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Sofa Safari Online Activities

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Let us bring the Zoo to you! Welcome to FONZ Sofa Safari Online Activities: a collection of our popular, self-paced adventures from FONZ Sofa Safari Day Camp, Presented by Chase.

If you are looking to engage in fun, at-home learning, to augment school-based science instruction, or to “visit” animals you are missing at the Zoo, then Sofa Safari Online Activities are for you! Although there is no live component to Sofa Safari Online Activities, there is plenty to see, do and learn.

Activity Information

Each activity set includes self-paced, online lessons with components such as:

  • Interactive, animal-themed lessons for independent readers (includes audio recordings of text for beginner readers)
  • STEAM projects and crafts, including printable templates and activity sheets
  • Specially curated videos from the Smithsonian's National Zoo and the Smithsonian Institution
  • Physical challenges for exercise and movement
  • Activities to get your kids outside!

Sofa Safari Online Activities will be available through May 31, 2021.

Age: Recommended for students in grades 2-5. This activity set requires intermediate reading skills but includes audio recordings of text for beginner readers.

Cost: $25 for members; $30 for non-members

FONZ members receive a discount on Sofa Safari Online Activities. Not a member? Join Today!

What Your Family Will Need

  • A computer or tablet with access to the internet
  • A printer to download and print the documents that accompany the activity
  • Basic craft supplies (scissors, crayons, glue, etc.) and access to household items, like boxes and bowls.

Available Activity Sets

Aquatic All-Stars

You don't need a swimsuit to learn about the amazing aquatic world. Hold your breath as you meet the Smithsonian's National Zoo's wettest friends. From playful otters to armored alligators, learn about the many creatures that inhabit the world's waters.

Grades: 2 - 5
Member Cost: $25.00
Non-member cost: $30.00
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Home Sweet Habitat

There's no place like home! Explore the habitats our animals call home, from the tropical rainforest to the tallest mountains. Dig into the animal world to discover creatures that build their own homes. Come join our crew!

Grades: 2 - 5
Member Cost: $25.00
Non-member cost: $30.00
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Marvelous Mammals

From the very small to the very tall, many marvelous mammals call the Smithsonian's National Zoo home. Find out why it's so fantastic to be furry, so wonderful to be warm-blooded and so much fun to be in this activity set!

Grades: 2 - 5
Member Cost: $25.00
Non-member cost: $30.00
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Zoo Jobs

Do you have what it takes to run a zoo? From zookeepers to veterinarians to police officers and gardeners, running a zoo takes a lot of people. Find out how all of the people who work at the Smithsonian's National Zoo help each other ⁠— and the animals!

Grades: 2 - 5
Member Cost: $25.00
Non-member cost: $30.00
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Animals Around the World

Pack your bags! We're traveling the world to visit our animal friends. From the meerkats of Africa to the wallabies of Australia, learn how each species adapted to the place it calls home. No passports necessary for this activity set!

Grades: 2 - 5
Member Cost: $25.00
Non-member cost: $30.00
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Radical Reptiles

Beat the heat with the cold-blooded creatures of the Reptile Discovery Center! These fascinating animals are sure to pull you out of your shell as we "croc" open the hidden worlds of reptiles and amphibians. Jump to it; you'll be hoppy in this activity set!

Grades: 2 - 5
Member Cost: $25.00
Non-member cost: $30.00
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Calling All Cats

Looking for an activity with cattitude? Hunt with lions, pounce with tigers, race with cheetahs and leap into fun with clouded leopards. Meet all of the Smithsonian's National Zoo's favorite felines, and learn what you can do to protect them. We're paw-sitive you'll agree; this activity set is purr-fect!

Grades: 2 - 5
Member Cost: $25.00
Non-member cost: $30.00
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