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Family Zoo Adventures

Families can explore the wonderful world of wildlife together during the ALL NEW Family Zoo Adventure Saturday Programs! Each monthly session will focus on a different theme and include activity stations, animal encounters, and special zoo tours that will make learning fun for young and old alike. Activities are developed for families with youth between 4 and 12.  Family Zoo Adventures begin at 9:15 a.m. and end at 11:15 a.m

  • Saturday, June 3rd – Photo Ark 
    • Join us for a deep dive into the National Geographic Photo Ark exhibit!
  • Saturday, July 8th – America the Beautiful 
    • As we celebrate the birthday of the United States this month, meet some of our local, amazing animals!
  • Saturday, August 5th – Animals and Weather 
    • Explore how animals have special adaptations to live in different weather conditions. Along this adventure, you will learn how to observe and record weather while getting an up close encounter with animals.
  • Saturday, Sept. 9th – Amazing Apes 
    • Join us in the jungle as we explore the world of our closest relatives in the animal kingdom.


Special Dates for Homeschooling Families!

Experience the fun of Family Zoo Adventures during the week; programs will begin at 9:15 a.m. and end at 11:15 a.m.

  • Homeschool Dates start back up in October! 


Cost Per Session:Register Online

Zoo Member: $15/child; $15/adult
Non Member: $20/child; $20/adult



Wild Earth Action Team: South Padre Island

June 24 & 25

Join the Dallas Zoo for a summer adventure to South Padre Island, June 24 & 25. You’ll be part of our Wild Earth Action Team focused on saving sea turtles.  With most sea turtle species listed as endangered; they need our attention and help now more than ever.


We’ll enjoy a weekend together on the island and restore sea turtle nesting habitat through beach clean-up. We’ll host family-friendly programs on sea turtle conservation & ecology, beach combing, and island conservation. We’ll have dinner and special after-hours access with our conservation partners at Sea Turtle, Inc. We’ll meet their dedicated staff and they’ll introduce us to their sea turtle ambassadors.  If there are hatchlings or rehabilitated sea turtles to release, we’ll help, but unfortunately we won’t know until we arrive if any turtles are scheduled for release.


The registration fee is $295 for the first person in each household and $149 per person thereafter. Registration includes all programming, presentations, admission fees, Sea Turtle Inc. after hours tour, dolphin watching on a Sea Life Safari bay cruise, four meals which includes a meet-and greet dinner with Sea Turtle Inc. staff and volunteers.  Travel and lodging are not included.  A limited number of van seats are available on a first come/ first serve basis for an additional $70. Those who opt for van transportation will leave at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 23. 

Register Online





Lodging – Hilton Garden Inn – South Padre Island will be the host hotel for the weekend.  There is a block of rooms available on a first come/first serve basis through 5/26/17.  Discounted group rates: Standard Room – $232, Partial View – $288 or Suites – $336.  Please use group code DZG when reserving rooms.


Expedition Schedule (subject to change)

Friday, June 23:  6:30 PM – Dinner (on your own) with fellow participants.


Saturday, June 24: 7:30 AM Breakfast program, beach clean-up, lunch program, Sea Turtle, Inc. after-hours tour, pizza party, and evening beach combing. Fireworks at 9 pm. All three meals are included with registration.


Sunday, June 25: Early light breakfast. Sea turtle release (tentative) or guided birding walk and then on to an Eco Tour Boat Cruise where we will observe and learn about area wildlife including dolphins!  Breakfast is included with registration. Our program ends at 12:30 PM after the cruise, but stick around and enjoy the island for as long as you like.


Confirmation materials including a map & directions, and a detailed itinerary will follow with registration. Call 469-554-7265 or email with any questions.


Join the Dallas Zoo’s Wild Earth Action Team this summer for a family-friendly island adventure and conservation action for sea turtles. Saving animals from extinction is a movement made up of scores of passionate and dedicated people caring and working together. At Dallas Zoo, we care for animals and we know our guests, members, and volunteers do, too. Every beach protected, every waterway restored, every endangered species saved begins with each one of us.


Dallas Zoo & You: Together we’re creating a better world for animals.

General Scheduling Information

All sessions registration closes fives days prior to the first day of the session.

What should I bring/not bring?

  • A refillable water bottle (please no glass bottles)
  • Please be sure to wear comfortable closed-toe shoes and weather-appropriate clothing.
  • Please do not bring pets or other animals with you on your program – we have plenty for you to see!





Cancellation Policy

This is a non-refundable final sale.  Credit will not be issued within 14 days of the program/event start date.  The Dallas Zoo and Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park reserves the right to cancel or change any program for reasons we deems appropriate.  Programs will take place rain or shine.  Programs that have not met the minimum number of participants within one week of the scheduled program date may be cancelled.  In the event that we cancel your program, a full refund will be issued and individuals will be contacted directly.  If you cancel a program with the Dallas Zoo or Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park, a program credit may be issued based on circumstance.  No credits or refunds will be issued for changes/cancellations made within two weeks of your scheduled program, for any amount under $20, or for no-show groupsCredit may be used for any education program or camp at the Dallas Zoo or Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park.  All changes or cancellations must be submitted in writing to


The Education Office is open Monday-Friday during regular Zoo hours.  Contact us at or 469.554.7300.