Exciting Fall Theme, Forests, at the National Aviary

New Season Brings Fun for the Whole Family

September 11, 2023

Embrace that fall feeling during the National Aviary’s newest seasonal theme, Forests Presented by Peoples. Bring your little one on a journey throughout immersive habitats, like the toasty Tropical Rainforest, to try and spot Wookiee, the Linnaeus’ Two-toed Sloth living high up in the trees. Watch adorable ducks bathing under a 15-foot waterfall, and continue into Canary’s Call Presented by Dollar Bank to see the newest members of our flock, Crested Wood-partridge chicks, scurrying alongside their parents. While you’re there, add-on the excitement of getting closer to a colorful forest bird during the Rainbow Lorikeet Feeding

For even more interactive fun, add-on the live immersive bird show Habitat Heroes presented by AAA Travel! Experience the thrill of powerful forest birds like Bald Eagles and Eurasian Eagle-Owls flying right over your head as you learn about their incredible “superpowers” or adaptations, and how you can be a hero to birds, too.

Check out the Aviary’s interactive play spaces, where you can relax as your child dresses as a Junior Avian Scientist and practices their animal care skills. They can spend time “building” their own log cabin with realistic logs and blocks, or make their drawing come to life and and watching it appear on the screen in front of them. Young children can also feel and see the different textures and colors of forest elements like leaves and animal figurines at a Sensory Table.

While exploring forested habitats, be sure to visit Kodiak the Steller’s Sea Eagle and his potential new mate! Learn all about the pair, plus other National Aviary eagles, including Autumn the Golden Eagle, during a daily Eagles of the Forest Talk, included with admission!

Want to make a visit even more special? Come during an event weekend!

African Penguin Awareness Day at the National Aviary is Saturday, October 14 from 10:30 am – 3 pm. Come dressed in black and white and waddle through the Aviary learning all about African Penguins and raising awareness for this endangered species. Make a fun penguin-themed craft and snap photos alongside the African Penguin colony. This event is included with admission.

Join us for a sp-OO-ky celebration during Owl-O-Ween, included with admission, Saturday and Sunday, October 21 and 22! Kids dress up in their best costume and participate in a Halloween parade around the Aviary then gather treats during various activities! Learn all about the mysterious species at the National Aviary like owls and bats, and create an owl-themed craft. Plus, get the chance to meet an Animal Ambassador owl up close! 

Need something engaging for your child ages 6-12 to do during the winter months? Sign them up for camps like the One-Day Camp  Friday, November 24 from 9 am – 3 pm. Registration for this program is now open! 

Later in the season, kids can beat the holiday break boredom with a session of Winter Camp, happening December 27, 28, and 29 from 9 am – 3 pm. December 27 & 28 are reserved for children ages 6-8 while the session on December 29 is for ages 9-12. Need inspiration for your holiday shopping list? Visit the constantly updating National Aviary Seasonal Shopping Guide to see what unique gifts you can impress your friends and family with!

Don’t miss out on unforgettable experiences at the National Aviary this fall during Forests Presented by Peoples. Bring the whole family in for a day full of interactive activities, learning experiences, and of course, beautiful birds!

Reserve tickets today!