Children's Programs

Whether your children are one, 17, or any age in between, the Zoo offers educational programs designed specifically to meet their needs as well as support the mission of the Zoo.

Children's Programs

Classes for Young Children
 

Little Learners

18 months - 3½  years old

Year-round

Little Learners is designed for young learners and their caregivers. Each class focuses on a different animal and includes a craft, small snack, an education animal visitor and an experience full of exciting discoveries. Although mostly structured, all activities are optional which makes for a pressure-free introduction to the classroom. No more than 1 adult per child; class themes subject to change.

Sing along with us! Click here to view and download the Little Learners song sheet.


Upcoming Series Details:

Fall II 2016 - Registration Open!
Week 1           November 2 - 5             Silly Sea Lions
Week 2   November 9 - 12   Dazzling Ducks
Week 3   November 16 - 19
Terrific Turkeys
      *No class  November 23 - 26     
Week 4   Nov. 30 - Dec. 3 
Romping Reindeer
Week 5   December 7 - 10   Playful Penguins
Week 6   December 14 - 17   Silent Snow Leopards


Winter I 2017 - Registration Open!
Week 1           January 4 - 7             Loud Lions
Week 2   January 11 - 14   Wily Wolverines
Week 3   January 18 - 21
Giant Giraffes
Week 4   January 25 - 28
Leaping Lemurs
Week 5   February 1 - 4   Amusing Anteaters
Week 6   February 8 - 11   Rollicking Red Pandas

Have a Question? 

e-mail toddlers@sfzoo.org or call (415) 753-8140.

Children may attend one class time per week.*


Little Learners 18 months - 2 ½ years
Wednesdays 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Fridays 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Saturdays 9:00 am – 10:30 am (1½ - 3 ½ years)


Little Learners 2 ½ - 3 ½ years
Wednesdays 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Thursdays 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Saturdays 9:00 am – 10:30 am (1½ - 3 ½ years)


Fees:
Members $25 per class per child

Non-members $35 per class per child

Receive a 10% discount when you sign up for all weeks in a series!

Fees include a parking pass as well as entrance into the Zoo for you and your child.


*Pre-registration is required. No registration or drop-ins day of class.

Animal Adventures

3 - 4 years old

Year-round

Filled with music, crafts, games, and an education animal visitor, Animal Adventures is designed for 3 and 4-year-olds and their caregivers.  Each class focuses on a specific letter and corresponding animal. Animal Adventures also utilizes other preschool concepts such as colors, patterns and sizes to highlight the animals. No more than 1 adult per child; class themes subject to change.

Sing along with us! Click here to view and download the Animal Adventures song sheet.


Upcoming Series Details:


Fall II 2016 - Registration Open!
Week 1           November 1 or 4             G is for Giraffe
Week 2   November 8 or 11   H is for Hippo
Week 3   November 15 or 18
I is for Ibis
      *No class  November 22 or 25     
Week 4   Nov. 29 or Dec. 2
J is for Joey
Week 5   December 6 or 9   K is for Kinkajou
Week 6   December 13 or 16   L is for Lion

 

Winter I 2017 - Registration Open!
Week 1    January 3 or 6        M is for Monkey
Week 2   January 10 or 13   N is for Narwhal
Week 3   January 17 or 20
O is for Opossum
Week 4   January 24 or 27
P is for Penguin
Week 5   Jan 31 or Feb 3   Q is for Quokka
Week 6   February 7 or 10   R is for Red Panda

Have a Question?
e-mail toddlers@sfzoo.org  or call (415) 753-8140.

Children may attend one class time per week.*


Animal Adventures   3-4 years

Tuesdays 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Fridays 11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Fees:
Members $25 per class per child

Non-members $35 per class per child

Receive a 10% discount when you sign up for all weeks in a series!

Fees include a parking pass as well as entrance into the Zoo for you and your child.


*Pre-registration is required. No registration or drop-ins day of class.

New! SF Tots @ SF Zoo

1 ½ - 3 ½ years 

SF Tots joins forces with the SF Zoo! Using a variety of fun games to engage kids in physical activity, SF Tots classes are designed to develop motor skills, promote physical fitness, and self-confidence. Classes are focused on providing a fun, noncompetitive environment for soccer-based fun and games. Caregiver attendance is mandatory.


2016 - 2017 Dates:
December 6, 13, 20
January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
February 7, 14


Have a Question?
e-mail toddlers@sfzoo.org  or call (415) 753-8140.

Class Days/Times:
10 Tuesdays, December - February

18 months - 2 ½ years: 10:15 - 11:00am
2 ½ years - 3 ½ years: 11:15am - noon


Fees:
10-week session $195

Must be a Zoo Member or pay Zoo Admission in addition to the cost of class.

*Pre-registration required.


Young Zoologists

5 - 8 Years Old

Drop-off program

Our Young Zoologists love learning about amazing animal and habitat classifications and what makes each group unique. Activities include crafts, games, Zoo walks, a special Zoo Keeper talk and snack.


2016 - 2017 Dates - Registration Open! 

December 17 - Marvelous Mammals

January 21 - Nifty North America

February 18 - Special Savannas

March 18 - Radical Reptiles

April 15 - Tremendous Tundras

May 20 - Special South America


Have a Question?
e-mail toddlers@sfzoo.org  or call (415) 753-8140.

Class Days/Times:
3rd Saturday of the month (September through May)

1:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Fees:
SFZS Members $30 per class
Non-members: $35 per class
*Pre-registration required.




Classes for Older Children

Conservation Club

9 to 12 Years Old

If you are 9 to 12 years old and interested in animals or a career in animal care, this club is for you. 

Members receive:

- The Club's quarterly newsletter 
- A Membership card
- Quarterly private keeper talks with San Francisco Zoo keepers
- And a free Zoo gift.

Have a Question?
e-mail jkc@sfzoo.org or call (415) 753-8135

Registration:
Please check our Calendar of Events for details and online registration.

2016-17 Meeting Days/Times:

September 17

November 19

January 21

March 18

May 20

All meetings are from 1 - 3:30pm.

Fees: $60 for annual membership.

Scouts

The San Francisco Zoo offers a unique setting for Bay Area Girl Scouts to complete patch or Journey requirements. Working on a patch or Journey not covered by one of our existing programs? Contact scouts@sfzoo.org and we'll customize a program to meet your needs.

Daisy Garden Party for Daisies

Wonders of Water: Keeper Caper for Brownies

Playground Scientists for Brownies

Who's Who at the SF Zoo for all Girl Scouts ages 5 and older 

Animal Behavior WildNight for Juniors and older (also available as a daytime class) 


For Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, or other community groups, check out our group overnights or twilight tours!


Have a Question?
e-mail scouts@sfzoo.org or call (415) 753-7073 x8137

Class Descriptions, Dates and Registration:
2016-2017 Girl Scout Programs Flyer

Fees (per participant):
Daisy Garden Party $25

Wonders of Water Keeper Caper $30

Playground Scientists $30

Who's Who at the SF Zoo $30

Animal Behavior daytime class $40

Animal Behavior WildNight $70


Fees include a parking pass as well as entrance into the Zoo.

Teens

For more information on the Zoo’s amazing teen volunteer opportunities, visit our  Volunteer Programs page.

Summer I - Registration Open
Week 1    May 28 - 31     Zany Zebras
Week 2   June 4 - 7   Pretty Peacocks
Week 3   June 11 - 14   Howler Monkeys
Week 4      June 18 - 21   Fancy Flamingos
Week 5   June 25 - 28   Great Gorillas
Week 6    July 2 - 4   Kooky Kangaroos