Zoo Tots 2-4 Year Olds

Zoo Tots, Greenville Zoo

Zoo Tots classes are designed to help children explore and engage with the natural world. Classes combine an "on your own" exploratory play time featuring crafts, sensory bins and educational stations with a structured circle time and an animal encounter. Program length is 45 minutes.

Curious about the curriculum of Zoo Tots? Check out Why Attend Zoo Tots to learn more about how we plan classes to help our students meet various developmental milestones.

Have your own guardian and me group? Interested in a unique preschool birthday? Want to supplement a preschool field trip? We offer private Zoo Tots classes! Contact the Education Department at (864) 467-4850 or email zooed@greenvillesc.gov for more information. 

Registration

Please call the Education Department at (864) 467-4850  to register for Zoo Tot programs.

What steps are being taken to ensure your child’s safety?

In additional to amplified cleaning practices, and daily employee health screening, our practices have been modified to keep your children safe. 

Classes conducted in person will take place in our outdoor classroom areas. Outdoor classrooms are shaded and separated from the public. To ensure social distancing, class sizes will be kept to 10 students and 10 adults. Students will have individual work spaces for themselves and their siblings if applicable. Class supplies will be allocated for individual students and parent combos, to allow for singular use. At this time, only one class is offered a day to ensure thorough cleaning in between use.  

 In compliance with the Governor’s Executive Order, masks are required to be worn at the zoo, under age 2 is the exception.

In case of light rain, the outdoor classrooms are covered. Please dress students in weather appropriate attire and close-toed shoes. In the case of inclement weather, classes will be moved to a safe shelter that still allows for social distancing. Classes will only be cancelled if the zoo is required to close to the public.

Program Times

Offered on the first Friday and Saturday of the month at 10:00 am and 11:15 am. 

Individual Program Prices

  • Members: $10 (1 adult/child pair)
  • Non-members: $22 (1 adult/child pair) includes admission into the zoo

Zoo Tots Programs for 2021-2022

September 3rd and September 4th: Goldilocks and the Three Bears 

In this class, we will read the classic tale, explore the inside of a real bear’s home, and even build our own beds that are “just right”. 

October 8th and 9th: The Three Little Pigs

In this class, we will read the classic tale, create and destroy houses of all kinds, and practice our “huffing and puffing” skills.

November 5th and 6th: The Three Billy Goats Gruff

In this class, we will read the classic tale, build bridges, scare away trolls, and make friends with our three resident goats.

December 3rd and 4th: The Gingerbread Man

In this class, we will read the classic tale, decorate our own gingerbread person, and learn a little bit more about foxes. Do foxes really eat gingerbread men?  

January 7th and 8th: The Tortoise and the Hare

In this class, we will read the classic tale, practice our animal movements, and meet a very slow animal friend. 

January 28 and 29th: Little Red Riding Hood

In this class, we will read the classic tale and explore camouflage to learn how a wolf can hide so well.   

March 4th and 5th: The Ugly Duckling

 In this class, we will read the classic tale, build a bird’s nest, examine eggs, and meet a not so ugly bird.

April 8th and 9th: Jack and the Beanstalk

In this class, we will read the classic tale, learn about the parts of a plant, and even meet an animal that looks like a plant.  

May 6th and 7th: Good Night Zoo

In this class, we will read Adam Gamble’s book Good Night Zoo, tuck some animals in for the night, and even meet a few who start their day at nighttime.

* Please note that Zoo Tots is designed for one parent and one toddler.There is a $5 fee for extra adults and that can be paid on the day of the program. However, it must be approved by the instructor at least 24 hours before the program.