The Phoenix Zoo has a variety of educational programs designed to connect children of all ages with the natural world. Our programs are offered for children starting at 18 months old and are designed to support their growing needs and abilities. We truly hope that your child will grow up with the Zoo! Many programs offer opportunities for parents or caregivers and children to learn and explore together, making it an experience for the entire family. See our many program offerings below and join our programs family today.

Littlest Critters (Redesigned and Improved!) (0-6 months + caregiver)

Bond with your baby through nature and make connections with other parents/caregivers in this relationship-building focused program. Through music, movement, touch and talk, you’ll create opportunities for your Littlest Critter to experience the unique natural setting and elements of the Zoo. You’ll also have the opportunity to share and learn with other parents/caregivers through social time and guided discussions about appreciating animals and nature with your baby.

For children 0 – 6 months (babies in arms) and a caregiver. Programs take place indoors and outdoors.

Program time: 10 – 10:45 a.m.
Program fees:

Member Adult/Child Pair       $ 15       Extra Adult $5       Extra Child (includes 1 adult) $11

General Adult/Child Pairs       $ 20       Extra Adult $7       Extra child (includes adult)   $15

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Zoo Play Date (NEW!) (6 – 18 months + caregiver)

Social interactions are an important part of learning and engaging – for children and adults! The Zoo Play Date program provides an environment for your child to interact with others through play and exploration of the natural world with you by their side. Natural “loose parts” elements that encourage gross and fine motor skill development and an introduction to guided activities designed to support the physical, cognitive and emotional growth of your child are the focus of this program along with inspiration for adult engagement and fun!

For children 6 – 18 months (sitting independently and early walking) and a caregiver. Programs take place indoors and outdoors.

Program time: 10 – 10:45 a.m.
Program fees:

Member Adult/Child Pair       $ 15       Extra Adult $5       Extra Child (includes 1 adult) $11

General Adult/Child Pairs       $ 20       Extra Adult $7       Extra child (includes adult)   $15

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Zoo Tots (Redesigned and Improved!) (18 months – 3 yrs. + caregiver)
Positive interactions with animals and nature help lay a foundation for children to develop empathy and respect for the natural world. The Zoo Tots program introduces young children and their caregivers to some of the Zoo’s friendliest animals and provides activity opportunities to help children learn and practice the basics of animal care. Vocabulary development, fine motor skill development, space for children to play independently and an up-close animal encounter are important and fun parts of this program.

For children 18 months – 3 years (toddlers) and a caregiver. Each month features a different theme coupled with repetition and routine that can help your early learner thrive. Programs take place indoors and outdoors.

Program time: 10 – 10:45 a.m.
Program fees:

Member Adult/Child Pair       $ 20       Extra Adult $7       Extra Child (includes 1 adult) $15

General Adult/Child Pairs       $ 27       Extra Adult $10       Extra child (includes adult)   $20

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Program topics:
November – Farm
December – Bugs
January – Jungle
February –Desert
March – Forest
April – Savanna
May – Aquatic

Breakfast with the Animals (3-5 yrs. + caregiver)

Join us for a continental breakfast of “people food” and activity stations that include a variety of movement, art, songs and learning exploration, followed by an amazing animal encounter. The activities in this program focus on promoting curiosity, fostering empathy, encouraging discovery and introducing/reinforcing age appropriate learning about numbers, letters, words, shapes, colors, textures and more! Children and parents are encouraged to explore the activities together and instructors help facilitate an engaging and fun experience for all.

For children 3 – 5 years and a caregiver. Each month features a different animal-focused theme. Programs take place indoors and outdoors.

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Program time: 8 – 9 a.m.
General Program fees:

Member Adult/Child Pair      $30     Extra Adult $11          Extra Child (includes 1 adult) $23 

General Adult/Child Pair        $40     Extra Adult $14          Extra Child (includes 1 adult) $30

Bug Program fees: 

Member Adult/Child Pair      $36     Extra Adult $12          Extra Child (includes 1 adult) $27 

General Adult/Child Pair        $47     Extra Adult $17          Extra Child (includes 1 adult) $35

Program topics:
September – Tortoise
October – Stingray
November – Buggy Breakfast* (special pricing)
January – Orangutan
February – Giraffe
March – Flamingo
April – Elephant
May – Alligator

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Critter Keeper (6-9 yrs.)
Experience what it’s like to be a zookeeper! During this non-stop, fun-filled afternoon, young Critter Keepers participate in all aspects of animal care including cleaning, distributing diets and preparing enrichment items for our animal collection. Small class sizes allow us to offer an exclusive and personalized adventure in which children experience the excitement, hard work and patience required to be a zookeeper and care for Zoo animals. All Critter Keepers are outfitted with a t-shirt and water bottle. For children 6 – 9 years old.

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For children 6 – 9 years.
Program time: 12 – 2 p.m.
Program fees

Members        $50

General           $67

Program topics: 
October – Forest of Uco
November – Tropics I
December – AZ Trail
January – Ambassador Animals
February – Children’s Trail
March – Tropics II
April – Farm
May – Africa Trail

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Critter Keeper Careers  (10-13yrs.)

Have you ever wondered what a career at the Zoo might be like?  In this exciting program, you can find out! Critter Keeper Careers provides children with the opportunity to explore a variety of animal care careers through this non-stop, fun-filled afternoon! Critter Keepers participate in all aspects of animal care including cleaning, distributing diets and preparing enrichment items for our animal collection. Small class sizes allow us to offer an exclusive and personalized adventure in which young people experience the excitement, hard work and patience required to be a Zoo professional and care for Zoo animals. All Critter Keepers are outfitted with a t-shirt and water bottle. For children 10-13 years.

Program time: 12 – 2 p.m.
Program fees

Members        $50

General           $67

Program topics: 
October – Animal Trainers
November – Behavioral Enrichment I
December – Conservation
January – Zookeepers I
February – Behavioral Enrichment II
March – Zoo Vets
April – Zoo Chefs
May – Zookeepers II

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Lunch with a Keeper for families (6- 9 yrs. + caregiver)
Lunch with a Keeper is like a coveted backstage pass to meet the band. Enjoy a pizza lunch while you make friends with (and learn from) animal experts – our zookeepers! Ask questions that only a keeper can answer and listen to stories that only a keeper can tell. After lunch, be treated to a behind-the-scenes tour and awesome animal experience led by the person who knows the animals best. This unique experience is one of the best at the Zoo; you’ll truly understand the passion and dedication involved with being a zookeeper. For children 6-10 years and a caregiver.

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Program time: 12 – 1:45 p.m.
Program fees

Member Adult/Child Pair       $54      Extra Adult $20           Extra Child $40

General Adult/Child Pair         $72      Extra Adult $25           Extra Child $54

Program Topics:
November – Giraffe
January – Elephant
March – African Carnivore
May – Orangutan

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