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Preschool Classes

Preschool classes invite adults and young children (ages 2-3) to discover the National Zoo together. 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.

Classes use crafts, science activities, music, and the Zoo's animal collection to help your child learn about environmental conservation and life science while building important developmental and social skills. 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. All children must be at least 2 years old by the date of the first class session to attend.

Preschool Morning Series

Nur-Zoo-Ry Rhymes

Frogs, owls, and little piggies, too. Where are they all? At the National Zoo! You're sure to have a fabulous time, making crafts and reading rhymes! So come to the park and take a look and meet a character from Mother Goose’s book!

  • Ages: 2-3
  • Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m.
  • Member Fee: $150 / Non Member Fee: $187.50

Classes meet as Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday sessions.

  • Mondays: February 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23
  • Tuesdays: February 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24
  • Wednesdays: February 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25
  • Thursdays: February 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26
  • Fridays: February 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27

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Backyard Buddies

Discover the Zoo in your own backyard this spring! Each week, we will explore a different animal classification and learn about a new animal friend that makes its home in the same place we do! Meet the neighbors on this backyard safari!

  • Ages: 2-3
  • Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m.
  • Member Fee: $150 / Non Member Fee: $187.50

Classes meet as Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday sessions.

  • Mondays: April 27, May 4, 11, 18, June 1 (no class May 25)
  • Tuesdays: April 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26
  • Wednesdays: April 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27
  • Thursdays: April 30, May 7, 14, 28, June 4 (no class May 21)
  • Fridays: May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

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Weekend Preschool Programs

In Like a Lion

Roar into spring with the pride of the National Zoo: our lion pride! These feisty felines are ready to show you why they really are the tops… top predators, that is! Pounce on this class today.

  • Ages: 2-3
  • Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m.
  • Dates: Saturday, Feb. 28 or Sunday, March
  • Member Fee: $28 / Non-Member Fee: $35

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Curious George Goes to the Zoo

Curious George is a curious little monkey who loves to explore, just like the monkeys in the Small Mammal House. We’ll learn about some of their special features that help them make mischief, then put on our yellow hats and pay a visit to some of our favorite pint-sized primates!

  • Ages: 2-3
  • Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m.
  • Dates: Saturday, March 14 or Sunday, March 15
  • Member Fee: $28 / Non-Member Fee: $35

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Old McDonald Had a Zoo

E-I-E-I-O! And on the National Zoo’s Kid’s Farm, sponsored by State Farm®, we have a pig, a cow, a goat, and many more! Join us as we meet your favorite farm animals and learn to walk and talk like each animal. Register for one class or join us each week!

  • Ages: 2-3
  • Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m.
  • Dates/Animals:
    • April 4: Goats
    • April 11: Donkeys
    • April 18 or 19: Cows
    • April 25 or 26: Pigs
  • Member Fee: $28 / Non-Member Fee: $35

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Happy Mother's Day

Celebrate Mother's Day at the Zoo and make a special gift for the mom in your life! We'll visit some favorite Zoo mothers and babies and learn about the extraordinary ways animals keep their babies safe.

  • Ages: 2-3
  • Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m.
  • Dates: Saturday, May 9 or Sunday, May 10
  • Member Fee: $28 / Non-Member Fee: $35

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Friendly Frogs and Terrific Turtles

The weather's warming up, so let’s cool down with some of the Zoo's cold-blooded critters! The frogs and turtles of the Reptile Discovery Center are ready to help you leap into learning. Dive in and find out why it’s so cool to be cold!

  • Ages: 2-3
  • Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m.
  • Dates: Saturday, May 16 or Sunday, May 17
  • 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.