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Melbourne Zoo

Keeper Kids

Has your child ever wondered what it would be like to be a zoo keeper or a vet? Do they love animals? 

In our Keeper Kids indoor playspace, kids can immerse themselves in role-play and exploration. Our fun range of activities are designed to stimulate the imagination and nurture a connection with the natural world through play-based learning. Kids can also have fun outdoors in the Researchers Garden. We run daily programs in the form of stories, craft, music, movement, researching, and animal encounters.

The Keeper Kids experience

There is a host of great dress-ups and props to enhance the experience, including binoculars, stethoscopes, and a variety of plush toy animals.

Kids will learn about the range of duties that go along with working at the zoo, find out about the diets of different animals and prepare mock meals for various species.

They can see what it’s like to be a zoo veterinarian, a horticulturalist looking after the zoo’s gardens and exhibits, or a researcher working on conservation projects. All programs are developed in accordance with the Early Years Learning Framework and all programs are developed and delivered by early childhood qualified staff.

Role-playing veterinarians

The veterinary area includes a range of animal X-rays displayed on light boxes, to highlight some of the challenging cases the zoo has worked on.

The X-rays include an image of an endangered Lord Howe Island Stick Insect, showing her developing eggs, and an image of a turtle which had swallowed a hook and line.

Role-playing researchers

Kids can dress up as researchers and focus on how conservation projects are planned and carried out. They will get to weigh and measure a variety of animals.