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Activities and Shows

Bookworms Reading Program

Join local celebrities or Zoo Educators for a free story time and animal encounter.

  •  Saturdays at 1 p.m.
  • Location: KELOLAND Education Center at the Great Plains Zoo
  • Cost: Free with Zoo admission. 

Creature Features

Meet some of our Education animals at these daily encounters, presented by our Junior Zookeepers!

Date: Daily beginning Wednesday, June 7
Time: 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Giraffe Feedings

Looking for a one-of-a-kind experience? Feed a Giraffe at the Zoo! Giraffe feedings are available on weekends throughout the summer (weather permitting).

Date: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, beginning Saturday, May 27 
Time: 2 p.m.
Cost: $5 per bunch

Watch A Zookeeper Feed an Animal

Watch a Zookeeper feed a Primate at our daily animal feedings.

Date: Daily* beginning Saturday, May 27 (*excludes Thursdays)
Time: 2 p.m.

Zookeeper Chats

Learn more about your favorite animals and meet some of the people who take care of the animals during daily Zookeeper Chats.

Date: Daily beginning Saturday, May 27
Time: 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. - Visit our calendar for an up-to-date schedule of Zookeeper Chats and other activities.

  • Love this zoo! Great place to get a walk in and the animals are everywhere! The museum/indoor part is very educational too. Has a lot of shade for when it's hot out. Very clean. Friendly staff.

    Taylor FSioux Falls
  • We love to visit the zoo. They have great outdoor exhibits and lots to do inside as well. Great for kids and adults.

    Robin A
  • Lots of great exhibits and animals to see! Fun gift shop and learning center.

    Stephanie N
  • A really great zoo featuring some exotic species and I liked the focus on conservancy/breeding to preserve species for the rhinos. The safari area's cheetah was awesome to see. During a week day going, it was quite open to walk around and enjoy without too much crowding.

    Joseph H
  • The museum gives you a break from the sun on hot summer days and has a great selection of animal exhibits from around the world. ¬†The zoo keeps growing and adding new animal habitats or improving existing ones. ¬†Membership offers reciprocal benefits to other zoos around the country.

    Bill T