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.

Stroller Safari (0 - 24 months + adult)

Little Learners (18 months - 3.5 years + adult)

Animal Adventures (3.5 - 4.5 years + adult)

Young Zoologists (5 - 7 years)

Ocean Explorers (7 and up + adult)

Girl Scouts

Teens (11 - 17 years)

Classes for Young Children

Stroller Safari

0 - 24 months + 1 adult

It's never too early to expose your little one to the wonders of wildlife! Pack up the stroller and put on your walking shoes for this guided stroll through the Zoo. We will tour exhibits, meet an animal visitor, and do simple child-caregiver paired activities to build developmental skills. Spend koala-ty time with your baby, get some exercise, and meet other Zoo families while introducing your cub to the joys of learning. 

Bring a reusable travel mug to enjoy coffee generously provided by Java Beach Cafe! Children must be in a stroller or carrier. Please respect age guidelines and do not bring older children (including siblings).

Safari Themes (subject to change):

Spring/Summer 2019 - Registration Open!
Tuesday, April 9 SOLD OUT I Like to Move It, Move It
Tuesday, April 23 SOLD OUT There's No Place Like Home
Tuesday, May 14 SOLD OUT A to Zoo
Tuesday, May 28 SOLD OUT Storybook Tails
Tuesday, June 11 Monkey See, Monkey Do
Tuesday, June 25 We Are Family
Tuesday, July 9 1, 2, Zoo


Have a Question?

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

Click Here to Register

Pre-registration required.

Class Days/Times:
2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month
9:45am - 10:45am

Fees:
SFZS Members: $15 per class
Non-members: $35 per class

Fees include a parking pass and Zoo admission.


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):

Summer I 2019Registration Opens May 16th!
June 5 - 8 Keen Komodos
June 12 - 15 Grand Gorillas
June 19 - 22 Kooky Kangaroos
June 26 - 29 Pretty Peacocks
                              NO CLASS JULY 4TH WEEK
July 10 - 13 Outstanding Ostriches
July 17 - 20 Rockin' Rhinos
Spring 2019Registration Open!
April 17 - 20   Beautiful Bugs
April 24 - 27 Hooray for Hippos
May 1 - 4 Cuddly Koalas
May 8 - 11 Great Grizzlies
May 12 - Mother's Day Special Event Class! Mama Bears
May 15 - 18 Outrageous Otters
May 22 - 25 Fabulous Flamingos


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: $40 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

3 - 5 year-olds + 1 adult

Filled with music, crafts, games, and an education animal visitor, Animal Adventures is a year-round program designed for 3 - 5 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):

Summer I 2019Registration Opens May 16th!
June 7 M is for Monkey
June 14 N is for Narwhal
June 21 O is for Opossum
June 28 P is for Penguin
                              NO CLASS JULY 4TH WEEK
July 12 Q is for Quoll
July 19 R is for Rhino
Spring 2019 - Registration Open!
April 19                             G is for Giraffe
April 26 H is for Hippo
May 3 I is for Ibis
May 10 J is for Joey
May 12 - Mother's Day Special Event Class! Mama Bears
May 17 K is for Kinkajou    
May 24  L is for Lion

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

Click Here to Register

Pre-registration required.  

Fridays 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Fees:
Members $25 per class per child
Non-members $40 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 year-olds

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.

Winter 2018-2019 Season:
10 Tuesdays, December 4 - February 19

Spring 2019 Season:
10 Tuesdays, March 12 - May 14

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

Register via SF Tots!

Class Days/Times:
10 Tuesdays
December 4 - February 19
March 12 - May 14

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 year-olds

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.

2018-19 Dates:
September 15 - Radiant Rainforests
October 20 - Dazzling Deserts
November 17 - Marvelous Mammals
December 15 - Nifty North America
January 19 - Special Savannas
February 16 - Radical Reptiles
March 16 - Tremendous Tundras
April 20 - Special South America
May 18 - Fantastic Fish

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

Ocean Explorers

7 and up + 1 adult

Dive in to discover the incredible diversity of our world's oceans! During this mixed-age program families will investigate our connections to marine habitats and animals through hands-on activities, guided exploration, and science! The journey will begin at the new Coastal Conservation Center overlooking the Pacific coastline and continue in the Zoo as we learn how all living things rely on healthy oceans.

2018-19 Dates:
October 13 - Oceans Alive 
December 1 - On the Move 
February 9 - What's on the Menu? 
April 13 - Sharks!

Have a Question?
e-mail to education@sfzoo.orgor call 415-753-7073 x 8137

Click Here to Register

Class Days/Times:
Select Saturdays, October - April 
1:00 - 3:30pm

Fees:
Includes 1 adult and 1 child participant; each child must be accompanied by an adult.

SFZS Members - $40 per class
Non-Member - $50 per class
Additional Adult - $10 per class
Get 10% off by registering for all 4 classes!
*Pre-registration required

Fees include Zoo admission and a parking pass.



Girl Scouts

The San Francisco Zoo offers a unique setting for Bay Area Girl Scouts to learn about the natural world, conservation, and themselves! Join us to help your troop earn their next badge or complete their Journey!

Daisy Garden Party for Daisies 

Wonders of Water: Keeper Caper for Brownies


Bugs! Badge for Brownies


Playground Scientists for Brownies 


Animal Habitats Badge for Juniors


Wild Within for Juniors
Sunday, May 19

Night Owl for Cadettes

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

Class Descriptions, Dates and Registration:
2018-2019 Girl Scout Programs Flyer

Fees (per participant):
Daisy Garden Party $32
Wonders of Water Keeper Caper $38
Bugs! Badge $38
Playground Scientists $38
Animal Habitats Badge  $44
Animal Behavior Workshop  $49
Night Owl Badge $44

Fees include a parking pass and Zoo admission.


Teens

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