What’s New at the Kansas City Zoo?


Kansas City Zoo - Penguins

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The Kansas City Zoo is the place to be this summer! Go wild and explore the new animals and new exhibits now open at the Zoo.


Cairo the Hippo

Hip Hippo Hooray! The Zoo welcomed a new hippo in May; you must meet darling little Cairo. Just three years old, Cairo is much smaller than our adult female, Liberty. Cairo was born on August 18, 2015, and will celebrate her fourth birthday at the Zoo this summer. She has a curious but cautious personality and a huge appetite for her favorite food, romaine lettuce. 

The Zoo also added an interactive experience with our camels. The new Camel Feeding Deck is located on the northwest side of the camel yard, creating increased viewing of the camels and a unique opportunity to feed them. The deck provides a shaded area for visitors to take a break from the elements while bonding with our three dromedary camels, Missy, Kizzy and Pearl.  


Camel Feeding Station

Visitors will also be able to view our tree kangaroos in a whole new way. We are in the process of a renovation of our Matschie’s tree kangaroo habitat located in the Zoo’s Australia section. This new habitat will include an indoor viewing area where these unique marsupials will be visible to the public year-round. Since tree kangaroos are primarily tree dwellers, the project will include man-made trees similar to their natural environment. The Tree Kangaroo exhibit will be complete in July.  

No visit is complete without a stop by our most popular exhibits, Helzberg Penguin Plaza, Stingray Bay, Orangutan Canopy and Polar Bear Passage. Don’t miss our elephants, chimpanzees, giraffes (including two youngsters, Dixie and Maxwell), and all 1,700 animals that call the Zoo home. Check out our daily shows, Sea Lion Splash, Wings of Wonder and Amazing Animal Ambassadors, to meet some of our stars up close.


Kansas City Zoo - Baby Chimp

Our animals are most active first thing in the morning, so take advantage of our summer hours. The Zoo opens at 8 a.m. through Labor Day to allow for early-morning viewing during the cooler part of the day.

Guests are also welcome to bring in their food and drinks for refreshment. We have several scenic locations perfect for a picnic lunch and parking at the Zoo is always free!

Each visit to the Kansas City Zoo is a new adventure!

Hands on History

History is brought to life in this family-friendly program in which kids of all ages are invited to handle Great War artifacts. FREE to the public.

Movie Matinee with Mickey Mouse and Charlie Chaplin

Do you remember going to a matinee movie as a child?  Do you still go?  There’s something so relaxing about spending part of the day watching your favorite screen stars!  Particularly when they’re Mickey, Minnie and Charlie!  Come watch Mickey and Minnie Mouse in “Steamboat Willie” which marked their first appearance together.  Then, Charlie Chaplin appears in the romantic comedy “City Lights.”

Time of Event: 2 - 3:30pm

Art Course

Art Course at the Nelson-Atkins is an artist-designed, mini-golf experience located in the exquisite Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park.

Each hole on this 9-hole course presents a fresh interpretation of a work of art in the museum’s collection.



Sun 10 am-5 pm
Mon 10 am-5 pm
Wed 10 am-5 pm
Thu-Fri 10 am-9 pm
Sat 10 am-5 pm

Sunday Art Lab

Join us at Kemper Museum for this NEW drop-in creative experience! Experiment with different art materials while making artwork inspired by the Museum’s exhibitions, read books, and explore the galleries with sketching materials.

First Sunday of Each Month
FREE | All ages
No registration required

Ancient Mysteries & Modern Discoveries

Step back into ancient civilizations and ask the "Who", "How" and "Why" yourself at America's premiere of Stonehenge: Ancient Mysteries & Modern Discoveries. Consider the evidence. Meet the fascinating people behind the stones. Study their nearly-impossible efforts. Explore how their history reshaped our entire understanding of the ancient world. An unprecedented and unexpected journey into the unknown is just ahead . . .

Science City

Science City is a place of wonder, where kids and adults can find something new with each visit. Throw the don't touch mindset out the window. There are no tests and no wrong or right answers, just a chance to explore with freedom and pure imagination.

Its magic starts with its location. An architectural and historic marvel, Union Station provides a venue unlike any other science center in the nation.

From the moment you pass under the clock tower to your first step inside the cityscape of Science.

Rise Up: The Struggle of the Freedom Riders

Rise Up:
The Struggle of the Freedom Riders
by Lisa Evans
Directed by Jeff Church

Told from a modern-day perspective, four performers in 2019 tell the stories of the Freedom Riders – principled citizens riding buses across Alabama and Mississippi in 1961.

Brick-or-Treat Featuring LEGO® Hidden Side

A ghoulishly good time is brewing this Brick-or-Treat at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Kansas City October 11th - October 31st! Our LEGO® FUNgineers are busy making the attraction boo-tiful and are planning awesome activities around every creepy corner. See below for what's in store! 

Spooktacular event activities include: 

Family Frolic: Hedge Apple Days

Hedge Apple Days features seed-themed scavenger hunts, nature games such as hedge apple bowling, and the iconic Hedge Apple Goblin art activity. Search for, collect, and play with the unique seeds and seed pods from Missouri’s native plants.

Petite Performance: Under the Moonlight

Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center
Perfect for infants through 6-year-olds! Join us on the Helzberg Hall stage as we move, listen, sing and play. The 20-minute performance featuring Kansas City Symphony musicians will be followed by the Jamie and Bush Helzberg Instrument Petting Zoo, where curious youngsters can try out various instruments. Each timeslot has seating for 150 guests. Reserve your tickets starting Monday, August 26. Tickets are $5 per person.