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Kids are Free in October at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park

Kids are Free in October at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park

Kids under the age of eleven, are free every day in October at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park. Throughout the month, children can engage in fun activities, shows, and interact with hundreds of animals.

On October 5th and 6th at the Zoo, Fisher-Price presents Live from little People Place! It is a live musical show performed by your children’s favorite Little People characters. There will be a special meet-and-greet following the performances, and it is geared towards children under the age of five.

During Kids Free, daily activities at the Zoo include animal encounters, shows, special animal enrichment and educational activities. New at the Zoo is RIO: The 4-D Experience featuring the Zoo’s macaws and a 4-D movie, RIO: Rainforest Adventure. The 12-minute movie tells the tale of a gang of bird smugglers who capture the last two blue macaws on Earth, Blu and Jewel. Tickets ($6 per person or $5 for Zoo members) can be purchased at the Zoo entrance or at the theater.

Kids can take part in the Koala Club for Kids at the Australian Outback classroom where they can learn about and meet animals, color animal pictures, and pick up a map for a scavenger hunt around the Zoo. At the Koalafornia Boardwalk, Dr. Zoolittle’s show features the rain forest, with Zoo costumed characters posing for photos before each show. At Camp Critters at Wegeforth Bowl, a child will be chosen to participate in the fun-filled show featuring California sea lions and their animal friends.

Kids Free also features scheduled animal enrichment activities. Guests can look for an activity symbol located at various animal habitats and may catch an animal enjoying a special treat: a tiger gnawing on a bone, a meerkat playing in a pile of leaves, primates investigating gourds, an elephant taking a dust bath, a Galapagos tortoise eating a pumpkin or a jaguar enjoying an icy snack.

At the Safari Park, guests can enjoy Kids Free events every Saturday and Sunday that include animal shows, keeper talks, animal ambassador presentations, and crafts. Robert the Zebra talks to guests in a digital, animated form on a large screen where he can see the people who have come to visit. He asks questions, cracks jokes, talks about zebra life, and is very curious about humans. Robert also is celebrating his birthday the entire month of October so his interactions will include sing-a-longs and birthday fun! At Tiger Tales storytelling, families can enjoy a storybook reading followed by an animal presentation.

The San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park offer guests the chance to see animals, experience a day with family and friends, and learn how everyone can help animals through conservation. To make a visit to the Zoo and Park more engaging, families can download “101 Things to Do” at the Zoo and Park at for a list of activity suggestions for each visit.

Facts, photos and information provided on behalf of the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park

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