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Most programs require advance reservations and have a fee associated with the experience.


A Birthday Party at the Kansas City Zoo guarantees a hassle-free party for every host and a wild time for every guest! There are 3 packages geared toward children 3- 10 yrs of age.  Learn More      Book now

Scout Programs

The Zoo offers Scout workshops and overnights for Daisy, Tigers, Brownies, Bears, Juniors, and Webelos. These 2-hour workshops are exciting ways for scouts to begin (but not necessarily complete) badge requirements through cool craft projects, fun games and unique, interactive animal experiences. Learn more   Choose your date


Everything your family, scout troop, or organization wants in a Zoo sleepover at the right price. Discover the Zoo’s ambassador animals then explore the Zoo after hours and see what the animals do at night (weather permitting). We offer overnights in the public space of our polar bear or penguin exhibits, or pitch a tent in our African campground for a true safari! (Minimum age is 6 years old) Learn more   Choose your date

Day Camps

The Kansas City Zoo offers a number of camps year-round for all ages! Our camps are a great way to experience animals and all the Zoo has to offer including science experiments, crafts, and so much more.  Learn more   Choose your date

Guided Tours

For a unique perspective of the Zoo, take an exclusive tour with one of our highly trained education staff or volunteers. Choose an area of the Zoo, and begin your adventure!  Learn more  Book now

Keeper for a Day

Do you have what it takes to be an animal keeper? Spend a day with Zoo Staff doing everything from cleaning exhibits and preparing diets to learning the basics of animal handling and educating visitors about conservation.  Learn More

Elephant In The Classroom 

This course connects 2nd grade Science, Literacy and Math objectives through Life Science Education. All educators are welcome, but activities focus on 2nd grade Science, Math and Literacy.

This course will provide teachers an excellent opportunity to explore ways to incorporate Life Science education into the classroom. Through project-based learning, tours, behind-the-scenes with zookeepers, group activities and discussions, teachers will learn how Science, Math, and Language Arts apply to the careers needed to manage a captive animal population. All of the lessons align with the Common Core State Standards in English, Language Arts, and Math.

Elephant In The Classroom runs June 30 through July 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Zoo Learning Center at the Kansas City Zoo. Instructors will be Debra Ryder, M.S. and Sara Pittman, M.S. both of the Kansas City Zoo. Optional Continuing Education credit through UMKC School of Education is available. UMKC registration paperwork for the 2 credit hours will be available on the first day of class. Learn More     Register 

When Science Attacks (Homeschool)

Join us for our When Science Attacks homeschool classes. Each class will include a small tour, activities, possibly an animal encounter, and a take home activity, not to mention the opportunity to engage with our professional Zoo Educators on a variety of topics.  Learn more


Science Adventure Club

Join our preschool science hour for ages 3-5 and their chaperone. Each week we highlight an animal related topic with songs, stories, crafts, animal encounter, and a brief science/animal lesson. Plus every session includes a carousel ride (weather permitting). Wednesdays or Thursdays at 11:00 a.m.  Learn more

Goodnight Zoo

Enjoy a night of exploration stations, songs, educational games and activities, themed lessons, crafts, snack, and animal encounters at the zoo. You can wear your jammies and even bring your favorite stuffed animal. Each child (3-5 year olds) must be accompanied by an adult. $20 per child & $5 per adult. Select Friday evenings from 6pm-8pm. Choose your date and register today.  

Zoomobiles (Off-site Programs)

The Kansas City Zoo offers a new adventure every day. And now, we can bring the adventure to you! Take advantage of our unique Kansas City Zoomobile, dedicated to delivering Zoo programs for all. With a large variety of exciting and interactive programs, the Zoomobile brings the world of the wild to you to forge a connection with nature and wildlife. Your journey can feature, fascinating artifacts, fun science, captivating stories, and of course, live animals. Choose the audience below that's right for you, and explore all the experiences the Kansas City Zoo has to offer. More information  

For more information or to schedule a visit, please call 816-595-1765 or email 


Keeper for a Day

Do you have what it takes to be an animal keeper? Spend a day with a zookeeper/education staff. More Info

Family Science Night

Join us for FREE hands-on science fun for the whole family! Thanks to the Breidenthal Snyder Foundation. View in calendar