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Early Childhood Programs



Enrolling Now for Spring 2015 


Get your child off to a wild start in one of our
Early Childhood Education programs!



For 2 to 5 year olds (with parent)

NEW!  Tiger Tales Story Time

Each 30-minute program is offered on Thursday from 2:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Come join us for story time at the Zoo!  Our favorite tales come to life with the help of some of our animal ambassadors.  You won’t want to miss out on these memorable and interactive story adventures!

  • November 13:  “What do you do with a tail like this?” by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
  • November 20:  “Armadillo rodeo” by Jan Brett
  • December 4:    “The mitten” by Jan Brett
  • December 11:   “The icky bug counting book” by Jerry Pallotta

Register Online Cost Per Class:  $5/child. 

This interactive program is designed for one adult per child.  A maximum of 2 adults per child is allowed.  Does not include Zoo admission or parking.

For newborn to 2 year olds (with parent)

Stroller Buddies presented by Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Each 6-week session is offered on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Join us for a wild time with new experiences as your little one learns through nature exploration! Each animal themed 6-week session provides a fully immersive environment complete with nature play, music, movement, up-close animal encounters, and Zoo tour. During nature play, 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 have the freedom to choose from a variety of activities and let their creativity soar! This 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.

February 18 – April 3, 2015

Wednesday SessionRegister Online

Thursday SessionRegister Online

Friday SessionRegister Online

  • February 25 – 27 classes will meet at the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park
  • No classes March 11-13 due to Spring Break

April 29 – June 5, 2015

Wednesday SessionRegister Online

Thursday SessionRegister Online

Friday SessionRegister Online

Cost Per 6-Week Session:

Zoo Member: $48/child; $48/adult
Non Member: $54/child; $54/adult


For 3 to young 4 year olds

Nature Tykes

Each 13-week session is offered on Wednesdays from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

During the Nature Tykes Preschool program, children will work in a hands-on, activity-filled environment to learn about animals from around the world. Sessions will be filled with up-close animal encounters, Zoo tours, stories, music, movement, art, early math and literacy activities. These authentic experiences will help to develop your child’s social, cognitive, language, and motor skills.

Register Online February 11 – May 13, 2015

  • February 25th class will meet at the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park
  • No class on March 11th due to Spring Break

Cost Per 13-Week Session:

Zoo Member: $273/child
Non Member: $299/child


For 4 to young 5 year olds

A to Zoo Safari

Each 13-week session is offered on Fridays from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

During the A to Zoo Preschool program children will learn essential beginning phonics skills as they focus on the letters of the alphabet in a wild way! Children will engage in authentic hands-on activities including movement, music, stories, art, up-close animal encounters, and Zoo tours to learn about animals and conservation actions. During the 13-week Fall session, instruction and themes focus on the letters A-M and the Spring session focuses on the letters N-Z. Students gain skills that promote social, cognitive, language, and motor development.

 Register Online February 13 – May 15, 2015

  • February 27th class will meet at the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park
  • No class on March 13th due to Spring Break

Cost Per 13-Week Session:

Zoo Member: $273/child
Non Member: $299/child


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


The Education Office is open Monday-Friday during regular Zoo hours.  Contact us at or 469.554.7300