Shows & Attractions

Shows and attractions are weather permitting and their operating schedules are subject to change. Guests are encouraged to call 610.277.3825 ext. 222 before their visit to confirm if a specific attraction is operating.

Please note, feeding tickets are only good for the date of purchase. These tickets cannot be exchanged for a different feeding day or time. Everyone entering a giraffe exhibit or bison exhibit feeding deck must purchase a ticket.

Bison Feeding

Guests can hand-feed the nation’s largest land mammal in this highly unique experience!

  • Bison Feeding $4.00 single day members / $3.00 yearly members

    11:45 am - 12:15 pm • Every guest entering the feeding deck must purchase a ticket.

*Operating hours are weather dependent and may vary.

Giraffe Feeding

Come face-to-face with the world’s tallest mammal when you hand feed our giant giraffes! Sponsored by Taphouse 23

  • Giraffe Feeding $4.00 single day members / $3.00 yearly members

    Weekdays:10:30 am - 11:15 am / 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm / 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm*
    Weekends:10:30 am - 11:15 am / 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm / 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm*
    Every guest entering the feeding deck must purchase a ticket.

*Operating hours are weather dependent and may vary.

Birds of Paradise

See and meet an array of tropical sun conures and canary-winged parakeets from inside the Birds of Paradise exhibit, presented by The Connelly Foundation

  • Bird Feeding $3.00 single day members / $2.00 yearly members

    • 10:30am-12:30pm / 1:30pm-4:00pm*
    • *Please note that feedings are weather-dependent.
    • Guests may choose to hand feed the birds but the fee is not required to enter the exhibit.

*Operating hours are weather dependent and may vary.

Barn Feeding

Meet the sheep, goats and donkeys that inhabit the zoo’s barn. Feeding sessions are available for 30 minutes at the top of every hour the barn is open.

  • Barn Feeding $1.00

    11:00 am - 3:00 pm

*Operating hours are weather dependent and may vary.

BUTTERFLY Train Ride

Children will love this train-like ride on a friendly caterpillar that takes them on a journey toward becoming a butterfly! 

  • Butterfly Train $4.00 / $3.00 for yearly zoo members

    Children under 36" must ride with a taller child. Infants are not permitted.

*Operating hours are weather dependent and may vary.

Carousel Ride

Enjoy a spin on the zoo’s vintage-inspired, animal-themed carousel. 

  • Carousel $4.00 / $3.00 for yearly zoo members

    Children under 42" must be accompanied by a responsible person 14 years of age or older and must ride on the inside row. Infants must be accompanied by a responsible person 14 years of age or older and must ride in a bench seat.

*Operating hours are weather dependent and may vary.

Face Painting

Add a work of art right to your face!

  • Face Painting $7.00 daily members / $6.00 yearly zoo members

*Operating hours are weather dependent and may vary. *seasonal

Wild Encounters

Meet some of the zoo’s animal ambassadors in this fun and educational 15 minute show, held inside the Zoo Bowl Theater. 

  • Wild Encounters free

    Weekends, 1:00 pm

*through November 17th *hours are weather dependent and may vary. 

Percussion Garden

The Thomas Kimmel Percussion Garden encourages children to make beautiful music with giant chimes, drums, and bells. Open daily.

Junior Inspector Program

Begin your Junior Inspector journey at the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services “Healthy Headquarters”, located next to the giraffe and zebra exhibit. Pick up a Junior Inspector’s Logbook, which will lead you on a mission to find hidden stations throughout the zoo. Each station illustrates how the animals practice the 5-2-1-0 message while providing family-friendly strategies and activities to complete in the logbook! Return your completed book to the Nature Shop to receive your Junior Inspector badge! The Junior Inspector Program is free and open during regular zoo hours.

Playground

The Thomas Kimmel Playground is an interactive play space featuring areas to climb, run, jump, swing, dig and spin!  Open daily.

Attraction Rentals

Hosting a special event or after-hours function at the zoo? Rent one of our many attractions for your guests to enjoy! Contact our one of our event specialists at 610.277.3825 x 242 or email events@elmwoodparkzoo.org for details.