Get excited kids, there’s a new play space in town… and it's going to be wild fun!

Our wild new Variety Children’s Zoo is now open!

Opening these school holidays, the Variety Children’s Zoo will be an amazing play space for kids filled with interactive areas that allow them to get closer than ever to some of the zoo’s most popular residents.

Complete with areas for children of all abilities to play and explore, the new Variety Children’s Zoo features things like balance beams and ladders for our charismatic goats, climbing branches for our friendly quokkas and a dedicated presentation area for keepers to share stories about their animal friends.

 

Located next to our ever-popular Nature’s Playground and connected via aerial walkways catering for all abilities, the Variety Children’s Zoo is a must-visit stop during your visit to Adelaide Zoo.

And parents? Drop your shoulders and relax. The new Variety Children’s Zoo is just a hop, skip and a jump from the Nature’s Playground and Wisteria Café. That’s right, kids can play and learn about wildlife while you grab your morning pick-me-up.

Opening on Saturday, 28 September 2019, the Variety Children’s Zoo is a must-visit these school holidays!

The Variety Children’s Zoo will be a no-brainer, fun-filled family day out!

Be among the first to experience Adelaide’s hottest new play space.

Everywhere you look something wild is happening: above you? Goats trot overhead. Under your feet? Keep an eye out for our gorgeous brood of friendly chickens and their musical instruments! In front of you? Information about how to care for your pets like never before.

With pop up activities and new animal presentations throughout the school holidays, there’s always something on at the new Variety Children’s Zoo!

So bring your little animals to meet ours and rub shoulders with the who’s who of the Variety Children’s Zoo!

Monday, 30 September 2019

  • 10am – 11.30am Wizard of Oz character visit

 

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

  • 10am Mr Oopy bubble show on the Central Lawns
  • 12pm Mr Oopy bubble show on the Central Lawns

 

Friday, 4 October 2019

  • 10:30am – 2:30pm Splodge Art & Craft activities at Nature’s Playground

 

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

  • 9:30am – 12:30pm Splash station – Collect your $2 reusable bottle from SA Water with all proceeds going towards enrichment for our goats at the Variety Children’s Zoo SA Water drink bottle refill
  • 10am – 1:30pm Cirkids visit & workshops (15min workshops)

 

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

  • 10am – 3pm Face Painting at Nature’s Playground

 

Friday, 11 October 2019

  • 10:30am – 2.30pm Splodge Art & Craft activities at Nature’s Playground

 

 

FREE Colouring Book!

We’re giving out FREE printed colouring books^ to kids visiting our new precinct these school holidays.

There’s only 5,000 up for grabs so get in early to collect yours before they’re all gone!

Can’t wait to get colouring? Download your copy here!

WIN an Animal Experience!

We’re so egg-cited about our new precinct, that we’re giving you the chance to WIN an Animal Experience.

Buy online & WIN

Simply purchase a One Day Pass or Two Zoos Pass online before Sunday, 13 October 2019 and you’ll automatically go into the draw to WIN*!

A new winner will be drawn on each day of the spring school holidays, so buy early to increase your chances of winning.

Visit Adelaide Zoo & WIN

All cub and child members who visit our brand new precinct these school holidays will automatically go into the draw to WIN their entire family an exclusive, never-before-offered Junior Keeper experience at the new Variety Children’s Zoo**.

3 lucky runner-ups will also WIN an Animal Experience** at Adelaide Zoo!

Why the Variety Children’s Zoo should be at the top of your must-visit list!

We’ll reveal the entire kit and caboodle when we open in late September, but for now here’s a sneak peak to get you excited.

Dedicated presentations to delight and educate

With a dedicated presentation area, kids can see what it takes to develop trusting relationships with our animal friends, and how they can use these techniques to enrich the lives of their pets at home.

 

Goat rock climbing and two storey walkways

Our charismatic goats love getting up high and testing their fantastic balance skills, something that makes them incredibly well suited to their mountainous homes in the wild. By making sure the new play space features things like balance beams, seesaws, ladders or even trampolines, we’re making sure our goats are encouraged to think harder about navigating their environment, keeping them active and healthy and encouraging natural behaviours.

 

Swinging chickens!

Chickens are highly intelligent animals and you might have seen our brood making music with xylophones put there by their keepers. On top of making music, our cheeky chickens will also get enrichment out of a specially-designed chicken swing. These special birds will learn to operate the swing themselves and exercise their balance skills in the process.

 

Be the Face!

Step into our incredible new Variety Children’s Zoo and say “I supported this and my picture is here to prove it”.

If you were part of our ‘Be the Face’ campaign and uploaded a photo of your child, grandchild, loved one or pet you can soon see these lovely faces etched into Adelaide Zoo’s history for years to come!

Goat

^Only 1 book per child. While stocks last.
*Promoter is Zoos SA, Adelaide Zoo Frome Rd, Adelaide SA 5000. Promotional period 16/09/19 – 13/10/19. Prizes include brief animal encounter experiences at Adelaide Zoo Including: Inspect an Insect to the value of $30; Tree kangaroo Encounter to the value of $40. One experience prize drawn each day from 28/9- 13/10/19. To enter participants must have purchased a new general admission ticket or 2 Zoos Pass in the promotional period online at Zoossa.com.au or Adelaidezoo.com.au. Winners will be notified via message/call within 7 days of the draw. Prizes can only be redeemed outside of South Australian school holidays subject to availability. Visit Zoossa.com.au for full terms and conditions.
**Promoter is Zoos SA, Adelaide Zoo Frome Rd, Adelaide SA 5000. Promotional period 28/09/19 – 13/10/19. First prize includes an exclusive Junior Keeper experience at the new Variety Children’s Zoo for a family of five (2 adults & 3 children). Runner-up prizes include brief animal encounter experiences at Adelaide Zoo Including: Inspect an Insect to the value of $30; Tree kangaroo Encounter to the value of $40. To enter participants must be a current Zoos SA cub or child member and must have visited Adelaide Zoo within the promotional period. Winners will be notified via message/call within 7 days of the draw. Prizes can only be redeemed outside of the South Australian school holidays subject to availability. Visit Zoossa.com.au for full terms and conditions.

Keeper Hayley made this incredible Pygmy Blue-tongue cake for the #TSBakeoff, complete with the spider burrows thes… https://t.co/jTG6sWpSmS

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