Family Activities

Arroyo Viejo Creek Clean Up

This program is temporarily on hold - stay tuned for updates. Come volunteer at Oakland Zoo's Arroyo Viejo Creek! Volunteers work on a variety of tasks and all projects are 100% outdoors!

All Ages
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Boo at the Zoo

Calling all ghosts, goblins, and witches - join us for Boo at the Zoo! Grab a program as you enter the Zoo and follow the clues on our self-guided scavenger hunt to trick-or-treat for animal trading cards throughout the Zoo. Remember to dress in costume (no inflatable costumes - they can scare the Zoo animals) when you visit and tag Oakland Zoo on social media to enter our Halloween costume contest!

October 22-31, 2022
Families
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Brunch for the Wild Bunch

Brunch for the Wild Bunch will return in Spring 2023! Thanks to all who participated and help raise money for Animal Care and the Reticulated Giraffe Project in Kenya! Enjoy the rare opportunity to place food around habitats before the animals go out for the day. Place produce for the elephants, hide seeds for the baboons, spread snacks for the sun bears, or toss treats around the grizzly yard. Love giraffe? Now is your chance to participate in a feeding!

Earth Agents 2022

As daunting as the environmental challenge is, we all have the ability to make change happen. Want to take the lead and do something inspiring? Become an Earth Agent Family! Earth Agents is a grassroots effort to engage our communities in helping our planet, empowering families with knowledge, tools, and the ability to inspire others in creating healthy habitats. Stay tuned for details about 2022!

Fall 2022
All Ages
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Family Concerts and Guest Performers

(Temporarily unavailable) 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.

Families
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Family Sundown Safari

This program is temporarily unavailable. 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, nighttime and morning activities, live animal presentations, s'mores, and a hot morning breakfast! This program is available to all families with children ages 4 and up. If you love nature, the Zoo, camping, and fun then this is the perfect program for you!

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Oakland ZooFari Overnight Experience

This program is temporarily unavailable. How would you like to see grizzly bears at night? Or hear wolves howling after dark? Oakland Zoo-Fari at the California Trail Clorox Foundation Overnight Experience offers an urban camping experience with after-dark activities, fun, and learning. This program is available to all families with children ages 8 and up.

Age 8–Adult
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Special Tours

*Docent-led Tours for ages 5 and up are temporarily unavailable* Tours are provided to children (ages 5 and up) as well as adults. For our visitors with disabilities or physical challenges, our Docents provide tours with specially-equipped electric carts. Most exhibits and areas of the Zoo are accessible to these tours. Reservations for docent tours must be made 2-3 weeks in advance.

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.

September 28, 2022 | October 5, 15, 19, 26, 2022 | November 2, 9, 16, 23, 26, 30, 2022 | December 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 28, 2022
Age 5–Adult
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Zoo@Home

Zoo@Home allows you to experience all the educational opportunities from the comfort of your home! Continue where you left off at school with grade level appropriate activities and lessons. Safely enjoy nature and the outdoors while learning more about local wildlife. Learn all about the zoo animals and ask those questions you've always wondered. Even become a Jr. Zookeeper by creating enrichment for your pets at home. New content added weekly!

Ongoing
Pre-K–12
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ZooKids

Registration now open for Wild About Primates! Does your little one love animals? ZooKids classes are a great way for children ages 5-6 to have a fun and educational adventure at the Zoo. Each program includes a mini zoo tour, craft, games, and animal close-up.

September 24, 2022
Pre-K–Kindergarten
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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!

By Request
All Ages
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