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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. Tickets are required for all participants to attend class. 

Zoo Sprouts! Special Edition: Back to School

While students are gearing up to head back to classes, Special Edition Zoo Sprouts! is showing you how to do it…Fish Style. Come with us as we check out Kipp Aquarium and see just what fish know about school!

Program Dates and Times


2 to 3 Years
4 to 5 Years

Zoo Sprouts! 18 to 23 Months

Begin your journey into nature! 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 the day to day lives of our animals while giving children the opportunity to discover their environment. This program includes 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 Thursday and Saturdays @ 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Be sure to allow plenty of time for parking and arrival on Saturdays.

Digging with Bugs!
September 7 & September 9
Flapping with Birds!
October 5 & October 7
Crawling with Tortoises!
November 2 & November 4
Climbing with Bears!
December 7 & December 9

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 Mondays and Saturdays @ 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Be sure to allow plenty of time for parking and arrival on Saturdays.

Marvelous Monkeys
September 11 & September 16
Enormous Elephants
October 9 & October 14
Super Snakes
November 6 & November 11
Terrific Tigers
December 11 & December 16

Zoo Sprouts! 4 to 5 Years

Set out on an expedition 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.

These programs are Wednesdays and Saturdays @ 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Be sure to allow plenty of time for parking and arrival on Saturdays. ***Please note that 4-5 classes will begin at 9:30 am starting in September. 


Chipper Chimps
September 27
Mighty Meerkats
October 18 & October 21
Perfect Parrots
November 15 & November 18
Lovely Lions
December 27 & December 30