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 for Nature Play & Zoo Letters: $8 for zoo members $10 for nonmembers
Cost for Cooking Creation: $10 for zoo members $12 for nonmembers

Registration Available Soon!

Zoo Letters

From A to Zoo there are so many fascinating animals to explore when learning the alphabet. In this class you and your toddler will learn the letters of the alphabet through songs, stories, crafts, and more. Each Zoo Letter class will feature a meet n greet with an Ambassador animal.

Nature Play

Whether we’re exploring nature indoors or outside there is so much to be discovered. Be apart of the fun with sensory bins, dramatic role play, circle time and crafts. Each Nature Play class will feature a meet n greet with an Ambassador animal.

Cooking Creation

Join us in creating a tasty treat as you and your toddler participate in some zoo fun. Class may include stories, songs, zoo exploration and crafts.
**Wheat products, gluten, eggs, dairy, and nuts may be used in cooking class.


January Classes
Each class will uncover something new through activities, crafts, and songs
J1 Nature Play- I Spy January 18 or January 19
J2 Cooking Creation- Wise Owl January 25 or January 26

February Classes
Each class will uncover something new through activities, crafts, and songs

F1 Zoo Letters- A is for Alligator February 1 or February 2
F2 Nature Play- The Heart February 8 or February 9
F3 Cooking Creation- Cookie Claws February 15 or February 16

March Classes
Each class will uncover something new through activities, crafts, and songs

M1 Zoo Letters- B is for Bear March 1 or March 2
M2 Nature Play- Reptiles March 8 or March 9
M3 Cooking Creation- Bird Nest March 15 or March 16

April Classes
Each class will uncover something new through activities, crafts, and songs

A1 Zoo Letters: C is for Caterpillar April 5 or April 6
A2 Nature Play- Spring April 12 or April 13
A3 Cooking Creation- Pollinator Pizza April 19 or April 20

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.

Registering

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.