Open 9 am - 5 pm
A family looking through the glass in the underwater viewing gallery of Polar Play Zone is visited by a curious dolphin.

Polar Play Zone

Polar Play Zone is currently closed to support social distancing.

Kids can play at their own pace in the Polar Play Zone, slipping on a penguin suit or exploring a kid-sized submarine! There’s plenty for adults to enjoy too, including underwater views of your favorite animals, from belugas to sea otters. Feel the texture of a sea star’s skin at our touch pool and watch the penguin colony dive and waddle.

  • A guest gently touches the rough, prickly surface of a sea star in sea star touch.


    Dip your hand into the cool water of our sea star touch pooland discover for yourself the variety and textures of sea stars.

  • A dolphin peers through an underwater window at the viewer.


    Watch dolphins swim and see camouflage in action! Gray-and-white bodies help them blend into bright sky from below and darker waters from above.

  • A girl in a penguin costume goes down the slide in the Penguin Playscape area of Polar Play Zone.


    Whether they’re exploring Arctic waters in a kid-sized submarine or pretending to be penguins, kids have fun as they learn about polar opposites.

As you plan your visit, please be advised that some areas in the Polar Play Zone are currently closed to support social distancing, including Penguin Playscape.

Two girls reach into the cold salty water of an open-topped tide pool in Polar Play Zone to gently touch the bumpy, soft ridges of a sea star.

A play place for kids

In Polar Play Zone, little ones can slip into a penguin suit and try being a bird in the Icy South play area. From there, head to the Icy North to explore Arctic waters in a kid-sized submarine. You’ll learn about polar opposites — big and small, fast and slow, shallow and deep, even north and south — while you play.

When play’s all done, get a little closer to the whales, dolphins and sea otters in the underwater viewing space.

Magellanic penguin chick Nia dove right into the water when she made her debut at Polar Play Zone!