Early Childhood Programs
Get your child off to a wild start in one of our
Early Childhood Education programs!
For 3, 4, and 5 year olds
Each 13-week session is offered on Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Our new Preschool Safari program offers children a truly WILD experience! Our student-centered program features opportunities to explore in an environment with over 2,000 animals from all over the globe. Animal inspired topics will change weekly. Our theme for the 2015-2016 program year is Nature Close-Ups: Colors, Patterns, and Textures.
Preschool Safari participants will experience:
- Nature Play and Exploration
- Zoo-Themed Dramatic Play
- Animal Inspired Stories
- Nature and Animal Art
- Music and Movement
- Up-Close Animal Encounters
- Animal Enrichment Projects for the Dallas Zoo Animals
- February 26th class will meet at the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park
- No class on March 18th due to Spring Break
Cost Per 13-Week Session:
Zoo Member: $390/child
Non Member: $490/child
For 10 months to 2 year olds (with parent)
Stroller Buddies presented by Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Each 6-week session is offered on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Join us for a wild time as our little one learns through nature exploration! Each nature themed 6-week session provides a fully immersive environment complete with a nature inspired play time experience, up-close animal encounter, and Zoo tour.
During playtime, children use a variety of natural materials to connect to nature and explore with their senses, cultivate their imagination, problem solve, and develop language and motor skills in the process. Children will have the freedom to choose from a variety of activities and let their creativity soar! The playtime portion of the program is a great opportunity to spend some quality time with your child and mingle with other adults. Healthy snacks will be provided.
This class is designed for one child per adult. A maximum of two children may be enrolled per adult. Only registered participants may attend this class.
Session 2: February 16 – March 31, 2016
*No classes March 14-18 due to Spring Break
Session 3: April 19 – June 2, 2016
*No classes May 10-12 due to STAAR Testing/High Attendance Volume
Cost Per 6-Week Session:
Zoo Member: $48/child; $48/adult
Non Member: $60/child; $60/adult
For 5 to 8 year olds
Wild About Art – NEW!
Calling all creative animal lovers! Come join us in our new art class for children ages 5-8 years. Your blossoming artist will explore their creative side using a variety of materials and art techniques while being led in an animal-inspired project by a Dallas Zoo instructor. Participants will also experience a different Zoo tour and enjoy an up-close animal encounter with each session. Sign up for one class or sign up for all to experience a truly WILD time!
Sessions are offered on select Saturdays from 1:00 – 2:45 p.m.
Online registration required. Registration closes 72 hours prior to the first session. The cost of the program includes the child’s admission into the Zoo and covers all art supplies.
Cost Per Session:
Child Zoo Member: $15/child
Child Non Member: $20/child
For 3 to 7 year olds (with parent)
Stretch like a giraffe or crouch like a tiger! Children ages 3-7 years old and a parent/guardian will embark in an all-new adventure at the Dallas Zoo! Engage in animal-inspired yoga moves that will calm the senses and get your child closer to nature while practicing yoga in the Zoo. A certified yoga instructor will lead a truly WILD session designed just for children with moves inspired by our very own animals.
This class is designed for one child per adult. A maximum of two children may be enrolled per adult. A limited amount of mats will be available to borrow or participants are welcome to bring their own. Zoo Yoga sessions will be held in outdoor spaces, weather permitting. Please dress in active wear that is appropriate for the weather. Zoo admission and parking are included with the program.
Sessions are offered on select Saturdays from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Online registration required. Registration closes one week prior to the first session.
Check back soon for Spring Dates!
Cost Per Session:
Zoo Member: $15/child; $15/adult
Non Member: $20/child; $20/adult
About Our Early Childhood Programs
Weekly themes correlating to areas of the Zoo and Aquarium are student-centered and designed to focus on students’ expressed interests when possible. Parents will receive updates regarding weekly topics throughout the duration of the program.
Walk-up registrations will not be accepted. Registration closes one week prior to the first day of the session.
Toilet Training: All Early Childhood Learning participants, in classes without parents, must be completely toilet trained (requiring no assistance in the bathroom). Our definition of toilet trained means that the child is not wearing pull-ups and is able to manage his or her own clothing by him or herself. We highly suggest sending your child to Pre-K in elastic-waisted pants or shorts.
Animal Handling and Safety: To ensure the safety of our animals, we cannot guarantee any individual animal or class of animals. Just like people, animals sometimes have a bad day or are sick and not available. There may be opportunities for children to safely touch selected educational animals in the classroom. Please note, however, the final decision will be at the sole discretion of the animal handler and based on many factors including animal safety, group size, and behavior.
Cancellation Policy: This is a non-refundable final sale. Enrollment fees are not pro-rated and are due in full at registration. Credit will not be issued within two weeks of start date of program. The Dallas Zoo and Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park reserves the right to cancel or change any program for reasons we deem appropriate. Programs will take place rain or shine. Programs that have not met the minimum number of participants within two weeks of the scheduled program date may be cancelled. In the event that we cancel your program, a full refund will be issued and individuals will be contacted directly. Credit may be used for any education program or camp at the Dallas Zoo or Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park. All changes or cancellations must be submitted in writing to Education@DallasZoo.com.
The Education Office is open Monday-Friday during regular Zoo hours. Contact us at Education@DallasZoo.com or 469.554.7300