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Kids and Families
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Little Critters Nature Play
Sat and Sun; drop-in 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Explore animals and the natural world through creative, free-choice activity stations and story times.
Ages: Young children (ages 0-8) and caregivers (Caregivers/guardians must remain with children)
Location: Bird House classroom
Get a Head Start with the Smithsonian
These live, 30-minute programs support initiative and curiosity, language and communication, and exploration and discovery! Best for kids under 5.
These live, 45-minute programs include pre- and post-activities that connect students to animals, conservation, and careers. Best for K-5 students.
I Wonder... Video Series
I wonder... What adaptations do aquatic mammals have for life in the water? Do Zoo animals go to the vet? Bring your curiosity along on an adventure with Kaden, education specialist, as they wonder about animals all around the Zoo.
Career Connection Video Series
Meet staff with "unZOOsual" careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
Explore Beyond Your Door Video Series
Go on a nature walk with Kaden, education specialist and your guide to the outside! These 5-minute videos are for explorers of all ages but optimized for students in grades K-3. Create a journal and earn badges as you follow along!
Learn to Draw a Bird
In this activity, learn how to draw a migratory bird called the common yellowthroat. Follow along as we make observations and practice drawing. You will need something to draw with and on like a pencil and paper plus something to color with like crayons or markers.
Smithsonian Learning Lab Collections
Support deep, meaningful learning with an online universe of authentic resources — and tools for making them your own.
Dive deeper into a topic with these self-guided learning collections:
Animal Cam Bingo
Check in with lions, elephants, giant pandas and naked mole-rats on the Zoo's live animal webcams. Downloadable bingo cards help kids learn about animal behavior and habitats.
Look, Talk, Play
Objects from across the Smithsonian provide a jumping-off point for learning through play.