Shows & Activities

Live Animal Program

Visit the Helen Ireland Wildlife Theater and spend a few minutes with a member of the Racine Zoo's Animal Care and Education staff, learning and asking questions about your favorite Zoo animals. Saturday before Memorial Day through Labor Day and weekends through October 4.

Benstead Discovery Center

The Benstead Discovery Center is located near the Zoo entrance across from the Zootique. Visit with and learn about reptiles and amphibians from around the world.  Plus, check out our aquarium and the brand new bat exhibit.

North Shore Bank Giraffe Encounters

Guests can come face-to-face with the world's tallest land animal. Feedings are supervised by animal care specialists who can answer questions and share information about Mac and Bo, the Zoo’s two Masai giraffes. Feedings are available Saturday and Sundays May 2 through May 27 and daily starting May 28 through October 4 at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. Feedings are available on a first come, first served basis and have limited availability. Tickets are $4.00.

Barnyard Safari

This isn't your typical barnyard!  Our new immersive Barnyard Safari exhibit promises to deliver plenty of hands on animal interaction for kids and adults alike.  Learn more about the various species of domestic animals from around the world including Tunis sheep, miniature pigs, Nigerian dwarf goats, llamas, and alpacas. Open on weekends through Nov. 1.

Norco Aviary

This immersive and interactive exhibit allows guests to become a member of a flock of budgies, rosellas and cockatiels by entering an open air aviary. Have the birds eat right from your hands! Open daily 10:00 am - 7:00 p.m. May 28 through Labor Day. Purchase a seed stick for $2.00.

PlayZoo Playground

Modeled to resemble an actual zoo, the PlayZoo features some truly exciting elements including a two-story tall structure with three slides, lots of climbing opportunities and even a miniature zip line! The PlayZoo is further subdivided so that 2 to 5 year-olds and 5 to 12 year-olds can play to their hearts' content on equipment designed specifically for their abilities. Conveniently situated in the Charles & Jennifer Johnson Land of the Giants, this feature is the perfect place for you to relax while the kids let their imaginations run wild!

Robinson Crusoe Adventureland Playground

Adjacent to Barnyard Safari, take a break and let the kids run and play at the Zoo’s wheelchair-friendly playground.

Zoo Choo Express--Due to a mechanical issue, the Zoo Choo is closed for the season.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. 

This colorful miniature express train is a big hit with children and adults alike. Children 2 and younger travel for free with a paid adult. Ride the Zoo Choo Express 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily May 28 weekend through Labor Day. The Zoo Choo is also available on weekends in April, May, September, and October from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The schedule is weather permitting. Tickets are $2.00 per rider.