Zoos in DOWNEY with kids

It’s animal time in Downey, California and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Downey because this The Golden State city has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • Montebello Barnyard Zoo

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    (6 miles) Montebello

    Barnyard fun with pony rides, train rides, petting zoo, picnic area, playground and kids' birthday parties all in Montebello, California!

  • Aquarium Of The Pacific

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    (13 miles) Long Beach

    Journey through the wonderful Pacific Ocean at this Long Beach aquarium, filled with exhibits and over 11,000 ocean animals!

  • Eco Station

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    (16 miles) Culver City

    Features incredible hands-on lessons of ecology and environmentalism whilst encountering tropical birds, exotic reptiles, wildcats and ocean life in a tropical jungle setting. Guided tour only.

  • Roundhouse Aquarium

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    (17 miles) Manhattan Beach

    A FREE entry aquarium in California with touch tanks, camps, story times and lots of creatures of the ocean!

  • Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

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    (17 miles) Los Angeles

    Animal fun in Los Angeles with more than 1,100 animals representing more than 250 different species!

  • Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

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    (18 miles) San Pedro

    Discover the underwater world of Southern California... Located just steps from the ocean on Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is a non-profit public aquarium which engages ...

  • Santa Ana Zoo

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    (21 miles) Santa Ana

    The Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park in Santa Ana, California is a 20-acre site focusing on the animals and plants of Central and South America. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're ...

  • Centennial Farm

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    (23 miles) Costa Mesa

    Children and their families can view pigs, chickens, cattle, goats and more while strolling though gardens of lush vegetation. Also offers private tours.

  • Orange County Zoo

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    (24 miles) Orange

    The Orange County Zoo is nestled within beautiful Irvine Regional Park. Tucked among coastal live oak and sycamore groves, this eight acre zoo displays flora and fauna native to the southwestern ...

  • Wildlife Waystation

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    (30 miles) Angeles National Forest

    The Wildlife Waystation, situated on 160 acres in California's Angeles National Forest, is internationally recognized for its ongoing, charitable efforts to rescue and rehabilitate wild and exotic ...

  • Wildlife Learning Center

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    (33 miles) Sylmar

    The Wildlife Learning Center exhibits more than 70 rescued species from six continents in a family friendly park-style setting, where kids can learn all about the animals from their specialist staff.

  • The Gentle Barn

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    (40 miles) Santa Clarita

    A beautiful place where kids with special needs or come from troubled backgrounds, interact with animals who have been severely abused, rescued, rehabilitated and given sanctuary.

  • Zoomars Petting Zoo

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    (41 miles) San Juan Capistrano

    Plenty of cuddly critters to get up close to, plus pony and miniature train rides, treasure panning at Miner's Gulch and adventure playground.

  • Quail Run Ostrich Ranch

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    (55 miles) Lake Hughes

    Amazing guided tours all about the life of the ostrich, feeding fun for kids, and of course - the ostriches themselves! Animal fun in California!

  • Feline Conservation Center

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    (65 miles) Rosamond

    Cat lovers of all ages who discover this desert zoo and wildlife are amazed at the variety of wild cat species found here.

  • Santa Barbara Zoo

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    (94 miles) Santa Barbara

    With 30 acres and over 400 animals plus play areas, animal feeding, zoo train, carousel and more.

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  • Grins and Giggles Indoor Playground

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    (5 miles) Santa Fe Springs

    features bouncers, multi level playhouse, climbing structures, kiddie cars and cubby playhouse, plus toddler area.

  • Fun City Bounce

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    (6 miles) Santa Fe Springs

    Indoor play center for young children. We have 18

  • Oodles Kids Gym and Learning Center

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    (7 miles) Cerritos

    A fun kids gym for active kids, parent/child classes, dance, art, and birthdays! Great indoor fun!

  • Amys Playground

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    (12 miles) South Pasedena

    Amys Playground is a haven for kids and parents alike. We feature a large 3000 sq feet air-conditioned facility filled with toys to challenge kids bodies and minds, regardless of the weather outside. ...

  • Nayas Garden

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    (13 miles) Los Angeles

    What separates naya's Garden from the other indoor playground is that it provides an indoor and an outdoor area. Having an outdoor area allows children to experience the fresh air and still be in a ...

  • Jump n Jammin

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    (14 miles) Arcadia

    Jump 'n Jammin is open everyday to play, when it works into your schedule. There are no membership or annual registration fees to pay.

  • Magical Playground

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    (14 miles) Pasadena

    A fun, colorful and magical indoor playground for kids of all ages to enjoy in Pasadena, California!

  • Peekaboo Playland

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    (14 miles) Eagle Rock

    An indoor playground that provides a safe, educational and entertaining environment for children. Roleplay settings, physical play structures and more.

  • Adventureplex

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    (15 miles) Manhattan Beach

    Imagine a world where health and adventure meet. A world where children have so much FUN, they hardly realize they’re learning valuable life skills. AdventurePlex is that place.

  • Silly Goose Playground

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    (15 miles) Lomita

    A beautiful and fun play area in Lomita, California, for those active and creative kids up to 8 years of age.

  • Play Indoor Playground

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    (15 miles) Glendale

    A fun, playful and colorful indoor playground where kids can create, imagine, play and have fun!

  • Kid Concepts USA

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    (15 miles) Torrance

    9,000 square foot Children's Edu-Tainment Center for children 10 and under. Our large indoor playground promotes imaginative play, physical fitness and social interaction.

  • Jungle Zone

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    (16 miles) Glendale

    Bruise-less, mess-less Laser Tag, the combat simulation game played with infra red. Spread over two floors with access ramps, immersive and exciting fun for kids over 44".

  • The Treehouse Social Club

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    (17 miles) Los Angeles

    Welcome to The Treehouse Social Club, a magical place where families can connect with each other and spend quality time together, where kids are embraced while everyone's different needs are catered ...

  • Under the Sea Indoor Playground

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    (17 miles) Altadena

    Under the Sea is the newest, fun, unique, exciting, most talked about children\'s entertainment center. Beautiful floor-to-ceiling murals depict the world under the sea, with pirates, mermaids, and ...

  • Under the Sea Indoor Playground

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    (18 miles) Los Angeles

    Indoor kids fun "under the sea" in a playground filled with activities that will develop skills, and imagination, and fuel creativity!

  • Hullabaloos Clubhouse

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    (18 miles) Orange

    Our Mission at Hullabaloo�s Clubhouse is to provide an amazing, fun filled, safe party adventure for your family and friends. Your adventure includes our huge clubhouse themed playground, ...

  • Caterpillar Kids Place

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    (19 miles) Flintridge

    A fun eco-friendly play area for those active kids under 8.

  • Rockin Kids Burbank

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    (19 miles) Burbank

    Rockin' Kids Burbank is a fun, safe and bright indoor play center for kids to play, imagine and create!