A nature-inspired indoor play space for kids 8 years and younger

Summer Hours: Open Daily* 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (May 27 - September 2, 2024)

*unexpected changes may occur due to staff availability  

Zoomazium Hours

Open Daily* 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

*unexpected changes may occur due to staff availability  

July 2024 exceptions to our regular hours:

  • Friday, July 12: Closed
  • Thursday, July 18: Closing at 1 p.m.
  • Friday, July 19: Closing at 1 p.m.

*unexpected changes may occur due to staff availability, updated June 24, 2024



About Zoomazium

Zoomazium is an indoor, all-weather facility that incorporates spectacular multimedia features with fun, interactive nature-themed areas devoted to play and learning for children from birth to eight (8) years of age (though all ages and abilities are welcome!) All of the exhibits within Zoomazium have been designed for whole-bodied, imaginative play, as well as integration with existing zoo programs.

The building is divided into several play areas, including active spaces for exploratory play, a stage for theatrical demonstrations, storytelling, puppet shows and video presentations, and a opportunities guided learning. What could be more fun than exploring a mountain cave, crossing a rope bridge in the tree canopy, discovering what lies beneath a savanna water hole or even climbing a 20-foot tree?! All this and more are awaiting discovery for young children interested in nature.


Creature Feature

in Zoomazium

10:30 a.m. Thursdays*

Join Zoomazium staff for an original puppet story and then meet a scaled, sleek or shelled animal friend in person! A great opportunity for young children to meet an animal up close and personal. 
*unexpected cancelations may occur due to staff availability


Play in Zoomazium 

Zoomazium provides opportunities for sensory seeking children, including activities to support language development, motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interactions. Sensory support tools are available daily, including fidgets, textured items, headphones, sunglasses, compression vests, and weighted items. To learn more about play in Zoomaiuzm and to plan your visit, we suggest using the Zoomazium Social Story


Low Sensory Fridays

On Fridays, Zoomazium provides modifications to reduce sensory stimulation to create a quieter and calmer environment for children with sensory sensitivities and their families. Here are some of the modifications you will find in Zoomazium. 

  • Background noises are reduced 
  • Strangler Fig tree is closed to reduce noise
  • Exhibit lights are adjusted to lower settings
  • Mountain projectors show a still image instead of moving video 

Rain or Shine Play Time

Featured Activity

Calm Critters

Take a moment today to slow down and appreciate all your feelings! Nature is a great place to calm your body and mind.



Download Previous Activities

Nature Patterns
Listening Walk
In Search of Winter Snacks

Virtual Backpacks


These virtual backpacks are activity packets designed for caregivers and their children to use while visiting the zoo. They are modeled after the physical backpacks we used to have available in Zoomazium.



Our Mission

Woodland Park Zoo saves wildlife and inspires everyone to make conservation a priority in their lives.

Land Acknowledgment

Woodland Park Zoo recognizes that these are the lands of the Tribal signatories of the Treaty of Point Elliott. We acknowledge their stewardship of this place continues to this day and that it is our responsibility to join them to restore the relationship with the living world around us.

5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103   |  206.548.2500  |   zooinfo@zoo.org

Association of Zoos & Aquariums
Seattle Parks & Recreation
Humane Certification