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Nature Cubs: Beach Buddies

california sea lion

Splish, splash, the animals are having a blast! Come visit the coastal critters at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, featuring sea lions, stingrays and hermit crabs.

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.

  • Beach Buddies meets once a week for three weeks.
  • Classes meet as Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday sections. Choose your day of the week to attend below.
  • Beach Buddies takes place outdoors but under cover at the Zoo in your Backyard pavilion.
  • Make-up classes are available on a limited basis with prior approval.

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Age range: 2 - 5

Class Sessions

Date(s): Tuesday, July 9 to Tuesday, July 23 (class meets on Tuesday (This section is SOLD OUT))
Time: 9:03 am to 10:33 am
Date(s): Wednesday, July 10 to Wednesday, July 24 (class meets on Wednesday)
Time: 9:03 am to 10:33 am
Date(s): Thursday, July 11 to Thursday, July 25 (class meets on Thursday)
Time: 9:03 am to 10:33 am