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Zoo-a-Palooza at the Santa Barbara Zoo

Zoo-a-Palooza at the Santa Barbara Zoo

If you’re in Santa Barbara with the kids this June, you’re in luck! On June 14, the Santa Barbara Zoo kicks off its first annual Zoo-a-Palooza. From 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., your little ones can enjoy science experiments, a rock climbing wall, bounce house, crafts and more. For more details about Zoo-a-Palooza, read below.


All About Zoo-a-Palooza

This June 14, the Santa Barbara Zoo will host its first annual Zoo-a-Palooza from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. In short: It’s a giant family-friendly party that encourages kids to (1) learn more about the zoo and (2) have fun. Make sure to introduce the little ones to Chase and Skye from Paw Patrol and take lots of pictures. DJ Hecktik will play all sorts of wild songs throughout the evening. Interactive learning opportunities include science experiments and a variety of hands-on crafts. Fun fact: The Santa Barbara Zoo is a Certified Autism Center. So, if you have kiddos that need a quieter setting to have fun, head to the zoo’s designated quiet area with activities and sensory backpacks (includes noise-canceling headphones) for rent. Admission for Zoo-a-Palooza is $20 for adults and $14 for children. Buy your tickets online here.


More About the Santa Barbara Zoo

There’s always something happening at The Santa Barbara Zoo. And that shouldn’t be a surprise, with the zoo being home to over 100 species (500+ animals) exhibited in open habitats! Visit the zoo and explore the exhibits any day, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Or, schedule a behind-the-scenes tour to get a closer look at the animals and some of the zookeepers’ everyday tasks. Visit the Animal Kitchen to see how the zookeepers prepare food for their 500+ animals. Let the little ones hide in a dinosaur egg or slide down an ant hill at the Kallman Family Play Area. Take a ride on the Zoo Train, feed a giraffe or two, or scale the Climbing Wall. For a list of upcoming events happening at the zoo, take a look at the Santa Barbara Zoo event calendar.


Family-Friendly Restaurants Near the Santa Barbara Zoo

An evening at the zoo can be a tiring one for kids– especially if they’re hungry. Prevent the temper tantrums and make sure to visit one of Santa Barbara’s nearby family-friendly restaurants. Want to relax and eat a great meal on the beach? East Beach Tacos has the best gourmet tacos. For brunch or lunch food, stop in Jack’s Bistro. Their healthy and wholesome menu has plenty of options for families and picky eaters alike. Rusty’s Pizza Parlor serves traditional and specialty pizzas, plus wings and subs that everyone will love. Choose from their unique toppings like cashews, fresh zucchini and chorizo.


Stay at the Nearby Inn at East Beach 

With so much for your family to do and explore in Santa Barbara, why not stay a few days? Choose the nearby Inn at East Beach and take advantage of their Family Fun Santa Barbara Package! The package includes:

  • 2 night accommodations in a Family Suite
  • Tickets to the Santa Barbara Zoo for each guest
  • Tickets to the MOXI Museum of Exploration for each guest
  • Pizza delivered to your room on a night of your choosing
  • Santa Barbara Zoo souvenir in room upon arrival
  • Complimentary breakfast each morning of your stay


While in Santa Barbara this June, don’t miss the opportunity to attend Zoo-a-Palooza! Then, book a night at Inn at East Beach for a stay that’s comfortable and within budget.



Inn at East Beach
Whatever makes your ideal California weekend getaway, the Inn at East Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara is here to help you stay well- and well within your budget! 1029 Orilla Del Mar, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. 805.965.0546