Family Activities

Arroyo Viejo Creek Clean Up

Come volunteer at Oakland Zoo's Arroyo Viejo Creek! Volunteers work on a variety of tasks and all projects are 100% outdoors!

September 21, 2019 | October 5, 2019
All Ages
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Boo at the Zoo

Stroll the Zoo in costume and follow the clues on your program to get your goodie bag full of yummy treats. Ride the spooky boo train and join the dance party. Plus, get your face painted, make treats for the animals, participate in hands-on Halloween themed activities, and see how the animals at Oakland Zoo celebrate Halloween. Kids in costumes receive a free ride ticket.

October 26-27, 2019
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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 SPOOKfari

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

October 26-27, 2019
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Oakland Zoo-Fari!

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.

Summer 2020 dates posted in March 2020
All Ages
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Special Tours

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 four weeks in advance.

By Request
All Ages
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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.

Stay tuned for dates!
Age 8–Adult
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World Giraffe Day

Come join us in celebrating the Sixth Annual “World Giraffe Day” at Oakland Zoo! Learn about Oakland Zoo's giraffe population and giraffe in Africa. Participate in activities like giraffe feedings and special prize drawings to help these animals in the wild.

June 21, 2020
All Ages
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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.

Stay tuned for 2019 Fall Dates
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. Stay tuned for more details!

December 6-31, 2019 | January 1-5, 2020
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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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