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Kids and Families

Whether you are visiting the Zoo in person, joining a virtual program or looking for activities to do at home with your young animal lover, the Zoo has a variety of ways to support your child's learning and growth.

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Featured Programs

Aquatic Animal Adventures

October 18 at 2 p.m. EDT

From ponds to the ocean, explore aquatic habitats and the animals along the Zoo's American Trail that call them home. This live, virtual program includes live captioning and ASL interpretation.

Grades: K-5

Standards:  Supports NGSS K-LS1-1, K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-1, 1-LS1-2, 2-LS4-1, 3-LS3-1, 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-3, 4-LS1-1

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A small monkey, called an emperor tamarin, with dark fur, little ears and a long, curled, whispy, white "mustache" is perched in a tree

Get a Head Start with the Smithsonian: Small Mammal Sing-Along

October 20 at 2 p.m. EDT

This high-energy, playful program will have you singing, dancing, and getting into some real monkey business with the animals of the Small Mammal House! (This virtual program is open to all!)

Grades: Preschool; Young Children

Standards: Supports Head Start ELOF Goals P-SCI-1; P-SCI-2; P-SCI-3

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Wild Medicine

November 9 at 2 p.m. EST

What happens to a seal who has a toothache? How does an orangutan get a checkup? Join our team of veterinarians to explore how animals go to the doctor, just like us!

Grades: K-5

Standards:  Supports NGSS  K-LS1-1, 3-LS1-1, 4-LS1-1

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Check the program calendar for a complete list of upcoming programs and events.

Virtual Programs

Tune in from near or far to learn about animals, conservation and careers along with our educators.
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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.


An educator wearing a protective face covering talks to students via video on a phone and points out leaves and trees in the Amazonia exhibit

Conservation Classroom

These live, 45-minute programs include pre- and post-activities that connect students to animals, conservation, and careers. Best for K-5 students.


Visit the webinar archive to view recordings of past programs.


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!

Classroom Activities

Smithsonian Learning Lab Collections

Support deep, meaningful learning with an online universe of authentic resources — and tools for making them your own.

Learning Lab

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Self-guided eLearning

Dive deeper into a topic with these self-guided learning collections:

Amphibians  Birds

Giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji resting on branches of a tree he's climbed in the panda yard

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.


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Look, Talk, Play

Objects from across the Smithsonian provide a jumping-off point for learning through play.

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