Children's Programs

Whether your children are one, 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.

Young Children

Older Children

Scouts

Teens

Volunteer Programs

Children's Programs

Classes for Young Children

Little Learners

18 months - 3½ year olds & 1 accompanying adult

Year-round

Little Learners is designed for young learners and their caregivers. Each class focuses on a different animal and includes a craft, small snack, an education animal visitor and an experience full of exciting discoveries. Although mostly structured, all activities are optional which makes for a pressure-free introduction to the classroom. No more than 1 adult per child; class themes subject to change.

Sing along with us! Click here to view and download the Little Learners song sheet.

Upcoming Series Details:

Summer I 2017 - Registration is Open!
Week 1 May 31 - June 3 Grand Grizzlies
Week 2 June 7 - 10 Outrageous Otters
Week 3 June 14 - 17 Hollering Howler Monkeys
Week 4 June 21 - 24 Fancy Flamingos
Week 5 June 28 - July 1 Glorious Gorillas

Summer II 2017 - Registration Opens June 22 at 1:00pm
Week 1 July 12 - 15 Kooky Kangaroos
Week 2 July 19 - 22 Proclaiming Peacocks
Week 3 July 26 - 29 Outstanding Ostriches
Week 4 August 2 - 5 Rockin' Rhinos
Week 5 August 9 - 12 Pretty Parrots
Week 6 August 16 - 19 Fantastic Frogs
Week 7 August 23 - 26 Wonderful Wolves

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.*

Little Learners 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 (1½ - 3 ½ years)

Little Learners 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 (1½ - 3 ½ years)


Fees:
Members $25 per class per child

Non-members $35 per class per child

Receive a 10% discount when you sign up for all weeks in a series!

Fees include a parking pass as well as entrance into the Zoo for 1 adult and 1 child.


*Pre-registration is required. No registration or drop-ins day of class.


Animal Adventures

3½ - 4½ year olds & 1 accompanying adult

Year-round

Filled with music, crafts, games, and an education animal visitor, Animal Adventures is designed for 3½ - 4½ year-olds and their caregivers. Each class focuses on a specific letter and corresponding animal. Animal Adventures also utilizes other preschool concepts such as colors, patterns and sizes. No more than 1 adult per child; class themes subject to change.

Sing along with us! Click here to view and download the Animal Adventures song sheet.

Upcoming Series Details:


Summer I 2017 - Registration is Open!
Week 1 May 30 or June 2 E is for Emu
Week 2 June 6 or 9 F is for Frog
Week 3 June 13 or 16 G is for Gorilla
Week 4 June 20 or 23 H is for Horse
Week 5 June 27 or 30 I is for Iguana

Summer II 2017 - Registration Opens June 22 at 1:00pm
Week 1 July 11 or 14 J is for Jellyfish
Week 2 July 18 or 21 K is for Koala
Week 3 July 25 or 28 L is for Lemur
Week 4 August 1 or 4 M is for Meerkat
Week 5 August 8 or 11 N is for Newt
Week 6 August 15 or 18 O is for Ostrich
Week 7 August 22 or 25 P is for Porcupine

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.*

Animal Adventures 3 ½ - 4 ½ years

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

Receive a 10% discount when you sign up for all weeks in a series!

Fees include a parking pass as well as entrance into the Zoo for 1 adult and 1 child.


*Pre-registration is required. No registration or drop-ins day of class.


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.

2017 Dates:
Spring Season (Registration Open): March 14 - May 16
Fall Season: Dates TBD

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

Click Here to Register via SF Tots

Class Days/Times:
10 Tuesdays

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 - 8 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.


2017 Dates - Registration Open!

FULL - April 15 - Tremendous Tundras

May 20 - Stunning South America

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 (September through 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

9 to 12 Years Old

If you are 9 to 12 years old and passionate about animals, conservation and helping preserve our natural world, this club is for you.

Members receive:

- Five club meetings that include a private keeper talk with San Francisco Zoo keepers
- Opportunities to participate in conservation actions both at the Zoo and a home.
- A Membership card
- And a free Zoo gift.

Have a Question?
e-mail jkc@sfzoo.org or call (415) 753-8135

Registration:
Please check our Calendar of Events for details and online registration.

2016-17 Meeting Days/Times:

September 17

November 19

January 21

March 18

May 20

All meetings are from 1 - 3:30pm.

Fees: $60 for annual membership.


Scouts

The San Francisco Zoo offers a unique setting for Bay Area Girl Scouts to complete patch or Journey requirements. Working on a patch or Journey not covered by one of our existing programs? Contact scouts@sfzoo.org and we'll customize a program to meet your needs.

Daisy Garden Party for Daisies

Wonders of Water: Keeper Caper for Brownies

Playground Scientists for Brownies

Who's Who at the SF Zoo for all Girl Scouts ages 5 and older

Animal Behavior WildNight for Juniors and older (also available as a daytime class)


For Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, or other community groups, check out our group overnights or twilight tours!

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

Class Descriptions, Dates and Registration:
2016-2017 Girl Scout Programs Flyer

Fees (per participant):
Daisy Garden Party $25

Wonders of Water Keeper Caper $30

Playground Scientists $30

Who's Who at the SF Zoo $30

Animal Behavior daytime class $40

Animal Behavior WildNight $70

Fees include a parking pass as well as entrance into the Zoo.


Teens

For more information on the Zoo’s amazing teen volunteer opportunities, visit our Volunteer Programs page.