These programs require the participation of at least one parent or other adult for every one to two registered children. These programs are designed for caregivers to interact with, and help facilitate the learning of the registered program participant. To best serve all of our Early Childhood participants, unregistered children may not participate in the programs. The fees for these programs are per child. There is no charge for the accompanying adult. Please list the accompanying adult on the registration form.

Animals at Play

For children ages 3 - 4, accompanied by an adult

Do you like to play tag, hide-and-go-seek or catch? Young animals gain strength and develop survival skills while playing, which helps them in the wild. Come and discover why cheetah cubs wrestle, chimps chase and river otters play with their food.

Limited to 16 children per session.

Instructor: Early Childhood Instructor

Fee: Zoo Members $24 / General Public $27

CodeDateDayTime 
C711P1 July 11 Sa 10-11:30 a.m.
C711P2 July 11 Sa 1-2:30 p.m.  
C712P1 July 12 Su 10-11:30 a.m.  
C712P2 July 12 Su 1-2:30 p.m.  
C826P1 Aug 26 W 10-11:30 a.m.  

Awesome Animal Families (NEW)

For children ages 3 - 4, accompanied by an adult

Animals have families just like we do. Some baby animals live with their mom and dad, others are adopted by parents of a different species, but all are interesting. Join us as we explore perky puggles, caring crocs and hopping hornbills and discover all the amazing things animal parents do to help their young!

Limited to 12 children per session.

Instructor: Early Childhood Instructor

Fee: Zoo Members $24 / General Public $27

CodeDateDayTime 
C615F1 June 15 M 10-11:30 a.m.  
C615F2 June 15 M 1-2:30 p.m.
C913F1 Sep 13 Su 10-11:30 a.m.  
C913F2 Sep 13 Su 1-2:30 p.m.  

Scales and Slime and Teeth, Oh My!

For children ages 3 - 4, accompanied by an adult

Creep with us into the world of our cold-blooded buddies, the reptiles and amphibians. Learn what they eat, where they hang out and why they’re not so scary! We’ll meet live animals, make our own slime and much more!

Limited to 16 children per session.

Instructor: Early Childhood Instructor

Fee: Zoo Members $24 / General Public $27

CodeDateDayTime 
C815S1 Aug 15 Sa 10-11:30 a.m.  
C815S2 Aug 15 Sa 1-2:30 p.m.  
C816S1 Aug 16 Su 10-11:30 a.m.  
C816S2 Aug 16 Su 1-2:30 p.m.  
C831S1 Aug 31 M 10-11:30 a.m.  

Under the Sea

For children 3 - 4, accompanied by an adult

Explore the amazing ocean animals through stories and art. Participants will have an up close encounter with gracefully gliding sting rays at the Stingrays at Caribbean Cove Exhibit. Each participant will decorate their own organic tote bag to take home.

Limited to 16 children per session.

Instructor: Early Childhood Instructor

Fee: Zoo Members $24 / General Public $27

CodeDateDayTime 
C628U1 June 28 Su 9-10:30 a.m.  
C628U2 June 28 Su 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
C808U1 Aug 8 Sa 9-10:30 a.m.
C808U2 Aug 8 Sa 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  
C809U1 Aug 9 Su 9-10:30 a.m.  
C809U2 Aug 9 Su 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.