In the Kittens' Den, a naturally landscaped sculpture play garden, children may touch sculptures of bobcat kittens, a mama bobcat and even a mountain lion. The experience works well for guests with vision impairments.


Junior Museum & Zoo
1451 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone: 650-329-2111
Fax: 650-473-1965


We welcome people of all abilities. We design our experiences to be accessible to visitors with physical and developmental disabilities.

At the JMZ, you will find:

  • Accessibility Resources, available for check out during your visit
  • A Social Story to prepare for your visit; Click HERE to download
  • Exhibits that are designed according to the Smithsonian Guidelines for Accessible Exhibition Design
  • Wheelchair accessible exhibits, or exhibits that have a component so that a child or parent in a wheelchair may interact with visitors using the exhibit
  • Multi-sensory, hands-on exhibits that engage different abilities depending on a child’s strengths
  • Signage designed to be legible to people with vision impairments
  • Experiences for visitors with vision and hearing impairments
  • A welcoming experience for children with autism and other developmental disabilities and activities that engage this population
  • Trained staff that is accommodating to your child’s special needs – please ask if you need any assistance
  • Accessible parking

Super Family Sundays Events

Periodically, we have free events for families who have children with special needs. 

The next Super Family Sunday will take place on July 23, 2017, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. 

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Click here to make a reservation.

Grandparents and siblings are welcome to attend. To create a welcoming and accommodating experience, the number of guests is limited. EVENTBRITE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND. For questions or to request special accommodations, please email, or call (650) 329-2111.

Super Family Sundays are made possible thanks to a generous donation by the Friends of the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo.

Field Trips for Children with Special Needs

If you would like to schedule a field trip for your group with special needs, please call (650) 329-2111 to make a reservation.  Fee: $5 per student.  Teachers and adult chaperones are free. We will do our best to tailor an experience to accommodate your group and any special needs.

Volunteer Opportunities for People with Special Needs

We welcome volunteers who have physical or developmental needs – from mild to severe. Children must be at least 14 years old. To discuss volunteer opportunities, please call (650) 329-2624 or email

Plan Your Visit

If you would like to visit the JMZ when it tends to be quieter and less crowded, we suggest visiting during the school year between noon and 2pm. Summers and school holidays are often busy all day long.

Photos from our Super Family Sunday events:

During our Superfamily Sunday events, trained staff tailor experiences to your child. Often, a special animal to touch will be brought out with touchable animal artifacts to increase the sensory experience. A science activity is also developed for each event. Our goal is to give each family a chance to experience the magic of the museum and zoo in a quieter setting.


Last Updated: Oct 3, 2017