Changes are in the works!kidZone is receiving many updates including a new stream for play, rope bridges and trees! These and other changes will be taking place over the summer, but we will definitely have the space ready for playing. If you have specific questions or concerns, please email.
The entrance is open and ready for play. The stick structure Ready or Not, was designed and built by Patrick Dougherty with the help of zoo staff and volunteers.
What are you waiting for? Come Play With Us!
Welcome to the new Nature Play Area! This summer's preschool programs will be changing it's name to Lil Sprouts Camp to match the theme that everything in nature grows and sprouts with each passing season including us. Our summer series will focus on why Nature Rocks! Each 1 hour camp is based on a book relating to nature and associated with different areas in our nature play space. Join us for 1 or all of our summer Lil Sprouts Camps.
Pre registration is required. Admissions are also required for both parent and child to enter the zoo (free admission for members). Camps begin at 10 am-11 am. Parents are welcome to stay, no siblings are allowed in camps unless they are registered. All camps are $8 members/$10 non-members.
Want to look like you belong in the Zoo? Zoo Camp t-shirts are available in both adult and children's sizes. T-shirts can be ordered when you register for $10.
Registration for pre-school camps will open on April 1, 2014.
All camps begin at 10 a.m.
Are for 4-5 year olds
Are 1 hour in length
Meet at the stick structure in front of kidZone at least 10 minutes before camp starts.
Play is included in all camps; we will get dirt and sometimes wet. Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately.
June 17, Tuesday
A classic fairy tale of a boy who trick an old woman into believing soup can be made from a stone. We will be making our own stone soup and working our cooking magic in the mud cafe.
June 19, Thursday
Bugs, Bugs and more Bugs! They creep, slither and squirm. Dig into a world of bugs galore with us and find out how epic they are.
June 24, Tuesday
A Stick is an Excellent Thing
The best toy in the world, a Stick! A stick can be anything you imagine it to be; a magical wand, a walking stick, a bridge, a fort, a game. Let's see what adventures we can take with our sticks.
June 26, Thursday
If you Find a Rock
Rocks are fun to find and collect. There are so many different kinds; skipping rocks, splashing rocks, climbing rocks and even wishing rocks. Discover all the cool shapes, sizes and colors rocks can be along with the wonderful places they can be found.
July 8, Tuesday
A Seed is Sleepy
Seeds are the beginning of life. They come in all different shapes and sizes. Sometimes the smallest seed grows into the largest trees in the world. Come and dig in the dirt as we play and plant some seeds.
July 10, Thursday
Swirl by Swirl
Celebrate the wonders of swirls. Why do swirls occur in nature? Where can we find swirls? We'll swirl and twirl around looking for this fun shape and make some swirls of our own.
July 15, Tuesday
Red Sings from the Treetops
Colors come alive in nature; blues dance in the sky, green drips from the leaves and red signs from the treetops. Help us find all the different colors of the world around us.
July 17, Thursday
All the Water in the World
Water Water everywhere! Water comes from everywhere, but where does it go? Splash, and get wet with us as we play in our stream and discover the wonders of water.
For more information on Pre-School Programs contact the Zoo education office by phone (336) 879-7715, toll free 1-800-488-0444 ext. 7715 or Email
Nature Play Days
We invite you to host your own Nature Play Day in your local community. Take advantage of our Resource Packet to plan your event. If you would like to have the Zoo participate in your Nature Play Day contact us at (336) 879-7715 or Email.
Protect the earth for tomorrow by playing in nature today!
kidZone is still part of the movement to reconnect children with nature. Kids don't spend nearly as much time outside now as their parents and especially their grandparents did when they were children. With the growing issues in our environment, a connection with the natural world is essential to preserving the wild places all the zoo animals represent. Our hope is that kids who connect with nature grow into adults who care for nature. So, be sure to get outside in your own backyard and enjoy the outdoors throughout the seasons...don't forget to dress appropriately!
Take advantage of some of these ideas... Backyard Play
For more information about kidZone, contact the Zoo education office by email
Learn more about connecting children and nature with these resources: