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Family Programs

photo of a girl with a baby alligator

The Greenville Zoo’s Education Department offers lively hands-on programs sure to engage your children.

Note: Family programs run from September through May.

Zoo Tots

Zoo Tots is designed for one parent and their toddler (ages two and three) and provides an opportunity to discover the fascinating world of animals. Classes are held in the Conservation Station and combine “on your own explore time” with a more structured “animal time.” Program length: 45 minutes.

Program Times:
2 year olds - 10:30 am to 11:15 am
3 year olds - 11:30 am to 12:15 pm

Program Costs:
Members: $10 (1 adult and 1 child)
Non-members: $15 (1 adult and 1 child)

Please note that Zoo Tots is designed for one parent and one toddler only. Siblings can be a distraction to other participants and the program. There is a $5 fee for extra adults and they can pay that on the day they come. However, it must be approved by the instructor at least 24 hours before the program.

Home Sweet Home


From nests way up high in the trees to tunnels way underground, animals have homes just like people do. Homes help keep us safe and snuggly warm. Come meet some animals and compare their homes to yours!

Sept. 6 or 10 (Domestic - pets and farmyard animals)
Oct. 4 or 8 (Tree and rock homes)
Nov. 8 or 12 (Underground and water homes)

Animal Wrappings


No, Autumn, the giraffe, doesn’t wear a dress, and the leopards don’t wear shoes and socks, but animals do have natural “clothes” to cover their skin. Come and learn about animal outfits!

Dec 6 or 10 (Feathers & fur)
Jan 3 or 7 (Scales & slime)
Feb 14 or 18 (Exoskeletons & shells)

Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes


We all know the song, but what do animals do when they don’t have knees and toes or eyes and ears? What about the other body parts like backs and bellies or horns and tails? Come meet some animals and see how their bodies compare to ours!

Mar 7 or 11 (Eyes & ears)
April 11 or 15 (Bellies & back)
May 2 or 6 (Hands & feet)

Saturday Safari

Classes are designed to help children (ages 4-5 and 6-8) discover the fascinating world of animals. Classes are held in the Conservation Station and combine a lesson with crafts, activities, trips into the Zoo and animals in the classroom. Program length: 2 hours

Price per program:
Members: $15 (1 child)
Non-members: $25 (1 child)

Bundle Pricing:
Per three-month period, choose Sept-Nov, Dec-Feb and/or Mar-May
Members: $35 (1 child)
Non-members: $65 (1 child)

Tools of Defense

What kinds of weapons do animals have and why do they need them? Come learn about antlers, horns, venom, armor, teeth and much more with animals at the Zoo!

Sept. 13 10 am to Noon  

Sept. 20 10 am to Noon  

Funny Bones

Bones are amazing! Become a bone detective to find out how animals are put together. Lots of bones, along with live animals will provide clues in this fun investigation.

Oct. 11 10 am to Noon  

Oct. 11 2-4 pm  

Natural Designs

What have humans designed and created by copying nature? How can these inventions help us study animals? Join us as we discover all of the wonderful things that nature can teach us!

Nov. 15 10 am to Noon  

Nov. 15 2-4 pm  

Dino-mite Dinos

It’s a bird! It’s a reptile! No, it’s a… Well, scientists aren’t sure what type of animal dinosaurs were, but they sure were cool! Become a paleontologist for a day and dig up the dirt on dinos.

Dec. 13 10 am to Noon  

Dec. 13 2-4 pm  


From super-strength to bionic vision, invisibility to lightning speed, animals have amazing powers! Put on your mask and fly over to the Zoo to learn all about the super-heroes of the animal kingdom.

Jan. 10 10 am to Noon  

Jan. 24 10 am to Noon   

Loveable Couples

Did you know that a male seahorse carries his babies around in his belly? Or that the female lions are the ones that hunt for food? This program will talk about animal couples and the different roles they play in the family.

Feb 21 10 am to Noon  

Feb. 28 10 am to Noon   

Island Hopping

Let’s take a trip to the islands! We’ll hop from one island to the next around the world discovering the different habits of island animals, like our giant tortoises of Aldabra Island, our lemurs of Madagascar, and many others.

Mar. 14 10 am to Noon  

Mar. 28 10 am to Noon   

Animal Architects

Enter a world of animal architects and engineers, where detailed dwellings are built with simple supplies, and every house fits the needs of its owner. Come put on your construction hats and meet the busy builders of the Greenville Zoo!

Apr. 18 10 am to Noon  

Apr. 25 10 am to Noon   

Creek Kids

Roll up your jeans and wade on in! It’s time to get muddy as we learn about these awesome ecosystems. You will be surprised at all of the animals that call a creek home.

May 9 10 am to Noon  

May 9 2-4 pm