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The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium's Conservation Education Department offers many exciting experiences. Gift certificates for these programs make exciting and unique presents for the holidays, birthdays and more.
Gift certificates will be mailed to the purchaser within 2-3 business days. Please allow time for First Class mail delivery. For Christmas Delivery, please purchase gift certificates by Sunday, December 16th.
ZooTots is an exciting opportunity for 18-36 month-olds to experience the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. During each class the children will participate in songs, stories & movement designed to make the animal world come to life! An adult is required to stay with the child.
Most days we will be spending time on Zoo grounds so a stroller is recommended.
Cost per Child: $10 Each $10 gift certificate is good for one 18-36 month old child per class.
ZooKids is specially designed to offer 3-, 4-, or 5-year olds a stimulating opportunity to learn about the wonders of the animal kingdom in a socially interactive environment. Each session consists of one three-hour class per week for four weeks. Children must be potty trained to attend this program. No pullups please.
9:00am–12:00pm or 1:30pm–4:30pm
Members: $85/sessionNon-members: $95/sessionEach gift certificate is good for one session of ZooKids.
Summer ZooKids is specially designed to offer 3-, 4-, or 5-year olds a stimulating opportunity to learn about the wonders of the animal kingdom in a socially interactive environment. Each session consists of one three-hour class per week for four weeks. Children must be potty trained to attend this program. No pullups please.
9:00am–12:00pm or 1:30pm–4:30pm
Members: $95/sessionNon-members: $105/sessionEach gift certificate is good for one summer session of ZooKids. (During the summer sessions the participants receive a t-shirt.)
Summer Experience is a weeklong day camp program for children entering Grades 1 -7 in the fall. Campers visit all the Zoo’s regions and get an in-depth opportunity to learn about our natural world.
Some of the activities the campers will enjoy include arts and crafts, songs, games, hands on animal experiences and group play. Schedule: Monday-Thursday from 9am-4pm and Friday 9:00am-12:00pmMembers: $165/sessionNon-members: $175/sessionEach gift certificate is good for one week of day camp.
Students ages 13-17 will have the opportunity to tour the Zoo grounds with a Zoo professional and participate in the daily animal care routine of some of the Education Department’s small mammals, reptiles, and arthropods.
Dates: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the regular school year.
Members: $65/personNon-members: $75/person
Take the opportunity to experience the Zoo after hours from the comfort of a VIP cart. Relax and enjoy the ride while your tour guide drives you to visit with a variety of Zoo residents! Twilight Tours are a unique way to celebrate a birthday or other special occasion and are ideal for those with limited mobility. Tours are offered spring, summer and fall and are limited to 12 guests. Times: 5:30pm before Memorial Day weekend and after Labor Day weekend
7:30pm Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekendMembers: $50/personNon-members: $60/person*Children under 3 are free and must be limited to one child per paying adult. The tours are charged per seat so children may have to sit on the lap of an adult in their party.
Wildlights Tours are an opportunity to experience the Zoo’s beautiful Wildlights display after the Zoo is closed and the crowds have diminished. Relax and enjoy the lights as your tour guide drives you to visit with some of our amazing Zoo animals!
Cookies and hot chocolate are included in this exciting experience as well as a photo keepsake! Wildlights Tours are a great way to enjoy the holidays at the Zoo or celebrate a birthday, anniversary, engagement or other special occasion! These tours are perfect for families with children and grandparents, holiday outings with friends or a holiday date night! For those who have mobility issues, it is ideal to see the Zoo and Wildlights from the comfort of a golf cart. Tours are limited to 12 guests.
Tours are offered most Sundays-Thursdays during Wildlights and begin at 8:30pmMembers: $50/personNon-members: $60/person*Children under 3 are free and must be limited to one child per paying adult. The tours are charged per seat so children may have to sit on the lap of an adult in their party.
See the Zoo the way the keepers do! Take a guided tour behind the scenes for a closer look at one of the animal areas listed below. These exciting tours are not to be missed!
You’ve seen it from the front, now come see our 90,000 gallon Aquarium from behind and above! You’ll be amazed to hear about and see all of the hard work that goes into running our own little ocean!
How much does a manatee eat? Are our mangrove trees real? Discover the mysteries of Manatee Coast on this fascinating behind the scenes tour!
Dr. C. Joseph Cross Animal Health Center
What do you do when a tiger has a toothache? When a snake has the sniffles? Take a tour of our state-of-the-art veterinary facility, and see how the Zoo is prepared to care for species of every size.Members: $15/personNon-members: $20/personTours are offered daily, but the gift certificate must be redeemed at least 2 weeks in advance. Tour times change seasonally.