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Play Group Program Package

Bring your play group to the Zoo for fun and learning!  Our Play Group program package includes a 30-minute guided tour of several of our animal exhibits, including touchable artifacts!  The tour will be followed by an animal storytime and an encounter with two of our touchable Ambassador Animals.

We have three topics for you to choose from: Animal Movement, Animal Senses, and All About Animals!

This program is appropriate for kids ages 5 and under, accompanied by their grown-ups. Please note that the tour is in public areas only and does not include behind-the-scenes access.

Pricing is valid for groups of up to 10.  If you have more than 10 people (including adults), please contact us for program pricing.
Members: $35
Non-members: $40
Price does not include Zoo admission

Play Group Program Packages can be requested for any date, during Zoo hours, based on educator availability.  Click here to request your package!

Program Package Request Form

Program Packages are available daily, during Zoo hours, year-round based on educator availability. Please make your reservation at least two days in advance. For reservations, fill out the form below or contact our Education Department at 605-367-8313, ext. 233.  (Phone reservations are recommended within a week of the requested date.)


To Request a Program Package: Complete this form and submit it. We will send you an email confirmation with your program date and time, along with the total cost. Your package is not guaranteed until you receive a confirmation email.

If your requested program date is within a week from today, please call 605-367-8313, ext. 233 to be sure your form was received.

  • 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 F.
  • 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.
  • 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.