Rides & Play Areas

FUN STUFF to do at the ZOO!

Ride your favorite animal on the wildlife carousel or burn some energy at one of the zoo's playgrounds!  

Are your kids bursting with energy? If you’re looking for fun things to do with children, the zoo’s huge play areas have loads of activities for kids of all ages. The toughest decision will be deciding where to go first – the carousel or one of the zoo’s great FREE playgrounds. There are always lots of fun events for kids at the zoo!

Wildlife Carousel

Located beside the Tiger’s Den gift shop, and FUN for kids of all ages, the zoo’s wildlife carousel hosts 30 unique figures representing endangered animals from all seven continents. Riders can also choose to take a spin in one of two wheelchair-accessible chariots - choose between a fanciful peacock or an ornate butterfly. The carousel will be closed from Tuesday, May 23, to Thursday, May 25 for maintenance, and will re-open on Friday, May 26. 

Regular hours: the wildlife carousel is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Ride tickets are available at Tiger's Den gift shop: $3 per ride or unlimited rides for $8 (Engage and Inspire Members pay only $5 for unlimited rides). On weekends, unlimited ride tickets can also be purchased inside the carousel building. 

Zoo Mini Express Train

  • The Zoo Mini Express train is currently closed. During warmer seasons, please note that the train is visitor and weather dependent- it is not run in conditions like rain in order to keep the train in its best condition. 

Our little train is now fun for all ages; adults can ride the train, too! Tickets can be purchased at Tiger’s Den and/or the wildlife carousel. Single ride tickets for the carousel or the train are $3 each. Purchase unlimited rides for $8, and ride all day (Engage and Inspire Members pay only $5 for unlimited rides).

Please ask retail or train staff for details.

Around and Around We Go

Kinsmen ZooVenture Playground (outside of Destination Africa)

An adventure awaits at the Kinsmen ZooVenture Playground. Find animal-themed slides, tunnels and mazes in this playground located just outside of Destination Africa.

Calgary Co-Op Kids Zone

The Calgary Co-Op Kids Zone features the first wildlife carousel in Canada, a shelter for the children's zoo train, and a toddler playground all located in Eurasia.