Children's Programs

Whether your children are two, 17, or any age in between, SF Zoo offers educational programs designed specifically to meet their needs and support the Zoo's mission.

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)

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).

Upcoming Safari Themes (subject to change):

Summer 2020 - TBD
Early Childhood Programs are currently suspended. In the meantime, join our mailing list to receive updates and at-home content.


Have a Question?

e-mail littlelearners@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.

Click here to join our Early Childhood Programs mailing list!


Little Learners

18 months - 3½ year-olds + 1 adult

Little Learners has adapted to meet your at-home learning needs! Join us for a 6-week series of live, online classes. Each class focuses on a different animal and includes songs, movement videos, and storytime. Exciting add-ons are available to enhance your at-home Little Learners experience with supplemental indoor and outdoor activities.
Sign up for individual classes or all 6 weeks in a series.

Add-Ons:

Option 1
ePacket
- 6x Art instructions
- 6x Pretend play guides
- 6x Nature play activities
- 6x Live class supplemental materials (lesson plans, pictures, and facts & coloring sheets)

Option 2
 * must be purchased by June 19 with a Week 1 class registration*
At-Home Packet mailed to you
- Printouts of all ePacket materials
- 6x Pre-prepped art materials
- 6x Pretend play animal "food"
- 6x Nametags
- Zoo class "passport" & stickers

Click here to download a 1-week sample ePacket

At-Home Little Learners - Registration Opens September 3rd!

Week 1: September 24 & 25 Cool Kudus    
Week 2: October 1 & 2 Slithering Snakes
Week 3: October 8 & 9 Headstrong Hornbills
Week 4: October 15 & 16 Silly Sea Lions
Week 5: October 22 & 23 Proud Peacocks
Week 6: October 29 & 30 Outstanding Orangutans

Have a Question?
e-mail littlelearners@sfzoo.org

Click Here to Register

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

Thursdays 9:00 am – 9:30 am
Fridays 9:00 am – 9:30 am

Fees:
$12 per class for Members
$15 per class for Non-members
$15 ePacket (optional add-on)
$25 At-Home Packet mailed to you + ePacket (optional add-on)

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

Click here to join our Early Childhood Programs mailing list!


Animal Adventures

3 - 5 year-olds + 1 adult

Animal Adventures has adapted to meet your at-home learning needs! Join us for a 6-week series of live, online classes. Each class focuses on a different letter of the alphabet and corresponding animal and includes songs, movement, videos, and storytime. Exciting add-ons are available to enhance your at-home Animal Adventures experience with supplemental indoor and outdoor activities.
Sign up for individual classes or all 6 weeks in a series.

Add-Ons:

Option 1
ePacket
- 6x Art instructions
- 6x Pretend play guides
- 6x Nature play activities
- 6x Live class supplemental materials (lesson plans, pictures, and facts & coloring sheets)

Option 2 
 * must be purchased by June 19 with a Week 1 class registration*
At-Home Packet mailed to you
- Printouts of all ePacket materialss
- 6x Pre-prepped art materials
- 6x Pretend play animal "food"
- 6x Nametags
- Zoo class "passport" & stickers

Click here to download a 1-week sample ePacket

At-Home Animal Adventures - Registration Opens September 3rd!

Week 1: September 24 - 26 R is for Rhino    
Week 2: October 1 - 3 S is for Sea Lion
Week 3: October 8 - 10 T is for Toucan
Week 4: October 15 - 17 U is for Uromastyx
Week 5: October 22 - 24 V is for Vole
Week 6: October 29 - 31 W is for Wolverine

Have a Question?
e-mail littlelearners@sfzoo.org.

Click Here to Register

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

Thursdays 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Fridays 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Saturdays 11:00 am – 11:45 am

Fees:
$12 per class for Members
$15 per class for Non-members
$15 ePacket (optional add-on)
$25 At-Home Packet mailed to you + ePacket (optional add-on)

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

Click here to join our Early Childhood Programs mailing list!


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.

Summer 2020 Season: TBD


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

Register via SF Tots!

Class Days/Times:
10 Tuesdays
March 10 - May 12

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

Fees:
10-week session $215

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

Our Young Zoologists has adapted to meet your at-home learning needs! Join us for a 6-week series of live, online classes. Each class focuses on an animal classification or habitat. 
Sign up for individual classes or all 6 weeks in a series.

At-Home Young Zoologists - Fall 2020 Registration Opens September 3rd!

Week 1: September 26 Interesting Insects
Week 2: October 3 Abundant Australia
Week 3: October 10 Terrific Tide Pools
Week 4: October 17 Engaging Europe
Week 5: October 24 Wonderful Wetlands
Week 6: October 31 Awesome Amphibians 

Have a Question?
e-mail littlelearners@sfzoo.org.

Click Here to Register

Pre-registration required.
Saturdays 
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Fees:
$15 per class for Members
$18 per class for Non-members

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

Click here to join our Early Childhood Programs mailing list!


Classes for Older Children

Ocean Explorers

6 - 10 year-olds + 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, stories, science experiments, observations and more! The journey will begin at the Coastal Conservation Center overlooking the Pacific coastline and continue in the Zoo as we learn how all living things rely on healthy oceans.

Registration includes 1 child and 1 adult. Children learn by watching the adults in their lives, so we encourage and expect adult participation to help nurture your Ocean Explorer's connection to wildlife.

2019-2020 Season

 October 12 Oceans Alive            
 November 9 Pelagic Pals
 December 14 Underwater Forests
 January 11 Fantastic Fog
 February 8 Shimmering Sharks
 March 14 Deep & Dark
 April 4 Colorful Corals

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

Click Here to Register

Class Days/Times:
Select Saturdays
10:00am - 12:30pm


Fees:
Includes 1 adult and 1 child

SFZS Members - $30 per child/adult pair 
Non-Member - $45 per child/adult pair

Additional Adult - $15

*Pre-registration required

Fees include Zoo admission 


Teens

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