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.


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! All of our Seedlings classes are designed to be inclusive of children of all abilities. For more information please contact our Inclusion Specialist at

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

Price per session: $85 
Member price per session:

Available Summer Dates:
Summer Session 1: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Saturdays, June 5 through June 30 - Wednesdays just added!
Summer Session 2: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Saturdays, July 10 through August 4 - Wednesdays just added!

Register for Seedlings

Life at the Pond (ages 4 - 8)

Life at the Pond


Children ages 4 - 8 years with 1 Adult
**Due to space limitations only 1 Adult may attend with each registered child.**

Join animal care staff and Play Partners to find everything from bugs to frogs to deer when you head out 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 dirty catching frogs and other animals. Please we suitable shoes or boots for wading into water.

Member price: $50
Dates & Time: Thursday, June 14 or 21, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Registration is now open!
Location: Meet at the South Gate Arches
Parking: South lot

Register for Life at the Pond

Have questions? Contact the Education Department at!

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