Program Zoolittles Series (EZS)

ZooLittles is a weekly educational series for preschoolers (ages 3-5) at the Zoo. Children will enjoy learning about plants and animals while experiencing the natural world around them in an interactive program. Programs may include physical activities, animal visits, explorations, stories, or crafts.





August 19 /20


In this first week's class we will practice our counting skills and learn more about our new Humboldt penguin friends coming soon to the zoo!

August 26/27


We will learn all about different shapes. We will investigate the shapes of nature and learn how to spot shapes in flowers!

September 2 /3


By learning about different animal movements, we will practice our motor skills. Guest ambassador animals will show off how they move and what makes them unique!

September 9/10


In this class, we will learn about patterns. We will practice our fine motor skills and explore how some animals have patterns in their coats!

September 16/ 17


Symmetry is all around us in nature! This week we will learn what is symmetry and explore its beauty in nature!

September 23 / 24


After five weeks of classes, we will put together all of our animal knowledge and use our creativity to make our own animal!


REGISTRATION: (To register, click on button at bottom of this page)

Parents can register their child for all of the sessions in the 6-part series on either Thursdays or Fridays. The lesson will be the same both days of the week, so only sign up for one day! Tickets can be purchased online through our website. Registration is limited to 12 children per session.  An adult caregiver should plan to participate with their child.


The program fee is $45 for children and includes all activity supplies for the program. There is no program fee for adults and children under 2.  Program fees can be paid online at time of registration. This program fee is in addition to Zoo admission, which is free for members. A year-round family membership is $65.


The ZooLittles program will meet in the Event Tent and may move to other parts of the zoo to accomplish the themed activities planned.   From the entrance, enter the path to the right and walk past the Amazonia rainforest, past the wolves, and you will find the garden on your right before the Event Tent on the large hill.   You can call ahead and ask at the education for updates on location. 


In the case of rain, we will announce an alternate location at the front gate.  Depending on the forecast, we may use the Kiwanis shelter, event tent, or move it entirely indoors in one of our classrooms. Cancellation is also possible due to severe weather. Notifications will be sent out via email at least one hour prior to program start time for participants. Programs cancelled due to weather can be rescheduled for another time.

Please dress for the weather. We recommend children wear play clothes and closed toed shoes, and bring sunscreen and water.

COVID update:

Weather permitting, the program will be conducted in a sheltered outdoor space. Please limit the number of siblings and adult chaperones attending to keep the Zoolittle group sizes small enough for social distancing.  Adults and siblings 3 years and older are required to wear masks unless social distanced outside. Hand sanitizer will be provided.


Direct registrations, questions, or cancellations to the Education Department (812) 435-0809, or, or to the front gate (812) 435-6143.