Playful Paws (Age 18 months to 3 years)

This playgroup is as much for caregivers as it is for “cubs.” Get out of the house and bring your little one to the Zoo for open play and animal exploration. At each class we'll learn through looking, touching and movement. Possibilities are endless and may include storytimes, animal encounters, biofacts, simple crafts and more!

Franklin Park Zoo Playgroups

Programs are for ages 18 months-3 years

Franklin Park Zoo Meeting Barn 

10:30-11:00 a.m.

  • January and March: Four Thursday programs
  • February, April, and May: One program on the second Saturday of the month.
    See program themes below


  • January and March programs: $32 for members; $40 for non-members for the four classes.
  • February, April, and May single Saturday programs: $8 for members; $10 for non-members. 
    The prices covers an adult/child pair. Sibling Discount Available.

January 5, 12, 19 and 26
Theme: Inside the Zoo
Each week, we'll learn about the animals that live in each of the four different parts of the Zoo. This includes Children's Zoo, Tropical Forest, Bird's World, and Khalahari Kingdom.
Register for January

March 9, 16, 23 and 30
Theme: Getting Outside
Nature has a lot to offer! Together we'll explore the natural world of plants and animals right here in Massachusetts. Weather permitting, lessons will also be held outdoors in Franklin Park Zoo's Nature Corner.
Register for March

Single Saturday Programs:

Stoneham, MA Playgroups

Programs are for ages 18 months-3 years

Boys & Girls Club of Stoneham
15 Dale Court, Stoneham, MA 02180

9:30 - 10:15 a.m
Session 1: January 11, 18, 25, and February 1
Session 2: February 8, 15 and March 8, 22 SESSION FULL
Session 3: April 5, 12, 26 and May 3


  • $32/four-week series for Zoo Members and $40 for Non-members
  • Additional participating siblings are half-price.
  • Space is limited and pre-registration is required


Session 1: Hundreds of Homes
From the rainforest to the tundra to your very own backyard; learn about the different habitats around the world that animals call home!
January 11, 18, 25, and February 1

Register: Session 1

Session 2: Paws, Claws, Scales, and Tails:
Learn about some of the amazing adaptations that animals use for survival in the wild!
February 8, 15 and March 8, 22

Register: Session 2

Session 3: Silly Senses
Learn about the five senses and discover how animals use their own senses to survive
April 5, 12, 26 and May 3

Register: Session 3

This Zoo Outreach opportunity is being made possible by the North Suburban Child and Family Resource Network.