Jr. Penguin Encounter

NEW! Introduce your little one to an adorable penguin!

Available to visitors at $33 per person
Member Price: $29.70 per person
Includes General Admission
Ages 6 and under
Offered daily at 11:30 a.m.

Family with penguin
Photo taken prior to 2020

Immersive Experience

  • Talk with a penguin expert and learn all about African Penguins and their wild habitat.
  • Ask anything during this interactive experience – curiosity is encouraged!
  • Participate in interactive games and enjoy a story about penguins.
  • Get up-close to a real African Penguin!
  • Take photos and videos to document this memorable experience that’s perfect for families with young children.
small child in front of penguin

Enhanced Safety

  • Each animal encounter is limited in size to allow for a personal experience and to provide ample space between participant groups.
  • Seating is separated by 6 feet for individuals and families not in the same group.
  • Staff will wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth.
  • Guests are also required to wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth.
  • The National Aviary is performing frequent cleaning and disinfection of surfaces throughout the day.
Book Now

Email info@aviary.org or call 412-258-9445 for more information or with questions.

Show off your festive and fabulous side just in time for the holidays while supporting the National Aviary’s mission! Purchase one or more of our penguin-and-holiday-themed shirts, available in a variety of styles, colors, and sizes, including kids.

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Additional Information

  • This encounter is open to all ages as it was created with young penguin lovers in mind – our team recommends this experience for children under 6 years old. Children must be accompanied by a paying adult.
  • At the National Aviary, we give our animals the choice to participate in interactive experiences with caring guests, like you!  Please provide your contact information when booking your encounter. If our animal ambassador needs a day of rest, we will contact you to reschedule your encounter. The comfort and safety of our animals and our guests is always our top priority. Thank you for understanding!

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