Date: Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th May 2017
Time:  10am – 6pm
Venue: London Zoo

Special Children’s Day is a unique annual event at ZSL London Zoo welcoming children with special needs and their families and friends. With increased specialist facilities and number of staff, as well as interactive events and discounted entry, Special Children’s Day is an event not to be missed. 

Entry tickets are available for purchase via the ZSL website. We strongly advise booking early to avoid disappointment. 

Sensory Tours hosted by Daytrippers

Daytrippers is a proud Partner of Special Children’s Day and has been since 2008. We believe it is an exceptional event and have made annual donations contributing to the running costs of the events at London and Whipsnade Zoo. In 2017 and 2018 we are committing further funds to also cover the cost of additional mobility aids, BSL interpreters, additional ZSL staffing, sensory equipment, First Aid and personal care supplies.

Furthermore, we host private sensory tours which aim to provide children with visual impairments an inclusive opportunity to learn and explore at the zoo. The sensory and interactive experience includes touching small live animals such as Giant African Snails and animal skins, as well as preparing meals (enrichment) for animals such as Lemurs and Meerkats. 

Sensory tours take place on the Saturday and Sunday at 11am, 12 noon (BSL interpreted), 2pm and 3.30pm. Each tour lasts for up to 45 minutes and up to 7 children and young people may participate. 

If you have purchased Special Children’s Day tickets and would like to book a place onto a sensory tour please download and complete a booking form below and return it to Daytrippers by email at or by post to Daytrippers, 36 Great Pulteney Street, London W1F 9NS.

Other Highlights at Special Children’s Day

  • A Very Special Welcome: Our staff and volunteers will be ready to greet you at the dedicated Special Children’s Day entrance. Pick up your Special Children’s Day planner. There are friendly animal-costumed characters to meet too!
  • Singing Hands: Meet Suzanne & Tracy in person as they introduce you to the amazing world of animals through Makaton themed signs, songs, rhymes, stories and games. Shows are free and run throughout the day
  • Wildlife Gardening: Plant a seed to take back with you and grow at home, or build a mini-beast hotel to attract wildlife to your garden 
  • Sensory Storytelling: Immersive and interactive stories about the natural world. Shows are free and run throughout the day
  • Hands on Habitats: Investigate the naturlal world with our hands-on activities
  • LIVE! talks: Our amazing animal talks will be accompanied by British Sign Language interpreters throughout the weekend
  • Animal Adventure: Meet some of our fantastic animals and Keepers, get close up and hands on in the ‘Touch Paddock’, or play in the splash zone, secret garden and tunnels.
  • Art Zone: Get creative with our fun family art activities


  • Charity Hub: An onsite hub where charities will be on hand to offer guidance, advise and networking opportunities for families
  • Chill Out Room: Somewhere to take a break from all the excitement!
  • Additional friendly staff and volunteers on hand to assist
  • Additional facilities, including changing hoists and bed, and a reserved picnic area for Special Children’s Day families 
  • Dedicated first aid & lost children’s post with qualified staff
  • Free all day parking for blue badge holders in the main ZSL car park

Getting to the Zoo

Disabled Access

14 Comments, RSS

  • Alison clarke

    says on:
    February 15, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    Hi can u please email me how much the tickets will be thanks

  • marina

    says on:
    February 15, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    Dear sir madam
    Hi I have a disabled daughter an I have heard that there is a day for disabled children that you do is this just for them or can there brothers sisters come too?
    Many thanks

  • admin

    says on:
    February 16, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Hi Alison,

    The 2017 Special Children’s Day prices are not yet available on the ZSL site, however they will be discounted. Please check their site in March/ April when tickets go live.

    Daytrippers Team

  • admin

    says on:
    February 16, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Hi Marina,

    The Special Children’s Day is a ZSL London Zoo/ Whipsnade Zoo event. Daytrippers is a Supporters of the event and provides an annual donation contributing to the costs. We host a private sensory tour for disabled children at the event. Special Children’s Day tickets will go live on the ZSL website in March/ April and you will be able to purchase discounted tickets for your family (all of your children).

    Daytrippers Team

  • Joleen Davis

    says on:
    February 16, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    My son has a membership, how would we book this?

  • admin

    says on:
    February 16, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Joleen,

    Any members with disabled children can turn up on the day to join in the fun. If you are planning to attend the event at London Zoo, you are welcome to come through the Special Children’s Day entrance, you will need to show your proof of membership. If you are attending the event at Whipsnade Zoo, there is not a dedicated entrance so go to the Visitors Centre with proof of membership as usual.

    – Daytrippers Team

  • Cheryl

    says on:
    March 5, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Hi my son has ASD. Does this qualify? I have s letter with his diagnosis – which is what we have used for other events. Does this mean I can come in as his career and then purchase tickets for other family members?

  • admin

    says on:
    March 6, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Hi Cheryl,

    Yes, your son would be eligible to attend Special Children’s Day. Adult and children tickets are discounted and a carer goes in for free.

    You can purchase tickets via the ZSL website –

    – Daytrippers Team

  • Natalie Lee -

    says on:
    March 8, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Is there an age limit or can I invite some of my older members?
    Williams Syndrome Foundation 🙂

  • Emrah

    says on:
    March 8, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    We received mail regarding to this trip and definitely want to book tickets. Our son is deaf, so we want to go as a family of 2 adults (parents) and 2 children. Does that mean, one of us (parents) can book as a carer (which goes free)?
    Emrah Saygin

  • admin

    says on:
    March 9, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Hi Emrah,

    One carer goes free and and the other adult and children go in at a discounted rate. Tickets are purchased via the ZSL website

    – Daytrippers Team

  • admin

    says on:
    March 10, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Hi Natalie,

    For Special Children’s Day the age limit for children is up to 18.

    – Daytrippers Team

  • Suzanne

    says on:
    April 1, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Hi, what proof of disability do you need when you book this please. Many thanks

  • admin

    says on:
    April 4, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Hi Suzanne,

    If your query is in regards to the Special Children’s Day entry tickets, please contact ZSL directly. Contact details can be found here

    In regards to the Daytrippers private sensory tours, you do not need to provide proof of disability.

    – Daytrippers Team

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