Houston Zoo

Dia del Niño

Sunday, Apr. 29, 2018 – Sunday, Apr. 29, 2018

09:00 AM – 03:00 PM


Many nations throughout the world celebrate Día del Niño, or Children’s Day, to honor and celebrate children who represent the hopes and dreams of every community. Bring the kids to the Houston Zoo on Sunday, April 29 for a Latin American celebration of music, games, and activities…created especially for kids.

Activities Planned
• Scavenger Hunt
• Dancing and singing to the music of our children’s DJ
• And, Meet the Keeper Talks presented by Phillips 66 highlighting Latin American animals at the Houston Zoo
10:15 a.m. – Green Anaconda at the Reptile & Amphibian House
10:30 a.m. – Mexican Beaded Lizard at the Reptile & Amphibian House
10:30 a.m. – Prehensile-tailed Porcupine at the Naturally Wild Swap Shop
11:00 a.m. – African Grey Parrot at Carruth Natural Encounters.
11:30 a.m. – Piranha at Carruth Natural Encounters
11:30 a.m. – Cougars
12:00 p.m. – Howler Monkeys at Wortham World of Primates
1:00 p.m. – Indoor Rainforest at Carruth Natural Encounters
2:00 p.m. – Jaguars
2:30 p.m. – Patagonian Mara at the John P. McGovern Children’s Zoo
2:30 p.m. – South American animals (Look for #10 on your Zoo map)
3:30 p.m. – Howler Monkeys at Wortham World of Primates
This special fiesta is included with your paid Zoo admission, and it is free for Zoo Members!


  • Daylight Savings Time, 9:00 am - 7:00 pm (last admission 6pm)
    Central Standard Time, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm (last admission 5pm)
    Closed on Christmas Day.
  • Adults 12-64 –$16 Children 2-11 – $12 Senior 65+ – $9.50 Children Under 2 – FREE Free Hours: ALWAYS FREE for members and children under 2 years The Houston Zoo offers free admission to guests on the first Tuesday of each month September through May from 12:00 pm until closing. June July and August do not have Free Afternoons.

Directions & Parking

  • Free Parking
  • Paid Parking
  • Parking in Hermann Park and the Zoo's main lot is limited so consider arriving early or using public transportation. Other parking options include using the Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza at 6400 Fannin. This facility charges a parking fee.

Special Offers / Dining

Wherever you are in the Zoo, you’re never far away from a snack. Cafes, carts and kiosks are located throughout the Zoo and feature items such as hot dogs, nachos, soft pretzels, popcorn, fresh fruit, cotton candy, sodas, water, sno kones, Dippin’ Dots, Lemon Chill, and more.

Macaw Café

The perfect place to grab a quick bite as you enter the Zoo, Macaw Café offers a seasonal rotation of market salads and wraps, sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, fries, and a variety of treats such as parfaits, cookies, trail mix, and fresh fruit.

Cypress Circle

Centrally located with a great view of Duck Lake and plenty of shade, Cypress Circle offers an ever-changing menu that includes hamburgers, pizza, hot dogs, snacks, desserts, sodas, a variety of beers, and frozen alcoholic beverages. There are multiple ordering areas, offerings change all the time, and there are more options on busier days.

Twiga Cafe

Visit Twiga’s spacious, cool dining room to snack on everything from hamburgers to salads to chicken tenders. Pizza, a variety of other kids’ options, and snacks like fresh fruit, cookies, trail mix, and more are also available. You can even sit outside and watch the giraffes or rhinos while you eat!

Herzstein Trading Post

Feeling the need for a sweet treat? Here’s your place. Located at the entrance of African Forest, we serve Blue Bell Ice Cream as well as a variety of other desserts, including cookies, brownies, and floats. You’ll also find beverages like soda, slushes, and coffee

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