Summer Safari 2016

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We know kids are wild about animals, so during Kids Free presented by Mission Fed, children ages 11 and younger get free admission throughout October.

Saturdays and Sundays are extra-fun days, with special interactive activities and experiences to help kids connect with wildlife and nature in fun ways. Bring your wild ones to meet ours!

During the month of October, you can upgrade your child's experience with an optional 1-Day Pass Child Upgrade for $12, which includes the Africa Tram and Conservation Carousel.


  • 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. 

  • Close up full face of a tiger
    Tiger Tales
    Location: Safari Base Camp
    Times: Weekends only; 10:30 a.m.

    Take a seat in Discovery Station, where children of all ages, along with their favorite grown-up, will enjoy an animal story as shared by our enthusiastic educators. You’ll even meet a real live animal!

  • Bird in flight
    Frequent Flyers Show
    Location: Benbough Amphitheater
    Times: 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

    Watch birds of various species show off their flying talents—with many soaring right over the audience! You can even see a training demonstration at 12:30 p.m.

  • 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! On weekends, a child volunteer will be chosen from the audience to participate in the run.


  • Close up profile of a caracal
    Animal Encounters
    Location: Throughout the Park
    Times: Check the day’s map when you arrive.

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

  • A lion cub plays with a decorated box
    Activity Booths
    Location: Safari Base Camp
    Times: Weekends only; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Kids can channel their natural artistic inclinations and have fun engaging in special crafts. They can even help us make enrichment items that will be given to the animals in the future. And they might get some fun ideas for their pets at home, too!

  • Adult female and male lions
    Keeper Talks
    Location: Throughout the Park
    Times: Weekends only; see below

    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. Keepers will chat about these animals at their exhibits each weekend:

    Condor: 11 a.m.
    Lion Camp: 11:30 a.m.
    Tiger Trail: 11:45 a.m.
    Chilean flamingos: noon
    Lemur Walk: 1 p.m.
    Bats:  2:30 p.m.


  • Animal Quiz Cheetah
    Kids Free Trivia Quiz

    Parents, take the quiz with your kids and learn about family dynamics in the Animal Kingdom. Submit your information and automatically be entered to win a prize for your entire family!

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  • Kids Free Snapchat Contest

    Follow the Zoo on Snapchat (username: SanDiegoZoo) and send us a snap of your wild ones at the Zoo or Safari Park during Kids Free month for a chance to win an Inside Look tour for the whole family.

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  • Kids Free Coloring Contest

    Lion Plush Prize


    Get out your crayons, markers, or paints, and you might win a prize!

    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 it in to the address listed on the coloring page.

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