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Kids Programs

WHERE EDUCATION & FUN COLLIDE

The Zoo is nationally recognized for its education programs that spark a child’s interest in conservation, science, and the outdoors. These exciting programs are one-of-a-kind adventures that will take your child’s love of learning to new heights! Click HERE for information about our teen programs.

Zooper Kids (Ages 3 - 5)

Overview

Our Zooper Kids programs provide enriching opportunities for children ages 3 to 5 to experience nature in a safe, healthy and happy environment. Our goal is to nurture the physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth of each child within a respectful, creative and caring atmosphere. Your toddler will delight in showing you how to get dirty while experiencing nature through crafts, activities, play, animal visitors and guided Zoo excursions. We offer classes  during the week.

  • Zookeeper introducing kids and parents to a snake

    Slither over to the Zoo to learn all about animal motion with Zooper Kids!

  • Kids playing outdoors

    Having fun with friends and enjoying the Zoo!

  • Boy imitating animal

    Can you hop like a kangaroo or climb like a lemur? Slither over to the Zoo to learn all about animal motion with Zooper Kids!

  • Parent and child at Zooper Kid class

    Hands on activities in the Wildlife Detective Training Academy.

  • Kids digging in the sand

    We’re getting down and dirty this month as we explore the world beneath our feet. Discover the fun of digging into science!

  • Boys pretending to be veterinarians

    Each class is themed and lots of fun for the family!

  • Young siblings lean against a tree

    It’s a wild and wonderful world we live in! Zooper Kids dive into habitats in our backyard and around the world.

Class Time and Cost

Class at the Zoo
Parent/Caregiver & Child Ages 3 to 5
Monthly Series: Once a week for three weeks
Times & Days: Classes are held
9 to 10:30 AM on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or
1:30 to 3 PM on Tuesdays & Wednesday

Monthly Series: Adult/child pair
Members $75 per month | Non-Members $90 per month

Classes at the Zoo

Registration opens early August! Classes fill quickly.

For more information on in-person class safety and protocols, click HERE.

September – Monkeying Around
October – Delightful Dragons
November – Creature Comforts
December – Active Animals

If the program date is not visible on the calendar, after you click the REGISTER NOW button, then that program is full.
Call 321-254-9453 x 219 or email edregistrar@brevardzoo.org for waitlist.

  • Spider Monkey

    Monkeying Around

    September

    Monkey see, monkey do—learn all about the primates who live at the Zoo!

  • Dragon

    Delightful Dragons

    October

    Join us on a quest to meet some real-life dragons and their friends.

  • Creature Comforts

    November

    What do animals need to survive? Meet a real keeper and find out!

  • Active Animals

    December

    Celebrate the holidays by making enrichment “gifts” for our residents, then watch your favorite animals in action!

Be Outside with Brevard Zoo

Hello to all our friends! We want your family to stay connected with the Zoo, your favorite animals and nature!  Join us for a Be Outside with Brevard Zoo safari and activity adventure where we will show video segments spotlighting animals, outdoor activities and lots of other fun things for your family. Click HERE to see our prerecorded adventures!

Homeschool (School Age 5+)

Overview

Jr. Zoo Crew offers a unique opportunity for homeschool students and families. Led by Zoo educators, our small-group courses will inspire and challenge homeschool students to explore topics in science and conservation through interactive lessons, animal encounters and much more. Masks are required for onsite classes, which are limited to 15 participants. A minimum enrollment of 10 paying participants is required for each program to take place. This program is nonrefundable and nontransferable.

Class Time and Cost

Classes at the Zoo
Two-Hour Class
Ages: Classes for ages 5 to 8, 9 to 12 and families
Time: 10 to 12 PM or 2 to 4 PM
Cost: per person (all attendees need to purchase a ticket)
$23 Member | $28 Non‐Members

 

Classes at the Zoo

Classes require a minimum of 10 participants to take place with a maximum of 15 per class. If class maximums are met, additional class dates and times will be added. For more information on in-person class safety and protocols, click HERE.

