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Located at the Lower Entrance of the Zoo, the Wayne and Gladys Valley Children’s Zoo encourages children to learn through exploration and play.
PLEASE NOTE: The Petting Yard, Zimmer Bug House, and Reptile and Amphibian Discovery Room are temporarily closed.
Madagascar Trading Post
Madagascar Trading Post is located in the Wayne and Gladys Valley Children’s Zoo. Here you can snack on Dippin’ Dots, popcorn, and beverages. Enjoy them in the open space next to the play structure.
Open Weekends & Holidays
10:30 am–4:30 pm
Hours and days open subject to change.
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.
Visit the Petting Yard and gently pet the goats and sheep.
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!
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.
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.