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March 3rd - October 31st
Weekly Schedule

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

Free with admission


Location: Near North America Plaza

Nature Play Areas

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. The stream is open seasonally.

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 over to the Mud Cafe to order up a serving of crunchy blueberry pancakes for breakfast or grilled cheese and dirt for lunch. Don't forget to tip your cook! Or try your aim at mud-slinging! We have a tub of sticky mud and a target for you to try to hit.

Treetop Trail: Open

Nature Play Days

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 the Zoo participate in your Nature Play Day contact us at 336.879.7777 or email

Nature Play Day Resource Packet

Support for Play Handout


Play Matters  

Protect the earth for tomorrow by playing in nature today!

Kidzone is designed to connect children with nature. Kids today don't spend 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.



Children walking down the Kidzone Tree Top trail

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