Children's Programs

Whether your children are two, 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.

Little Learners (18 months - 3.5 years)

Animal Adventures (3.5 - 4.5 years)

Young Zoologists (5 - 7 years)

Conservation Club (8 - 11 years)

Girl Scouts

Teens (11 - 17 years)

Children's Programs

Classes for Young Children

Little Learners

18 months - 3½ year olds + 1 adult

Little Learners is a year-round program designed for young children and their grown ups. Each class focuses on a different animal and includes a craft, small snack, education animal visitor and an experience full of exciting discoveries.
Sign up for individual classes or all weeks in a series. Please respect age guidelines and do not bring older siblings to class.

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

Upcoming Weekly Themes (subject to change):

Spring 2018 - Registration Open Now!
April 11 - 14 Slithering Snakes
April 18 - 21 Grazing Goats
April 25 - 28 Zany Zebras
May 2 - 5 Interesting Insects
May 9 - 12 Happy Hippos
May 16 - 19 Calm Koalas
May 23 - 26 Grand Grizzlies
Summer I 2018 - Registration Opens May 17th at 1pm
June 6 - 8 Outrageous Otters
June 13 - 16 Fancy Flamingos
June 20 - 23 Keen Komodos
June 27 - 30 Glorious Gorillas
July 4 - 7 Kooky Kangaroos
July 11 - 14 Proclaiming Peacocks
Summer II 2018 - Registration Opens May 17th at 1pm
August 1 - 4 Outstanding Ostriches
August 8 - 11 Rockin' Rhinos
August 15 - 18 Pretty Parrots
August 22 - 25 Fantastic Frogs
Aug 29 - Sept 1 Wonderful Wolves
Sept 5 - 8 Springy Sifaka

Have a Question?

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

Click Here to Register

Children may attend one class time per week, pre-registration required.

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
Saturdays 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

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
Saturdays 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Fees:
Members: $25 per class per child
Non-members: $35 per class per child
Get 10% off when you sign up for all weeks in a series!

Fees include a parking pass and Zoo admission.


Animal Adventures

3½ - 4½ year olds + 1 adult

Filled with music, crafts, games, and an education animal visitor, Animal Adventures is a year-round program designed for 3½ - 4½ year-olds and their grown ups. Each class focuses on a specific letter and corresponding animal. Animal Adventures also utilizes other preschool concepts such as colors, patterns and sizes. Sign up for individual classes or all weeks in a series. Please respect age guidelines and do not bring older siblings to class.

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

Upcoming Weekly Themes (subject to change):

Spring 2018 - Registration Open!
April 10 or 13 P is for Penguin
April 17 or 20 Q is for Quokka
April 24 or 27 R is for Rooster
May 1 or 4 S is for Sea Lion
May 8 or 11 T is for Toucan
May 15 or 18 U is for Uromastyx
May 22 or 25 V is for Vole
Summer I 2018 - Registration Opens May 17 at 1pm
June 5 or 8 W is for Walking Stick
June 12 or 15 X is for X-ray fish
June 19 or 22 Y is for yellow-spotted river turtle
June 26 or 29 Z is for Zorilla
July 3 or 6 A is for Armadillo
July 10 or 13 B is for Bear
Summer II 2018 - Registration Opens May 17th at 1pm
Jul 31 or Aug 3 C is for Coati
Aug 7 or 10 D is for Duck
Aug 14 or 17 E is for Emu
Aug 21 or 24 F is for Frog
Aug 28 or 31 G is for Gorilla
Sept 4 or 7 H is for Horse

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

Click Here to Register

Children may attend one class time per week, pre-registration required.

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
Get 10% off when you sign up for all weeks in a series!

Fees include a parking pass and Zoo admission.


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.

Upcoming Season Dates:
Spring Season: March 27 - May 29

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

Click Here to Register via SF Tots

Class Days/Times:
10 Tuesdays

18 months - 2 ½ years: 10:15 - 10:55am
2 ½ years - 3 ½ years: 11:00 - 11:40am

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 - 7 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.

2017-18 Dates

April 21 - Adaptive Australia
May 19 - Advantageous Amphibians

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

Click Here to Register

Class Days/Times:
3rd Saturday of the month (Sept - 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

8 - 11 Years Old

Conservation Club is currently taking a break with the aim of restructuring the program to make meetings more engaging, hands-on, and rooted in real-time conservation projects. Please check back in Summer 2018 for updates about 2018 – 2019 registration.

The mission of the Conservation Club is to learn about our natural world, complete conservation actions together, and be empowered to help educate others. Nurture budding conservationists through discussions with peers and professionals, Zoo explorations, and themed activities.


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

Class Days/Times:
3rd Saturday of the month
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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


Girl 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
April 7, 2018
May 6, 2018

Wonders of Water: Keeper Caper for Brownies
April 22, 2018

Playground Scientists for Brownies
April 15, 2018

Who's Who at the SF Zoo for all Girl Scouts ages 5 and older
By appointment year-round

Animal Behavior WildNight for Juniors and older (also available as a daytime class)
May 19-20, 2018

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:
2017-2018 Girl Scout Programs Flyer

Fees (per participant):
Daisy Garden Party $30

Wonders of Water Keeper Caper $35

Playground Scientists $35

Who's Who at the SF Zoo $35

Animal Behavior daytime class $45

Animal Behavior WildNight $80

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.