Kids and Family Programs


Held every Tuesday at 11 am (check the signage in the plaza for location), join the education department for a storybook adventure that is designed for pre-school aged children. The program features two different animal stories, educational props and maybe even an animal visitor!

Zoo Tales Schedule


*Zoo Tales Express is on hiatus and will continue next Spring! *

Held every Friday at 11 am at the outdoor classroom between the Plaza and the ZooFarm. The program features an animal story, educational  props and other fun activities!

Zoo Tales Express Schedule

GARDEN TALES/Thyme in the garden

Join us for a story and an interactive hands-on horticulture activity Thursdays at 11 a.m.

Norfolk Master Gardeners and the Virginia Zoo Horticulture Team will educate young Zoo visitors about the importance of plants and their relationship with animals. Participants will also have the opportunity to make a project related to the story.

Located off Fountain Plaza in the Tortoise Garden, this program is included with Zoo admission.

Garden Tales Schedule


Farm Friends

Farm Friends is designed for young learners (ages 2 to 4) and their caregivers or parents. Each week, this interactive learning hour will focus on a different farm animal and includes a craft, story time, an animal encounter and an unforgettable educational experience.

Farm Friends February Schedule