Zoos, farms and animal-care centers and an exotic rescue. For aquariums with marine animals, also see: Attractions. For additional resources, see our current issue.

Animal Care Centers and Exotic Rescue

Local animal care centers and exotic rescue such as the Marine Mammal Care Center, Pacific Marine Mammal Center and the Star Eco Station offer educational programs for kids on an ongoing basis.

Living Desert Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Encounter over 450 wild animals, live shows, children’s discovery center, animal carousel, seasonal camel rides, twice daily giraffe feedings and a G-scale model train, and more.

Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Children’s Zoo and camps also offered.

Moorpark College Teaching Zoo

Animal shows and demonstrations twice a day. Plus, behind-the-scenes tours and other up-close opportunities.

Orange County Zoo

A petting area, story times, special events and classes. Plus, school tours and scout programs available.

Petting Zoos and Farms

Opportunities for kids to interact with farm animals. Some also offer pony rides and special events.

San Diego Zoo

Camps, sleepovers and family events offered.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Safaris, camps, sleepovers, zip line and a Jungle Ropes course.

Santa Ana Zoo

Offers a children’s farm, train and carousel rides. Family events throughout the year.

The Reptile Zoo

Offers parties, educational events, and junior zookeeper camps.