Shows & Activities

Live Animal Program

Visit the Helen Ireland Wildlife Theater and spend a few minutes with a member of the Racine Zoo's Animal Care and Education staff, learning and asking questions about your favorite Zoo animals. May through Labor Day.


Benstead Discovery Center

The Benstead Discovery Center is located near the Zoo entrance across from the Zootique. Visit with and learn about reptiles and amphibians from around the world.


Giraffe Encounters

Guests can come face-to-face with the world's tallest land animal. Feedings are supervised by animal care specialists who can answer questions and share information about Mac and Bo, the Zoo’s two Masai giraffes. Feedings are available from May 1 through September 30th daily at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Feedings are available on a first come, first served basis and have limited availability. Tickets are $4.00.


Camel Encounters

Guests can board a special platform that gets them up close and personal to camels Hugo and Stella, often referred to as the ships of the desert.  During their encounter, guests can feed the camels a healthy snack, touch the animals’ hump and/or shoulder, and take photos with them.  Animal care staff will be on hand to answer questions, chat about Hugo and Stella, and provide information about camels and thier environment. Encounters are available from May 1 through September 30th daily at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Feedings are available on a first come, first served basis and have limited availability. Tickets are $4.00.


Barnyard Safari

This isn't your typical barnyard!  Our new immersive Barnyard Safari exhibit promises to deliver plenty of hands on animal interaction for kids and adults alike.  Learn more about the various species of domestic animals from around the world including Tunis sheep, minature pigs, Nigerian dwarf goats, llamas, and alpacas.


Norco Aviary

This immersive and interactive exhibit allows guests to become a member of a flock of budgies, rosellas and cockateiels by entering an open air aviary. Have the birds eat right from your hands! Open daily 10:00 am - 7:00 p.m. May 25th through September 3rd. Purchase a seedstick for $2.00.


PlayZoo Playground


Modeled to resemble an actual zoo, the PlayZoo features some truly exciting elements including a two-story tall structure with three slides, lots of climbing opportunities and even a miniature zip line! The PlayZoo is further subdivided so that 2 to 5 year-olds and 5 to 12 year-olds can play to their hearts' content on equipment designed specifically for their abilities. Conveniently situated in the Charles & Jennifer Johnson Land of the Giants, this feature is the perfect place for you to relax while the kids let their imaginations run wild!


Robinson Crusoe Adventureland Playground

Adjacent to Barnyard Safari, take a break and let the kids run and play at the Zoo’s wheelchair-friendly playground.


Zoo Choo Express

This colorful miniature express train is a big hit with children and adults alike. Children under 3 travel for free with a paid adult. Ride the Zoo Choo Express 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. daily Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. The Zoo Choo is also available on weekends in April, May, September, and October from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The schedule is weather permitting. Tickets are $2.00 per rider.