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: Registration closes one week prior to the start of each class.


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Seedlings (ages 1 - 3)

Children ages 1 - 3 years with an Adult
**Due to space limitations only one (1) Adult may attend with each registered 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!

Price per session:
$74 
Member price per session:
$64

Fall Dates: Tuesday, Thursdays, or Saturdays
Session 1: September 22 through October 17
Session 2: October 20 through November 14

Fall Session 1 

Tuesday (A) begins September 22, 2015
Thursday (B) begins September 24, 2015
Saturday (C) begins September 26, 2015


Fall Session 2
Tuesday (D) begins October 20, 2015
Thursday (E) begins October 22, 2015
Saturday (F) begins October 24, 2015

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

Animals in Black and White (ages 2 - 3 1/2)

Children ages 2 - 3 1/2 years with 1 Adult
**Due to space limitations only 1 Adult may attend with each registered child.**

What's black and white and all over the zoo? Lots of different animals! Find out how animals that are black and white or are white and black use their colors. Art, dramatic play, movement, and exploration will set the stage for discovery.

Price:
$146
Member price: $136

Date: September 23 through October 28

Animals in Black and White, Wednesdays beginning September 23

Time: 9:30 - 11:00 am
Location: Education Classroom
Parking: South lot

Penguin Play (ages 4 - 6)

Children ages 4 - 6 years with 1 Adult
**Due to space limitations only 1 Adult may attend with each registered child.**

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.

Price:
$48
Member price: $38

Dates: October 17 or October 18

Penguin Play, Saturday, October 17
Penguin Play, Sunday, October 18

Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am
Location: Education Classroom
Parking: South lot

Hiking Woody Knoll Trail (ages 3 - 5)

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

In our own Hamill Family Play Zoo backyard, we have a wonder-filled trail to hike and explore, investigate, and play in. Fall family fun will include observing who lives along the trail, setting up a camp site, creating art, and experiencing nature.

Price:  $48
Member price:  $38

Dates: September 19 or September 20


Hiking Woody Knoll Trail, Saturday, September 19
Hiking Woody Knoll Trail, Sunday, September 20

Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am
Location: Education Classroom
Parking: South lot