Summer Safari 2017

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Kids Free 2017

We know kids are wild about animals, so during Kids Free presented by Mission Fed, children 11 and younger get free admission throughout the month of October when accompanied by an adult with a valid form of entry. In addition, every weekend will feature special interactive activities and experiences to help kids connect with wildlife and nature in fun ways. Saturdays and Sundays are extra-fun days, so bring your wild ones to meet ours!

During the month of October, you can upgrade your child's experience with a 1-Day Pass Child Upgrade—available for only $12, on the Tickets page—which includes the Africa Tram and Conservation Carousel rides.


  • Frequent Flyers Show
    Location: Benbough Amphitheater
    Times: Noon and 2 p.m.

    Watch as birds of various species show off their flying talents—with many soaring right over the audience!

  • Robert the Zebra character viewed from front
    Robert the Zebra
    Location: Nairobi Station
    Times: Hourly from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Come talk and interact with Robert the Zebra, our fun and funny digital puppet. 

  • Cheetah running view from the front.
    Cheetah Run
    Location: Shiley's Cheetah Run/Lion Camp
    Times: 3:30 p.m.

    Witness the fastest land mammal up close doing what it does best: run. The spotted sprinter reaches an astounding speed: 0 to 70 miles per hour in just 4 seconds—it’s a breathtaking and unforgettable experience!

  • African Grey Parrot
    Animal Tales
    Location: Near Ranger Base
    Times: Weekends only; 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

    Children of all ages, along with their favorite grownup, will enjoy an animal story as shared by our enthusiastic educators. You’ll even meet a real live animal!


  • Animal Presentations
    Location: Animal Ambassador Stage/Safari Base Camp
    Times: Check the day’s map when you arrive.

    Enjoy face-to-face contact with the Park’s animal ambassadors, such as a cheetah, alligator, serval, or other rare and exotic animals. Trainers share stories about the animals and answer guests’ questions.

  • Children stand at a table with plates of brightly colored paints.
    Kids' Activity Station
    Location: Safari Base Camp
    Times: Times: Weekends only, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    The colors, patterns, and shapes of animals at the Safari Park are a frequent source of inspiration to young artists. At the craft booth, kids can channel that inspiration and have fun creating something special.

  • Keeper Talks
    Location: Throughout the Park
    Times: Weekends only — California condors: 11 a.m.; Lions: 11:30 a.m.; Tigers: 11:45 a.m.; Chilean flamingos: noon; Lemur Walk: 1 p.m.; Bats: 2:30 p.m.

    The Safari Park’s knowledgeable and skilled animal keepers are passionate about the creatures they care for. During Kids Free month, they’ll share interesting information and fun stories about the animals they know so well. Each weekend, keepers will chat about these animals at their exhibits.

  • Rodrigues bat mom and pup
    Animal Moments
    Location: Throughout the Park
    Times: Weekends only: 1:30 p.m. Elephants (The Grove) 2:45 p.m. Bats (Nairobi Village)

    Join our enthusiastic, friendly educators to take part in fun learning activities about elephants and bats.


  • Kids Free Coloring Contest

    Lemur Plush Prize


    Get out your crayons, markers, or paints, and you might win this adorable little lemur plush!

    Download our Kids Free coloring page, color it any way you’d like, and turn it in to the San Diego Zoo or Safari Park. Can’t make it to the Zoo or Park?  You can also mail to: Zoo Education, P.O. Box 120551, San Diego, CA 92112.

    Terms & conditions

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