The Phoenix Zoo has a variety of educational programs designed to connect children of all ages with the natural world. Our programs are offered for children starting at 18 months old and are designed to support their growing needs and abilities. We truly hope that your child will grow up with the Zoo! Many programs offer opportunities for parents or caregivers and children to learn and explore together, making it an experience for the entire family. See our many program offerings below and join our programs family today.

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Littlest Critters (Ages 0 – 18 months)

Get wild with your little one at the Phoenix Zoo! This all-new program allows our youngest visitors and their caregivers the chance to explore the world of animals. Spend the morning together in this inside/outside program featuring animal-themed music, games, movement activities and nature explorations. Each program focuses on animals from unique habitats all around the world and offer a chance to meet an animal up-close. For children 0 – 18 months and a caregiver

Dates and Times
Additional dates coming soon.

Program Fee
Member Adult/Child Pair: $15
General Adult/Child Pair: $35

Farm Tots (Ages 18 months – 2 years)

Fun on the farm is what this program is all about! Designed around introducing our youngest animal lovers to some of the friendliest animals at the Zoo, Farm Tots teaches children the basics of animal respect and care. Free-play, activities and up-close animal encounters are all part of the fun with each month focusing on one of our farm animals.

Take home a plush animal as a keepsake of your Zoo experience for only $6 if ordered when making reservations.

For children 18 months – 2 years and a caregiver

Additional dates and programs coming soon.

Breakfast with the Animals (Ages 2 – 5 years)

Would you like to learn what a giraffe eats for breakfast? Interested in watching a warthog wake up in the morning? What about feeding a giant tortoise? Join us for Early Childhood Animal Breakfasts and YOU CAN! Enjoy a light morning meal of “people food,” along with child-focused and parent-directed activities that include a variety of movement, discovery, reasoning, crafts, songs and guided and free play opportunities. Children and parents are encouraged to explore the activities at their own pace and instructors are always there to help facilitate an engaging, fun experience for all. Your breakfast will finish with an amazing animal encounter!

Take home a plush animal as a keepsake of your Phoenix Zoo experience for only $6 if ordered when making reservations.

For children 2-5 years and a caregiver

Additional dates and programs coming soon.

 

Gifts for the Animals (Ages 2 – 5 years)

Whether it’s for a holiday or “just because” – giving gifts is fun! It allows us to show how much we care. The same is true for the animals at the Zoo. Join us for some generous fun — animal style — at our Gifts for the Animals program. Children join their caregiver and their instructor on a guided safari around Harmony Farm. We’ll take time to stop and observe animals and participate in hands-on learning activities. Activities are informal, fun learning opportunities, designed to foster excitement and learning between caregiver and child. This program offers the amazing opportunity to assist zookeepers by providing enrichment for many of our farm animals — in the form of special gifts!

For children 2 – 5 years and a caregiver

Dates and Times
Additional dates coming soon.

Program Fee
Member Adult/Child Pair: $20
General Adult/Child Pair: $40

Critter Keeper (Ages 6 – 10 years)

Experience what it’s like to be a zookeeper! During this non-stop, fun-filled afternoon, young Critter Keepers participate in all aspects of animal care including cleaning, distributing diets and preparing enrichment items for our animal collection. Small class sizes allow us to offer an exclusive and personalized adventure in which children experience the excitement, hard work and patience required to be a zookeeper and care for Zoo animals. All Critter Keepers are outfitted with a t-shirt and water bottle.

For children 6 – 10 years

Additional dates and programs coming soon.

Lunch with a Keeper (Ages 6 – 10 years)

Lunch with a Keeper is like a coveted backstage pass to meet the band! Enjoy a pizza lunch while you make friends with and learn from animal experts – our zookeepers. Ask questions that only a keeper can answer and listen to stories that only a keeper can tell. After lunch, be treated to a behind-the-scenes tour and awesome animal experience led by the person that knows the animals best. This unique experience is one of the best at the Zoo. You’ll truly understand the passion and dedication involved with being a zookeeper.

For children 6-10 years and a caregiver

Additional dates and programs coming soon.

Nature Explorers (Ages 6 – 9 years)

The Phoenix Zoo is excited to introduce a new kind of program — Nature Explorer. This program consists of two distinct experiences, designed with nature play as their goal! Understanding that boys’ and girls’ interests may develop differently, particularly with regard to playtime as well as the sciences, we’ve created these programs to provide kids with the opportunity to explore their interests in a single-sex environment. We encourage participants to dress-up however they choose for their adventure, but keep in mind … we will be getting messy as we learn and play!

Nature Explorers for Girls

Girls, ages 6-9, are invited into an unexplored side of the Zoo! Traverse uncharted terrain and learn about famous female explorers and scientists who have played a key role in our understanding and appreciation of the environment. This program inspires young girls to explore all of their interests, encouraging fact-finding and exploration in conjunction with fiction and fairy tales, all while engaging with their natural surroundings. Girls will encounter problem-solving and critical thinking adventures, creative opportunities and challenging group engineering and science-themed projects. Participants are encouraged to attend Nature Explorer dressed in their favorite adventure attire — be it pirates, princesses or pachyderms!

Dates and Times
Additional dates coming soon.

Program Fee
Member: $25
General: $45

Nature Explorers for Boys

Boys, ages 6-9, are invited to participate in a unique Zoo experience! Journey through a world of the unknown and explore an untamed environment ripe for research and super fun. This program inspires young boys to pursue their interests, while promoting natural sciences and discovery through action-adventure and nature-based role-play. Boys will trek through novel environments, face challenges requiring teamwork, creativity and critical thinking, all while on the hunt for new adventures. Participants are encouraged to attend Nature Explorer dressed in their favorite adventure attire — be it knights, ninjas or night crawlers!

Dates and Times
Additional dates coming soon.

Program Fee
Member: $25
General: $45

Wild Science Academy (Ages 5 – 8 years)

Wild Science Academy lets you explore the world of science with the Zoo as your classroom! These affordable and educational two-hour classes teach science through animal interactions, behind-the-scenes experiences, laboratory investigations, group projects, Zoo hikes and other inquiry-based learning activities. Designed for home school students, but open to all, Wild Science Academy is perfect for any young student with a desire to learn more about the science of zoos. Each class is also developed using Arizona Science Standards.

For children ages 5 – 8 years.

Additional dates and programs coming soon.

Wild Science Academy (Ages 9 – 13 years)

Wild Science Academy lets you explore the world of science with the Zoo as your classroom! These affordable and educational two-hour classes teach science through animal interactions, behind-the-scenes experiences, laboratory investigations, group projects, Zoo hikes and other inquiry-based learning activities. Designed for home school students, but open to all, Wild Science Academy is perfect for any young student with a desire to learn more about the science of zoos. Each class is also developed using Arizona Science Standards.

For children ages 9 – 13 years.

Additional dates and programs coming soon.