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 Winter programs!

Seedlings (ages 15 months - 3)


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: January 10 through February 4
Session 2: February 7 through March 4

Winter Session 1

Tuesdays begin January 10, 2017 - Sold Out
Saturdays begin January 14, 2017 - Sold Out

Winter Session 2

Tuesdays begin February 7, 2017 - Sold Out
Thursdays begin February 9, 2017 - Just Added!
Saturdays begin February 11, 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: February 25 or 26, 2017

Penguin Play - Saturday, February 25 - Sold Out 
Penguin Play - Sunday, February 26 - Sold Out 

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

BADGES Interest Form

Age ranges: Choose as many as apply. For example, if your scouts range in age from 6 to 8, choose ages 6, 7 and 8
*Range of scouts’ ages:

Date Preference: We will do our best to accommodate your first choice
*BADGES program you are interested in:


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