Family-friendly spaces

Explore all the play spaces we have here at Melbourne Zoo

Whether it's your first time at the Zoo or you've been here several times, here is your ultimate guide to all our play space locations. Let your little ones go wild and enjoy a moment to yourself.

We offer both indoor and outdoor play spaces suitable for all weather conditions!


Indoor play spaces

Perfect place to let your little ones go wild in any weather

Keeper Kids

Location: next to Meerkat Café

Enjoy a range of activities for children aged 0-8, designed and brought to you by the Early Childhood Educators at Keeper Kids. We offer educator-led daily activities on weekdays during the school term*: 

  • 9.30am Storytime 
  • 10.30am Nature Play 
  • 12.00pm Little Researchers

*See What's On Board inside Keeper Kids for more information. Subject to change or cancellation without notice. 


Dragon Disco

Location: next to Reptiles House

Show off your dance moves here at the Dragon Disco! Listen to our special song about Victorian Grassland Earless Dragon and dance under the colourful floor lights.

Outdoor play spaces

Outdoor play spaces to let your dearest go wild and spark curiosity.

Meerkat Tunnel Play

Location: Meerkats area next to Meerkat Café

Experience the life of the Meerkats and crawl through tunnels and climb over rocks. Do you think you could live in a tunnel?

Giant Tortoise Sand Play

Location: Giant Tortoise area near Main Gate

Every wonder what it's like to have a shell like a tortoise? Try on this Giant Tortoise shell and feel how big it really is! Then go and play in the sandpit, just like the animals do.

Gorilla Totem Play & Gorilla Phone Play

Location: inside Gorilla Rainforest area

Make your way through the bamboo forest and see if you can find the Gorilla Totem Play area and learn about the link between gorillas and mobile phones. Don't forget to send message through pines at the Gorilla Phone Play area.

Carousel Park Play

Location: opposite Trail of the Elephants

Play in the sandpit, swing on the monkey bars or ride the slide. On weekends, you can ride the carousel too!

There are also some lovely shady spots for a quick break.

Wild Sea Beach Play

Location: at Wild Sea area

Befriend our family of seal statues and cuddle them to your heart's content. Then explore the fun in the rest of our Wild Sea Beach Play area.

Image credit: Cormac Hanrahan


Bush Explorers - Nature Play

Location: near Australian Bush entrance

Spark your little one's curiosity at Bush Explorers.

Build a tent or a nest with nature elements and create something delicious from the mud kitchen.

Loo's Yourself Maze

Location: inside Australian Bush

Navigate through the maze and discover the importance of using recycled toilet paper to save wild animals like the Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo.

Digest ED Play and Tiger Maze

Location: inside Lion Gorge area

When the weather reaches above 25 degrees, Digest ED Play will turn into a fun water play area so remember to pack your bathers and towel.

Walk along Safe Cat Safe Wildlife alley and find a small shady spot for a quick break before the Tiger Maze.

Tassie Devil Tunnel

Location: inside Lion George area

Climb like a monkey at this exciting playground - can you climb to every level?

Then go into the tunnels, just like the Tassie Devil, and see what mysteries you can uncover.

Remember, parental supervision is essential in these play spaces.

Check out the Melbourne Zoo map to plan your visit and find the play spaces.