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KidZone is open daily from 9 am- 4:30 pm 

The stick structure Ready or Not, was designed and built by Patrick Dougherty with the help of zoo staff and volunteers.

kidZone Stick Art Entrance


Nature Play Areas

We've added and updated some of the play areas for your kids to get the most out of their play. 

stream pictureWe've added a stream for your kids to jump and splash around in.  Don't forget your rainboots or water sandals!

We are continuing to build forts in the woods behind the barn.  How good are your knot tying and shelter building skills?forts


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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!

Treetop trails


Enjoy seeing the park from a crows eye view from The Treetop Trails.  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. 


What are you waiting for? Come Play With Us! Stop on by and find out what else you can do here at KidZone!

Pre-School Programs

Pre-School Summer Camps

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April  Fun Days Activities 2014
Join us as we play and explore!  All activities and entrance into the KidZone play area are FREE with the price of zoo admission and registration is not required. Play leaders will be stationed around KidZone with all the materials.

Wednesday 2nd- Create on our new chalk wall and the rest of KidZone. Try some exploding chalk!

Thursday 3rd - Try a new experiment!  Make a Mr Potato head with growing hair to take home.

Friday 4th - Join us in the mud café for

a marvelous muddy tea party. Under new management!

Saturday 5th -  Ready for some pond dipping? Lets explore the wildlife pond!

Sunday 6th - Let’s make boats! Come race your friends in our new stream!

Wednesday 9th - Make some glamorous and cool Jewelry. Let make North Carolina Zoo the  trendiest around!

Thursday 10th - Get messy and creative! Come try some water color painting.

Friday 11th - Let’s have a Bubbalicious day! Come play with bubbles in KidZone!

Saturday 12th - Wiggly for Worms? Come dig and search for wormscoffee cup mud cafe in our mud café and learn some fun facts. Let’s get messy!

Sunday 13th - Make some fun instruments out of recycled materials and help us celebrate Earth Day!

Thursday 17th -  Cool off in the new stream and have  a wild time! Splash!

Friday 18th  -Celebrate the run up to Easter by creating egg-cellent Mosaic Easter eggs.

Saturday 19th - Come join us on the KidZone’s very own Easter egg hunt!

Sunday 20th - Happy Easter! Let’s Hunt for Easter Eggs, can you follow the clues?

Wednesday 23rd - Don’t you just love a bit of drama? Come raid the dressing up area!

Thursday 24th - Ooey, gooey, squishy and squashy! Let's make and get messy in slime!

Friday 25th - Snap, crackle and pop! Let get creative and messy with some Pop rock paint and Mud painting.

Saturday 26th - Take on a new challenge! Can you build the tallest structure?

Sunday 27th - Come make some pet rocks and bottle top magnets! Super cute!

Nature Play Days

kids at playWe 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.

Nature Play Day Resource Packet

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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...  Backyard Play  

For more information about kidZone, contact the Zoo education office by email

Learn more about connecting children and nature with these resources:girls fort