round, is full of ideas and actions guests can take on behalf of native pollinators such as hummingbirds, beetles, bees and flies.

Giraffe Up-close Experience

Giraffe Platform (across from the African Lion exhibit)
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. daily except Thursdays
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Cost: $5 per person, cash only; children 5 and under are free with paying adult.

What color is a giraffe’s tongue? How tall are giraffes? Meet Woodland Park Zoo’s giraffes up close on a raised platform in the African Savanna, and learn how you are saving giraffes in the wild. Photography encouraged.

Giraffe calf Hasani is waiting until he is a little older to participate in the experience. Hasani can be seen with the rest of the Giraffe herd on the African Savanna.

Live Trout Feeding

Penguin Exhibit
11:00 a.m. Fridays

Penguins may not look fast on the ground, but they are swift and agile swimmers.  Watch as our penguins demonstrate their expert fish-hunting abilities when keepers add buckets of live trout to their pool!

Rhino Encounter*

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. daily except Wednesdays

Cost: $10 per person, cash or card; children 5 and under are free with paying adult.

Meet the zoo’s rhinos Glenn and Taj up close in Assam Rhino Reserve, hear from rhino keepers about how they care for one of the zoo’s largest residents and learn how you can help save rhinos in the wild. Photography encouraged.

Tiger Gate Experience

11:00 a.m. Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays

How do keepers safely work with big, powerful animals? How do you get tigers to move over? Check their teeth and belly? Training is fun for animals and keepers alike and keeps them both safe and healthy—come and see how it works!

Sloth Bear Snack

1:30 p.m. daily, except Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Sloth bears are experts at finding bugs and other tasty goodies, and animal keepers are experts at preparing treats for bears.  What kind of fun treats will the bears have today?  Come and find out!

Get to Know the Gorillas

Location: Tropical Rain Forest

Make sure to stop by the gorilla exhibit and spend some quality time with the gorillas. Visit Kwame and Yola at the east gorilla exhibit in the afternoon.

Keeper Talks

10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. daily, times vary

Animal keepers provide exceptional care to all of the animals at the zoo, making sure they have everything they need to be healthy and happy. They also help save animals in the wild. Which animal keepers can you meet? See the kiosks for daily times and locations.

Ambassador Animals Program

Flights! Camera! Action!

Location: Wildlife Theater
11:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. daily except Wednesdays

Please be aware that there is no late entry to this program. The Wildlife Theater entrances close at the program start times.

There’s wildlife all around us! Come discover how Woodland Park Zoo is working hard to better understand urban wildlife, so animals and people can thrive side-by-side. You’ll marvel as raptors fly and show off their natural skills. Native mammals and pigs will make an appearance, too! Come hear inspiring stories of how Woodland Park Zoo saves animals and how you can help, too!



Appropriate for ages 0-8 years and their caregivers


Closure Notice

Zoomazium will be closed for annual maintenance Monday, September 23, 2019 through Thursday, September 26, 2019; and will reopen at 9:30 a.m. on September 27, 2019.


Play Inside Zoomazium

9:30 a.m. – closing, daily

Kids 8 and under and their caregivers love Zoomazium! The nature-themed indoor play space offers adventure and learning in a fun, safe and stimulating environment all year long. Here, kids can connect with animals and habitats through the natural language of childhood—play! Explore, climb and play. Enjoy daily programs for toddlers and older children. Free with zoo admission.

PROGRAM: Creature Feature

10:30 a.m., daily

Help our puppets tell a fun animal story! Who’s hatching out of that egg? Which animal friends get together to share breakfast? What animal wants to swap scales for feathers or fur? At the end of the story, meet one of our animal guests!

PROGRAM: Shake, Rattle and Roar

11:30 a.m., daily

Seattle’s wildest toddler dance party! Join the fun with music and shakers of all kinds.