NEW Madagascar PLAY area at Chester Zoo – Review

Yesterday we were invited to try out the brand new Madagascar PLAY area at Chester Zoo. We were told that we could climb like a lemur in the tree top adventure, play on the sandy beach like a tortoise, and hide in the Madagascan grasses. Animal noises optional.

Chester Zoo Madagascar Play Area

Our 2 explorers for the day were Katie and her cousin Finn, all set to experience Madagascar with their lemur tails. We were welcomed into the Madagascar Play area at Chester Zoo, by the most delicious and refreshing mocktails, and WOW what an area.


Slide at Chester Zoo

Madagascar PLAY at Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo Play Areas

Chester Zoo have teamed up with play experts, and developed the land into a place of wonder and adventure. Katie and Finn were immediately drawn to the large slide, followed by the tree top adventure. This attraction is more suited to older children, as you get to climb up fairly high. Katie being the daredevil that she is, loved the tree top adventure.

Chester Zoo

The water feature at Chester Zoo

The sprawling water feature was also a huge hit with kids of all ages. To be honest if it had been the day before (heatwave day), you would have found me cooling off in it. The kids loved the different elements, and working out how to move the water along the rocks.

Madagascar PLAY

Madagascar PLAY at Chester Zoo

And once you have explored outside, head into the Madagascan hut where the fun continues. You can dress up, write on the interactive chalkboard, or cook up a feast in the kitchen. And when it gets too much, there is a brilliant chill out space. And yes I am not going to lie, I wish I could have had a little snooze amongst those cushions.

Dress up at Chester Zoo

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Chalkboard at Chester Zoo

Chill out area at Chester Zoo

Barbecue at Chester Zoo

A play area that is not only fun but educational too, will always get my vote as a parent. And don’t forget to visit the beach area opposite for sandy fun. And when your stomachs start rumbling, there is a Barbecue and ice cream shop next to the Chester Zoo Madagascar PLAY.

Beach area at Chester Zoo

BBQ at Chester Zoo

And the play doesn’t stop there. Around the zoo you will find skipping lanes, paddle jumps, flamingo balance and butterfly paths to name a few. Keep your eyes peeled and PLAY.

Madagascar PLAY at Chester Zoo is a brilliant addition to what is already a fantastic family fun day out, and is included in the price of your admission. Check out the website for admission costs, opening times and details of special events at Chester Zoo.


Thank you to Chester Zoo for inviting us to the opening of Madagascar PLAY. All words and opinions are my own.

6 thoughts on “NEW Madagascar PLAY area at Chester Zoo – Review”

    • If you are ever across the country Sam, Chester Zoo is a must. The new play area is a great addition to the zoo, and you can easily spend a full day there. The chill out zone was perfect if you had young kids (or if you were a 43 year old woman too lol) x

    • Your boys would love the new play area Tas, perfect for little and big kids. It’s definitely a fantastic addition to the zoo and the chill out zone is great for tired little ones x

  1. We haven’t been to Chester in so long, I think G was 2! Looks like a great play area and thank you for joining in with #MyFamilyAdventures – this months post has just gone live if you fancy joining in again x

    • Thank you KA, I may well pop over and see if I have something to link up. I am sure G would love Chester Zoo, it’s a great day out x


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