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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 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.

Weekday Class Series

Magic Zoo Bus

Where will the bus take you? All around the Zoo! Hop onboard for this wild ride as we learn about some of the Zoo's newest arrivals and what Zoo scientists are doing to help save these species. Honk if you love animals!

  • Ages: 3-5 (with adult)
  • Time: Tues or Weds 1:00-2:30 p.m.
  • Member Fee: $150 / Non-Member Fee: $187.50

Classes meet as Tuesday or Wednesday sessions.

  • Tuesday sessions: April 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26
  • Wednesday sessions: April 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27

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HOME EDUCATION PROGRAM: Folk-Tails

Fact or fiction? Fables and folktales from around the world provide clever explanations for some amazing animal adaptations. We'll travel across the globe and through the years to explore these stories, then learn how we can help the animals they feature have a happily ever after.

  • Ages: 6-12
  • Time: Thursdays: 10:00 a.m.-noon
  • Dates: April 30, May 7, 14, 28, June 4 (No class May 21)
  • Member Fee: $150 / Non-Member Fee: $187.50

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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.

Panda-Monium

Pandas may look black and white, but they are pretty colorful characters. Peer through misty bamboo forests to explore the hidden world of these beautiful bears, then visit the Zoo’s most famous family: Tian Tian, Mei Xiang, and Bao Bao.

  • Ages: 4-7
  • Time: 10:00-noon
  • Date: Saturday, May 2 or Sunday May 3
  • 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.