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Children's Classes: Frogs

Frog classes at the National Zoo invite children (ages 3-5 and up) to explore the natural world through a variety of unique, interactive experiences. Discover a whole new view of the Zoo with interactive learning stations, hands-on activities and crafts, music, movement, and exciting Zoo Walks to visit our animals! There is no direct animal contact during classes. Weekday class series meet once a week for five weeks. Your child will have the same teacher and classmates for the each series and will learn about a new animal each week. Weekend Classes are single-session offerings.

All children must be accompanied by an adult who is prepared to take part in the activities. For everyone's safety and enjoyment, unregistered children (including siblings) may not attend, with the exception of infants who are not yet crawling. All children must be at least 3 years old by the date of the first class session to attend.

Register for all five 2016-2017 series and save an additional 10% after checkout! Contact the Education Programs Office to receive your rebate after you checkout. (Offer ends Oct. 1, 2016.)

Weekday Class Series

New to the Zoo

Who's New at the National Zoo? Lots of animal friends, waiting for you! Learn about some of the Zoo's newest arrivals and how zookeepers care for them. (Note: this class presents more advanced concepts, but identical animals to the 2-3 year old "Who's New" class.)

  • Ages: 3-5
  • Time: 1:00-2:30 p.m.
  • Member Fee: $150 / Non-Member Fee: $187.50

Classes meet as Tuesday or Wednesday sessions.

  • Tuesdays: Sept. 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25
  • Wednesdays: Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26

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Trunks to Tails

What could you do with ears three feet wide or a tail that can wrap around branches? From the tops of their heads to the tips of their toes, animals are pretty amazing! Explore the extraordinary features that animals use to survive!

  • Ages: 3-5
  • Time: 1:00-2:30 p.m.
  • Member Fee: $150 / Non-Member Fee: $187.50

Classes meet as Tuesday or Wednesday sessions.

  • Tuesdays: Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7
  • Wednesdays: Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8

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Animal Architects

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!

  • Ages: 3-5
  • Time: 1:00-2:30 p.m.
  • Member Fee: $150 / Non-Member Fee: $187.50

Classes meet as Tuesday or Wednesday sessions. No class during the week of Thanksgiving.

  • Tuesdays: Nov. 8, 15, 29, Dec. 6, 13
  • Wednesdays: Nov. 9, 16, 30, Dec. 7, 14

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Feasts With the Beasts

This is a class you can surely sink your teeth into. Be our guest and learn about our favorite animals’ favorite foods while satisfying your appetite for learning. Reservations required.

  • Ages: 3-5
  • Time: 1:00-2:30 p.m.
  • Member Fee: $150 / Non-Member Fee: $187.50

Classes meet as Tuesday or Wednesday sessions.

  • Tuesdays: Feb. 28, Mar. 7, 14, 21, 28
  • Wednesdays: Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

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The Magic Zoo Bus

Where will the bus take you? All around the Zoo! Hop onboard for this wild ride as we learn about animal movement. Honk if you love animals!

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

Classes meet as Tuesday or Wednesday sessions.

  • Tuesdays: Apr. 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23
  • Wednesdays: Apr. 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24
  • Tuesdays: Apr. 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24
  • Wednesdays: Apr. 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25

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Weekend Children's Programs

Wild Kratts

Get ready for a special Zoo mission: learning about animals with real creature power technology! Activate your imagination and register for this class today! (Please note: this class is inspired by the Wild Kratts; no actual cast members will be present.)

  • Ages: 4-6
  • Time: 9:00-10:30 a.m.
  • Dates: October 23 or 30
  • Member Fee: $28 / Non-Member Fee: $35
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Children's Class Policies

Cancellation 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. No refunds or changes will be made with less than two-weeks notice.

Transfer Policy: All transfer requests received at least two weeks prior to the start of the program will be charged a 10% administrative fee.

Age Policy: All children must meet the minimum age for the class by the date of the first class session in order to participate. Registered children who do not meet the age requirements for the class may be asked to leave and no refund will be provided.

Minimum Class Size: 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.

Animal Contact: For the safety of your child and the Zoo's animals, there is no contact with live animals or behind-the-scenes access provided in these classes.