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! 

Woman reads a book to a group of children
Woman on stage speaking to families with young children

STORY TIMES

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.

  • March 3, 13, and 16, 2022
  • April 7, 17, and 21, 2022
  • May 5, 15, and 19, 2022
  • June 2 & 16, 2022

WILD TYKES

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!