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


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


Ride the Historic Carousel*

9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Monday-Friday;
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Weekends & Holidays

$3 a ride in addition to zoo admission

Enjoy rides on the classic, hand-carved wooden carousel horses.

Willawong Station Bird Feeding

The walk-through bird experience
9:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m. daily

Entry to Willawong Station is free with zoo admission.
*Seed sticks are available weekends, holidays and school breaks for $2 each, cash only.

This popular walk-through bird feeding experience transports you to the world of the Australian 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. Entrance free with zoo admission.

Penguin Feeding Experience*

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (or until the fish run out!), daily

Feed our tuxedo-clad birds! For $5, feed the zoo's Humboldt penguins a handful of tasty fish and experience these endangered birds hand to beak. Feeding is subject to cancellation due to weather or penguins' appetites.

Baby Gorilla Yola and Family

Location: Tropical Rain Forest, Gorilla exhibit
12:30 p.m. - closing, daily, weather dependent

Visit Yola and family: mom Nadiri, silverback Leo and playmate Akenji. Use #GrowWithYola to share your photos and stories to help us build the ultimate digital scrapbook together.

Ambassador Animals Program

Earn Your Wings

Location: Wildlife Theater
Starts Nov. 1, 2017 | 2:00 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays

A newcomer wants to join the raptor flight program. The problem? She doesn’t fly! Visit the newly renovated Wildlife Theater (formerly raptor flight yard) for the new program, Earn Your Wings. Watch birds such as hawks, owls and vultures fly closely overhead while learning about their natural history and conservation status. As for the newcomer, watch as she runs right by—will she earn her wings?  

Penguin Keeper Talk

2:00 p.m., Saturdays & Sundays

Desert penguins? Visit with our outstanding keepers and learn how Humboldt penguins live on land and at sea.



Appropriate for ages 0-8 years and their caregivers


Play Inside Zoomazium

9:30 a.m. – closing, daily

Kids 8 and under and their caregivers love Zoomazium! The indoor, nature 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! Crawl through a hidden cave. Climb a giant strangler fig tree. 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 a real, live zoo animal! 

PROGRAM: Shake, Rattle and Roar

11:30 a.m., daily

Join a toddler dance party with fun animal music and shakers of all kinds.