Family Play Program at Brookfield Zoo 

During these programs, children learn through play with their favorite play partner: you! Artists, nature educators, and early childhood specialists planned these programs from the same principles used to design Hamill Family Play Zoo, which connects children and their families to wildlife and nature.


An additional reminder about the family classes-only those registered for the class may attend. It is not possible to have additional children (this includes infants) and/or adults attend with you and your child. There is no adult seating so we are not able to accommodate additional visitors during the time the class meets in the class space. Once the park has opened for the day, at the scheduled opening time, other members of your party are welcome after paying admission fees, to visit in the park during this time and then join the class when we go out into the zoo to visit an exhibit. If you are not able to come with your child for a session, any other adult may attend with the child. Please be sure to add the accompanying adult to your cart during checkout.


Members, please note the following:
  • Only those listed on your membership qualify for the member price.
  • In order to receive the member price, all memberships must be current at the time of registration. We will not be able to issue refunds for the member price once you have registered for a program.
Please click on Program Policies for more information regarding our program cancellation policies.

Spring 2014 Animal Superpowers

Children ages 3-5 years with 1 Adult

**Due to space limitations only 1 Adult may attend with each registered child.**

They don't have capes or magic lassoes, but plenty of animals have "superpowers." Join us to learn about animals with superstrength, superspeed, and more. Meet a superstar animal visitor, participate in creative activities, and enjoy a tasty snack before heading into Brookfield Zoo in search of superanimals.

Dates: May 3 or 4
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am
Location: Education Trailer
Parking: South Lot

Spring 2014 Life At The Pond

Children ages 5-8 years with 1 Adult

**Due to space limitations only 1 Adult may attend with each registered child.**

Frogs aren't the only things hoppin' around at the pond. Come join zookeepers and Play Partners for an evening of finding everything from bugs to deer when you head to a hidden pond at Brookfield Zoo. This class will focus on frogs, but you'll also learn about all of the other wildlife that need the pond. Please dress appropriately, as you will get into dirt and mud. Boots and nets can be provided if needed.

Dates: June 12 or June 19*
Please Note: We have had to change the dates of this program from what was orginally published in Gateways. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Education Trailer
Parking: South Lot

Summer 2014 Seedlings

Children ages 1-3 years with an Adult

**Due to space limitations only 1 Adult may attend with each registered child.**

Enjoy this "nature play group" which will help you make friends with nature through play experiences, songs and meeting a weekly animal visitor!

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Saturdays

Tuesday, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Saturdays

Session 1 (6/3 - 6/28)
Tuesday (A) begins 6/3
Wednesday (B) begins 6/4
Thursday (C) begins 6/5
Saturday (D) begins 6/7

Session 2 (7/8 - 8/2)
Tuesday (E) begins 7/8
Wednesday (F) begins 7/9
Thursday (G) begins 7/10
Saturday (H) begins 7/12

Time: 9:00 -10:00 am
Location: Hamill Family Play Zoo
Parking: South Lot