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 + adult)

Animal Adventures (3.5 - 4.5 years + adult)

Young Zoologists (5 - 7 years)

Ocean Explorers (7 and up + adult)

Girl Scouts

Teens (11 - 17 years)

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):

Fall II 2018 - Registration Open!
November 7 - 10 Dazzling Ducks
November 12 - 17 Terrific Turkeys
NO CLASS NOV. 20 - 24
Nov. 28 - Dec. 1 Playful Penguins
December 5 - 8 Romping Reindeer
December 12 - 15 Silent Snow Leopards
December 19 - 22 Rollicking Red Pandas

Winter I 2019 - Registration Opens December 13!
January 9 - 12 Lazy Lions
January 16 - 19 Wow! Wolverines
January 23 - 26  Giant Giraffes
January 30 - Feb 2  Leaping Lemurs
February 6 - 9 Alluring Anteaters
February 13 - 16 Perky Peccaries

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.

*We are now offering an afternoon Animal Adventures class on Tuesdays at 2pm!*

Upcoming Weekly Themes (subject to change):

Fall II 2018 - Registration Open!
November 6 or 9 O is for Ostrich
November 13 or 16 P is for Porcupine
NO CLASS NOV. 20 - 24
November 27 or 30 Q is for Quoll
December 4 or 7 R is for Red Panda
December 11 or 14 S is for Snake
December 18 or 21 T is for Tiger

Winter I 2019 - Registration Opens December 13!
January 8 or 11 U is for Urchin
January 15 or 18 V is for Vulture
January 22 or 26 W is for Wolverine
January 29 or February 1 X is for X-Ray Fish
February 5 or 8 Y is for Yak
February 12 or 15 Z is for Zebra

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 (until Dec 21st)   Tuesdays 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm (starting Jan 8)   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.

Winter 2018-2019 Season:
10 Tuesdays, December 4 - February 19

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

Register via SF Tots!

Class Days/Times:
10 Tuesdays
December 4 - February 19

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.

2018-19 Dates:
September 15 - Radiant Rainforests
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

Ocean Explorers

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, guided exploration, and science! The journey will begin at the new Coastal Conservation Center overlooking the Pacific coastline and continue in the Zoo as we learn how all living things rely on healthy oceans.

2018-19 Dates:
October 13 - Oceans Alive 
December 1 - On the Move 
February 9 - What's on the Menu? 
April 13 - Sharks!

Click Here to Register

Have a Question? Send an e-mail to education@sfzoo.org or call 415-753-7073 x 8137

Class Days/Times:
Select Saturdays, October - April 
1:00 - 3:30pm

Fees:
Includes 1 adult and 1 child participant; each child must be accompanied by an adult.

SFZS Members - $40 per class
Non-Member - $50 per class
Additional Adult - $10 per class
Get 10% off by registering for all 4 classes!
*Pre-registration required

Fees include Zoo admission and a parking pass.




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
Sunday, March 3
Saturday, April 27
Sunday, May 5

Wonders of Water: Keeper Caper for Brownies
Sunday, January 27
Saturday, March 9
Sunday, April 28

Bugs! Badge for Brownies
Sunday, January 27
Saturday, March 2
Saturday, April 13

Playground Scientists for Brownies 
Sunday, March 24
Saturday, May 4

Animal Habitats Badge for Juniors
Saturday, January 26
Saturday, April 6

Wild Within for Juniors
Sunday, January 13
Saturday, March 30
Sunday, May 19

Night Owl for Cadettes
Saturday, December 8
Saturday, January 19
Saturday, March 23

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.