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.

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Registration is now open for our Spring programs!

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.**

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: $74 
Member price per session:

Winter Dates: Tuesdays or Saturdays

Session 1: March 7 through April 1
Session 2: April 11 through May 6

Spring Session 2

Tuesdays begin April 11, 2017 - Sold Out
Thursdays begin April 13, 2017
Saturdays begin April 15, 2017 - Sold Out


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.**

Get a waddling start and belly slide 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 bird friends that “fly” underwater.

Price: $48
Member price: $38

Date: April 1 or 2, 2017

Penguin Play - Saturday, April 1 
Penguin Play - Sunday, April 2 

Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am
Parking: South lot

Life At The Pond (ages 5 - 8)

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.**

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 animals that need the pond. Please dress appropriately, as you will get dirty catching frogs and other animals. Please wear suitable shoes or boots for wading into water. We have a limited supply of boots and nets we can provide if needed.

Price: $60
Member price: $50

Date: June 15 or 22, 2017

Life At The Pond - Thursday, June 15 
Life At The Pond - Thursday, June 22 

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Parking: South lot

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