The North Carolina Zoo is temporarily suspending operations
effective March 17 until further notice. More information.
Free! (No Additional Fee)
Stream: We have a stream for your kids to jump and splash around in. Don't forget your rain boots or water sandals! If your little one is still in diapers, SWIM DIAPERS ARE REQUIRED.
Fort Making: We are continuing to build forts in the woods behind the barn. How good are your knot tying and shelter building skills?
Mud Cafe: Skip on over to the Mud Cafe to order up a serving of crunchy blueberry pancakes for breakfast or grilled cheese and dirt for lunch. Think outside the sink and help us conserve water when rinsing our dishes. Don't forget to tip your cook!
Treetop Trail: Enjoy seeing the Zoo from a crow's-eye view from The Treetop Trail. This is the only place within Kidzone that we ask you to walk, NOT run or bounce, on the bridge. Bouncing can buckle your knees and cause injury.
Animal Encounters: Get up close and personal with one of our Education animal ambassadors. Animal Encounters are offered at Kidzone weather-dependent.
We invite you to host your own Nature Play Day in your local community. Take advantage of our Resource Packet to plan your event. If you would like to have the Zoo participate in your Nature Play Day contact us at 336.879.7715 or email.
Protect the earth for tomorrow by playing in nature today!
Kidzone is still part of the movement to reconnect children with nature. Kids don't spend nearly as much time outside now as their parents and especially their grandparents did when they were children. With the growing issues in our environment, a connection with the natural world is essential to preserving the wild places all the Zoo animals represent. Our hope is that kids who connect with nature grow into adults who care for nature. So, be sure to get outside in your own backyard and enjoy the outdoors throughout the seasons...don't forget to dress appropriately! Take advantage of some of these ideas for backyard play.
For more information about Kidzone, contact the Zoo education office by email.