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Early Childhood

NEW: Zoo Sprouts!

The Houston Zoo values connecting kids to the natural world. We understand how important it is, when selecting a program, to consider a child’s development milestones. For this reason, our professional educators have three tailored tracks for your child to discover our Zoo and its amazing animals.

Members – $20 (ticket includes 1 child and 1 adult)
Non-Members – $38 (ticket includes 1 child and 1 adult)

While younger or older siblings are welcome in any class for an additional fee, please keep in mind that these programs are geared towards children of that specific age group and may not contain age appropriate activities for children outside that range. Please call the education department at (713) 533-6739 to inquire about purchasing an additional child or adult ticket.

Zoo Sprouts! 18 to 23 Months

Begin your journey into nature here. Join our education staff and other Sprouts as we feature our different animals. This program is designed specifically for 18 to 23 month olds and their favorite adult to spend time connecting with the natural world and each other. We will explore how our animals move while giving children the opportunity to mimic that movement. This program is sensory driven, with activities intended to develop fine motor skills, and will also feature the chance to meet and touch animals up close in each class!

These programs are 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Daring Dragons – Thursday, Feb 2 & Saturday, Feb 11
Can you crawl like our Komodo dragon? Join us while we explore how our lizard likes to move and groove.

Jumping Jaguars – Thursday, March 9 & Saturday, March 11
Big cats make you want to jump! Leap on over while we discover just how awesome our Jaguars are at jumping.

Perfect Pythons – Thursday, April 6 & Saturday, April 8
Ready, set, SLITHER! with our biggest python at the Houston Zoo.

Fancy Flamingos – Thursday, May 11 & Saturday, May 13
Let’s flap those wings and figure out how our fancy flamingos fly high.

Zoo Sprouts! 2 to 3 Years

Continue the nature adventure here! Journey with our education staff and other Sprouts with their favorite adult as we explore the zoo. From the hands-on activities and meet and greets with some of our animal ambassadors, this program is designed specifically for 2 to 3 year olds. Let the adventure begin!

These programs are 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Terrific Tortoises – Monday, Feb 13 & Saturday, Feb 18
Team up with us and learn why our large Galapagos tortoises are totally terrific.

Brawny Bears – Monday,  March 13 & Saturday, March 18
Black bears that are brown? Find out why and more secrets that our brawny bears would love to share with you.

Leaping Lizards – Monday, April 10 & Saturday, April 15

Birds aren’t the only animals you can find in trees. Get introduced to our crocodile monitor and learn all about their treetop lifestyle.

Radical Red Pandas – Monday,  May 15 & Saturday, May 20
Come discover the “original pandas” and see what sets them apart from the black and white version.

Zoo Sprouts! 4 to 5 Years

Are you as agile as a cheetah? Can you walk like a giraffe? Set out on an adventure to uncover how some of our animals interact with their environment, and then see if you can act just like them! In this program, 4 to 5-year-old children along with their favorite adults will learn the insides and out of some our Zoo animals. Come interact with the natural world, play together and experience our animals!

Weekday programs are 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Saturday programs are 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Make this Zoo Sprouts a part of your Zoo visit; be sure to allow plenty of time for parking and arrival on Saturdays.

Outrageous Okapis (with Giraffe Stride!) – Wednesday, Feb 22 & Saturday, Feb 25
What happens when you mix long necks and zebra stripes? An okapi, that’s what! Uncover the fascinating world of the giraffe’s closest cousin.

Chasing Cheetahs (with Zig-zag Obstacle Course!) – Wednesday, March 22 & Saturday March 25
And the chase is on! Hear more about our two cheetah brothers and see if you can move with agility like them.

Wonderful Warthogs (with Warthog Race!) – Wednesday, April 19 & Saturday, April 22
These little piggies love to call the Houston Zoo home! Learn more about our warthog family and see if you can sound the alert just like a warthog.

Humongous Horns (with Tree Cookie Balance!) – Wednesday, May 24 & Saturday, May 27
Take some time to moooove through the Zoo with us and encounter our amazing Ankole cattle. Find out what it takes to keep those huge horns balanced.