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Spring Festival & Party for the Planet at The Charles Paddock Zoo!

22 March 2024

Spring is here and if you are looking for fun-filled family activities during Spring Break, come check out all the fun at the Charles Paddock Zoo! Our Spring Festival has kicked off with a variety of fun things to do from baby chicks to scheduled animal feedings happening March 24th through April 7th and on Saturday, April 20th from 10 am until 3 pm, enjoy our 13th annual “Party for the Planet” Earth Day Celebration!

Our baby chicks are back along with the scheduled animal feedings that take place during our annual Spring Festival running March 24th through April 7th – check it out:

Spring Festival Animal Feeding Schedule each day at 11 am: Monday: Aldabra Tortoises; Tuesday: Meerkats; Wednesday: Malayan Tiger; Thursday: Mongoose Lemur
Friday: Red Pandas & weekend surprise feedings planned!

On April 20th from 10-3 pm, “Party for the Planet” is a family event that will focus on natural resource conservation and the global and local protection of animals and plants. A fun day for children of all ages, with interactive adventures, hands-on activities, exhibits by sustainability-conscious businesses, as well as providing many educational demonstrations like water conservation, beekeeping, and more. Food trucks will be on-site! A special thank you to our sponsors, which include, Atascadero Mutual Water Company, Solarponics, and Waste Management!

Over 200 animal species to enjoy at the Zoo! Many of the Zoo residents are part of a globally managed program to preserve animals and their habitats. The Zoo features several unique species not often seen in facilities of our size, including fossa, red pandas, Malayan tiger, lemurs, and meerkats, as well as many other exciting and interesting mammals, birds, reptiles and insects. Plus experience the animals up close! Unique gifts, as well as refreshments and strollers are available at the zoo gift shop. Adjacent to the Atascadero Lake Park, the zoo is the perfect destination for a day of fun, education, and relaxation.

Thank you to our platinum sponsor, Atascadero Mutual Water Company, our gold sponsor, Waste Management, and our silver sponsor, Solarponics! Thank you for your support in making these events possible!

Spring Festival and Party for the Planet are included with General Admission. Tickets are $13 Adults age 13+, $11 Seniors age 65+, $8 Children 5-12, $5 Children 3-4, and free for Kids 2 & under. The Charles Paddock Zoo is SLO County’s ONLY Zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Open Daily and located at Atascadero Lake Park on Hwy 41/Morro Road, one mile west of Hwy 101. For information, go to or or call the Zoo at (805) 461-5080.

2024 Spring Festival Event Poster
2024 Party for the Planet Poster