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! 

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Zoo Tales

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.

  • September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
  • October 6, 9, 13, 20, 27
  • November 13 & 17


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!

  • September 11 & 15 
    • Theme: Bugs
  • October 9 & 13
    • Theme: Music and Sound
  • November 13 & 17
    • Theme: Color and Shapes

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!