Skip Hop Zoo Review
Bottom Line

No matter where your child's interests lie, Skip Hop Zoo Pack probably has a backpack to please them. These adorable, brightly colored packs are durable, functional and fun. Parents will appreciate the Zoo Packs phthalate-free and BPA-free construction. They're just the right size for a toddler or preschooler, but a little too small for school-age kids because they can't accommodate a full-size notebook or folder.

  • Sized for toddlers
  • Durable
  • Easy to clean
  • Wide range of characters
  • Exterior cup holder
  • Won't hold a full-size folder

Breaking it down


Perfect for preschoolers. Skip Hop Zoo packs have one large main compartment, a smaller insulated front compartment, and an adjustable mesh water bottle pocket. Reviewers say that's plenty of room for toys, snacks, a change of clothes and a blanket for naptime. It also has a write-on nametag and parents say the zippers are easy for little fingers to use. Parents who purchase the Skip Hop Zoo Pack for kindergarteners are often disappointed, because it's not quite big enough to fit a full-size folder. However, Skip Hop doesn't make any claims about fitting full-size papers or folders, and they post the pack's dimensions on their website.


Kids want to wear it. Skip Hop Zoo packs get raves for how perfectly-sized the backpacks are for toddlers and preschoolers. In particular, parents of children from 1 to 4 years old say this pack fits their children very well, with lots of room to grow thanks to the adjustable straps. The straps are padded for comfort. The Skip Hop bags are BPA- and phthalate-free. The cute animal designs are soft and don't interfere with wearing the pack or rub uncomfortably against the wearer.


Will outlast your toddler. We found many comments about how well made the Skip Hop Zoo packs are. Many parents say they hold onto these packs as overnight bags once their children need a larger backpack for carrying full-size folders, or they pass the backpack down to a younger sibling. Skip Hop Zoo backpacks get high praise for their ease of cleaning: just toss them in the washer, hang them to dry, and they look like new, say parents. The only complaints we found were from a few parents who said the fabric "ears" on several of the animal designs had started to fray, or that the zipper pulls had fallen off.

Buy from Amazon

Our Sources

1. Amazon.com

Skip Hop Zoo Pack Little Kid Backpack, Dog, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2016

More than 3,455 reviewers give the Skip Hop Zoo packs an overall rating of 4.7 stars out of 5. Owners praise these packs for being well-made and undeniably cute. Most say it's plenty big enough for a preschooler, but some point out that the packs are too small to hold a standard-size folder or notebook.

2. Target.com

Skip Hop Zoo Pack Little Kid Backpack - Dog, Contributors to Target.com, As of August 2016

Most online retailers list the different animal varieties of the Skip Hop Zoo Pack together, but Target.com lists them separately, and with around 25 user reviews, the dog version gets the most attention. It receives a perfect 5-star rating. Other Skip Hop Zoo animal packs earn similar ratings.

3. FatBrainToys.com

Zoo Pack Backpacks, Contributors to FatBrainToys.com, As of August 2016

In more than 90 reviews Skip Hop Zoo backpacks get an average overall rating of 4.67 stars out of 5. Customers say the packs are cute and are the perfect size for toddlers. Many say their children love their little packs.

4. Zappos.com

Skip Hop Zoo Backpack, Contributors to Zappos.com, As of August 2016

In about 100 reviews, the Skip Hop Zoo backpacks get top ratings, with 91 percent giving them a perfect score. The packs get raves for comfort and fit, and for the "adorable" animal shapes. Most say they have plenty of room for young preschoolers and their "stuff."

5. AlphaMom.com

Preschooler Backpacks: The Yay To The Nay, Ilana Wiles, Not Dated

Blogger Ilana Wiles, who also writes the Mommy Shorts humor blog, offers this review of three backpacks for children just starting school. Her review is based upon both research and her child's reaction to each pack. Her top pick is Skip Hop Zoo for price, quality and appearance.

6. BabyGizmo.com

Best Preschool & Little Kid Back To School Backpacks, Elisabeth Meyer, Not Dated

Meyer lists the best backpacks for toddlers to 7-year-olds. Skip Hop Zoo Packs get a brief review, and Meyer shares her personal experience with her son's pack. She says it's cute, durable, reasonably priced, and looks like new after a trip through the washer.