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How Do You Zoo?

Let your children's imagination run wild in this interactive play space, featuring four dramatic play areas that allow kids to pretend and explore zoo careers.

Children have the chance to make-believe completing research in the Small Mammal House, becoming an animal chef, examining animal x-rays, and taking care of business as a Smithsonian's National Zoo keeper. After training, participants become a certified Jr. Zoo Staff Member and receive a participation patch!

Please note: there are no live animals in How Do You Zoo?

Ages: 5-10
Program Options & Fees:

  • How Do You Zoo? (1.5 hours): $18 per participant
  • How Do You Zoo? plus walking tour of Asia Trail (2 hours): $25 per participant

Group Size: 5-25 children per program. One adult chaperone for every five children is required. Chaperones are free.
Cancellation policy: A 75% refund will be issued if notification is received by the FONZ Education office via contact form or call 202-633-3024 at least two weeks prior to the start of the class. No refunds or changes will be made thereafter. How Do You Zoo? programs are non-transferable.

To submit a request to book How Do You Zoo?, please complete this form or call 202-633-3024 to schedule. Discounted packages for school groups are available. Please call to inquire.

Interested in further educational opportunities? Wilderness Explorer Kits are full of hands-on, inquiry-based lesson plans complete with artifacts, media, manipulatives, printable pages, and more! Please contact the Education Programs Office or call 202-633-3024 to schedule.