Family Play Program at Brookfield Zoo 

During these programs, children learn through play with their favorite play partner: you! Artists, nature educators, and early childhood specialists planned these programs from the same principles used to design Hamill Family Play Zoo, which connects children and their families to wildlife and nature.

 

An additional reminder about the family classes-only those registered for the class may attend. It is not possible to have additional children (this includes infants) and/or adults attend with you and your child. There is no adult seating so we are not able to accommodate additional visitors during the time the class meets in the class space. Once the park has opened for the day, at the scheduled opening time, other members of your party are welcome after paying admission fees, to visit in the park during this time and then join the class when we go out into the zoo to visit an exhibit. If you are not able to come with your child for a session, any other adult may attend with the child. Please be sure to add the accompanying adult to your cart during checkout.

 

Members, please note the following:
  • Only those listed on your membership qualify for the member price.
  • In order to receive the member price, all memberships must be current at the time of registration. We will not be able to issue refunds for the member price once you have registered for a program.
Please click on Program Policies for more information regarding our program cancellation policies.


Fall 2014 Seedlings

Children ages 1-3 years with an Adult

**Due to space limitations only 1 Adult may attend with each registered child.**

Seedlings is filling up quickly!

Enjoy this "nature play group" which will help you make friends with nature through play experiences, songs and meeting a weekly animal visitor!

Dates:
Tuesday, Thursdays, or Saturdays

Session 1 (9/16 - 10/11)
Tuesday (A) begins 9/16
Thursday (B) begins 9/18
Saturday (C) begins 9/20

Session 2 (10/21 - 11/15)
Tuesday (D) begins 10/21
Thursday (E) begins 10/23
Saturday (F) begins 10/25

Time: 9:00 -10:00 am
Location: Hamill Family Play Zoo
Parking: South Lot




Fall 2014 On The Move!

Children 2 - 3 1/2 years with 1 Adult

**Due to space limitations only 1 Adult may attend with each registered child.**

On The Move is filling up quickly!

Big or small, fast or slow, animals move in unique ways. Walking, running, waddling, creeping, crawling, slithering, swimming, flying, soaring…animals are on the move! Through art, movement, and dramatic play activities, children will learn about animals at the zoo. Each week we’ll take a trip out into the park in search of animal movement.


Dates: Wednesdays: October 8 - November 12
Time: 9:30 - 11:00 am
Location: South Gate Arches
Parking: South Lot





Fall 2014 Penguin Play

Children ages 3 - 5 years with 1 Adult

**Due to space limitations only 1 Adult may attend with each registered child.**

Get a waddling start and belly flop on over to our class about these endearing birds! We'll play, sing, create and take a stroll to visit the zoo's bunch of black and white birds friends that "fly" underwater.

Dates: October 11 or 12, November 8 or 9
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am
Location: Education Trailer
Parking: South Lot




Fall 2014 Who Lives in a Swamp?

Children ages 3-5 years with 1 Adult

**Due to space limitations only 1 Adult may attend with each registered child.**

What's a swamp home like? What animals might live there? We'll turn our classroom into a pretend swamp and explore answers to questions such as these. You'll use exploratory play, art, sensory experiences, and stories before slithering over the The Swamp to meet keepers and critters!

Dates: November 15 or 16
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am
Location: Education Trailer
Parking: Southgate lot