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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. 

Nature PLAYshop

You are already the center of your child’s world, now take them on new adventures and learn how to experience the world of nature play together! Learn about the benefits of letting your child be the play leader, and discover ways to include nature play in your daily routine. During this two-hour session, you will also get tips and tricks on how to give the play power back to your children, and learn that it’s okay to get a little messy!  Time will be spent together as a family, and then parents will have time to discuss strategies and hone play skills with other parents and our experts.  Light refreshments will be provided, so grab your kiddos and head to the Zoo for this fun-filled morning of play!

During this workshop you will…

  • Discover the benefits of nature on childhood development
  • Learn how to provide your family with free-play opportunities
  • Hear from other parents about successful strategies
  • Discuss play barriers and how to overcome them
  • Observe your child at play with expert interpretation to see all the things your child is learning just by playing
  • Gain access to the Houston Zoo after the workshop

Space is limited, so sign up today!

Date: December 2, 2017
Time: 8:00-10:00am
Price: $10 per person
Child Ages: 4-10

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.


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.


Terrific Tigers - Sold Out!

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. 


Lovely Lions
December 27 & December 30