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Nature Cubs: Colorful Creatures

Golden Lion Tamarin on a branch

From golden lion tamarins to color-changing chameleons, the Smithsonian's National Zoo is home to some colorful characters! A different animal each week will help us explore all of the colors of the rainbow and understand how animals use these colors to survive.  

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.

  • "Colorful Creatures" will meet once a week for five weeks.
  • Classes for 2-3 year olds will meet Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Choose your day of the week to attend below.
  • Make-up classes are available on a limited basis with prior approval.

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Non-member cost: 

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Age range: 2 - 3

Class Sessions

Date(s): Monday, March 2 to Monday, March 30 (class meets on Mondays)
Time: 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Date(s): Tuesday, March 3 to Tuesday, March 31 (class meets on Tuesdays)
Time: 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Date(s): Wednesday, March 4 to Wednesday, April 1 (class meets on Wednesdays)
Time: 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Date(s): Thursday, March 5 to Thursday, April 2 (class meets on Thursdays)
Time: 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Date(s): Friday, March 6 to Friday, April 3 (class meets on Fridays)
Time: 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Date(s): Saturday, March 7 to Saturday, April 4 (class meets on Saturdays)
Time: 10:00 am to 11:30 am