Activities and Play Areas at the Zoo
As you journey around the Zoo, you’ll find there’s lots to explore with our range of activities available! Click on the list below to check out all the things you can do at Colchester Zoo.
Click here for ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION
Hand feed our GIRAFFES!
A time slot must be booked to take part in a giraffe feed and a cost applies.
LOCATED OUTSIDE KINGDOM OF THE WILD
For just a £20.00 donation to the Zoo’s Operating Fund, up to 5 people can participate in this exclusive feeding experience with our giraffes.
N.B The £20.00 donation is per group not per person, up to 5 people may attend as 1 group.
Please speak to a member of staff at Guest Services before making your booking to discuss any additional needs any member of your party may have.
Release your wild side at JUNGLE TUMBLE!
Open daily from 10.30am, please check closing times on the day of your visit. You must book a FREE pre-bookable slot for your child to enjoy this play area and have valid admission to Colchester Zoo (zoo pass/paid ticket/complimentary ticket) to access this play area.
LOCATED NEXT TO THE KALAHARI THEATRE
You must book a FREE pre-bookable slot for your child to enjoy this play area and have valid admission to Colchester Zoo (zoo pass/paid ticket/complimentary ticket) to access this play area.
Find out more about this indoor soft play complex here. Height restrictions apply, please check our rules of play before visiting.
No school or child groups are permitted in the Jungle Tumble soft play area.
Hand feed the Lorikeets at AUSTRALIAN RAINBOWS!
Open daily from 10.30am, please check closing times on the day of your visit. A small charge applies if you wish to feed the birds.
LOCATED NEXT TO LION ROCK
*A small charge applies if you wish to feed the birds.
Feeding times may vary as the lorikeets are given a quota of nectar each day therefore we cannot guarantee times of when they will be feeding.
The birds in this enclosure are FREE-FLYING – Please be vigilant when visiting with young children as these birds can scratch or peck.
– Take pictures
– Put your arm out and let the birds rest on you
– Recycle your nectar pot in the bins supplied
– Consume the nectar – this contains the allergen MILK
– Take food or drink into the exhibit
– Take pushchairs into the exhibit
– Touch or grab the birds.
Make sand filled bottles and pendants at CRAZY SAND!
Open weekends and school holidays ONLY from 11am and closes 1 hour prior to the zoo closing time – opening times are weather dependent. *A small charge applies per item. Whilst Stocks last.
LOCATED NEXT TO MEERKAT HANGOUT
All items are available whilst stocks last.
This area may not be open on quieter days or in poorer weather so please check opening times on the day of your visit.
Get hands on at the DISCOVERY DEN!
Weekends and School Holidays: 10:30am to an hour before zoo closes.
Term time: 12:00 Midday to 3:00pm
LOCATED INSIDE ELEPHANT KINGDOM
All activities are subject to change at any time and animal availability on the day.
Please check opening times on the day of your visit.
Play and explore at our many OUTDOOR PLAY AREAS!
Open daily during zoo opening times, please check closing times on the day of your visit. Some areas may be closed for safety in poor weather. SEE LOCATIONS BELOW
– Kids’ Safari main play area (Located near the entrance and exit of the zoo)
– Remi Brown Accessible play area (Located near Edge of Africa)
– The Waterhole play area (Located next to Kingdom of the Wild)
– Meerkat Hangout play area (Located next to Lion Rock)
Groups of children aged 5 – 10 yrs are ONLY allowed to play on this play area between 12am – 2pm.
Groups of children aged 11 yrs and over are NOT permitted to use this play area at any time.
Teachers / Guardians / Group Leaders must follow the rules of play. Please refer to the Play Area Rules board located at each play area.
Remi Brown Accessible play area (Located near Edge of Africa) is great for any child with reduced mobility and is accessible by wheelchair.
Please check our terms and conditions for using the play areas before visiting Colchester Zoo.
Take a ride on the LOST MADAGASCAR ROAD TRAIN!
Open from 10:30am and closes an 1 hour before the zoo closing time. Please check the board outside the station or ask at Guest Services on the day of your visit.
LOCATED NEXT TO TIGER TAIGA
Check the Lost Madagascar Express Train Station (near tigers) for today’s train times or ask at Guest Services at the main entrance as you enter the zoo!
Please speak to the train driver as you arrive at the station for help with accessibility.
During some periods, the train may not stop at the lemur walkthrough.
The Lost Madagascar Lemur Walkthrough houses free-moving primates who are naturally inquisitive and may land on visitors.
We strongly advise all visitors riding the Lost Madagascar Train and entering the Lemur Walkthrough to wear a face mask for the safety of the animals and visitors.
School groups riding the train must be supervised by an adult leader at all times.
Have your face painted at our FACE PAINTING STATION!
Open 11am to 3pm Monday to Friday. Closes 1 hour before the zoo closing time at weekends. A small cost applies per face painting.
LOCATED NEAR PENGUINI’S RESTAURANT
A small cost applies per face painting.
Options may varying depending on season and availability.
Please check the opening times on the day of your visit.
Hand feed the goats and sheep at COLENSO VILLAGE!
Open daily during zoo opening times, please check closing times on the day of your visit. A small charge applies if you wish to feed the animals.
LOCATED NEXT IN THE FAMILIAR FRIENDS FARM AREA
*A small charge applies if you wish to feed the animals. If you would like to pay by card, please visit AUSTRALIAN RAINBOWS to make your payment and present your receipt to a member of staff at the goat and sheep village to collect your food.
Please be aware all animals can bite – take care to feed the animals with a flat hand and be respectful of their personal space.
The animals this enclosure are FREE-ROAMING – Please be vigilant when visiting with young children as the animals can push and nudge you.