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! If the weather’s nice, we may even go for romps outside! Each monthly session features new animals and activities, so join us for as many as you can!

Programs are for ages 18 months-3 years

Franklin Park Zoo Meeting Barn 


10:30-11:00 a.m.

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


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


October 6, 13, 20, and 27
Theme: Bugs!
Come join us as we explore the world of insects. We will learn about animals who eat bugs, bugs that crawl, bugs that fly, and spiders!
Register for October

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: