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Little Peeps – Winter & Fall

Little Peeps classes are two hours long and designed for 3- to 5-year-olds with a caregiver. Each class will focus on a different theme and will include a mini lesson, fun craft and other activities such as stories and songs to expand the learning. Little Peeps will also enjoy a special visit with one of our animal ambassadors.  At the end of the class, caregivers will receive additional activity ideas to continue the learning fun at home. You may register for each class individually, or all six classes for a 10% discount.

  • Classes are held from 9:30 to 11:30 am
  • $30 per class for Sacramento Zoo members, $35 for non-members
  • Register for all six classes and receive a 10% off discount
  • Little Peeps class themes are the same each day, simply register for one day per week: Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.

Register for Fall and Dino Little Peeps


Fall Little Peeps: Animal Adaptations

This fall is all about animal adaptations! Each week we will take a closer look at types of adaptations animals have to help them survive in their habitats, find food and more! Join us for one class or all six! Keep scrolling for Dino Peeps classes!

Oct. 9, 10, 11: Animal Coverings
Have you ever wondered why different animals have different types of skin and coverings? From feathers to fur, we will explore these animal coverings and learn how they help the animals who wear them.

Oct. 16, 17, 18: Protection
How would you protect yourself out in the wild? Would you wear a heavy shell or some spikes? Come learn how animals around the world protect themselves!

Oct. 23, 24, 25: Camouflage and Colors
Some animals are brightly colored and others like to blend in. This week we will learn how coloring helps animals survive in the wild and explore the colors here in the zoo!

Oct. 30, 31, Nov. 1: Yucky Stuff
Animals are not always as clean as we think but some go above and beyond to be extra yucky! From animals who cover themselves in rotten food to scare away predators, to animals who use poop to attract their food, come learn about these stinky and yucky creatures here at the zoo!

Nov. 6, 7, 8: Feet
Have you ever noticed a duck’s webbed feet or seen the hooves on a giraffe? Explore with us why all these animal feet are so different and find out how those adaptations assist animals in the wild.

Nov. 13, 14, 15: Beaks and Talons
Birds of prey are specialized birds that carry their forks and knives with them all the time! There is no need for silverware when you have sharp talons and beaks! Join us to learn all about these powerful tools and see some up close!

Dino Peeps: Dino Defenses

This fall we will be hosting special Little Peeps classes for the little dinosaur experts in Sacramento! Each class will focus both on dinosaurs and animals here at the zoo with similar adaptations! We will start in September with an overview of dinosaurs to get excited for the ones here at the zoo! Then for four weeks in November and December we will take a closer look at dino defenses: how dinosaurs kept themselves safe when they roamed the Earth!

Sep. 24, 25: Discover Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs are coming to the Sacramento Zoo! Join us for a special Little Peeps class learning about what a dinosaur is, meeting our dinosaurs here on grounds and going around to meet them up close!

Nov. 19, 20: Dino Defenses – Size
One of the most exciting things about dinosaurs is their size! Join us as we take in just how big dinosaurs were and how that size helped them to survive! We will also learn about how size, big or small, helps animals alive today survive in their habitats!

Dec. 3, 4: Dino Defenses – Horns
This week will focus on the triceratops with its mighty horns! We will learn how horns and antlers have helped animals defend themselves throughout history and look at some animals with horns that are alive today!

Dec. 10, 11: Dino Defenses – Armor and Club Tails
Some dinosaurs wore their defenses with special armor built right into their bodies like the Stegosaurus! We will learn how this helped them and look closely at the Ankylosaurus here at the zoo with its armor and big club tail! We may even meet an animal here at the zoo with its own club tail!

Dec. 17, 18: Dino Defenses – Teeth and Claws
We will finish up Little Peeps this year by learning about the most recognizable defense of all predators: their teeth and claws. This week in Little Peeps we will learn about dinosaurs with impressive teeth like the T. rex and also see some teeth and claws in action here at the zoo!

NOTICE: Little Peeps classes are for a preschooler and up to two big buddy adults. The program is built for Peeps and Big Buddies to participate together. Siblings and other children are not allowed unless they are restricted to a stroller or a carrier on the big buddy at all times. We are in a small classroom, and want our Little Peeps participants to be able to fully enjoy the class!


Little Peeps – Summer

Each Little Peeps summer class is two hours long, 9:30 to 11:30 am, and designed for 3- to 5-year-olds with a caregiver. Little Peeps will gather around for story time and make a take-home craft. During the class, we will visit one of our animal ambassadors. Class themes are the same for the whole week and you register for one class per week: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.

2020 Summer Little Peeps registration opens Spring 2020.

  • Our Little Peeps class themes are the same for the whole week
  • You may register for one class per week: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday
  • Registrations for Little Peeps summer class, Zoo Camp and Zoo Quest will be separate this year
  • Each one day class is two hours long, 9:30 – 11:30 am
  • Cost: $35 per class
  • A camp t-shirt is not included, but will be available for purchase at the zoo before each class


We love Little Peeps! The staff are wonderful and my son learns and retains so much from every class. Meeting the animals is a very special experience for both my son and I. It was wonderful to see my son be able to learn and have fun in a safe environment - he loves participating!
Parent of a Little Peep

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