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Visiting the Zoo... Fun and Educational!

Whether you're young in years, or young at heart, Henry Vilas Zoo has fun-filled exhibits, classes, adventures, and rides to satisfy your playful side. There's something for the child in everyone!

After you've visited the animals, there's still more to do at the zoo! The Tree House and Adventure Play Area in the Children's Zoo will have the kids actively exploring all the neat places to climb, crawl, swing and jump. You can also take an exciting ride through the Children's Zoo on the zoo train, or check out the Conservation Carousel, where you can't ride a horse, but you can ride an okapi!

You can also have an unforgettable experience at the zoo by checking out one of the Education Programs at the Zoo. Sign up for a Zoo School class, schedule an educational presentation for your group (featuring live animals!) or get more information about bringing a school group here for a field trip.

And if you can't make it to the zoo in person right now, check out some of the fun online games below.

Polar Bear Conservation Activities

Keep it Cool Game

Keep Tatqiq the polar bear's home cool with the Keep it Cool game, courtesy of the San Diego Zoo.

Keep it Cool Game

Reunite Chinook the polar bear with her cub with the Beat the Heat game, courtesy of the San Diego Zoo.

Check your carbon footprint and learn how you can reduce it to help polar bears with this online Carbon Footprint Calculator, courtesy of the San Diego Zoo.

Red Panda Conservation Activities

A Red Panda Ranger is a special title given to children who learn and help spread the word about red pandas. To become a Red Panda Ranger, children will need to "travel" the five home country ranges of the red panda by completing at least 3 of the 5 games.

Red Panda Day Registration Sheet and Activity Log

Pandas in Peril Game

Lost Little Firefox Interactive Story

Red Panda Coloring Sheet

Name that Animal Game

Firefox Fun Fact Sheet

Red Panda Passport and Certificate

Download the International Red Panda Day Kids Activity Booklet

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