Blank Park Zoo
Blank Park Zoo

Zoo Tots Cooking

Age Range:  For ages 2-4 with a caregiver (cost is per child)Zoo Tots Cooking
Class Length:  ~1 hour and 15 minutes
Days:  Alternating Thursdays - Saturdays
Location:  Macaw Cafe
Cost:  $10 members, $18 non-members per class

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.  Times vary and are included on the registration page.  

Registration and pre-payment are required


September 5-7: Hippo Potatoes

Today we will transform an ordinary baked potato into a hippopotamus! While enjoying our snack creation, we will discover how water-loving hippos are built for the river life.

September 19-21: Millipede Rolls

Let’s twist, roll, and wrap dough into a long skinny millipede, topped off with cinnamon sugar and countless frosting legs.

October 3-5: Squeaky S’mores

This is not your traditional camp fire s’more creation – today’s chocolatey, melted marshmallow treat will look like a RAT! By the time you leave this class, we hope you love rats as much as we do!

October 17-19: Puppy Pot Pie

While creating a pot pie that resembles a pup, we will learn how the pets in our homes are different from animals that live in the wild.
** Saturday, October 19 the Zoo will not be open for regular Zoo hours due to our annual Night Eyes special event. On this Saturday, class participants will not be able to explore the Zoo after class as they would on other Saturdays. Night Eyes will not affect Thursday-Friday classes

October 31-November 2: A-Maize-ing Cupcakes

Let’s use candies to piece together some sweetcorn cupcakes while exploring both the zoo animals and wild animals that love to eat corn on the cob!

November 14-16: Turkey Time

We will learn all things birds this class as we use Oreos, candy corn, and other sweets to create a turkey treat.

December 5-7: Crocomole

Holy moly, we love guacamole!This fun snack will turn an everyday avocado into a cute and yummy crocodile.Come snack on chips and dip and discover why crocodiles have such sharp teeth and scaly skin!

December 19-21: Winter Wonderland

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.


Participant Guidelines

Class cost covers child and one accompanying adult. Additional adults must use their zoo membership or pay admission. For non-members, class cost does include admission to the Zoo for the day.

Classes are the same during each theme week, please register for only one class per week.

Zoo Hours

Blank Park Zoo hours are 10am-4pm, October-April. For participants that attend class at 10am during those months, Zoo staff will greet you at Admissions approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of class.


All sales are final. No refunds will be offered unless class is cancelled due to low enrollment. Rescheduling depends on class availability and may only be done once. Rescheduling fees may apply.

If you have any questions regarding classes or registration, please email or call 515-974-2588.

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