Sprouts & Seedlings Children's Programs


Sprouts and Seedlings
Nature Play Parent and Child Programs


Sprouts and Seedlings! 

Ages: 2-5

Time: 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Registration required

Two girls crawling on tree stumps.Join us for a morning of connecting with nature through play! We've created a sensory-rich play space for children and adults. Explore the natural world by meeting animals, building, drawing, climbing, and making music at your own pace. The choices are up to you!


Experienced leaders will encourage children to ask questions, nurture their sense of wonder, and help them care for nature. Parents will also learn a wealth of new ways to explore nature with their young ones.


Each month will feature a new topics, animals and activities, and classes will vary from week to week. Registration is available for individual classes, or receive a discount when registering for the month.


Activities will be guided by the seasons and weather conditions and may include the following: 

  • Two adults and child at craft table.Up close animal encounters
  • Searching for wildlife
  • Planting native plants
  • Nature crafting
  • Playing nature games
  • Hiking to some of the Zoo's places of natural wonder


The Sprouts and Seedlings program is offered on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays year round at the Zoo. Admission is included.


Enjoy play time in the summer time at the Zoo!


Animal Antics
Do you like to be silly? Do you like to climb, crawl and jump? It's animal antics at the Zoo as we try to do what the animals do!
Tuesdays: September 6, 13, 20, 2016
Saturdays: September 10, 17, 24, 2016
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


Growing Up Wild
From an egg to an alligator, a tadpole to a a bullfrog, learn about growing up wild in this fascingating look at baby animals and their parents.
Thursdays: September 8, 15, 22, 2016

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.



I Spy at the Zoo
Journey with us as we explore the amazing rainbow of colors found in nature. Learn how animals use color as a disguise, a warning, or to attract other animals.

Tuesdays: October 4, 11, 18, 2016

Saturdays: October 8, 15, 22, 2016

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


A Tale of Tails

Swinging through the trees, by their tails if you please. Long tails, short tails, bunny tails, and more. It's a tale of tails as we explore what a tail is for!

Thursdays: October 6, 13, 20, 2016

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.



What do animals like to eat? Something sour or something sweet? Do animals have small teeth, sharp teeth or no teeth at all? Follow the food chain for a fun food adventure.

Tuesdays: November 1, 8, 15, 2016

Saturdays: November 5, 12, 19, 2016

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


Happy Habitats

Where do animals live and how do they make their homes? Join us as we track animal habitats from beneath the underground to the tallest of trees.

Thursdays: November 3, 10, 17, 2016

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.



Winter Wonderland
It's winter time and the animals are getting ready. Discover who's snug as a bug in a nice warm nest and who's eating all the food! Who's just visiting and who's settling in for a nice winter's nap.

Tuesdays: November 29 & December 6, 13, 2016

Saturdays: December 3, 10, 17, 2016

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


Animal Copycats
Is it a rock, a leaf, a twig? No! It's animal copycats. Come search with us for these hidden wonders of the animal world as we explore how animals use camouflage and mimicry.

Thursdays: December 1, 8, 15, 2016

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


ArmadilloZoo volunteer holding a screech owl.Gopher tortoiseChildren playing beside a pond.



Please call 407.323.4450 ext. 123 to register or
email education@centralfloridazoo.org for more information.


Annual Pass Holder:  Cost per child ages 2-5
$12 per class - 1 child
$24 per class - 2 children
$32 per series - 1 child
$64 per series - 2 children
Non-Pass Holder:  Cost per child ages 2-5
$15 per class - 1 child

$30 per class - 2 children
$42 per child - 1 child
$84 per series - 2 children

Zoo admission is included with the program for the participating child and accompanying adult.
Siblings under 2 are free with paid child.


Please note: Registered children participating in the program must be two at the start date of the program.


One adult per every two children is required. Caregivers are responsible for participating along with the registered child/children.  


Please call 407.323.4450 ext. 123 to register.


New Zoo Pass Holders:  If you are a new Annual Pass Holder please enter "new" as your member # to receive the annual pass holder discount.


 Disney World Conservation Fund logo        Association of Zoos and Aquariums logo


Funding for the Childen's Garden was awarded through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund as part of the Nature Play Begins at Your Zoo & Aquarium collaboration with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).