Looking for fun and interactive programs that encourage family learning and foster early environmental awareness? The Virginia Zoo’s Early Childhood Programs offer opportunities for toddler to pre-school age children and their caregivers. Come discover the natural world through play, stories, animal encounters, and more! Each month will have a new theme and different activities!
Join the Education Department for a storybook adventure. The program features animal stories, educational activities, and maybe even an animal visitor!
These programs are included with Zoo admission.
- March 3, 13, and 16, 2022
- April 7, 17, and 21, 2022
- May 5, 15, and 19, 2022
- June 2 & 16, 2022
Taking the best parts of Zoo Tykes, our early-childhood program, and Running Wild, our nature play program, WILD TYKES is a new program recommended for kids aged 3-5 and their favorite adults! Each program will feature age-appropriate nature and science activities that focus on these core areas: sensory, movement, free play, art, and problem-solving. We won’t be afraid to get a little dirty as we explore and play together!
Even better, each Wild Tykes program will now be paired with our fan-favorite storytime program, Zoo Tales!
- March 13 & 16
- Theme: Backyard Habits
- April 17 & 21
- Theme: Dinosaurs
- May 15 & 19
- Theme: Mud and Water
Want to learn a little more about the plants and animals around the Virginia Zoo? Download the app “Seek by iNaturalist” to identify different species in a snap!