Early Childhood Programs

Programs for preschool aged children are coming back to Sunset Zoo in January 2023!

Creature Feature | Preschool Ages

Help your child explore the natural world with these animal-themed classes at Sunset Zoo.  This hands-on program will highlight a unique animal this January and February, and staff will help children and their parent/guardian explore their individual characteristics through a variety of activities. Each Creature Feature class may go outside, so please dress accordingly. Parent/guardian must accompany child, and non-participating infants/toddlers are welcome to tag along.

DateFeatured AnimalFee
January 21, 2023Box Turtle$10/Non-member; $8/FOSZ member
January 23, 2023Box Turtle$10/Non-member; $8/FOSZ member
February 25, 2023TBA$10/Non-member; $8/FOSZ member
February 27, 2023TBA$10/Non-member; $8/FOSZ member

Each class will last 30 minutes, and start promptly at 11:30 a.m., and families are encouraged to extend their learning by visiting the Zoo after the class. Pre-registration required. Registration will open early January.  Check back for registration link.

Refund Policy for Classes Requiring Registration

A full refund is granted if cancellation is received one week (seven days) prior to class; partial refund with notification at least 48 hours before and no refund if notified less than 48 hours in advance. We may also be able to transfer youth between class sessions; contact us at 785-587-2737 or sunsetzoo@cityofmhk.com for assistance.

Sensory Safari | Preschool Ages

Foster your child's curiosity with sensory focused exploration of the natural world. Through guided and interactive activities, children will explore the many aspects of nature and wildlife. Each class will go outside, so please dress accordingly. Parent/guardian must accompany child, and non-participating infants/toddlers are welcome to tag along.

DatesThemeFee
March 4, 2023TBA$10/Non-member; $8/FOSZ member
March 6, 2023TBA$10/Non-member; $8/FOSZ member
April 1, 2023TBA$10/Non-member; $8/FOSZ member
April 3, 2023TBA$10/Non-member; $8/FOSZ member

Each class will last 30 minutes, and start promptly at 11:30 a.m., and families are encouraged to extend their learning by visiting the Zoo after the class. Pre-registration required. Registration will open early January.  Check back for registration link.

Refund Policy for Classes Requiring Registration

A full refund is granted if cancellation is received one week (seven days) prior to class; partial refund with notification at least 48 hours before and no refund if notified less than 48 hours in advance. We may also be able to transfer youth between class sessions; contact us at 785-587-2737 or sunsetzoo@cityofmhk.com for assistance.

Zoofari Tails with Manhattan Public Library | All Ages

Slither into reading with Sunset Zoo and the Manhattan Public Library. On the fourth Friday of every month at 10 am and 11 am, Sunset Zoo will bring to life an animal-themed children's story. Each month is based on a different story and all storytimes include unique animal artifacts. Some storytimes feature a live animal and others may include a simple craft project. Storytimes rotate between the Library and the Zoo; click here to visit the library's online calendar. This program is free and registration is not required.