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Children's Classes

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 4 or 5 weeks. Weekend family programs may be attended one at a time or as a full series. 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.

Weekday Class Series

Each April, we celebrate Kid’s Farm Month by exploring the animals of the Kid’s Farm, sponsored by State Farm®, and their exotic relatives at the Zoo!

COCK-A-DOODLE-ZOO

You don’t have to get up with the chickens to explore animal communication! From the Kid’s Farm to American Trail, the animals will bid you “good day” with a baa, oink, or quack any time!

  • Ages: 4-6
  • Time: Wednesdays: 2:00-3:30 p.m.; Mondays and Thursdays: 1:00-2:30 p.m.
  • Member Fee: $125 / Non-Member Fee: $156.25

Classes meet as Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday sessions.

  • Monday Sessions: April 28, May 5, 12, 19, June 2 (no class Memorial Day)
  • Wednesday Sessions: April 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28
  • Thursday Sessions: May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

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DO ELEPHANTS LIKE HOT SAUCE?

Discover the answer to this and other delicious mysteries as we learn how and why Zoo nutritionists develop a specific diet for each animal in our care, from lions to leaf-cutter ants.

  • Ages: 7-10
  • Time: Thursdays: 10:00-noon; Mondays and Wednesdays: 3:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Member Fee: $100 / Non-Member Fee: $125

Classes meet as Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday sessions.

  • Monday Sessions: April 28, May 5, 12, 19
  • Wednesday Sessions: April 30, May 7, 14, 21
  • Thursday Sessions: May 1, 8, 15, 22

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Weekend Family Programs

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.

BABE:PIG AT THE ZOO

Who better than Babe, the sheep-herding pig, to guide our learning about the animals at the Kid’s Farm, sponsored by State Farm®, and their wild relatives at the Zoo!

  • Ages: 4-8
  • Time: 10:00-Noon
  • Member Fee (per class): $28 / Non-Member Fee (per class): $35

April 6: Babe the Pig
Babe the pig earned the love of all the animals in the barnyard by being brave and kind. Our Ossabaw hogs will show off their best manners when this class visits!

April 13: Fly the Dog
Fly taught lonely piglet Babe how to be a sheepdog, then adopted him into her pack. Join the Zoo’s Gray Wolf pack in this class today!

April 27: The Sheep Herd
Babe loved his sheep, but we’ve got a different set of woolly wonders here at the Zoo. Come make a new set of fluffy friends and meet our three alpacas!

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MARVELOUS MOTHERS

Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Zoo! Bring your amazing mom (or grandma!) to visit some of our Zoo mothers and learn about the extraordinary things animals do to keep their babies safe. Afterwards, we will make a special gift for the mom in your life.

  • Ages: 8-11 (Saturday); 4-7 (Sunday)
  • Date: Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11
  • Time: 10:00-noon
  • Member Fee: $28 / Non-Member Fee: $35

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THE LION KING

Roar into summer with the pride of the National Zoo! Celebrate the arrival of the Zoo’s six new lion cubs by learning about Simba and his wild pals.

  • Ages: 4-7
  • Time: 10:00-Noon
  • Member Fee (per class): $28 / Non-Member Fee (per class): $35

May 18: Timon and Pumbaa: Meerkats and Peccaries
Simba had no worries with these pals by his side. Make friends with meerkats and peccaries in this class. Hakuna Matata!

June 1: Zazu the Hornbill
Zazu always had good advice for Simba. What will you learn when you visit our Bird House?

June 8: Simba, Mufasa and the Lion Pride
Our six lion cubs just can't wait to be kings and queens! And we can’t wait to see you in this class!

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FANTASTIC FATHERS

We’ve got some proud papas at the National Zoo! Bring your delightful dad (or granddad!) to meet them and learn how animal fathers protect their pride, pack, herd, or troop. Afterwards, we will make a special gift for the dad in your life.

  • Ages: 8-11 (Saturday); 4-7 (Sunday)
  • Date: Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15
  • Time: 10:00-noon
  • Member Fee: $28 / Non-Member Fee: $35

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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.