Family Activities

Arroyo Viejo Creek Clean Up

Come volunteer at Oakland Zoo's Arroyo Viejo Creek! Volunteers work on a variety of tasks that may include: picking up garbage, pulling invasive species, spreading mulch, moving materials, cleaning signage or planting native plants. The projects are 100% outdoors!

October 20, 2018 | November 17, 2018 | December 15, 2018

Adults, Families

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Boo at the Zoo

Stroll the Zoo in costume and collect yummy treats. Ride the spooky boo train and join the dance party. Plus, get your face painted, make treats for the animals, and see how the animals at Oakland Zoo celebrate Halloween. Kids in costumes receive a free ride ticket.

October 27 & 28, 2018

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Family Concerts and Guest Performers

Hop, dance or stroll on over and join us for a family-friendly event like no other. See our upcoming list and plan to be a part of the fun.

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Family Sundown Safari

Grab your tent, sleeping bag, your family, and a few friends and get ready for an overnight adventure at Oakland Zoo. This unique program includes dinner, a nighttime and morning guided tour of the Zoo, a special behind the scenes, live animal presentations, interactive and educational activities, a Wildlife Theater show with Storyteller Suellen Primost and the Nylon Zoo, a hot morning breakfast, and s’mores!
This program is available to all families. If you love nature, the Zoo, camping, and fun; this is the perfect program for you!

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Family Sundown SPOOKfari

Get ready for an eerie overnight experience with the family, full of fun, Halloween themed activities!

October 27 to 28, 2018

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Veterinary Hospital Tours

Take your next Zoo visit to a whole new level by touring our state-of-the-art Veterinary Hospital. This behind-the-scenes tour will take you through a facility designed to accommodate all current and future animals at Oakland Zoo, from small birds to large camels and grizzly bears. It features radiology and surgical suites, a small laboratory, a pharmacy, wide transportation docks, and LEED Gold certification.

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College, Adults, Families

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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.

September 22 & 29, 2018 | October 13 & 20, 2018 | November 10 & 17, 2018 | January 12 & 19, 2018 | February 9 & 16, 2018 | March 9 & 16, 2018 | April 13 & 27, 2019 | May 11 & 18, 2019

Pre-K–Kindergarten

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ZooLights

Experience the zoo in a new light! Soar over the Oakland hills in our festively-lit gondolas and see the entire Bay Area like never before!

December 7-23, 26-31, 2018 | January 1-6, 2019

Families

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ZooMobile

Discover the Wonders of the World's Wildlife with a ZooMobile Program! Bring the zoo to you in a variety of ways. A myriad of ZooMobile outreach programs have been tailored to meet the needs of your group!

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Pre-K, Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Adults, Families

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Zoovie Nights

*ALL 2018 ZOOVIE NIGHTS ARE SOLD OUT, THANK YOU!*
Put on your jammies and enjoy an evening of animal close-ups and a bonus Zoovie movie with the whole family. Bring your pillows, blankets, and chairs and snuggle up in our auditorium as Roosevelt, our costumed alligator mascot, introduces you to some of our nocturnal Education animals. After that, enjoy a specially selected animal or nature themed movie. Hot chocolate (with marshmallows, of course) and popcorn will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own treats and traditional family movie fare.

September 22 (SOLD OUT), 2018 | November 2 (SOLD OUT), 2018

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P.O. Box 5238

9777 Golf Links Road Oakland, CA 94605