programs for the family

Our programs are offered for children starting at 18 months old and are designed to support their growing needs and abilities. We truly hope that your child will grow up with the Zoo!

Many programs offer opportunities for parents or caregivers and children to learn and explore together, making it an experience for the entire family.

See our many program offerings below and join our programs family today.

  • Kids & Family

    Lunch with a Keeper

    Lunch with a Keeper is like a coveted backstage pass to meet the band. Enjoy a pizza lunch while you make friends with (and learn from) animal experts – our zookeepers! Ask questions that only a keeper can answer and listen to stories that only a keeper can tell.

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  • Kids & Family

    Critter Keeper

    Experience what it’s like to be a zookeeper! During this non-stop, fun-filled afternoon, young Critter Keepers participate in all aspects of animal care including cleaning, distributing diets and preparing enrichment items for our animal collection.

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  • Kids & Family

    Critter Keeper Careers

    Have you ever wondered what a career at the Zoo might be like? In this exciting program, you can find out! Critter Keeper Careers provides children with the opportunity to explore a variety of animal care careers through this non-stop, fun-filled afternoon!

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  • Kids & Family

    Family Wilderness Experience Night Camp

    Join other families for one WILD night at the Zoo! See animals up-close, take a tour by flashlight, and wake up as the animals do. We guarantee your Night Camp experience will be unforgettable!

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  • Kids & Family

    Nature Play

    Nature play is child-directed play in nature and with nature. Nature play can happen in the smallest natural and wild areas, all ages of children can participate, it can happen in any weather and during all seasons.

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that's zoo we are

The Phoenix Zoo is one of the largest non-profit zoos in the U.S., caring for over 3,000 animals, with nearly 400 species represented, including many threatened/endangered species.

Giraffe peeking out