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Nature Cubs: 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo

african lions in the grass

Choo-choo-choo to Smithsonian's National Zoo! Eric Carle's beloved animal counting book comes to life with elephants, lions, bears and more. We’ll count our way through the Zoo and add a new animal to our zoo train each week.

Nature Cubs preschool classes use interactive learning stations, hands-on activities and crafts, Nature Play, animal artifacts and exciting Zoo walks to engage your preschooler's sense of wonder and curiosity about wildlife and the natural world. There is no animal contact or behind-the-scenes access in Nature Cubs classes.

Note: Nature Cubs preschool classes are for children and their adult buddies to enjoy together. Infants worn in a carrier or who remain in a stroller/car seat during the program are welcome at no additional charge.
  • "1, 2, 3, to the Zoo" will meet once a week for five weeks.
  • Classes meet as Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursdays, Friday, or Saturday sections. Choose your day of the week to attend below.
  • There is no class the week of Thanksgiving

Our registration system has changed! Simply click the "Register for this class" button below and log in using the same email address you use for your FONZ membership. Your member discount will be automatically applied.

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Age range: 2 - 3

Class Sessions

Date(s): Monday, November 5 to Monday, December 10 (class meets on Mondays)
Time: 10:03 am to 11:33 am
Date(s): Wednesday, November 7 to Wednesday, December 12 (class meets on Wednesdays)
Time: 10:03 am to 11:33 am
Date(s): Friday, November 9 to Friday, December 14 (class meets on Fridays)
Time: 10:03 am to 11:33 am
Date(s): Saturday, November 10 to Saturday, December 15 (class meets on Saturdays)
Time: 10:03 am to 11:33 am