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.

Little Learners (18 months - 3.5 years)

Animal Adventures (3.5 - 4.5 years)

Young Zoologists (5 - 7 years)

Conservation Club (8 - 11 years)

Girl Scouts

Teens (11 - 17 years)

Children's Programs

Classes for Young Children

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 2018 - Registration Open!
August 1 - 4 Outstanding Ostriches
August 8 - 11 Rockin' Rhinos
August 15 - 18 Pretty Parrots
August 22 - 25 Fantastic Frogs
Aug 29 - Sept 1 Wonderful Wolves
Sept 5 - 8 Springy Sifaka
Fall I 2018 - Registration Opens August 23, 1:00pm
September 12 - 15 Sweet Squirrel Monkeys
September 19 - 22 Tough Turtles
September 26 - 29 Terrific Tigers
October 3 - 6 Peppy Prairie Dogs
October 10 - 13 Awesome Owls
October 17 - 20 Silly Sea Lions

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
Saturdays 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

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
Saturdays 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Fees:
Members: $25 per class per child
Non-members: $35 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.


Animal Adventures

3½ - 4½ year olds + 1 adult

Filled with music, crafts, games, and an education animal visitor, Animal Adventures is a year-round program designed for 3½ - 4½ 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 2018 - Registration Open!
Jul 31 or Aug 3 C is for Coati
Aug 7 or 10 D is for Duck
Aug 14 or 17 E is for Emu
Aug 21 or 24 F is for Frog
Aug 28 or 31 G is for Gorilla
Sept 4 or 7 H is for Horse
Fall I 2018 - Registration Opens August 23, 1:00pm
Sept 11 or 14 I is for Iguana
Sept 18 or 21 J is for Jellies
Sept 25 or 28 K is for Koala
Oct 2 or 5 L is for Lemur
Oct 9 or 12 M is for Meerkat
Oct 16 or 19 N is for Newt

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.

Tuesdays 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Fridays 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Fees:
Members $25 per class per child
Non-members $35 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.


SF Tots @ SF Zoo

1 ½ - 3 ½ years

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 2018 Season:
10 Tuesdays, September 4 - November 6

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

Register via SF Tots!

Class Days/Times:
10 Tuesdays
September 4 - November 6

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 Years Old

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.

Registration Opens August 23 at 1:00pm for:
September 15 - Radiant Rainforests

Registration Opens October 11 at 1:00pm for:
October 20 - Dazzling Deserts
November 17 - Marvelous Mammals
December 15 - Nifty North America
January 19 - Special Savannas
February 16 - Radical Reptiles
March 16 - Tremendous Tundras
April 20 - Special South America
May 18 - Fantastic Fish

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

Conservation Club

8 - 11 Years Old

Conservation Club is currently taking a break with the aim of restructuring the program to make meetings more engaging, hands-on, and rooted in real-time conservation projects. Please check back soon for updates about 2018 – 2019 registration.

The mission of the Conservation Club is to learn about our natural world, complete conservation actions together, and be empowered to help educate others. Nurture budding conservationists through discussions with peers and professionals, Zoo explorations, and themed activities.


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

Class Days/Times:
3rd Saturday of the month
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Fees:
SFZS Members $30 per class
Non-members: $35 per class
*Pre-registration required.


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
Spring dates coming soon!

Wonders of Water: Keeper Caper for Brownies
Saturday, September 22
Saturday, November 3
Spring dates coming soon!

Bugs! Badge for Brownies
Sunday, October 21
Spring dates coming soon!

Playground Scientists for Brownies 
Sunday, September 16
Saturday, October 20
Saturday, December 1
Spring dates coming soon!

Animal Habitats Badge for Juniors
Sunday, September 23
Saturday, November 10
Spring dates coming soon!

Wild Within for Juniors
Spring dates coming soon!

Night Owl for Cadettes
Saturday, October 27
Saturday, December 8
Spring dates coming soon!

Have a Question?
e-mail scouts@sfzoo.org or call (415) 753-7073 x8137

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.