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.


Please note that due to ongoing Covid-19 developments, our class offerings and dates are subject to change. If you are registered for a class that is cancelled or rescheduled, we will reach out to you via email to communicate next steps and options available to you with as much notice as possible. Our staff are working remotely at this time so we encourage you to please communicate any questions or concerns by email for quickest response. You can reach the Education team at adventuresinlearning@czs.org. Thank you for your understanding. Above all, please be safe and be well!
 

 


Zoo Studio

 

Virtual learning series via Zoom OR onsite learning experience at Brookfield Zoo
for ages 3-5

$30  per member| $40 per non-member

Join us for a Play Zoo workshop activity from the comfort of your own home! We’ll be sure to get materials to you so that you can relax and create along with us as we look for inspiration about animals by talking about them, hearing stories about them, and maybe even moving like them. While there are particular animals we’ll be focusing on, the examples we share are just that since the experience is ultimately artist-directed for all abilities—there is no wrong way to do art!

Class registration fee includes one set of materials. Registration for each additional household member is $20 and includes additional materials. Supplies will be sent through the United States Postal Service one week ahead of class; if you would prefer FedEx for shipping there is a $25 additional fee.


Virtual Session Information

Children ages 3-5
Must be accompanied by an adult.
Saturday sessions will be held from 10-11 a.m.
via Zoom
Thursdays sessions will be held from 1-2 p.m.
at Brookfield Zoo
Please review our safety protocols (below) before registering for an onsite class.

Dates & Themes

Thursday, June 17 | Pollinators - Onsite 
Saturday, June 19| Sea Turtles - Virtual
Thursday, June 24 | Zebra - Onsite

Thursday, July 8| Lemurs - Onsite
Saturday, July 10| Snakes - Virtual
Thursday, July 22|Frogs - Onsite
Saturday, July 24|Amur Leopard - Virtual

Thursday, August 5| Owls - Onsite
Saturday, August 7| Lizards - Virtual
Thursday, August 19 | Orangutan - Onsite
Saturday, August 21 | African Painted Dogs - Virtual
 

 


Zoo Learning Weeks

 

Virtual learning series via Zoom
for ages 3-5

$50  per member| $60 per non-member

Join us for three 45-minute sessions over the course of a week dedicated to a specific animal. We’ll take a look at them, hear about them, move like them, and learn how they are cared for. We'll provide all the materials you need to become an animal in your own home!

Class registration fee includes one set of materials. Registration for each additional household member is $25 and includes additional materials. Materials will be sent through the United States Postal Service one week ahead of class; if you would prefer FedEx for shipping there is a $25 additional fee.
 

Session Information 

Children ages 3-5 
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
10-10:45 a.m.
 

Dates & Themes

June 7, 9, and 11
Animal of the week: Primates

July 12, 14, and 16
Animal of the week: Spots and Stripes

August 9, 11, and 13
Animal of the week: Australian Animals

Register for a Zoo Learning Week

 


Art Adventure

 

Virtual learning series via Zoom
for ages 6-8

$65 per member| $75 per non-member

See how animals, culture, and art come together as we learn about a different region of the world each session. Join us for four 1-hour sessions over the course of a week. A virtual zoo visit will start each class and an art project will end it. We'll provide all the materials you need! 

Class registration fee includes one set of materials. Registration for each additional household member is $25 and includes additional materials. Materials will be sent through the United States Postal Service one week ahead of class; if you would prefer FedEx for shipping there is a $25 additional fee.
 

Session Information

Children ages 6-8 
Tuesday through Thursday
10-11 a.m. each day
 

Dates & Themes

May 25-27, 2021 - SOLD OUT
Theme of the week: South America

June 15-17, 2021
Theme of the week: Asia

July 20-22, 2021
Theme of the week: Creature Features

August 17-19, 2021
Theme of the week: Nocturnal Animals

Register for an Art Adventure

 

SAFETY PROTOCOLS FOR IN-PERSON HAMILL FAMILY PLAY ZOO CLASSES: CZS is committed to safety and preventing the spread of COVID throughout its operation. This includes our children and family programs, where safety protocols include the consistent and correct use of masks, physical distancing, hand-washing or use of sanitizer, and regular cleaning. Due to the interactive nature and multiple age ranges of our children and family program participants, we are following the below safety protocols to ensure the safety of our program participants and education staff for all Family Play classes held at Brookfield Zoo. We will update this information as appropriate.

  • •Social distancing at individual stations will be part of class set-up.
  • • Each participant will have their own set of supplies to use during class. These will be collected and disinfected by staff once class is over.
  • • All participants over the age of two will be required to wear a mask over the nose, mouth, and chin, including family members and program staff.


If you have any questions, please contact Dave Becker, Sr. Manager of Learning Experiences at adventuresinlearning@czs.org.

 



Have questions? Contact the Education Department at adventuresinlearning@czs.org!

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