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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.

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All Zoo Sprouts! programs are $20.00 per individual. Please note that there should be at least one adult and one child registered for each program.

Please email with any questions.

18 to 23 Months

Thursdays and Saturdays from 9:30–10:30am

Be sure to allow plenty of time for parking and arrival, especially on Saturday.

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.

2 to 3 Years

Thursdays and Saturdays from 9:30–10:30am

Be sure to allow plenty of time for parking and arrival, especially on Saturday.

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!

4 to 5 Years

Thursdays & Saturdays from 9:30–10:30am

Be sure to allow plenty of time for parking and arrival, especially on Saturday.

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, children ages 4-5, 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.

Exploration Checklist:

Mask Policy

Adult and child participants are not required to wear a mask outside of select animal experiences, though the Houston Zoo strongly encourages all unvaccinated as well as vaccinated guests to wear masks while indoors and areas where you cannot social distance. Some Houston Zoo Staff interacting with this program will have on a face covering.

Both the Houston Zoo policies and Zoo Sprouts! policies are informed by current recommendations from local, state, federal health officials, agencies, and authorities, including CDC guidelines. As such, these policies may shift or change.


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.

Explore the Wild

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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