Family Play Program at Brookfield Zoo 

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 be sure to add the accompanying adult to your cart during checkout.


Members, please note the following:
  • Only those listed on your membership qualify for the member price.
  • In order to receive the member price, all memberships must be current at the time of registration. We will not be able to issue refunds for the member price once you have registered for a program.
Please click on Program Policies for more information regarding our program cancellation policies.

Winter 2015 Seedlings

Children ages 1-3 years with an Adult

**Due to space limitations only 1 Adult may attend with each registered child.**

Enjoy this "nature play group" which will help you make friends with nature through play experiences, songs and meeting a weekly animal visitor!

Tuesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays

Tuesdays (2/3- 3/10)
Thursdays (2/5 - 3/12)
Saturdays (2/7 - 3/14)

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

Winter 2015 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 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.

Dates: March 21 or 22
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am
Parking: South Lot

Winter 2015 No Place Like Home

Ages 2-3 1/2 with 1 Adult

Children have homes, and so do animals! Learn more about dens, forests, nests, ponds and other types of animal homes. Each week features stories, movement, art, and animal visitors for children and grown-ups to enjoy together.

Date: Wednesdays 1/21 - 2/25
Time: 9:30-11:00 am
Parking: South Lot

Winter 2015 Who Lives in a Swamp

Children ages 6-8 years with 1 Adult

**Due to space limitations only 1 Adult may attend with each registered child.**

What animals live in swamps, and what do they eat? We'll turn our classroom into a pretend swamp and explore answers to these and other questions. We'll use exploratory play, art, sensory experiences, and stories before slithering over the The Swamp to meet keepers and critters!

Dates: February 28 or March 1
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am
Parking: South Lot