Two-Hour Class
Drop-off class
10 to 12 PM or 2 to 4 PM
Family class
2 to 4 PM

Monthly Classes
September – Beach Discovery (offsite Pelican Beach)
October – Mysteries of the Land Down Under
November – Myths and Monsters
November – Night Hike – Creatures of the Night! (Drop-off)
December:  Underwater Explorers
January – Cold as Ice
February – Seeds, Scat, and Habitats
March – Parrots Around The World
April – Keeping Them SAFE

Exclusive Programs & Homeschool Day
Teen Symposium: September 17
Night Hike: November 19
Exclusive Zoo School Experience: November 30 to December 2
Homeschool Day: May 6

Sign up for our Brevard Zoo Homeschool Facebook group and get the inside scoop!

For more information on in-person class safety and protocols, click HERE.  

If the program date is not visible on the calendar, after you click the REGISTER NOW button, then that program is full.
Call 321-254-9453 x 219 or email edregistrar@brevardzoo.org for waitlist.

  • crab on beach

    Beach Discovery

    September 13 or 14

    (offsite Pelican Beach) There’s more to the beach than sand and shells. Dig a little deeper to discover what lies beneath!

  • kangaroo

    Mysteries of the Land Down Under

    October 11, 12 or 18

    Study the people and animals of Australia and learn how they are adapting to a changing world.

  • narwhal

    Myths and Monsters

    November 8, 9 or 15

    From ancient tales of mermaids and unicorns to the discovery of the dinosaurs, explore animal fact and fiction of yesteryear and today.

  • alligator in night

    Creatures of the Night

    Night Hike November 19, drop off ages 6-12, 5:30-7:30 PM

    Nocturnal animals are hiding everywhere. Use your senses to discover whooo is lurking about after dark.

  • ship underwater

    Underwater Explorers

    December 6, 7, or 13

    Arr you ready for an adventure? Dive beneath the surface to learn about the sunken ships and mysterious aquatic creatures found along the Florida coastline.

  • snowflake crystal

    Cold as Ice

    January 10,11, or 24

    Weather it’s snowy or sunny, you’re sure to enjoy this program full of hands-on activities!

  • capybara

    Seeds, Scat, and Habitats

    February 7, 8, or 14

    In habitats across the world, animals are dispersing seeds. While hiking through the Zoo, identify and learn about seeds, how they travel and their connection with animals.

  • blue and gold McCaw

    Parrots Around The World

    March 7, 8, 21

    Parrots around the world continue to fascinate us with their beauty and intelligence. Study these birds with us and discover just how smart they really are!

  • cheetah in grasses

    Keeping them SAFE

    April 4, 5, or 11

    Learn how accredited zoos and aquariums are Saving Animals From Extinction and what you can do to help.

  • May Homeschool Day!

    May 6

    Space is limited to 30 per timed entry. Times: 9, 10 & 11 AM

September Exclusive Event: Teen Symposium

YOUTH SYMPOSIUM

Friday, September 17| 10 AM to 11:30 AM

Click HERE for a flyer! This is an exclusive event. If you are interested in attending, please email edregistrar@brevardzoo.org for details.

 

Exclusive Event: Night Hike

NIGHT HIKE

Friday, November 19 | Ages 6-12 years | 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Nocturnal animals are hiding everywhere. Use your senses to discover whooo is lurking about after dark. This is a drop off program.

 

If the program date is not visible on the calendar, after you click the REGISTER NOW button, then that program is full.
Call 321-254-9453 x 219 or email edregistrar@brevardzoo.org for waitlist.

  • alligator in night

    Creatures of the Night

    Night Hike November 19, drop off ages 6-12, 5:30-7:30 PM

    Nocturnal animals are hiding everywhere. Use your senses to discover whooo is lurking about after dark.

Exclusive Event: Zoo School

ZOO SCHOOL!

Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 | 9 AM to 12 PM | Ages 8 to 12

Cost: $100, Member $85

If the program date is not visible on the calendar, after you click the REGISTER NOW button, then that program is full.
Call 321-254-9453 x 219 or email edregistrar@brevardzoo.org for waitlist.

Homeschool Day

HOMESCHOOL DAY 

May 6 | 9, 10 & 11 AM

Cost: $20, Member $10

If the program date is not visible on the calendar, after you click the REGISTER NOW button, then that program is full.
Call 321-254-9453 x 219 or email edregistrar@brevardzoo.org for waitlist.

Tweens (Ages 10 - 13)

Overview

Hey, tweens! Are you between the ages of 10 and 13 and interested in animals, conservation and the environment?

Classes at the Zoo

Join the Jr. Zookeeper’s Club and experience up-close animal encounters, go behind-the-scenes, learn about our animals, and meet new friends. Each program focuses on a different topic to give Jr. Keepers a unique experience. Twice a year we offer an exclusive Jr. Zookeeper Club events. Participants receive a pin to add to their badge. Collect as many pins as you can!

Activities may include:

  • Workshops
  • Assisting with conservation projects
  • Special animal talks
  • Treasure hunts in the Zoo
  • Behind the scenes tours
  • Crafts and games
  • Much more!
  • This program is non-refundable and non-transferable.

 

Class Time and Cost

Monthly Programs
Members $23 | Non-Members $28

Exclusive Events
Members $20 | Non-Members $25

Badge
$20 per badge and pins. One-time purchase needed, but not required.

Classes at the Zoo

August – Vitamin Bee
September – Critter Checkups
October – Eyelashes, Emeralds and Ethograms
November – Tools of the Trade
December – The Mystery of Mo Night Hike

For more information on in-person class safety and protocols, click HERE.

If the program date is not visible on the calendar, after you click the REGISTER NOW button, then that program is full.
Call 321-254-9453 x 219 or email edregistrar@brevardzoo.org for waitlist.

  • vet exam

    Vitamin Bee

    August 15 or 21

    Celebrate National Honey Bee Day by exploring the surprising connection between honey and sea turtles.

  • vet exam

    Critter Checkups

    September 12 or 18

    Animals need doctors, too! Learn how we use preventative care to keep everyone healthy.

  • emerald viper

    Eyelashes, Emeralds and Ethograms

    October 10 or 16

    Make observations and learn how data collected at the Zoo promotes animal wellness.

  • Zoo teen looking into a microscope

    Tools of the Trade

    November 14 or 20

    See what can be found in a veterinarian’s toolbox, from the equipment and personnel to the partnerships.

  • manatee skeleton

    Mystery of Mo

    December 10

    It’s what’s on the inside that counts! Uncover the mystery of Mo the Manatee in this CSI experience.

Exclusive Event: Youth Symposium

YOUTH SYMPOSIUM

Friday, September 17| 10 AM to 11:30 AM

Click HERE for a flyer!  This is an exclusive event. If you are interested in attending, please email edregistrar@brevardzoo.org for details.

Teen (Ages 13 +)

Exclusive Event: Youth Symposium

YOUTH SYMPOSIUM

Friday, September 17| 10 AM to 11:30 AM

This is an exclusive event. If you are interested in attending, please email edregistrar@brevardzoo.org for details.

Zoo Teen Volunteer Program

Zoo Teens volunteer once a month on their assigned Saturday or Sunday, typically from 9 am to 3 pm. The day is divided in half, with one opportunity in the morning before lunch and another opportunity in the afternoon. Assignments include:

  • educational outreach with Discovery Carts and live animals
  • raising funds for conservation and educational programs
  • helping care for animal ambassador collection
  • assisting staff in the Barnyard
  • assisting staff with summer and winter camps
  • Assisting staff with special events and seasonal functions

Learn more HERE.

Night Time Adventures (Ages 5 - 12)

Overview

Brevard Zoo offers children’s night hikes, overnights and scouting adventures!

