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Toddler Totes

(Ages: 24-35 months)

Critters 'n' Kids at the LA Zoo Photo Credit LA Zoo

Critters ‘n’ Kids

(Ages: 3-4 years)

Education Gorilla Cart at the LA Zoo Photo Credit Tad Motoyama

Zoo Explorers (NEW)

(Ages: 5-6 years)

Toddler Totes

Toddler Totes classes are educational adventures for your child and you. Learn about adaptations as you investigate the Zoo’s animal collection and discover the ways animals use different part of their bodies. Each 75-minute class includes a variety of fun, age-appropriate, hands-on activities such as storytelling, live animal encounters, and explorations on Zoo grounds.

Upcoming Classes for the 2016–17 Season

  • Creature Costumes – October 5, 7, 8
    Fur, feathers, skin, and scales—find out what covers animals’ bodies to keep them warm, keep them cool, and keep them wild.
  • Terrific Tails – November 2, 4, 5
    Take a look at long, short, fluffy, scaly, and feathery tails. Through Zoo adventures, an animal encounter, and stories, you’ll discover many ways that different animals use their tails.
  • Fascinating Feet – November 30 and December 2, 3
    Learn about the many types of animal feet and how they are used through hands-on games, storytelling, and outdoor adventures.
  • The Nose Knows – February 1, 3, 4
    Sniff out the differences and similarities among noses in the animal world through hands-on activities, games, stories, and outdoor adventures.
  • Eyes on the side – March 1, 3, 4
    On top, in front, or on the side, where do you spy an animal’s eyes? Explore the world of eyes and learn how animals see the world through hands-on activities, storytelling, live animal encounters, and guided Zoo adventures.
  • I’m all Ears – March 29, 31 and April 1
    Big ears, small ears, floppy ears, tall ears—bring your lobes and learn an earful of facts about how different animals hear.
  • Wiggle Squiggle Zoo – May 3, 5, 6
    Jump, scoot, and groove! Animals have lots of ways to move. Here is your opportunity to use your body and do what animals do.

Toddler Totes

Class Times
9 a.m. (Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays) and 11 a.m. (Fridays, Saturdays)

Age
24–35 months (must be accompanied by one adult)

Members: $18 per child/adult pair
Nonmembers: $20 per child/adult pair

NOTE: Your e-ticket print out is required for class admission. Prices are subject to change.

For more information, please call (323) 644-4211.

Education Class with young visitor and elephant trunk Photo Credit Tad Motoyama

Critters 'n' Kids

Critters ‘n’ Kids classes take you and your child on an exploration of the Zoo’s animal collections, from cool cats and exciting elephants to slithering snakes and fabulous flamingos. Each 90-minute class includes a variety of fun, age-appropriate, hands-on activities such as storytelling, art, games, and adventures on Zoo grounds.

Upcoming Classes for the 2016–17 Season

  • Slithering Snakes – October 12, 14, 15
    Learn about the wonderful world of reptiles and make some snake art, listen to scaly stories, and slither around the LAIR observing the colorful world of our legless friends.
  • Giddy About Goats – November 9, 12
    Join us down on the farm for a good ol’ time with goats. We’ll hoof our way through the life history of these domestic animals, create a goatee masterpiece, and, of course, kid around.
  • Cool Cats – December 7, 9, 10
    Join our pride as we explore the world of felines large and small. We’ll snarl, purr, hiss, and meow as we stalk around the Zoo learning what it takes to be a cool cat.
  • Fabulous Flamingos – February 8, 10, 11
    There’s a whole lot of pink going on in this class! We’ll hear stories, make a take-home project, and go on an adventure in search of the Zoo’s pink, feathery residents.
  • Exciting Elephants – March 8, 10, 11
    Explore what makes elephants and the places that they live special. Our trek includes storytelling, fun activities, and a guided tour of the Elephants of Asia exhibit.
  • Go Go Gorillas! – April 19, 21, 22
    Birds aren’t the only animals that build nests—gorillas do, too! Learn how and discover all the things that make gorillas great.
  • Loveable Lemurs – May 10, 12, 13
    Madagascar is home to more than 40 different lemur species, from ring-tailed to sifaka. Investigate the Zoo’s lemur collection and gather fun facts about these fascinating furry creatures.

