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, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays year round at the Zoo. Admission is included.


Animal Senses
How do animals see, smell, touch, taste, and hear? Children will explore nature using their five senses and discover how the animals use theirs.
Tuesdays: February 2, 9, 16, 2016
Saturdays: February 6, 13, 20, 2016
Time: 9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m.

Creative Coverings
What do animals wear? Fur, feathers, scales, and more! Discover how animals use creative coverings for protection, attraction, warmth, and speed.
Wednesdays: February 3, 10, 17, 2016
Time: 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.     

Growing Up Wild
From an egg to an alligator, a tadpole to a bullfrog, learn about growing up wild in this fascinating look at baby animals and their parents.
Thursdays: February 4, 11, 18, 2016
Time: 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

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: March 1, 8, 15, 2016
Saturdays: March 5, 12, 19, 2016
Time: 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.
Wednesdays: March 2, 9, 16, 2016
Time: 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 underground to the tallest of trees.
Thursdays: March 3, 10, 17, 2016
Time: 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 this project 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).