Family Play Programs


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 note: It requires a lot of planning to make our Family Play Programs great, so registration closes promptly one week prior to the start of each class.


Registration will open for spring enrollment on February 6 at 9:00 AM!

Seedlings (ages 15 months - 3 years)



Children ages 15 months - 3 years with an Adult
**Due to space limitations only one (1) Adult may attend with each registered child. It is not possible to have additional children (this includes infants) and/or adults attend with you and your child.

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

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

Price per session: $85 
Member price per session:

Available Dates:

Spring Session 1: Tuesdays or Saturdays, March 20 through April 14 - Registration is open!

Spring Session 2: Tuesdays or Saturdays, April 24 through May 19 - Registration is open!

Register for Seedlings

Penguin Play (ages 3 - 5)

Penguin Play


Children ages 3 - 5 years with 1 Adult
**Due to space limitations only 1 Adult may attend with each registered child.**

Our most popular class! Get a waddling start and belly flop on over to our class about these endearing birds! We'll play, sing, create and take a stroll to visit the zoo's bunch of black and white birds friends that "fly" underwater.

Due to a change in animal availability, our April 14 & 15 Penguin Play classes have been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Member price: $45

Dates: Monday, February 19 - Sold Out!

Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location: The Living Coast & Education Classroom
Parking: South lot

Register for Penguin Play

Have questions? Contact the Education Department at!

Cancellation and Refund Policy