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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 developmental milestones. For this reason, our professional educators have three tailored tracks for your child to discover our Zoo and its amazing animals.



Special Edition Zoo Sprouts!

Pop and Pals

Let’s hear it for the dads! Come join us for a Father’s Day Special Edition Zoo Sprouts as we celebrate dads and all they do for their families! We will wade over to our new Kathrine G. McGovern Texas Wetlands exhibit to visit our fancy feathered dads and learn about the unique ways they help keep the family going! After, join us for Father’s Day themed sensory play in our outdoor classroom.

18 to 23 Months – Friday, June 14 from 9:30 to 10:30 am

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2 to 3 Years – Friday, June 14 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

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4 to 5 Years – Friday, June 14 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

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18 to 23 Months

Thursdays & Saturdays, 9:30–10:30am

Be sure to allow plenty of time for parking and arrival on Saturdays.

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.

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2 to 3 Years

Mondays & Saturdays, 9:30–10:30am

Be sure to allow plenty of time for parking and arrival on Saturdays.

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!

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4 to 5 Years

Saturdays, 9:30–10:30am

Be sure to allow plenty of time for parking and arrival on Saturdays.

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 of our Zoo animals. Come interact with the natural world, play together and experience our animals.

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4 to 6 Years

Twilight Safari Series – Summer Date coming soon

Exploration Checklist:


Zoo Sprouts! is all about exploration! Sometimes we get a little dirty, so make sure you and your child wear clothes that can get messy, or bring a change of clothes.

Age Appropriate

Siblings are welcome in any class for an additional fee, however, please keep in mind that activities are geared toward children of the program’s age group and may not contain age-appropriate activities for children outside that range.


Zoo Sprouts! love all types of weather and programs will take place rain or shine! However, if there is inclement weather and the class must be canceled, individuals will be contacted directly and a full refund will be issued.


We understand that sometimes unexpected things occur. Guests who provide a written notice of cancellation to on or before one week (7 days) prior to the program date will receive a full refund. No refunds will be issued after this date.

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