Activities, Programs, and Overnights for Kids and Families

Oakland Zoo offers a wide variety of interactive and fun activities for children and families. Birthday parties, movie nights, live animal encounters, and overnights; there's something for everyone in the family to enjoy. You and your family can spend time together being silly, learning about animals and conservation, helping nature, and just playing around outdoors. Oakland Zoo is the perfect outdoor day-trip for families in the East Bay and Bay Area.

Animal Encounters at Clorox Wildlife Theater

Education staff and volunteers lead fun interactive animal-themed activities with live animals. Animal Encounters is hosted on Saturdays and Sundays only, and presentations are weather dependent.

Animal Feedings

Ever wonder what our animals eat? Or how much they eat? Stop by the animal's exhibit during a feeding time to find out. See our feeding schedule for specific times.

Birthday Parties

Go wild for your birthday! Whether you're looking for a picnic style party or an educational birthday party program, Oakland Zoo offers a variety of fun party packages.

Creek Programs

Oakland Zoo is looking for dedicated volunteers who love nature, want to learn more about creek habitats, and who don't mind getting a little dirty. So grab your garden gloves and join our amazing teem of volunteers who are part of Arroyo Viejo Creek Restoration Project.

Family Overnights

Go on Safari in Oakland! Family Sundown Safari is a hands-on educational summer program for families with children ages 4 and up. Bring your tent and sleep out underneath the stars. Your family will never forget their incredibly fun and unique campout at Oakland Zoo.

Live Animal Pathway Encounters

We are in the process of developing this new program. Be sure to check back soon for more information.

Parent’s Day/Night Out

Hey parents, looking to have some time away without the kids? Why not bring them to us while you enjoy a few hours to yourselves?

Special Events at Chlorox Wildlife Theater

From time to time, the Zoo hosts special events for children and adults of all ages. Please see our Calendar of Events to find out what special events are happening this month.

Teddy Bear Tea

Your child and his or her favorite stuffie are cordially invited to join us for a morning of snacks, tea and lemonade, and learning about animals in the wild. Each special program will give you the chance to learn all about and make a treat for our sun bears or their Zoo neighbors.

Weekend Workshops

We are in the process of developing this new program. Be sure to check back soon for more information.

Wild & Green Family Camp

For all those adults who have dreamed of joining your child at ZooCamp, your wish has been granted! Celebrate the wild child in all of us and nurture your families' passion for nature. The Zoo welcomes the entire family for a week of nature walks, zoo tours, animal close-ups, stories, crafts, science activities and special projects. This program is part of Summer ZooCamp which runs from mid-June to mid-August each year.

ZooKids

Does your little one love animals? ZooKids classes are a great way for children age 4-5 to have a fun and educational adventure at the Zoo. Each program includes a mini zoo tour, craft, games, animal close-up, and snack.

Zoovie Nights

Put on your jammies and enjoy an evening of animal close-ups and a bonus Zoovie movie with the whole family.

Please see our policy on photos or video that may be taken during our programs.

Family Activities

Animal Feedings

Birthday Parties

Creek Programs

Events at Wildlife Theater

Family Overnights

Pathway Encounters

Programs at Wildlife Theater

Teddy Bear Tea

Weekend Workshops

Wild & Green Family Camp

ZooKids

Zoovie Nights

School Programs

Community & Group Programs

Teen Programs

ZooCamps


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