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. 

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):

Summer II 2019 - Registration Open!
Tuesday, August 6 Birds of a Feather
Tuesday, August 20 A Bug's Life
Tuesday, September 3 Puente al Sur
Tuesday, September 24 Cat in the Hat


Have a Question?

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

Click Here to Register

Pre-registration required.

Class Days/Times:
Select Tuesdays
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 II 2019Registration Open!
July 31 - August 3 Funny Frogs
August 7 - 10 Wild Wolves
August 14 - 17 Silly Sifakas
August 21 - 24 Sassy Squirrels
August 28 - 31 Tough Turtles
September 4 - 7 Terrific Tigers
Summer I 2019Registration Open!
June 5 - 8 Keen Komodos
June 12 - 15 Grand Gorillas
June 16 - Father's Day Special Event Class! Dino Dads
June 19 - 22 Kooky Kangaroos
June 26 - 29 Pretty Parrots
                              NO CLASS JULY 4TH WEEK
July 10 - 13 Outstanding Ostriches
July 17 - 20 Rockin' Rhinos


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

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

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.

A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. Scholarships are funded by the generosity of our Early Childhood Programs families. Email toddlers@sfzoo.org to find out more.


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 II 2019Registration Open!
August 2 or 3 S is for Sea Lion
August 9 or 10 T is for Toucan
August 16 or 17 U is for Uromastyx
August 23 or 24 V is for Vole
August 30 or 31 W is for Wallaby
September 6 or 7 X is for X-Ray Fish
Summer I 2019Registration Open!
June 7 M is for Monkey
June 14 N is for Narwhal
June 16 - Father's Day Special Event Class! Dino Dads
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

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.  

Fridays 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Saturdays 11:00am - 12:30pm *NEW!*

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.

A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. Scholarships are funded by the generosity of our Early Childhood Programs families. Email toddlers@sfzoo.org to find out more.


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.

2019-2020 SeasonRegistration Opens August 29th!
September 21 Outstanding Oceans
October 19 Beautiful Birds
November 16 Amazing Antarctica
December 21 Astonishing Africa
January 18 Awesome Asia
February 15 Enchanting Europe
March 21 Adaptive Australia
April 18 Advantageous Amphibians
May 16 Radiant Rainforests

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.

2019-20 Dates:
Coming Soon!

Have a Question?
e-mail to education@sfzoo.org or call 415-753-8135

Click Here to Register

Class Days/Times:
Select Saturdays
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

Night Owl for Cadettes


Have a Question?

e-mail scouts@sfzoo.org or call (415) 753-8135

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.