Summer Programs

Child-only classes for children age 3½ to entering kindergarten in fall of 2019. All participants must be fully toilet-trained.

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PK/K Single Day Registration

If you are looking for spring/fall programming, please check out our other options Preschool Pals or Wild Wonders Preschool.


AM session: 9:30 a.m.–Noon
PM session: 1:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.


Single day class: $35 ($27 for Zoo members).

Package Discount

Register for four or more single-day PK/K classes for the same child in a single order and receive $2.50 off each class.

Camp Schedule

Alice the Camel
One hump or two? Discover the difference between Dromedary and Bactrian camels and find out what those humps are all about.

Mon, June 3 (both)
Wed, July 3 (pm)
Tue, Aug 27 (pm)

Awesome Otters
You “otter” join us for some fun! Slip-slide through the Zoo, visiting our otter friends from around the world.

Tue, May 28 (both)
Mon, Aug 19 (both)
Fri, Aug 30 (both)

Bear Necessities
Meet our Minnesota black bears and the brown bears of Russia’s Grizzly Coast as we discover their “bear” necessities.

Thu, May 30 (both)
Tue, June 4 (both)
Mon, July 1 (pm)
Wed, Aug 28 (pm)

Cluck with the Chickens
Hens, roosters, and chicks, oh my! Explore the many kinds of chickens at the Minnesota Zoo and why they are so important.

Mon, July 1 (both)

Counting Sheep
Counting sheep may help you fall asleep, but we’ll be wide awake as we figure out how wool goes from sheep to sweater or a warm, cozy blanket.

Thu, May 30 (am)

Crazy for Crocodiles
Sink your teeth into the amazing world of crocodiles. Meet our West African dwarf crocodiles and other cool creatures from West Africa.

Tue, May 28 (both)
Thu, June 6 (both)

Flutter By
Unwrap the mysteries of metamorphosis as we learn how such a magical winged insect grows from caterpillar to beautiful butterfly.

Mon, July 1 (both)
Mon, Aug 5 (am)

Frog and Toad Go Hip Hop
Meet “Hoppy” the frog and discover why frogs chirp and croak, and how they can jump so far.

Tue, May 28 (pm)
Wed, Aug 7 (am)

Goofy Goats
They climb. They jump. They like to eat. Learn about our goofy goats while playing games and having fun!

Fri, May 31 (am)
Tue, July 2 (both)

Horsin’ Around
Yee-haw! Gallop into the wild world of horses and meet the big and beautiful horses of the Zoo.

Wed, May 29 (am)
Fri, July 5 (both)

Leaping Lizards
Are dragons real? Komodo and bearded dragons are, and you can meet them in this camp!

Fri, May 31 (pm)
Fri, July 5 (pm)

NEW! Llama-Rama
Hola, amigos! Meet our llamas, and their camel cousins, with their big eyes, long eyelashes, and thick fur. Get up close and see just how curious and social they can be.

Wed, May 29 (both)
Mon, July 1 (both)
Thu, Aug 8 (am)
Wed, Aug 28 (both)

Lucky Leopards
Is it a cheetah, jaguar, or leopard? Discover what makes leopards different from other big cats and try to “spot” our leopards in a game of hide-and-seek.

Wed, May 29 (pm)
Fri, July 5 (both)

Monk Seal Mania
Marine mammals are marvelous! Learn about our Hawaiian monk seals and what makes them so magnificent.

Wed, July 3 (both)
Thu, Aug 29 (both)

Monkey Business
Observe the antics of our many monkeys while identifying the similarities and differences between primates.

Thu, June 6 (both)
Wed, Aug 21 (both)
Mon, Aug 26 (both)

Mooing Around at the Farm
Can you moo like cows do? Learn and watch how cows are milked and enjoy a tasty dairy treat!

Wed, July 3 (both)

Our Feathered Friends
Come see for yourself why birds come in different shapes, colors, and sizes.

Thu, May 30 (both)
Fri, Aug 30 (pm)

Panda Pals
Red pandas certainly aren’t giants, and Giant pandas aren’t red. Discover what makes them each unique.

Fri, May 31 (both)
Fri, July 5 (both)
Thu, Aug 22 (both)

Penguin Plunge
Plunge into the watery world of these energetic black and white birds as you learn what they eat, how they hunt, and much more!

Fri, May 31 (both)
Mon, June 3 (both)
Tue, July 2 (both)
Tue, Aug 6 (am)

Pigs on Parade
Explore the world of domestic pigs and discover how surprisingly clean and intelligent little piggies can be!

Tue, May 28 (am)

Designed to be a perfect predator, the shark’s sharp teeth and sensational senses may surprise you!

Wed, May 29 (both)
Tue, July 2 (both)
Fri, Aug 9 (am)

Silly Snakes
Slither into the snake world and discover why these reptiles are so helpful and significant.

Thu, May 30 (pm)
Tue, Aug 20 (both)

Six-Legged Safari
Explore the wonderful and tiny world of insects and how they keep the natural world buzzing with activity.

Fri, June 7 (both)
Thu, Aug 29 (pm)

What’s black and orange and striped from head to toe? That’s right—a tiger! Learn how they compare to your pet cats at home.

Fri, June 7 (both)
Wed, July 3 (both)
Tue, Aug 27 (both)

Turtle Tales
Dive into the sea for an imaginary trip with a sea turtle and discover the underwater world of these remarkable reptiles.

Wed, June 5 (both)
Fri, Aug 23 (both)

Under the Sea
Sea stars, sea horses, and sea turtles, oh my! Discover why “down where it’s wetter, that’s where it’s better” as we explore the colorful world of the coral reef.

Wed, June 5 (both)
Tue, July 2 (pm)

Wild Wolves
From the Big Bad Wolf to Little Red Riding Hood, the wolf has received quite an undeserved reputation. Meet our pack as we prove these stories wrong.

Tue, June 4 (both)
Mon, Aug 26 (pm)