• Kidzone Play stream

    Kidzone play stream will be closed for the season along with the water in mud cafe. Thank you.

Year Round
Weekly Schedule

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.



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.  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 on 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 to have the Zoo participate in your Nature Play Day contact us at 336.879.7777 or email


Play Matters  

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.


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