Programs for Young Children

The Zoo offers fun and educational activities for children of every age. Critter Club is designed for children ages 3-4, while Zoo Crew programs are designed for children ages 5-7. Programs for other age groups >

Critter Club (Ages 3-4)

Critter Club is a series of programs designed just for tots. These programs take place on scheduled Thursdays and Fridays and feature a fun story, hands-on animal biofacts, great crafts and a special animal surprise. An adult is required to accompany each child for the duration of the program.


Fees:
$8 per child with Zoo membership; $11 per child without membership, with pre-registration (fees are collected at the time of pre-registration). $13 per child without pre-registration. Without pre-registration, we cannot guarantee that space will be available on program day. The maximum program size is 20 children; we reserve the right to turn non-registered participants away to maintain program quality.

Location: Education Center. All programs begin promptly at 11:00 am. Please arrive 10 minutes early to accommodate the check-in process.

Registration: Pre-registration is not required, but is highly encouraged. Contact reserve@pdza.org for additional information.

Check-in Process:
The reservationist will collect the fee during the pre-registration process and check-in on the day of the program at the main entrance gate. Walk-ins can register and pay (dependent upon available space in program) at the main entrance gate. Please be aware that without pre-registration we cannot guarantee space in any program. An adult is required to accompany a child for the duration of the program.

2016 critter club dates
January 14 & 15.............. Investigating Invertebrates
January 28 & 29.............. Down on the Farm
February 11 & 12............
Building Beavers
February 25 & 26............ Terrific Tapirs
March 10 & 11................. Jammin' with the Jellies
March 24 & 25................. Excellent Elasmobranchs
April 7 & 8........................ Awesome Amphibians
April 21 & 22.................... Earth Day Party
May 5 & 6........................ Meerkat Madness
May 19 & 20.................... Marvelous Muskoxen
September 15......... Terrific Tigers
September 30 ........ Awesome Asian Otters
October 13 & 14.............. Slithering Snakes
October 27 & 28.............. Wild Wolves
November 10 & 11.......... Stinky Skunks
December 8 & 9.............. Polar Bear Party


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Zoo Crew (AGES 5-7)

This brand new program is perfect for Critter Club graduates.  Delve deeper into the secret world of animals through programs designed to ignite the imagination and inspire curiosity and discovery.

Fees: $21 members / $26 non-members

Location: Education Center. All programs begin promptly at 10:00 am and end at 12:00 PM. Please arrive 10 minutes early to accommodate the check-in process.

Registration: Pre-registration is required for this program. Parents are welcome to attend with their children, but it is not required.

Contact reserve@pdza.org for additional information.
All participants must submit a Participant Form before camp begins.
Read our program policies.

2016 Zoo Crew dates
January 16................... Investigating Invertebrates
January 30................... Down on the Farm
February 13.................
Building Beavers
February 27................. Terrific Tapirs
March 12..................... Jammin' with the Jellies
March 26..................... Excellent Elasmobranchs
April 9.......................... Awesome Amphibians
April 23........................ Earth Day Party
May 7........................... Meerkat Madness
May 21......................... Marvelous Muskoxen
September 17............. Terrific Tigers
October 1 ................... Super Sea Otters
October 15................... Slithering Snakes
October 29................... Wild Wolves
November 12............... Stinky Skunks
December 10............... Polar Bear Party
               

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