Adults can enjoy an evening out, while the kids embark on a wild escapade at the Zoo. Walking through the Zoo at night is a completely different experience. The paths that had been familiar during the day take on a different look and feel. Small creatures can make big noises and others are on the move. Come explore the zoo after hours with us!

The night hike includes an animal encounter, Zoo excursion, activities and games!

Questions? Email edregistrar@brevardzoo.org or call 321.254.9453 x252.

 

Program Dates, Times and Costs

Night Hike Program Information
Family Youth Ages 5 to 12, Plus Adult
Time: 6 PM to 8 PM
Family Cost: per person
Members $15 | Non-Members $20

Drop-off Youth Ages 7 to 12
Time: 6 PM to 8 PM
Drop-off Cost: per person
Members $20 | Non-Members $25

For more information on in-person class safety and protocols, click HERE.

Overnight: No programs scheduled.

If the program date is not visible on the calendar, after you click the REGISTER NOW button, then that program is full.
Call 321-254-9453 x 219 or email edregistrar@brevardzoo.org for waitlist.

  • owl

    Starry Night

    Saturday, August 28 - Family

    Light up the night with twinkling stars, shining eyes and nighttime superpowers. Ages 5 and up.

  • tree with berries

    FestiviTrees

    Saturday, December 11 - Family

    Spruce up your holidays (and your knowledge) with tree-mendous activities. Ages 5 and up.

  • bearded dreagon

    Fantastic beasts and How to Care for Them

    Friday, November 12 - Drop Off

    Learn how we care for real-life dragons and other legendary creatures. Ages 7 to 12.

  • crocodile

    Croctober

    Saturday, October 2 - Family

    Become an investi-gator and debunk reptile myths with us. Ages 5 and up.

  • crab

    Home Sweet Habitat

    Friday, September 24 - Drop Off

    Beautiful new listing! Spacious conch shell, one previous owner, room to grow. Explore the animal real estate market to learn how animals find and build their homes. Ages 7 to 12.

Book a Birthday Party

Host a Nighttime Adventure Birthday Party at Brevard Zoo! We offer great party packages to make your child’s day special and memorable. Click HERE for package details!

COVID Safety Guidelines, click HERE.

Schedule Your Own Group Night Hike or Overnight!

Do you have to plan an event for your club, organization, school, scout group or family reunion? Experience one of the wildest places, and treat them to an evening safari through the Zoo with lots of fun-filled activities. Each private group night hike includes an animal encounter, nighttime Zoo excursion, activities and lots of fun!

Contact Program Registrar at 321-254-9453 x 252 or email edprograms@brevardzoo.org for details and reservations.

Sensory-Friendly Programming (All Ages)

Overview

In May 2017, we opened a new kind of natural play area designed to meet the unique needs of children with varying exceptionalities and their families. The Exceptional Nature Space is a modified natural habitat that is both safe and stimulating. It is designed to be flexible so that it can be easily reset and reprogrammed to best serve children with different challenges. Within this carefully defined space, kids are free to explore an authentic Florida habitat, engage in open-ended nature play, experiment, socialize with other children and learn by doing. Because this is one of the first settings of its kind, we consider it a “living laboratory” where we can also learn how to best serve this audience through ongoing observations and feedback from parents and the children themselves. Contact the education registrar at edregistrar@brevardzoo.org  for more information about offerings for individuals, groups and school groups.

Exceptional Nature Space Playtime

Come discover, build and play with us! Playtime is a designated opportunity for children and their families to explore the Exceptional Nature Space during an open play or themed session.  Stay for a short visit or for the entire time!

All Playtime program participants must pre-register by emailing edregistrar@brevardzoo.org.  Quiet entrance will be available on the hour upon request.  Zoo Admission not included and not needed if just attending the program. There is no charge for Play Time. Dates subject to change.

Do you belong to a play group or organization and are looking for a great play space for your next outing? Fall dates are booking fast! Contact Lindsay at lmathisen@brevardzoo.org to schedule your next play time in our Exceptional Nature Space!

