Play. Pet. Dig. Discover.
Red Barn Park provides visitors with an interactive animal experience leaving them more connected to the natural world through close-up interactive experiences. There is a wide variety of animals in addition to the contact yard animals visitors have grown to love.
The Barn Yard at Red Barn Park is open 9 - 4 p.m. daily.
Prehistoric Play Park and Fossil Dig Site
In cooperation with the University of Nebraska State Museum, the Prehistoric Play Park and Fossil Dig Site is a replica of Nebraska 12 million years ago, when it was a savannah, similar to present day Africa. Kids are able to dig and uncover fossils from Nebraska using paleontologist tools just like a real fossil dig site. The Prehistoric Play Park displays life-sized prehistoric sculptures representing animals which originate in the regions fossil history.
Other Animal Exhibits
popular Budgie Encounter exhibit allows visitors to walk through a netted enclosure of lively and bright parakeets, cockatiels, doves and quails. The Budgie Encounter is open seasonally, weather permitting. Visitors can hitch a camel ride near Sue's Carousel. Saddle aboard one of the Zoo's dromedary (one-humped) camels Memorial Day through Labor Day. The whole family is welcome.
Download the exhibit fact sheet.