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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

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Remarkable Reptiles

February 8 at 1 p.m. EST

From scales to regrowing tails, reptiles are remarkable! Learn more about these fascinating animals and greet some of the Zoo's remarkable reptiles. This live, interactive virtual program is free and includes live captioning and ASL interpretation.

Grades: K-5

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Cats of All Kinds

January 19 at 2 p.m. EST

Pounce like a tiger; roar like a lion; run like a cheetah! Meet some very special furry friends and learn about different kinds of cats from around the world!

Grades: Preschool; Young Children

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

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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.


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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.


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.

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

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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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