Looking for fun and interactive programs that encourage family learning and foster early environmental awareness? The Virginia Zoo’s Early Childhood Programs offer several programs for pre-school age children and their care-givers or guardians. Come discover the natural world through play, stories, art and more. We currently offer both structured and unstructured early childhood programming throughout the year through story times and scheduled classes. For additional program information, please contact VA Zoo Education at vazoo.education@norfolk.gov.


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

Norfolk Master Gardeners 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.


Held every Tuesday at 11 am (check the signage in the plaza for location), join the Education Department for a storybook adventure. The program features animal stories, educational activities and maybe even an animal visitor!

ZOO Tykes

Zoo Tykes is designed for young learners (ages 2 to 6) and a caregiver or parent. This interactive program provides an opportunity to discover the fascinating world of animals, will focus on a different theme and includes an animal encounter, craft, story-time, and more.