KC Edventures Guide for Ages 6-8

Kansas City Zoo

Mama & baby Giraffe Mama & baby Giraffe Pic by Jacquie

What's your favorite animal: sea lions, a polar bear or elephants?  Come visit some of your favorite animals at the Kansas City Zoo.  You can visit the tropical Rainforest house, climb into a huge ant hill and ride the Endangered Species Carousel.

Before Your Visit:

  • Bring a snack for your visit - kids usually get hungry.
  • There's a lot of walking so wear comfortable shoes and bring a stroller if you have young kids that might get tired.
  • If you plan to ride the Skyride, bring a jacket or sweatshirt as it gets windy up there!
  • Don't forgot your FOTZ card if you're a member.

Explore KC Zoo:

Kids love visiting the animals at the zoo - here are some ideas:

  • Make sure to put your kids favorite animals on your list.
  • You can get an up-close look at some animals in the Discovery Barn - and act like the animals by sliding, crawling and climbing.  Make sure to visit the ant hill out back.
  • Check the feeding times for the lorikeets so you can experience this fun exhibit.
  • Watching Nikita (the polar bear) is lots of fun so make sure to stop and see him.
  • If your kids like big animals, head to the Africa area of the zoo to visit giraffes, elephants and lions.
  • Take some time to sit and watch the kangaroos - this is one of the best open-area exhibits at the zoo!

Learn More about Animals:

  • Some favorite animal stories & series that kids will enjoy reading:


The Magic Tree House series have quite a few books about animals.  Try "Polar Bears Past Bedtime or "Good Morning, Gorillas" by Mary Pope Osbourne.

Discover More:

If your kids love animal-watching, visit:

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Additional Info

  • Nature & Animals: Parks & Trails, Artic/Antarctic Animals, Endangered Animals, Native Animals, Ocean Animals, Reptiles, Wild/Exotic Animals
  • Toys, Hobbies & Play: Models & Trains, Playgrounds
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