Please note: Volunteers, Zoo employees and local emergency responders will take part in a routine animal escape drill on Wednesday, April 26 at Franklin Park Zoo, and Thursday, April 27 at Stone Zoo. These routine drills are an important part of our preparedness training. While the drill is occurring, guests will be able to participate in the evacuation portion, and may be asked to move to certain areas within the Zoo for a brief period of time (not to exceed 10 minutes). We are very dedicated to safety and we appreciate your participation. If you have any questions about what to expect, please do not hesitate to contact us at 617-989-2000 or


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 


•Thursdays, May 4, 11, 18 and 25
Theme: Nature Play
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 be held outdoors in Franklin Park Zoo's Nature Nook, rain location in the Meeting Barn.

• Single Saturday Program
10:30-11:00 a.m.


  • Multi-day programs: $32 for members; $40 for non-members for the four classes.
  • Single Saturday program: $8 for members; $10 for non-members. 
    The prices covers an adult/child pair. Sibling Discount Available.


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 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 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.