Critters 'n' Kids

Class Times
9 a.m. (Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays)

Age
3–4 years (must be accompanied by one adult)

Members: $24 per child/adult pair
Nonmembers: $27 per child/adult pair

NOTE: Your e-ticket print out is required for class admission. Prices are subject to change.

For more information, please call (323) 644-4211.

Critters 'n' Kids at the LA Zoo Photo Credit LA Zoo

Zoo Explorers (NEW Class Added)

Grab your backpack and explore the Zoo learning about biomes around the world, from deserts to mountains, grasslands to rainforests. Trek over the rivers and through the woods to seek out cool and amazing animals that call these unique habitats home. This drop-off class is designed for children independent of their parents. All children must bring water and a snack for this three-hour class.

Upcoming Classes for the 2016–17 Season

  • Mountain Madness – October 22
    Come climb with us as we discover the animals that live in the world’s rocky and forested areas. We’ll look into the tallest trees and under rocks to learn all about the amazing adaptations that help these animals survive life in the mountains.
  • Winter Warriors – December 17
    Animal environments can change drastically with the seasons. In order to survive less favorable seasons like winter, many animals have developed incredible survival skills to deal with the harsh conditions. Join us as we go on an adventure discovering some of these winter warriors and their amazing creature features.
  • Tropical Treasures – February 25
    Grab a vine and swing on over to explore the many layers of tropical rainforests, where more than half the plant and animal species in the world make their home. Peek under leaf litter for insects, discover who hides out in bromeliads, and settle on a branch in the canopy to learn about these living treasures.
  • Great Grasslands – April 8
    Pampas, prairies, steppes, or savannas, whatever you call them, they all have one thing in common—grass! Come take a run through the world’s grasslands, meet the animals who call them home, and learn what it takes to live there.
  • Delving Into the Desert – May 27
    Grab your sun hat and water bottle as we explore some of the planet’s hottest biomes. From cactus to camels, we will discover the adaptations that keep desert residents cool and protected when temperatures climb into the 100s.

Zoo Explorers

Class Times
9 a.m. (Saturdays)

Age
5–6 years

Members: $30 per child
Nonmembers: $35 per child

NOTE: Your e-ticket print out is required for class admission. Prices are subject to change.

For more information, please call (323) 644-4211.

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Family Classes (NEW Class Added)

Bring your family and join us for a special adventure at the Los Angeles Zoo. These 90-minute classes offer a special opportunity for families to come together and share in an adventure while learning about amazing animals.

Upcoming Classes for the 2016–17 Season

  • Now You See Me, Now You Don’t – October 29
    Uncover the secrets of camouflage, where stripes, spots, and blotches create the illusion of invisibility. In this class explorers of all ages can discover how patterns on fur, feathers, scales, and skin help animals eat or avoid being eaten.
  • Winter Wonderland – November 26
    Do you ever wonder how animals stay warm in the winter? Or what special adaptations help them survive the cold? Find out in this class, where all ages can discover the wonders of winter at the L.A. Zoo.
  • Home Sweet Home – March 18
    From dens to nests, hollows to treetops, find out how and why animals make their humble homes. In this class, participants of all ages can learn about unusual abodes and the tenants that live in them.
  • Backyard Buddies – April 15
    Discover the variety of wildlife that lives all around us and find out how we benefit from our wild neighbors. In this class, participants of all ages will also learn what we can do to stay safe while enjoying the wildlife.
  • The Animal Network – June 10
    Surviving on your own is tough. Especially in the animal world. Throughout the day we will explore the many types of partnerships that can be found in the animal kingdom and how the animals benefit from them. From unusual partnerships between Hippos and fish, to the complex societies of bee colonies.

Family Classes

Class Times
9:30 a.m. (Saturdays)

Age
All Ages Welcome

Members: $10 per person
Nonmembers: $20 per adult/$15 per child (ages 2–12)

NOTE: Your e-ticket print out is required for class admission. Prices are subject to change.

For more information, please call (323) 644-4211.

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