Don’t miss out on fun-packed activities at London Zoo this spring

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Get up close to the penguins, explore our Animal Adventure play area and step into the world of Dear Zoo. There’s so much to see and do this spring at London Zoo.

We’ve put together a few family-favourite activities for the season. And, with a ZSL membership, you can enjoy unlimited free entry to London and Whipsnade Zoos the whole year round.  

Two children view penguins underwater at Penguin Beach London Zoo

Hit the beach and meet our penguins  

Our South American beach landscape is home to our colony of Humboldt penguins. With a capacity of 450,000 litres of water and 1200 square metres, it’s the largest penguin pool in England.  

Stop by at feeding time and watch the penguins dive for their food. You can catch all the underwater action from our special viewing areas.  

Get to know more about our penguins and their personalities at our Penguin Talks at 1.30pm each day.


Get the inside story at our daily animal talks   

What makes the Komodo dragon such a fearsome predator? How fast can a giraffe run? What makes Galápagos tortoises so special?  

Join our daily talks and learn all about your favourite animals and get to know their distinct personalities. Ask our experts your burning questions and catch up on the latest animal stories.  


Girl smiling with her arms in the air as she goes down a slide at London Zoo's Animal Adventure playpark

Go on an Animal Adventure  

Our Animal Adventure playpark is a perfect opportunity for your young explorers to learn about the Zoo’s animals as they play. The playpark includes slides, a climbing wall and much more to keep youngsters entertained.  

Young adventurers can safely get close to the animals including alpacas, pigs and porcupines. Our expert keepers will be on hand to answer questions and share the inside scoop on the animals’ lives.  

You can take a pitstop at Peckish Parrot, our catering kiosk, to keep energy levels up with hot drinks and plenty of snacks to choose from. Don’t forget, Gold members get 10% off in our shops and restaurants. 


Experience Dear Zoo  

Enjoy children’s classic, Dear Zoo, as it’s brought to life in the Zoo. To celebrate 40 years of Rod Campbell’s children’s storybook we’re hosting a fun-packed Dear Zoo experience this Easter.  

Youngsters can enjoy interactive activities and storytelling sessions in the Dear Zoo hub. Along the Dear Zoo trail, your young adventurers can take part in activities as you visit real-life animals from the book. Once you’ve collected all the stamps found at each stop on the trail, every child can pick up a special Dear Zoo anniversary sticker. 

Next, step into Look After Us, Rod Campbell’s new book. Children can learn how to look after animals in danger with interactive tasks and storytelling sessions.  

Find out about our Dear Zoo Sensory Stories experience for babies: Sensory Stories at the Zoo


A bee sits on a pink flower

Enjoy the spring blooms and get inspired 

As you make your way round the Zoo, you’ll see a wide variety of wildlife-friendly plants, flowers and trees. Our foliage is specially selected and sourced by our horticulture team who make sure it looks beautiful and is beneficial for the wildlife at the Zoo.  

Visit our Wildlife Garden and get inspiration for things to include in your garden to help support wildlife, from bees and butterflies to hedgehogs and birds.  


Nine butterflies stand on a small table in London Zoo's Butterfly Paradise

Take a trip to Butterfly Paradise 

Walk through our tropical haven, Butterfly Paradise, and get up close to our free-flying butterflies. Home to hundreds of butterflies from major regions across the world, you’ll see many different species on your visit.  

See butterflies at different stages of the lifecycle. From their early beginnings as pupae in our special pupae holding room, to the fully developed butterflies flying overhead. You’ll have the opportunity to learn more about butterfly life cycles, biodiversity and climate change.  


Keep your youngsters entertained this spring. Book your fun-packed trip to London Zoo today.  




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