ZooKids

Does your little one love animals? ZooKids classes are a great way for children age 4-5 to have a fun and educational adventure at the zoo.

Each program includes a mini zoo tour, craft, games, animal close-up, and snack.





ZooKids classes are held on Saturdays from 9:30am - 12:00pm. Each ZooKids class is offered twice per month to accommodate more participants. Each month has a different theme and classes are designed so that children can come to multiple classes without repeating the same activities.

Not sure how much classes cost? Are you ready to register? What do you do if you need to cancel?
These and other important details are listed below.

Programs for Fall 2014

September 20 or 27: Dens, Domiciles & Dwellings
Would you like to sleep in the trees? Maybe in a nice warm pond? Or how about in a hole underground? Explore all the different places that animals call home and help make a special enrichment item for some of the animals who make their homes at your zoo.

October 5 (Sunday) or 18: Sniffers, Snouts & Noses
Can you pick up a watermelon with your nose? An elephant can! Did you know that zebras and giraffes use their noses to locate water to drink? Learn about the many different ways animals use their noses!

November 15 or 22: Harvesters & Hibernators
Winter is coming! Humans adapt to cold weather by wearing coats and hats when we go outside and heating our homes to make them warm. But what do animals do? Some animals sleep during the winter while others still manage to hunt and forage. Learn how different animals prepare for winter in different ways!

Program Fees

$23.00 for current Oakland Zoo members / $26.00 for non-members.
New Package Pricing! Fall Package of 3 Classes: $60 for members / $69 for non-members.

Program fees cover program expenses and Zoo admission for the participant only.
Parents or families want to enter the Zoo during or after class will need to pay regular Zoo admission.
Oakland Zoo Members can use their membership for admission, as usual.
Parking fees are waived for people dropping off or picking up ZooKids participants.

Registration

All ZooKids registration is online through Thriva, the same system we use for ZooCamp. This secure website database will keep your credit card information safe and make it easy to register the same participant for multiple programs. Our registration system requires payment by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, or Discover).

If you have previously registered a child for ZooCamp, click here to confirm your email and account password. Please use the same account to register participants for ZooKids.

Registration for Fall 2014 is now open!

Please Note: Each class is offered on two Saturdays to accommodate more participants, so please sign up for only one Saturday per month. You are welcome to sign up for multiple classes in different months.

Please contact us if you would like to be on a waitlist (510) 632-9525 ext. 280 or info@oaklandzoo.org

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel with more than 14 days notice, you will receive a 90% refund.
If you cancel between 8 and 14 days before your class, you will receive a 50% refund.
Sorry, no refunds will be issued for cancellations within 7 days of your scheduled class.

There is no fee or penalty for transferring from one class to another within the same season (Fall, Winter, or Spring) if space is available; however, if you register online for a new class then cancel your original registration, the standard cancellation fees apply. We are unable to accommodate transfers after the Saturday before your scheduled class.

To cancel, transfer from one session to another, or make other changes to your ZooKids registration, please call the (510) 632-9525 ext. 280 or email us at info@oaklandzoo.org

Other Important Information

Class size is limited to 16 participants. The ratio of adults to participants is 1:4.
Fruit and juice are provided during each class. Let us know of any food allergies during registration.
Classes are designed for children to participate independently. Parents are not allowed to stay with their children.

Please note: If your child has diagnosed special needs and is unable to participate without an aide, please contact us to discuss accommodations at (510) 632-9525 x280 or at info@oaklandzoo.org

Still have questions? Please read over our ZooKids FAQs or contact info@oaklandzoo.org


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