Shows & Activities

***Educational Programs are currently unavailable***

Zoo Choo Express (CLOSED for the season)

North Shore Bank Giraffe Encounters (CLOSED for the season)

Norco Aviary (CLOSED for the season)

PlayZoo Playground and Robinson Crusoe Adventureland Playground (10AM – 4PM daily)

  • Our playgrounds will be cleaned daily with sanitizing stations placed nearby. The playgrounds are high touch areas. Use at your own risk.

Barnyard Safari (CLOSED for the season)

May 23 – September 7, 2020

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. 


11:30AM – Rhino Chat: Visit our Eastern black rhinoceros and learn from Zoo staff what it takes to care for an animal that weighs over a ton.

12:30PM – Creature Feature: Connect with nature face-to-face and meet one of our animal ambassadors up close!

1:30PM – Big Cat Chat: Join Zoo staff at our Cat Canyon exhibit to learn more about the Zoo’s big cats.

2PM – Wildlife Theater: Meet two live animal ambassadors in these hands-on educational programs. From Desert Dwellers to Scales and Tails, each themed program is unique and exciting!

2:30PM – Primate Chat: Visit our primates outside our Vanishing Kingdom exhibits to learn about some of the most intelligent animals in the Zoo.

3:30PM – Wildlife Theater: Meet two live animal ambassadors in these hands-on educational program. From Desert Dwellers to Scales and Tails, each themed program is unique and exciting!

4PM – Bat Chat: Learn what makes our straw-colored fruit bats incredible in the Benstead Discovery Center and find out why they gather in flocks of thousands across eastern Africa!


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


Weekends Only:
April 25 – May 17, 2020 and September 8 – October 25, 2020
11AM, 1PM, 3PM

Feedings are available daily:
May 23 – September 7, 2020
11AM, 1PM, 3PM, and 5PM

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 Jabari, the Zoo’s two Masai giraffes. 
Feedings are available on a first come, first served basis and have limited availability. Tickets are just $5. Giraffe encounters are weather dependent.


Open Daily:
April 25 – May 22, 2020 and September 8 – October 25, 2020
10AM – 4PM

May 23 – September 7, 2020
10AM – 5:30PM

This isn't your typical barnyard! Our immersive Barnyard Safari exhibit has plenty of hands-on animal interactions 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 Daily: 
May 23 – September 7, 2020
10AM – 5:30PM

This immersive and interactive exhibit allows guests to become a member of a flock of parakeets by entering an open-air aviary. Have the birds eat right from your hands! Purchase a seed stick for $3.


Modeled to resemble an actual zoo, the PlayZoo Playground 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!


Adjacent to Barnyard Safari, take a break and let the kids play at the Zoo’s wheelchair-friendly Robinson Crusoe Adventureland Playground.


May 23 – September 7, 2020
10AM – 5PM

All aboard the Zoo Choo Express! This colorful miniature express train is a big hit with children and adults alike. Tickets are $3 per rider. 2 years and younger are FREE with a paid adult.