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Miller Park Zoo offers a variety of fun & educational programs throughout the year. Registration is required for all classes.

All program registration is handled through the Bloomington Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department. Click here for registration information.

For additional information on Zoo programs contact us at (309) 434-2250.


 

Virtual Animal Crackers for ages 3 - 5 & a grown-up

Animal Crackers is a Miller Park Zoo classic! Join us once each month for a story, animal encounter, and craft. Our topic is always a surprise and we have a great time guessing which animal will visit! One adult accompanies each child to class but does not pay an additional registration fee. The registration fee includes a craft kit for the participating child. If you want to participate and are unable to pick up your craft kit, we will mail it to you at an additional cost. Class will operate in Zoom or Microsoft Teams. Once you register a link will be emailed a few days before the  class so you can test your connection before the class. 

  • Unregistered siblings of any age may not attend.
  • Children must be at least three years old to participate.
  • Classes are identical in each session, so register for only one class each month.

 

ANIMAL CRACKERS SPECIAL
Get 7 Animal Crackers classes for the price of 6!!
Encourage your child’s interest in nature by attending this class for 3-5 year-olds. Class sessions are held in January, February, June, July, August, September and October.
Members $48 ($56 value): Non-members $78 ($91 value)
Go to bloomingtonparks.org and register for the Animal Crackers Promo.

Registration fee:

  • $10 per child per class
  • $8 per child per class for MPZS members
SESSION Time                  
SESSION ONE  
Tuesday, June 9 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday, June 9 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday, June 10 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday, June 10 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Thursday, June 11 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
   
 SESSION TWO  
Tuesday, July 7 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday, July 7 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday, July 8 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday, July 8 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Thursday, July 9 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
   
 SESSION THREE  
 Tuesday, Aug. 4 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
 Tuesday, Aug. 4 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 
 Wednesday, Aug. 5 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 
 Wednesday, Aug. 5 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM 
 Thursday, Aug. 6 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM 

ZooKids for 6 -7 Year Olds

ZooKids classes are hour and a half adventures that give kids a chance to start in-depth learning about animals. This class includes themed stories, crafts, and animal encounters. The registration fee includes a craft kit for the participating child. If you want to participate and are unable to pick up your craft kit, we will mail it to you at an additional cost. Class will operate in Zoom or Microsoft Teams. Once you register a link will be emailed a few days before the class so you can test your connection before the class.  Classes are identical in each session, so register for only one class each month.

Registration fee:
$12 per child per class for MPZS members
$15 per child per class for non-members

Big Cats 
Tues., June 9 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Wed., June 10 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Thurs., June 11 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Thurs., June 11 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Super Snakes 
Tues., July 7 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Wed., July 8 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Thurs., July 9 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Thurs., July 9 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Birds of Prey
Tues., Aug. 4 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Wed., Aug. 5 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Thurs., Aug. 6 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Thurs., Aug. 6 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM


"JEEPERS KREEPERS"
Virtual Mini Camps ages 7-17

These exciting classes will give an inside look at the job of our zookeepers!  We’ll spend time both in the classroom & out in the Zoo learning about various aspects of the keeper job, including animal feeding, exhibit cleaning, animal husbandry, veterinary care, & animal enrichment. Class will operate in Zoom or Microsoft Teams.  Once you register a link will be emailed a few days before the class so you can test your connection before the class.

Registration fee: 
$24 per child per class for MPZS members 
$29 per child per class for non-members

Ages 10 - 17 

Mon. & Tues. - June 22 & 23 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Ages 7 - 9 

Wed. & Fri. - June 24 - 26 from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

 


 

Zoo Safari Camp for Ages 8 - 9

Around the World  
We’ll investigate a different country each day and learn about the animals that live there. Animal encounters, crafts, games, and unique peeks behind the scenes will be highlights of this five-day camp. A snack is included each day. Campers will be given a t-shirt to wear through the week. 
Activities are identical for each camp session.

Registration fee:
$79 per child per class for MPZS members
$89 per child per class for non-members

M - F  - July 13 - 17 from  1:30 - 4:30 pm
M - F  - July 20 - 24 from 8:30 - 11:30 am
M - F - July 27 - 31 from 8:30 - 11:30 am
M - F - July 27 - 31 from 1:30 - 4:30 pm
M - F - Aug. 10 - 14 from 8:30 - 11:30 am


For those 55 Years and Over

Second Wednesday of the month
8:30-9:30 am
$5 per person

Take your morning stroll at the Zoo!  We’ll visit a different area of the Zoo each month & learn about the animals who live there.  You’ll be guided by a knowledgeable staff member who will give you amazing information…and maybe even a peek behind the scenes!  No reservations are required.  Your tour guide will meet you at the Zoo entrance.  Tours will begin promptly at 8:30.

 

The Art of Animals for Ages 8- 17

Drawing Frogs
Science meets art in this collaboration by Miller Park Zoo and
Sugar Grove Nature Center! You’ll visually study live frogs
& toads, taking time to learn about their anatomy, locomotion,
and coloration. Then you’ll use this knowledge to create pencil
drawings of our amphibian models. All art materials & a snack
will be provided. Classes will take place at Miller Park Zoo.

Registration fee:
$15 per child per class for MPZS members
$20 per child per class for non-members

Ages 8 - 11
Monday August 3 from 9:00 - 11:00 am
Ages 12 - 17
Monday August 3 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Animal Adventure Camp Ages 10-12

All in the Family
Family classification will be the theme for a week filled with animal encounters, take-home projects, and activities that will show us the similarities and differences between animal species.
A snack is provided each day. Campers will be given a t-shirt to wear through the week.

Activities are identical for each camp session.

Registration fee:
$79 per child per class for MPZS members
$89 per child per class for non-members 

M - F - July 13 - 17 from 8:30 - 11:30 am
M - F - July 20 - 24 from 1:30 - 4:30 pm
M - F - Aug. 10 - 14 from 1:30 - 4:30 pm