Zoo Access for All The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Zoo Access for All program is designed to encourage families and individuals of all backgrounds to visit our world-class organization to build lifelong and multi-generational memories. We are committed to inspiring every visitor with wildlife every day, and we believe everyone should have the opportunity to experience and cultivate a positive connection to wildlife and wild places.? We seek to include all members of our community regardless of economic status or other limiting factors. Please see below for our many resources, policies, and tips to make your Zoo visit as fun and comfortable as possible. (Updated 9/2/2020) Please visit the FAQ page for general Zoo policies and information. To reserve an electric wheelchair for your visit, please click here. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, in partnership with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), has been working to become the most welcoming, accessible, and inclusive Zoo for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The Zoo has made great progress toward this goal since the effort, funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), began in 2017. The Zoo offers: adult changing tables sensory maps sensory-friendly restrooms Zoo adventure planning map Zoo adventure planning choices a rides access pass Going to the Zoo Social Narrative Going to the Zoo Social Narrative – COVID-19 Updates Going to the Zoo Social Narrative – PNC Festival of Lights Going to the Zoo Video Narrative? Going to Festival of Lights Social Narrative Roo Valley Social Narrative Giraffe Feeding Social Narrative Blakely’s Barnyard Bonanza Social Narrative (Currently Offline) Cheetah Encounter Social Narrative (Currently Offline) Zoo Visual Supports and Rules sensory bags filled with oral motor chewy tubes, fidgets, bubble makers, noise-canceling headphones, sunglasses, etc. 2 calming rooms – 1 currently open in Vine Street Village & 1 due to open in Mai Thai’s Market Fall 2020 Adventure Ropes course that will have ADA accessible components – Spring 2021 Sensory-Friendly Santa Experience The Cincinnati Zoo, in partnership with the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital LEND program, invites you back for second year of Sensory-Friendly Santa! This year will look a little different as Santa will be in the Zoo’s Maasai Mara Picnic Shelter outdoors. The 2020 dates and times will be – December 3-4, 6-7, and 9-12 from 1:30pm-3pm. The following accommodations will be made for visitors with sensory sensitivities and/or developmental disabilities and their families: Reserved times help families avoid standing in a line while waiting Holiday music volume will be lowered and bright lights will be dimmed/off, and only one family will have access to the area at a time to avoid additional distraction or stimulation. Santa will be in his sleigh this year to help maintain the 6 feet of social distancing, keeping your family and Santa safe. Santa will be wearing a mask. Santa is receiving training from Dr. Jen Smith (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital LEND program) for tips and information on interacting with kids with different abilities Families can visit Santa and Zoo before the Festival of Lights crowds arrive, and before it’s dark (for those with holiday light sensitivities) To reserve a 10 minute experience, please click HERE?to visit the online store. These reservations do NOT include member reservations or Zoo admission, please make reservations online ahead of your Santa experience. Directions and resources to prepare for your trip will be emailed to you with your timed reservation ticket. Please Note: This event is anticipated to fill up. If you reserve a time and need to change it, we will try to accommodate as space allows.