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)

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):

Fall I 2019Registration Open!
September 18 - 21 Outstanding Owls
September 25 - 28 Silly Sea Lions
October 2 - 5 Pretty Peacocks
October 9 - 12 Odd Orangutans
October 16 - 19 Peppy Prairie Dogs
October 23 - 26 Shy Spiders


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):

Fall I 2019Registration Open!
September 20 or 21 Y is for Yellow-Spotted Turtle
September 27 or 28 Z is for Zorilla
October 4 or 5 A is for Armadillo
October 11 or 12 B is for Bear
October 18 or 19 C is for Cheetah
October 25 or 26 D is for Duck


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.

Fall 2019 Season:
10 Tuesdays, September 3 - November 5


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

Register via SF Tots!

Class Days/Times:
10 Tuesdays
September 3 - November 5

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

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 Open!
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

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
 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.