A young girl with a lion mask watches a porcupine at the San Diego Zoo. File photo by Chris Stone

Children 11 and under will receive free admission at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park throughout the month of October, zoo officials announced Friday.

“Kids Free” presented by Mission Federal Credit Union is an annual event that also includes special weekend activities at both facilities.

“We hope every child in San Diego can experience the beautiful wildlife and enjoy all the kid-friendly activities that the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park have to offer,” said Angie Lasagna, vice president of community relations and external affairs at Mission Fed. “We love being able to provide families with an opportunity to gain these amazing experiences, while at the same time provide support for San Diego Zoo’s mission to end extinction.”

As part of the festivities, Mission Fed will present a $5,000 donation to the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy, to help combat wildlife trafficking and support conservation projects.

During Kids Free, the zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day—except Oct. 27-29 when the zoo will close at 8 p.m. for special “HalGLOWeen” Halloween activities.

The Safari Park is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

All children younger than 15 must be accompanied by a paid adult during their visit to the zoo or the Safari Park.

For more information about Kids Free, activity schedules and show times, visit sandiegozoo.org/kidsfree and sdzsafaripark.org/kidsfree.


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