Program Type(s): Families
Your little Zoo enthusiasts are sure to love these fun-filled programs designed for families with children ages 3 - 5. Explore different areas of the Zoo with one of our Safari Leaders and be prepared to get up close and personal with a few of our smaller Zoo residents.
Programs are 90 minutes long and take place on Zoo grounds, so bring your strollers if necessary and dress for the weather.
Time: 10:00am –
Location: Meet in the Reinberger Education Building to left of main
zoo entrance, unless otherwise noted.
(Registration closes one week prior to event date)
April 21, September 7 – Mammals and Me
What do you have in common with a bear, camel, and a wolf? Come learn what makes an animal a mammal and meet some of the zoo’s smaller mammals.
April 26, September 20 – African Animals
You've heard of the king of the jungle, but what African animal truly wears a crown on its head? Find out as we explore the African savanna and the beautiful animals that make it unique.
May 4, September 28 – Australian Adventure
G'Day mates! Did you know a Koala is actually not a bear? Bring your young jackaroos and jillaroos to the Zoo to discover what it's like to be a kid in Australia while exploring the Australian Adventure exhibit.
May 12, October 18 – Animal Care
Do you know a little zoo enthusiast that loves to take care of animals? Come learn what it takes to care for zoo animals at the Sarah Allison Steffee Center for Zoological Medicine. Here, our budding veterinarians can learn about animal care through hands-on activities and tools-of-the-trade while having some fun caring for their favorite animal. Visitors might even get to sneak a peek at a treatment procedure in progress.
May 18 - Nature Explorers
Come out and play! Bring your little explorer to come experience the joys of connecting to nature at the Zoo’s Nature Discovery Ridge! Let curiosity and wonder run wild as we interact with different habitats while learning about the essential elements of water, shelter, and food. Children are invited to climb, splash, imagine, and best of all have fun, while we discover why we need nature and nature needs us to appreciate and protect it.
September 15 - 'Mazing Marsupials
There are many interesting and unique animals that live in Australia. Most of those animals happen to be marsupials. Come learn about their ‘mazing adaptations and meet some of the most well known marsupials here at the Zoo.
October 6, November 9- Monkey Business (October 6 class Meet in The RainForest Jungle Lab)
Primates are our closest cousins in the animal world. But do you know how to tell a monkey from an ape? Come monkey around and explore the world of primates as we learn the primate basics.
October 12 – Bears, Bears, Bears
Grab your favorite stuffed bear and bring it along to see some real bears in action! We will learn all about the different kinds of bears you will meet here at The Zoo.
October 27 – Nocturnal Animals
Did you know some animals stay awake while we are sleeping at night? Some of the most interesting animals live in the dark. Discover what they are, while learning lots of fun facts about these nocturnal creatures.
November 1 – Animal Senses (Meet in The RainForest Jungle Lab)
We use our body parts to see, smell, taste, touch, and hear. Animals use their body parts to do the same things, but some in much different ways. Would you use your ears to see? How about your feet to taste or your tongue to smell? Some animals do! Come explore how animals use their five senses.
November 17, November 29 – What’s for Dinner?
Chomp! Crunch! Slurp! Animals eat all kinds of different foods. Do you like to eat any of the same things? Discover your dietary similarities (and differences) on this epicurean adventure!
December 7, December 15 – Cold Weather Animals
Brrr! How do you stay warm in the winter? Animals have many things to keep them warm outside in the cold and snow. Some animals, including reindeer, grizzly bears and wolves, endure the most extreme winter weather. Explore Wilderness Trek and discover the special things that make these animals perfect for living in cold climates.
Cost: $15 per person (Zoo members $10 per person).
Program fee includes admission to the Zoo and The RainForest.
We are unable to accommodate walk-ups for these programs. Please register in advance.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Can my child attend without a chaperone?
We require that each family registered has at least one adult present during the program. So don't forget to add this person when registering. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
- Can I bring my younger child to the program as well?
Program admission must be purchased for children ages 2+ to attend. Siblings younger than 2 years of age are welcome to attend the program for free WITH paid registration of a parent AND older sibling as long as the child is not disruptive to the program being taught.
- What if I have questions about the program topics listed?
The targeted age for the program is 3-5 years old. If you are bringing family members with ages outside of this targeted range, feel free to call the Registration Office at 216-635-3391 with any questions you have about curriculum and we will ask the presenter.