If you need a place to hide from the rain, cold or heat when you visit the zoo, check out the Melbourne Zoo Indoor Play ‘Keeper Kids’. It’s a play space designed for 3-8 year olds with a zoo theme and it is included in zoo entry.
Melbourne Zoo is a traditional zoo set up with lots of storybook animals to see including tigers, giraffes and orangutan. While the kids both enjoy looking at the animals they REALLY love Keeper Kids. In fact, we will often visit Keeper Kids for an hour or so and skip the rest of the zoo, especially if the weather’s wet and cold.
You’ll find it right near the main entrance, next to Meerkat Cafe.
It’s a space for play-based learning with lots of interesting things to discover about zoo-keeping, horticulture, construction and being a vet.
There are loads of toys, dress ups, books and informative teaching panels, with live exhibits which houses cheeky meerkats and a new aviary.
You can also watch zoo keepers at work as they prepare food for the animals and do other zoo keeping and conservation work.
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The main attraction for me is that it’s an indoors, secure play area for little people. It’s great for really hot summer days or the freezing winter. The central area has seating from which you can see all the different areas so there are no blind spots. Note that you can’t take food or drink inside.
Keepers Kids also has an outdoor play area.
Kids can dress up as a researcher, climb aboard the research jeep, visit the field tent to collect their equipment and look for endangered wildlife such as the Eastern Barred Bandicoots, Corroboree Frog and Helmeted Honeyeater.
If you visit Keepers Kids on a weekday afternoon it is virtually empty. It is very busy during weekends and school holidays so plan your visit for off-peak times if possible for the best experience.
Keepers Kids ensures that we are regular visitors of Melbourne Zoo – rain, hail or shine! If you’re a local I reckon it’s one of the best memberships for Melbourne families. If you’re not a member then buy Melbourne Zoo tickets online to save time on entry.
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- Buy Melbourne Zoo tickets online to save time on entry;
- Keepers Kids is included in zoo entry;
- most suitable for 3-8 year olds but younger children will still enjoy certain aspects;
- recently upgraded with outdoor play area;
- no food or drink allowed;
- toilets and change facilities inside;
- best time to visit is weekdays early (9am) or afternoons;
- parking is $2 for 5 hours;
- parking can be difficult during weekends and school holidays.
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