Join us for virtual winter fun!

Through interactive activities and special Zoo experiences, children will explore differences and similarities between wildlife and wild places in their backyard and across the globe.

Each Sofa Safari session will include a small group of participants to ensure a personal, interactive experience. Participants will tour the Zoo from a whole new perspective–right from the comfort of your home! They will explore wildlife and wild places 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 a live, hour and a half-long virtual session with Zoo staff. The registered participant will also receive materials and a link to activities that we will use for some of our activities during each session. Participants will also receive additional activities they can do on their own after a session is completed.

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: $25 per participant
  • Non-member: $50 per participant

Payment is due at the time of registration. Zoo membership must be current at both the time of registration and through the day of the selected program.


We have sessions for children ages 6 to 11. The registration fee is for one individual session. To participate in multiple sessions, participants must register for each individual session. On each day of the sessions, we will meet for live Zoom sessions from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm.

Backyard Investigation

Sunday, February 20

Bursting into Spring

Sunday, March 13

ZOO MEMBERS, to receive your ticket discount you must first create an account on the Zoo’s online store. Click below to register. Once you do, you’ll automatically receive your discounts at checkout. For questions with your purchase, please contact or call 443.552.5300 during Zoo hours.


Did you know that Zoo members save on educational programs? To learn more about becoming a member of the Maryland Zoo, click here!


I have more than one child. Can both participate? 

Each child must be registered separately, and each registered participant will receive activities and materials to print out at home.

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:

  • Writing utensil
  • Crayons, colored pencils, and/or markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue and/or tape
  • 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 email (preferred) or call 443.552.5300 with any further questions. Click here to purchase a Zoo membership.