Summer Programs

Child-only classes for children entering Preschool or Kindergarten. Child must be 4 or 5 by September 1, 2018. 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 4 (both)
Tue, Aug 28 (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 29 (both)
Mon, Aug 20 (both)
Fri, Aug 31 (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 31 (both)
Tue, June 5 (both)
Mon, July 2 (pm)
Wed, Aug 29 (pm)

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

Mon, July 2 (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 31 (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 29 (both)
Wed, June 6 (both)

Flutter By
Unwrap the mysteries of metamorphosis as we watch a wonderful winged insect grow from caterpillar to beautiful butterfly.

Mon, July 2 (both)
Mon, Aug 6 (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 29 (pm)
Wed, Aug 8 (am)

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

Fri, June 1 (am)
Tue, July 3 (both)

Hoppin’ Down Under
G’day mate! Hop on in to Kangaroo Crossing and explore what makes animals of Australia unique.

Wed, May 30 (both)
Mon, July 2 (both)
Thu, Aug 9 (am)
Wed, Aug 29 (both)

Horsin’ Around
Yee-ha! Gallop into the wild world of horses and meet our big and beautiful draft horses.

Wed, May 30 (am)
Fri, July 6 (both)

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

Fri, June 1 (pm)
Fri, July 6 (pm)

Little Stinkers
We’ll de-stunk, or rather, debunk some widely held misconceptions about our not-so-fragrant skunk friends and their closest cousins.

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

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 30 (pm)
Fri, July 6 (both)

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

Thu, July 5 (both)
Thu, Aug 30 (both)

Monkey Business
Observe the antics of the DeBrazza’s and Colobus monkeys while identifying the similarities and differences between primates.

Thu, June 7 (both)
Wed, Aug 22 (both)
Mon, Aug 27 (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!

Thu, July 5 (both)

Panda Pals
Red pandas certainly aren’t giants, and Giant pandas aren’t red. Discover what makes them similar and different from each other.

Fri, June 1 (both)
Fri, July 6 (both)
Thu, Aug 23 (both)

Penguin Plunge
Plunge into the watery world of these energetic black and white birds. Discover what they eat, how they hunt, and other amazing adaptations.

Fri, June 1 (both)
Mon, June 4 (both)
Tue, July 3 (both)
Tue, Aug 7 (am)

Perky Parrots
Find out what it’s like to have backward pointing toes, a nutcracking beak, and rainbow-colored feathers!

Thu, May 31 (both)
Fri, Aug 31 (pm)

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

Tue, May 29 (am)

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

Wed, May 30 (both)
Tue, July 3 (both)
Fri, Aug 10 (am)

Silly Snakes
Slither into the snake world to discover their unique senses. Scaly stories will highlight why these animals are so helpful and important.

Tue, Aug 21 (both)

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

Fri, June 8 (both)
Thu, Aug 30 (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 8 (both)
Thu, July 5 (both)
Tue, Aug 28 (both)

Turtle Tales
Dive into the sea for an imaginary trip with a sea turtle, and discover the often misunderstood world of turtles.

Wed, June 6 (both)
Fri, Aug 24 (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.

Thu, June 7 (both)
Tue, July 3 (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 5 (both)
Mon, Aug 27 (pm)