Children’s classes and family programs invite children (ages 4 and up) to discover the natural world through a variety of unique, interactive experiences. Classes use crafts, science activities, music, and the Zoo's animal collection to help your child master disciplinary core ideas in environmental conservation and life science while strengthening important academic, developmental, and social skills. (Please note: there is no direct animal contact during classes.)
Weekday class series meet once a week for 5 weeks. Weekend family programs are single class offerings. For everyone’s safety and enjoyment, unregistered children (including siblings) may not attend, with the exception of infants who are not yet crawling. All enrolled children must meet the minimum age requirement by the date of the first class session.
Put on your construction hats and meet the busy builders of the National Zoo! We’ll travel from the tops of the trees to deep underground to learn where the wild things live! Then we’ll put our design skills to work and create a home for each animal!
Classes meet as Tuesday or Wednesday sessions.
For many animals, senses of light, touch, taste, and smell differ from our own. Observe animals in action, conduct revealing scent and sound experiments, and create a take-home craft that will help you practice your sensory skills.
Classes meet as Tuesday or Wednesday sessions. There will be no classes during the week of Thanksgiving.
Calling all Zoo detectives! Grab your binoculars and join us as we venture through the Zoo to uncover clues about the animal kingdom and scientific methods. A new mystery each week builds our investigative skills and our detective toolkits.
There really is no place like home… and autumn is a wild time in the deciduous forests that surround our region! Get ready to dig deep into our local ecosystem and its residents as we explore the biome in our backyard.
Our furry friends, scaly snakes, and spineless spiders are each in a class of their own! Join us as we learn about animal classification in this five-week series. We’ll explore reptiles, mammals, fish, birds, and invertebrates with hands-on activities, crafts, and Zoo Walks.
Classes meet as Monday or Thursday sessions.
Fables and folktales from around the world provide clever explanations for some amazing animal adaptations. We’ll travel around the globe and through the years to learn how we can help the animals these stories feature have a happily ever after.
Classes meet as Monday or Thursday sessions. There will be no classes during the week of Thanksgiving.
For weekend family programs, we encourage the whole family to attend. For everyone’s safety and enjoyment, at least one parent must remain with the registered child/ren. All children must meet the minimum age requirement to attend, with the exception of infants who are not yet crawling.
From super-strength to bionic vision, invisibility to lightning speed, animals have amazing powers! Put on your mask and fly over to the Zoo to learn all about the super-heroes of the animal kingdom.
It’s a family reunion! Get to know your animal cousins, from tiny tamarins to acrobatic orangutans. We think you’ll give this class an opposable thumbs up!
Think migration is for the birds? Think again! Meet mammals, reptiles, and more who hit the road each year. Then, make a feeder to turn your backyard into a wildlife rest stop.
It’s a real feast with the beasts here at the National Zoo! Learn about the wide variety of diets that our nutritionists must satisfy every day, and find out what might be on the animals’ Thanksgiving menu. Sink your teeth into this class today!
You and your child will have zoo-dles of fun making original animal-themed crafts for the holidays. Make everything from wildlife ornaments to animal-print cards and your very own wrapping paper.
Cancellation and Transfer Policy: All cancellation requests received by the FONZ Education office at least two weeks prior to the start of the program will receive a 75% refund. All transfer requests received at least two weeks prior to the start of the program will be charged a 10-percent administrative fee. No refunds or changes will be made with less than two-weeks notice.
FONZ reserves the right to cancel a program no less than two days before the class begins if registration is under five participants. In this event, you will be notified by phone or e-mail and offered credit for another program, a full refund, or the option to donate your program fee to FONZ.