Early Childhood Education

Zoo Tot Classes

Come let the world surround you as you and your child explore all there is to learn about our animal friends. Zoo Tot classes combine an “on your own exploratory” playtime featuring crafts, sensory bins and educational stations, along with structured circle time, sing-a-long, and an animal encounter. Play activities are incorporated into each Zoo Tot class in order to foster science learning by encouraging observation, exploration, and discovery.

Time: 10:00-11:00am
Date: Offered Thursdays and Fridays
Ages: 2-5 years
Cost: $8 for zoo members $10 for nonmembers

Animal Series
Each topic in this four part series will explore the fascinating world of animals through activities, crafts, and songs
A1 Hiss, Purr, Roar Animals Make Sounds September 7 (full) or September 8(full)
A2 Movin’ N Groovin’ September 14 (full) or September 15 (full)
A3 Cool Coverings September 21 (full) or September 22 (full)
A4 Hunting & Foraging September 28 (full) or September 29 (full)

Home Sweet Habitat
Each topic in this five part series will take you on a trip to different animal habitats through activities, crafts, and songs
H1 Rainy Rainforest October 5 (full) or October 6 (full)
H2 Commotion in the Ocean October 12 (full) or October 13 (full)
H3 Green Grasslands October 19 or October 20 (full)
H4 Dry Deserts October 26 or October 27
H5 Frozen Tundra November 2 or November 3

November Series
Each topic will uncover something new through activities, crafts, and songs
N1 Discovering Dinosaurs November 9  or November 10
N2 Claws, Paws, & Jaws November 16 or November 17

Class Details

Zoo Tot classes are approximately 1 hour in length. Classes will be held inside the auditorium of Roosevelt Park Zoo’s visitor center. Registered participants only need to arrive a few minutes before the class start time. Auditorium doors will open 10 minutes before class starts. The registration fee for class includes 1 child ages 2-5 and 1 adult caregiver. Due to the size and structure of Zoo Tots additional adults will not be allowed.

Classes are designed for a caregiver to interact with and help facilitate in the learning of their child. In order to best serve all of our Zoo Tot participants, unregistered children may not be able to attend. An exception for infants will be made for adults who can still fully participate with their registered child. Younger and older children are welcome to register for class, please keep in mind that programs are geared to a specific age range and may not contain age appropriate activities for children outside of that range.


Space is limited to 12 participants per class. Registration is available online. Class fees are $8 for zoo members and $10 for nonmembers per class. Themes change each week.

Date Changes / Cancellations / Refunds

Cancellations and date changes must be made two weeks prior to scheduled programs. No refunds will be issued for cancellations within two weeks of the program date. No refunds will be issued for missed classes.