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San Diego Zoo Celebrates Kids Free in October!

San Diego Zoo Celebrates Kids Free in October!

Lots of communities are starting to feel the effects of the recent government shutdown. One of things affected by the shut down has been travel and tourism destinations. Though lots of federal landmarks and national parks are closed down indefinitely, you can still book your San Diego vacation with peace of mind. Great weather and tons of local attractions means America's City is still up and running!

One of the biggest and most popular attractions is, of course, the San Diego Zoo. San Diego's world famous zoo is a nonprofit organization, and is not funded by the government so it will remain open through the shutdown. And, while the National Panda-Cam may be offline, you can still come see the pandas in person at the San Diego Zoo! The Zoo's pandas, Bai Yun, Gao Gao, Yun Zi and Xiao Liwu are crowd favorites and often command the most attention out of all the exhibits at the zoo. These popular pandas enjoy a large naturalistic enclosure with tons of vegetation and climbing structures which mimic their home environment.

Best yet? During the month of October your little ones can come see the black and white bears for free! Kids Free Month is presented by Mission Fed and has been a tradition at the San Diego Zoo for 28 years - this year marks the 6th that the Safari Park has participated as well!

So, the question is - What is Kids Free Month and What Does it Entail?

  • What: Kids Free Month allows anyone 15 and under into the park for free, as long as they are accompanied by a paid adult.
  • When: October 1st through October 31st, 2013. The San Diego Zoo and Safari park hours are 9am to 5pm for the month of October, though From the 1st until the 6th the Zoo will have extended hours until 6pm.
  • Where: Both the San Diego Zoo and the Safari Park are participating!

By taking advantage of the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park's participation in Kids Free October, your little ones can check out the Fisher-Price® Little People Live Musical Show. This brand new, interactive show performed by costumed characters is geared towards children 5 and younger and is held in the Zoo's Hunte Amphitheater. The Show is included in the cost of zoo admission, so mom and dad's tickets are no extra charge - and the kids are already free!

  • The Fisher-Price® Little People Live Musical Show will be running only the first weekend of October, October 5th and October 6th 2013, with two shows each day at 11am and 2pm. The show runs for 30 minutes.

Of course all of the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park's usual exhibits are also covered with your kids' free admission, so get ready to have a wild time when you visit America's Finest City and its world famous San Diego Zoo. Kids can participate in the Camp Critters show at the Zoo, or "Race" a cheetah at the Safari Park.

Don't forget to check out the Animal Encounters which usually run at least once or twice per day, depending on which enclosure you're visiting. Animal Encounters allow Zoo visitor's to meet an animal ambassador up close and personal - get ready for the best kind of close encounter!

Kids can also enjoy a Zoo Character Meet & Greet on the Koalafornia Boardwalk every day at 11am, 12pm and 1pm. Make sure your camera has plenty of batteries because even after taking pictures of the awesome animals all day, you'll want to get a picture of your kids with their favorite Zoo Character!

This blog was written by Erica Krilov. An East coast transplant, Erica fell in love with all that San Diego has to offer six years ago, but secretly thinks she should have moved here before even leaving the womb. When not writing, she spends her time hiking, biking and horseback riding.