Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



Celebrate Kids' Farm, sponsored by State Farm®, throughout the month of April with special activities and events. Every day, we'll have special animal encounters, keeper talks, and demonstrations.

Every weekend, the first 500 children can take home a special Farm sticker, courtesy of State Farm®! Visit the lion/tiger information booth to pick up your sticker every Saturday and Sunday in April!

Only four years ago, we announced that budget cuts would require closing the Kids' Farm exhibit. The outpouring of support from our community was unprecedented. State Farm®, our generous "good neighbor," agreed to fund the Kids' Farm for the next five years. Together, we will commemorate this wonderful donation and our beloved Farm!

State Farm® Day: Saturday, April 23 (10 am – 1 pm)

State Farm® will present a variety of activities with arts and crafts throughout the day and giveaways for visitors to the Kids' Farm exhibit.

  • A special "Tend your Garden" program will feature ways to recycle used shipping pallets to easily create beautiful urban gardens. Meet members of the Zoo's horticulture team and help us to "plant" seedlings in the pallets!
  • Special performances featuring children's entertainment will take place on the lion/tiger stage.
  • Girl and Boy Scouts will receive a free Kids' Farm patch!*
*Wear your official sashes and vests and stop by the lion/tiger information booth to pick up your commemorative patch.

Daily Activities

10 a.m. — Fish Feeding
11 a.m. — Meet a Farm Animal
1:30 p.m. — Kids' Farm Animal Walk


10:30 a.m. Meet a Farm Keeper (at the entrance to the barn)


10:30 a.m. — Storytime at the Farm (meet at Pizza Garden)

Every Weekend

Stop by the lion/tiger information booth to pick up a special Farm Month sticker, courtesy of State Farm®.

Note: Times are approximate. Animal demonstrations are about 30 minutes. Meet a Farm Animal is weather-dependent.

General Information

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$22 flat fee
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$30 for non-members
$25 for members

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