We’re calling on families to join us this Easter and let their imagination run wild. Help us bring animal stories to life through dance, music, art and performance!
We have created a series of daily events and activities as part of our huge PLAY! season - inspired by family favourite animal tales.
Acclaimed children’s book illustrator Lydia Monks and an ensemble from the prestigious Hallé Orchestra are also among special guests at the zoo this Easter.
Every day from 24 March to 15 April, Little Monkeys (three to five year old) can begin their zoo visit with morning story time, before joining in with ‘Sing Along Stories’.
Families can also join our amazing Zoo Rangers and put on dancing shoes as part of Giraffe Dance workshops, or stumble across surprise animal stories from a secret explorer storyteller.
On Saturday 7 April, Lydia Monks will deliver a day of What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday illustration workshops and introduce visitors to the ladybird’s new zoo-animal friends and the clever crime-busting ladybird herself who will be on holiday at the zoo!
Tuesday 3 and Monday 9 April will see an ensemble from the Hallé Orchestra take visitors on a mesmerising journey through Borneo to meet some friends of the forest. Set in our 360 degree immersive space in our South East Asian zoo’s Islands zone, the intimate event will transport visitors to the rainforest to experience a day in the life of an orangutan - this event costs £3 on top of normal zoo admission and must be booked in advance. Places are limited and can be booked here: https://play.chesterzoo.org/dates/orangutan-search-survival-trees/
All other events are free with normal zoo admission and available to drop in on the day. For a full programme of activities and to book tickets visit 👉 www.chesterzoo.org/play