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A special place for 2 to 10 year olds
to explore and play

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 rain boots or water sandals!

If your little one is still in diapers, SWIM DIAPERS ARE REQUIRED.

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

coffee cup 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 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. 

Get up close and personal with one of our Education animal ambassadors. Animal Encounters are offered at at KidZone weather dependent.

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

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August Fun Day 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.  

August 1- Make flowers with your hand print

August 2- Let your imagination soar with the cardboard challenge

August  3- Part 2 of the cardboard challenge

August  4- Grab a friend and make them a friendship bracelet

August  5- Play in a different type of sand- moon sand

August  6- Paint your favorite animal using only your toes 

August  7- We love spirals found in nature

August  8- Make a giraffe

August  9- ROAR!! It's Lion Day at the Zoo

August 10- Join us in the mud cafe with mud s'mores

August  11- Create different designs with sand

August  12- Aloha!  Make a lei bracelet

August 13- Ribbet, ribbet.  Put on a puppet show with make and take frog finger puppets

August  14-Birds have different types of beaks. Show us your favorite beak

August 15- Sparkle painting

August  16- Help us celebrate Czar's birthday with Elephant tracks

August 17- Test your outdoor survival skills

August 18-Abracadabra! Magic wands

August 19-Zoom away with paper airplanes

August 20-Butterfly finger puppets

August 21-Get a little slimy with Oobleck

August 22-Chalk painting

August 23-Splatter paint with chalk

August 24-Make an instrument and create strange music

August 25-Make a nature collage

August 26-Cloud dough

August  27- Create art with bubbles

August 28- Float a boat

August 29- Build a tent and learn about camping

August 30- Create your favorite animal with thumbprint art

August 31-Nature prints

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