These classes are designed for children ages 2-4 yrs with an accompanying adult.
Join your favorite furry, feathery, slimy, and fuzzy animal friends in an exciting, hands-on adventure during which we will read books, make crafts, create animal-themed snacks, enjoy visits from live animals, participate in educational activities and free play, and explore the zoo. Classes will be held from 10:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m. on alternating Wednesdays through Saturdays.
Don’t miss out on these exciting cooking lessons right here at the Zoo with all of your animal friends. Each week, you and your toddler will make a creative, tasty treat and participate in fun activities. These classes also include stories, activities, zoo exploration, and crafts and are held from 10:00-11:15 a.m. and 2:00-3:15 p.m. on alternating Fridays.
All Zoo Tots and Zoo Tots Cooking classes are approximately 1 hr and 15 min. in length and are available for two to four year olds with an accompanying adult.
The regular cost to enroll you and your child in a class is $16.00 and includes admission to the Zoo for the day. Blank Park Zoo members enjoy a discounted rate of $10.
Classes are the same during each theme week, so please register for only one class per week.
Registration and pre-payment are required. All sales are final. No Refunds will be honored unless class is cancelled due to low enrollment. If your child is unable to attend, please call the Blank Park Zoo Education Department at 515-974-2588. Rescheduling fees may apply.
Butterflies & Bugs - Aug. 24 - 27
Beautiful butterflies, bright beetles, buzzing bees ….join us as we take a closer look at some of the tiniest creatures in the garden and discover what makes these six-legged friends so special.
Monkeying Around - Sept. 7 - 10
Swing on over and help us celebrate Curious George’s last week at the zoo as we learn all about monkeys – what they eat, how they move, and many of their silly antics!
Pocket Babies - Sept. 21 - 24
Let’s take a peak in a pouch of a marsupial and learn all about how these amazing animals raise their young.
Pond Pals - Oct. 5 - 8
Let’s hop like a frog on a lily pad, swim through the water like a fish, and flutter through the grass like a dragonfly as we learn all about life at the pond.
Night-time Explorers - Oct. 19 - 22
You might enjoy sleeping peacefully through the night, but did you know some creatures prefer to stay awake through the midnight hours? We will discover those animals that lurk in the darkness after you are all tucked into bed.
Scales & Tales - Nov. 2 - 5
Long tongues, smooth scales, short legs, no legs….this week we will learn all about reptiles and some of the amazing characteristics that set them apart from other animals.
Prickle & Poke - Nov. 16 - 19
Many animals have very special ways to keep themselves safe out in the wild. Join us today as we learn all about hedgehogs and their sharp quills, lizards that drop their tails, and skunks that spray their enemies, all to avoid becoming a tasty meal to other animals.
Snow Explorers Dec. 7 - 10
While some animals prefer to sleep through the cold winter months, others enjoy playing out in the snow as much as you do! Today we will learn all about how animals stay warm and find food throughout the winter.
A-maize-ing Corn Pops - Sept. 2
Join us to make a sweet “corn on the cob” treat out of jelly beans and other candy pieces. While enjoying the snack, we will learn about animals at the zoo that enjoy corn on the cob for a snack as well.
Octopus Crescent Roll - Sept. 16
If you have never baked a crescent roll with eight wiggly tentacles, now is your chance! During this class, we will learn all about animals that call the ocean their home.
Macaw Toast - Sept. 30
Today, as we learn about Macaws, we will create an edible masterpiece, painting “feathers” on our toast to resemble a very colorful bird (food coloring will be used in this class).
Have a Hoot - Oct. 14
We will discover how owls are built for life in the darkness as we create a tasty owl treat out of cinnamon rolls, candy eyes, and frosting.
Creepy Crawly Cookies - Oct. 28
Just in time for Halloween, we will learn about those crawly critters that love to scurry across the ground. We will make creepy crawly cookies using candy and frosting. Don’t forget to count those legs!
Turkey Treat - Nov. 11
With a gobble, gobble and a little waddle, we will transform cookies, candy corn, and chocolate into a yummy TURKEY treat and discover what makes birds so special!
Wild Winter - Dec. 2
As fall turns to winter, animals must prepare for the snow, ice, and cold to come. While learning about what animals do in the winter, we will create some snow-covered trees by decorating waffle cone cupcakes with frosting and candy.
Reindeer Cupcakes - Dec. 16
Joins us to learn about various hoofed animal friends as we create some tasty cupcakes with pretzel antlers!
* Wheat products and gluten ingredients will be used in these classes
Classes fill quickly, so don’t forget to register early!
If you have any questions regarding classes or registration, please email email@example.com or call 515-974-2588.