About the Event

A Washington Family Tradition

Join us for a wild and egg-citing celebration at the Smithsonian National Zoo's Easter Monday event on April 1! This decades-long tradition is a roaring good time, celebrating families and the vibrant D.C. community. 

From 10 a.m. to noon at Great Meadow, dive into adventure with an Easter egg scavenger hunt! This kid and family-focused activity takes you through 15 interactive tables that unveil the wonders of the zoo, introduce you to scientists, and shed light on exciting animal career opportunities. Don't miss the chance to get a special prize at the end of the scavenger hunt! 

After the scavenger hunt, be sure to check out the Zoo's special animal enrichment and demonstrations. Or, grab a bite to eat at one of the Zoo’s restaurants. It's a day of fun, discovery, and unforgettable moments at the Smithsonian's National Zoo!

Programming for Easter Monday is organized by the Association of Minority Zoo & Aquarium Professionals (AMZAP). AMZAP is comprised of professionals currently working in the zoo industry focused on minority representation in the zoo field.


Apr. 1, 2024


All day


Free (All guests must reserve passes for entry)


10 a.m. - noon

  • Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt | Great Meadow

10:30 a.m.

  • Meet a Small Mammal | Small Mammal House
  • Keeper Demo | Elephant Community Center or Elephant Outpost (check signs at the exhibit)
  • Meet an Andean Bear Keeper | Amazonia
  • Keeper Chat: Shorebirds | Bird House

11:00 a.m.

  • Meet a Reptile or Amphibian | Reptile Discovery Center
  • Meet a Lion/Tiger Keeper | Great Cats
  • Meet a Keeper | Kids' Farm
  • Pool Feeding | Amazonia
  • Keeper Chat: Songbirds | Bird House

11:15 a.m.

  • Seal or Sea Lion Demo | American Trail

1 p.m.

  • Keeper Choice | Amazonia

1:15 p.m.

  • Keeper Choice | American Trail
  • Keeper Choice | Africa Trail

1:30 p.m.

  • Meet a Keeper | Kids' Farm
  • Meet an Andean Bear Keeper | Amazonia

2 p.m.

  • Meet a Small Mammal | Small Mammal House 
  • Meet a Reptile or Amphibian | Reptile Discovery Center
  • Meet a Keeper | Claws & Paws Pathway

3 p.m. 

  • Keeper Demo | Elephant Community Center