People tend to check in during these times:
It's been decades since I've been here but I'll be damned if I don't fit in that prairie dog tunnel and experience that awesomeness again!
Crappy zoo. Omaha is so much better, and cleaner.
Kids get scared feeding the goats and llamas at the petting zoo, so look to the ground for free food to feed them.
Make sure you take the train ride
Great zoo and getting better! May not be as big as Henry Doorly in Omaha, but you can enjoy several hours there. Also very kid friendly.
They are really giving the zoo a total makeover. It is nice but not quite comparable to bigger city zoos.
A really wonderful zoo if you're in town!
Great caves and hide holes for the kids to see the exhibits.
Kids loved it, and it's rather inexpensive. We had a tough time finding a parking spot, though.
Joy riding Cotton the camel.
Buying feeding Sam the giraffe
Turtles and more
We love member Monday's. the kids enjoy the train rides; however, I would like to see the train expanded to go farther and possibly add a stop on the other side. That's be neat.
Make sure you check it all of the animal shows at their corresponding times!
I love to volunteer here!
Make time for the sea lions and seals! Mondays have free train rides for members!
Changing table is in the bathrooms by the gift shop. None in the bathroom by the goats.
The new rhino girl was fun to watch. The male and female haven't been introduced yet so only got to meet the girl.
Go late, the tigers and lions will be active because it's almost feeding time.
Don't bring the children on Wednesdays after 5. Its "Zoo Brew" 21 and up only
Do the zoo!
Urban Card Incentive: buy one ticket of admission, get the second free! Unlimited use.
Birthday parties here are cheap and fun!!!
Did you know? The first incarnation of the zoo, Des Moines Children’s Zoo opened in 1966. Based around nursery rhymes, it included a castle & moat, Noah's Ark replica, petting zoo & miniature railroad
Tigers and penguins and giraffes. Now to
Zoos are the new wilderness
Bathrooms are nasty and smell like smoke - go before you visit
Feast in the wild this weekend! Different vendors, including Tropical Sno and Fazolis
Besides Toys-R-Us, this is the only other place to spot a giraffe in Des Moines.
Members get a free train ride and 20% off in gift shop on Mondays.
Use your member card for discounts in the gift shop.
They have red pandas!!
Come enjoy Zoo Brew. It can be a great time!
Only feed Dolly, the other llamas are jerks. Got spit on by one.
Don't forget to get a drink out of the hippo's mouth!
If you have young kids, I highly recommend buying a yearly pass for the Zoo, the Science Center and Living History Farms. Excellent value.