Wayne and Gladys Valley Children's Zoo

Located at the Lower Entrance of the Zoo, the Wayne and Gladys Valley Children’s Zoo encourages children to learn through exploration and play.

Animals and Attractions


Clorox Wildlife Theater

Goat and Sheep Barn

Goldman Bat Exhibit

Guinea Hogs



Reptile and Amphibian House

River Otters


Zimmer Bug House

Meet Our Animals

Chow Time

Animal Feeding Times


1:15 p.m.

1:30 p.m.



Mon, Wed (Apr–Oct)

2:45 p.m.



1:15 p.m.

1:30 p.m.



Saturday (Apr–Oct)

2:45 p.m.



Madagascar Trading Post

Madagascar Trading Post is located in the Wayne and Gladys Valley Children’s Zoo. Here you can buy sandwiches, ice cream, snacks, and beverages. Enjoy them in the open space next to the play structure. Open daily Memorial Day through November 1, weekends only the rest of the year.

See what the Children's Zoo has in store for you.

Explore and Play


Discover and follow animal footprints as they meander through the Zoo; where will they lead? Dig in the sand alligators; what will you find? Quietly search the Reptile and Amphibian room; what will you hear? Watch the otters swim and play in the Otter Den, see what it feels like to crawl through a tortoise shell, hop across the Lily Pad Pond, uncover ancient life-sized fossils, and cross the wooden rope bridge to see the lemurs relaxing in the sun. Don’t forget to stop by the play structure and climb on the spiderweb.

Contact Yard

Please see Admissions page for Contact Yard hours

Visit the Contact Yard and gently pet the goats and sheep.

Live Animal Encounters

As you make your way through the zoo have an experience like no other. Meet one of our staff or docents while they bring around small animals for you to have an up close encounter!

Clorox Wildlife Theater

Find out what’s on the stage of the Clorox Wildlife Theater! You may find a live animal encounter, Zoo Trivia hosted by our Teen Wild Guides, or a fun family performance to sit and enjoy.

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Teen Wild Guides

While exploring and playing in the Children's Zoo, you might come see a group of teens roving with artifacts or stationed near an animal. These amazing volunteers are our Teen Wild Guides.

See what's on the horizon.


Summer ZooCamp

Thanks for another amazing summer of ZooCamp!

2019 Dates Coming Soon!

Pre-K, Kindergarten, Elementary School, Middle School, High School

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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.

Stay tuned for more dates!


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Oakland Zoo actively supports conservation programs for lemurs.

Conservation Partner

P.O. Box 5238

9777 Golf Links Road Oakland, CA 94605