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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

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, 21, 28, June 4 (no class May 14)
  • Fridays: May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

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Weekend Preschool Programs

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! (Note: this class was also offered in March 2015.)

  • Ages: 2-3
  • Time: 9:00-10:30 a.m.
  • Dates: Sunday, May 31 or Sunday, June 14
  • Member Fee: $28 / Non-Member Fee: $35

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Curious George Goes (Great) Ape!

Join us again for more Curious George-themed fun! This time, George introduces us to the largest members of his primate family: the Great Apes! Take a peek at George's family album as we explore the amazing adaptations of orangutans and gorillas, then swing on down to the Great Ape House together!

  • Ages: 2-3
  • Time: 9:00-10:30 a.m.
  • Dates: Saturday, June 6 or Sunday, June 7
  • Member Fee: $28 / Non-Member Fee: $35

Register now!


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.