Join us for virtual fun!

Through interactive activities and special Zoo experiences, children will explore ways wildlife researchers study animals in the field and how such techniques can help us protect these species.

Each Sofa Safari week will include a small group of participants to ensure a personal, interactive experience. Children will tour the Zoo from a whole new perspective–right from the comfort of your home! They will become wildlife researchers looking for animal tracks and signs through participatory games and activities. And they will have the opportunity to meet a variety of the Zoo’s animal ambassadors.


The fee for Sofa Safari includes access to 10 live, hour-long virtual sessions with Zoo staff during the week (2 sessions each day). The registered child will also receive a Sofa Safari at-home kit with a few items that we will use for some of our activities during the week. Participants will also have access to additional educational activities throughout the summer.

Space is limited and reservations are required. Participants can sign up and pay online by clicking on the date below and filling out all the required information.

Registration FEE:
  • Member: $100*
  • Non-member: $125

Payment is due at the time of registration.


We have week-long sessions for children in two different age bands. Those entering grades 1–3 in the fall and those entering grades 4–6 in the fall. On each day of the week-long program, we will meet for live Zoom sessions from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and will reconvene from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

  • July 13–17 (For children entering grades 1–3)

Registration for the week of July 13 is now closed

  • July 27–31 (For children entering grades 1–3)

Registration for the week of July 27 is now closed

  • August 3–7 (For children entering grades 4–6)

Registration for the week of August 3 is now closed

ZOO MEMBERS, to receive your ticket discount you must first register on the Zoo’s online store. Click below to register. Once you do, you’ll automatically receive your discounts at checkout.


Did you know that Zoo members save on Summer Programs? To learn more about becoming a member of The Maryland Zoo, click here!

*Zoo membership must be current at both the time of registration and through the week of the selected program.


Can my child participate for just one day or for a few sessions? 

The registration fee is for the week, and participants can log in for as many sessions, or as few, as they would like.

I have more than one child. Can both participate? 

We invite children entering grades 1-3 and grades 4-6 to participate in a Sofa Safari. Each child must be registered separately, and each registered participant will receive a Sofa Safari kit.

Do I need to participate with my child?

We have designed the experience to engage your child directly. Though some children may need parent/guardian support for the initial login or to collect some common craft items (see below), you can feel confident letting your child spend each session interacting with the Zoo’s educators while you enjoy your cup of coffee or some quiet time of your own!

Do I need to have any additional materials for a Sofa Safari?

The following are some of the suggested items to gather:

  • Crayons, colored pencils, and/or markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue and/or tape
  • Craft rolls (2 will be supplied in the at-home kit)
  • Scrap or drawing paper
What is the cancellation policy?

Cancellations made at least 14 days before the first day of the session will receive a full refund. Cancellations made fewer than 14 days before the first day of the session will not receive a refund. If the Zoo cancels a program, you can receive a full refund.

Who can I contact with requests or questions?

Please call 443.552.5300 or email (preferred) with any further questions. Click here to purchase a Zoo membership.