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Children's Classes

Children's classes and family programs invite children (ages 3 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 five (or six) weeks. Your child will have the same teacher and classmates for the each series and learn about a new animal each week.

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 2015-2016 series and save an additional 10% after checkout! Contact the Education Programs Office to receive your rebate after you checkout. (Offer ends Sept. 19, 2015.)

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Weekday Class Series

I Want to be a Zoo Keeper

Do you have what it takes to be a Zoo Keeper, Vet, or Nutritionist? Learn the ropes and practice your skills in How Do You Zoo, our one-of-a-kind interactive dramatic play space. Each week we will focus on a different Zoo career and animal. Join the Zoo Crew!

  • 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: Sept. 15, 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13
  • Wednesday sessions: Sept. 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14

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Animals Around the World

Pack your bags and join our animal ambassadors as we travel the world learning about our animal friends. From the meerkats of Africa to the Amazonian arapaima, there is so much to see! No passports necessary!

  • 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. No class the week of Thanksgiving.

  • Tuesday sessions: Nov. 10, 17, Dec. 1, 8, 15
  • Wednesday sessions: Nov. 11, 18, Dec. 2, 9, 16

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Fairy "Tails"

Jump into the pages of your favorite "tails." Pay a visit to our three panda bears, huff and puff with the Big Bad Wolf, kiss the Frog Prince, and more! Join us as we learn about the real animals behind the critter characters!

  • 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: Jan. 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9
  • Wednesday sessions: Jan. 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10

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Monkey Business

A little bird told me that we'll have a lion’s share of fun in this class! Meet the animals that play a part in some popular expressions. There will be no crocodile tears here, even if it's raining cats and dogs!

  • 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: Feb. 23, Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22
  • Wednesday sessions: Feb. 24, Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23

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Zoo-per Heroes (6-Week Series)

Find the nearest phone booth and change into your cape; we're meeting the Zoo's most incredible creatures! Join the Zoo-per Hero squad for animal adventures exploring powers of speed, strength, flight, and more.

  • 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: Apr. 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24
  • Wednesday sessions: Apr. 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25

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Children's Class Policies

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.