Join the STEAM-powered Big Draw at Battersea Park Zoo


Join us at Battersea Park Children’s Zoo next week for The Big Draw, a STEAM powered festival bringing together Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths.

This year’s theme for the popular Big Draw art event is STEAM, representing the campaign to give the arts parity with other subjects and paying tribute to our industrial past.

Animals and conservation are the focus of the Big Draw at Battersea Park Children’s Zoo next week, on Saturday 29th October, between 11am and 3.30pm, as the Zoo’s artist in residence Beatrice von Preussen takes children through a fun day of critters, crayons and creativity.

The Big Draw will include looking at meerkats and otters, considering their diets and how they catch their food, making puppets and artwork, counting how many there are in the Zoo, taking selfies with your puppet and more arty and animal STEAM-powered fun.

The Big Draw event is free to anyone paying normal entry prices to the Zoo on the day and children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Big Draw forms part of a national drive to get families all over the UK drawing for fun and is supported by artists Quentin Blake, David Hockney, Posy Simmonds and Gerald Scarfe and presenter Andrew Marr.

It’s half term next week too, so there’s plenty more to keep the kids entertained. Halloween horrors and half term holidays amalgamate for awesome activities, starting with a Pumpkin Trail (Saturday 22nd – Sunday 30th October) and a quiz for curious kids, costing £1 including a prize.

The Slithery Snake Day (Tuesday 25th October) will include snake story time, puppet making and a very sss-special guest. (£1)

Children will be charmed by a face-to-face encounter with a prickly personality during Hedgehog Day (Wednesday 26th October). The event – run with the People’s Trust for Endangered Species – will include story time, a chat with a hedgehog rescuer and the chance to say hello to a real hedgehog.

(For the 11am and 1.30pm sessions – pre-book through PTES website at The 12pm and 2.30pm sessions are bookable on the day. These sessions are suitable for children aged 3-11 years.)

The Bat Day (Thursday 27th October) will pay a Halloween homage to this mythologised mammal, including facts and fiction, story time, face painting and the chance to make a bat to take home. (There is an additional charge of £1 for the craft activities and face painting is also available at a cost of £2.50.)

Normal entry to the Zoo applies to all events, with extra charges outlined above. Normal entry charges are: Adults £8.95 Children £6.95 Family £29. To find out more about these and other activities at Battersea Park Children’s Zoo, please see the website at

Battersea Park Children’s Zoo, Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ, tel 020 7924 5826.