Activities & Resources
Akron Zoo553in Akron, OH 44307
about Akron Zoo:
Today the zoo boasts 700 animals, including endangered Humboldt penguins, snow leopards, Sumatran tigers, jaguars and Komodo dragons.
The exhibits are well structured and most are interactive. Legends of the Wild is probably our favorite: Each exhibit includes a legend about the animal, adding an extra dimension to the experience, particularly for older kids (and their parents).
Several climb-on play sets invite young children to act like monkeys or drive a safari jeep, and for toddlers, the tiny train ride is still a favorite.
For great fun on a hot day, traipse through the Lehner's Family Gardens, where you can enjoy a misting from several beautiful fountains.
And when it's cold (that is, when the temperature is below 40 degrees), visitors can feed the penguins.
In the summer, several camps for preschool through elementary-age children are available; educational programs are also available for older children who are interested in veterinary medicine or zookeepers training. (Contact the education office at 330.375.2550)
Educational day camps are also offered throughout the school year for children of preschool through Kindergarten age. Most of the day camps are held weekly for a half-hour to one hour, imparting as much education as young children can absorb at one time. Caregivers are required to be present for the early childhood day camps. For current program information, we suggest visiting the website, www.akronzoo.org.
"Zoorific" Birthday Party packages are available, starting at $198 ($114 for members) for ten children and two adults. Parties include a birthday gift for the child, activities with the animals, Zookey for self-guided tour, half-price pony or train rides, and a reserved picnic shelter.
The zoo can also be rented for community events and fund raisers. (Call Community Relations Coordinator at 330-375-2550, ext. 7230 for details.)