Children must be accompanied by an adult. Fees listed are PER CHILD.

These programs are designed for you and your child to explore the animal world together. Programs are hands-on and may include crafts, live animals, songs, stories, role-playing, and more.

These programs do not include behind-the-scenes tours or opportunities to touch animals on exhibit while touring the Zoo.

NOTE: These programs are designed for caregivers to interact with, and help facilitate the learning of the registered program participant. In order to best serve all of our Early Childhood participants, unregistered children may not participate in the programs.

Based on the age of your child, please select from the fall programs below.

For Children Ages 6 - 12 Months

Lumpy, Bumpy, Fuzzy, Furry

What has bumps, what has lumps, what is fuzzy and furry? Join us for a tactile exploration of animal coverings.

Limited to 12 children
Fee: Zoo Members $14/General Public $16
C1202LB - December 2 (Tu); 9 - 10 a.m.

For Children Ages 18 - 36 Months

Stroller Safari Series

You and your child will experience a live animal encounter and then take a guided stroll throughout the Zoo. Come on a learning adventure as we visit our wonderful animal habitats and meet a few interesting characters along the way. Don't forget your stroller!

NOTE: These programs are designed for caregivers to interact with, and help facilitate the learning of the registered program participant. In order to best serve all of our Early Childhood participants, unregistered children may not participate in the programs.

Limited to 12 children per session
Fee: Zoo Members $14/General Public $16

Sound Like the Animals

What sounds do penguins make? Honk! How about a chimpanzee? Oooh Ahhh Ahhh! Let's go around the Zoo and listen to all the crazy cool sounds of our animals.

C0930SS - September 30 (Tu); 9 - 10 a.m. - SOLD OUT

Move Like the Animals

Fly like a butterfly, swim like a hippo, crawl like a beetle and run like a cheetah. Let's try out all the ways that animals like to move.

C1027SS - October 27 (M); 9 - 10 a.m. - SOLD OUT

Look Like the Animals

An ostrich has feathers, a camel has a hump, and zebras have stripes. Let's see what it feels like to look like a Zoo animal.

C1112SS - November 12 (W); 9 - 10 a.m.

Live Like the Animals

What is it like to live like the animals? Let's find out! We will see what it is like for monkeys in the trees, prairie dogs under the ground, and salamanders under the water.

C1215SS - December 15 (M); 9 - 10 a.m.

For Children Ages 2 – 3

NOTE: These programs are designed for caregivers to interact with, and help facilitate the learning of the registered program participant. In order to best serve all of our Early Childhood participants, unregistered children may not participate in the programs.

Backyard Buddies

Do you know who’s living in your backyard? Come dig in the dirt to discover who helps our gardens grow and investigate all the amazing animals that live right under our noses.

Limited to 12 children per session.
Fee: Zoo Members $14/General Public $16
C0926BK – September 26 (F); 9 - 10 a.m. - SOLD OUT
C0927BK - September 27 (Sa); 10 - 11 a.m. - SOLD OUT

Birdie Birdie

Fly like a robin, soar like a hawk and strut like a turkey, as we learn about our feathered friends.

Limited to 12 children per session.
Fee: Zoo Members $14/General Public $16
C1017BB – October 17 (F); 9 - 10 a.m. - SOLD OUT
C1018BB - October 18 (Sa); 10 - 11 a.m. - SOLD OUT

Colors, Stripes and Spots

Discover why animals have such an amazing diversity of patterns and colors.

Limited to 12 children per session.
Fee: Zoo Members $14/General Public $16
C1121CS – November 21 (F); 9 - 10 a.m. - SOLD OUT
C1122CS - November 22 (Sa); 10 - 11 a.m. - SOLD OUT

For Children Ages 3 - 4

NOTE: These programs are designed for caregivers to interact with, and help facilitate the learning of the registered program participant. In order to best serve all of our Early Childhood participants, unregistered children may not participate in the programs.

Monkey'in Around

Explore the exciting world of primates like leaping lemurs, silly sifakas and more!

Limited to 14 children per session.
Fee: Zoo Members $16/General Public $18
C1005MA – October 5 (Su); 10 - 11:30 a.m. - SOLD OUT
C1006MA - October 6 (M); 9 - 10:30 a.m.

Curled Up and Cozy

Discover how our animal friends prepare for winter.

Limited to 14 children per session.
Fee: Zoo Members $16/General Public $18
C1102CC – November 2 (Su); 10 - 11:30 a.m. - SOLD OUT
C1103CC - November 3 (M); 9 - 10:30 a.m.

Holiday Critter Craft

Create holiday treats for the animals in your backyard and animal-themed décor to take home.

Limited to 14 children per session.
Fee: Zoo Members $16/General Public $18
C1212HC – December 12 (F); 9 - 10:30 a.m.
C1213HC - December 13 (Sa); 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Penguin and Puffin Pals

Plunge into the icy world of these black and white birds. We’ll discover what they eat, how they hunt and many other amazing adaptations.

Limited to 14 children per session.
Fee: Zoo Members $16/General Public $18
C0109PP – January 9 (F); 9 - 10:30 a.m.
C0110PP - January 10 (Sa); 10 - 11:30 a.m. - SOLD OUT

For Children Ages 4 - 6

NOTE: These programs are designed for caregivers to interact with, and help facilitate the learning of the registered program participant. In order to best serve all of our Early Childhood participants, unregistered children may not participate in the programs.

Animals of the Desert

Have you ever wondered how desert animals can survive in such hot, dry habitats with very little water? Come explore how these amazing animals have adapted to live in some of the hottest places on Earth.

Limited to 14 children per session.
Fee: Zoo Members $18/General Public $20
C0928AD – September 28 (Su); 10- 11:30 a.m.
C0929AD - September 29 (M); 9 - 10:30 a.m.

Every Day is Earth Day!

Earth day doesn't have to be celebrated just one day a year! Join us as we explore many different ways we can help save our planet and the animals that live here!!!

Limited to 14 children per session.
Fee: Zoo Members $18/General Public $20
C1010ED – October 10 (F); 9 – 10:30 a.m.
C1011ED - October 11 (Sa); 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Fantastic Feathered Friends!

Discover the wide world of feathers, beaks and wings! We'll explore the many different species of birds, from the tiny bee hummingbird to the large ostrich. Plus, we will learn how to spot and identify our local birds!

Limited to 14 children per session.
Fee: Zoo Members $18/General Public $20
C1107FF – November 7 (F); 9 – 10:30 a.m.
C1108FF - November 8 (Sa); 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Winter Wonders

Join us on an animal adventure around the world as we explore how animals adapt to ice and snow, while playing in it ourselves!

Limited to 14 children per session.
Fee: Zoo Members $18/General Public $20
C1207WW – December 7 (Su); 10 – 11:30 a.m.
C1208WW - December 8 (M); 9 - 10:30 a.m.