Sensory-Friendly Events

Families of individuals with unique sensory processing needs are welcome to attend sensory-friendly events during the year! Pre-registration is required for all events. Registration fee may apply. Areas of the Zoo may be closed during event, see event details when purchasing tickets. 

If the program date is not visible on the calendar, after you click the REGISTER NOW button, then that program is full.
Call 321-254-9453 x 219 or email edregistrar@brevardzoo.org for waitlist.

Schedule Your Own Group Play Date!

Contact the education registrar at edregistrar@brevardzoo.org  for more information about program offerings for individuals, groups or school groups.

Sensory Bag

Sensory bags can be checked out at Guest Services and the Cape to Cairo Express ticket booth on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each bag includes a weighted lap pad, noise-canceling headphones, fidget toys and other items that may help guests with unique sensory-processing needs get the most out of their Zoo experience. There is no charge to use a sensory bag.

Social Story

The following social story is designed for guests with Autism Spectrum Disorders to enhance their Zoo experience, but may be used by anyone. Please note that some exhibits may be loud on days that are crowded. A list of helpful hints at the end of the story can help caregivers better prepare for a Zoo visit. If you have any questions about your visit on a particular day, feel free to contact lmathisen@brevardzoo.org. Click HERE for the Zoo social story.

Scouting Adventures

Overview

 

Include Brevard Zoo in your next scouting experience! Learn about the Zoo and our animals in one of our fun-filled workshops, night hike or overnight programs. All programs complement scout badge requirements.

Private Night Hike Adventures

 

Have you ever been to the Zoo at night? It is the wildest place in Brevard! Everyone will enjoy a night safari hike into the Zoo, up-close animal encounters, crafts and activities and pizza for dinner. Or spend the night and conclude the adventure with a continental breakfast in the morning. Your troop can extend your adventure by adding Zoo admission.

NIGHT HIKES

Program Time: Friday and Saturday evenings

One free adult for every 10 scouts. Minimum of 15 paid participants. Maximum 50 participants. Call 321.254.9453 x219 or email edregistrar@brevardzoo.org to schedule your troop’s next adventure!

Day at the Zoo

Great for small troops or large troops! Your wild adventure begins at Brevard Zoo! Reserve an education program, kayaking adventure or train ride to make the day memorable!

Click HERE for group pricing or contact edregistrar@brevardzoo.org or call 321-254-9453 x219 to schedule a custom adventure!

If the program date is not visible on the calendar, after you click the REGISTER NOW button, then that program is full.
Call 321-254-9453 x 219 or email edregistrar@brevardzoo.org for waitlist.

Scouting Workshops

Brevard Zoo offers scouts a variety of workshops that meet badge requirements. Each workshop promises hands-on fun and learning with planned activities, animal encounters and admission to the Zoo. Workshops are available on Saturday, Sunday and school holidays. Pick a date and a workshop, then contact the Education Registrar at 321.254.9453 x219 or edregistrar@brevardzoo.org for a fantastic scouting adventure! Don’t see your badge? Sign up for a night hike or overnight for a more customized experience. To download registration forms to distribute to your group, click HERE.

CUB SCOUT PATCH OFFERINGS

Program Time: 9 am to 12 pm or 1 to 4 pm
Cost: per person $20

Tiger: Tigers in the Wild
Wolf: Paws on the Path
Bear: Fur, Feathers, and Ferns
Webelos: Into the Wild
Wolf: Digging in the Past

GIRL SCOUT PATCH OFFERINGS

Program Time: 9 am to 12 pm or 1 to 4 pm
Cost: per person $20

Daisy: 3 Cheers for Animals
Brownie: Hiker
Brownie: Bugs
Brownie: Pets
Junior: Animal Habitats
Cadette: Animal Helpers
Cadette: Night Owl (available as an overnight- additional cost)
Senior: Voice for Animals


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