Inspire your community to learn more about the wild side of the natural world. Our fun programs are interactive, educational, and include live animals! They are sure to engage people of all ages. To better serve you, we are able to do any program at any time of the year!
Reading doesn't have to stop during summer vacation. Summer is a great time for kids to select their own books that will open up their imaginations and keep them exploring. The Oklahoma City Zoo's summer programs will keep kids inspired to come your library. Click here to check out what we have to offer.
Gotta Go! Gotta Go!
“I gotta go! I gotta go! I gotta go to Mexico!” says creepy, crawly caterpillar. There’s a chill in the air and little caterpillar knows it’s time to go where it’s warm! Just like the caterpillar, many animals make a trip south for a warm winter vacation. Why do they do it? How do they do it? Based on Sam Swope’s award-winning book, “Gotta Go! Gotta Go!” this fun program will explore some of the most amazing animal migrations.
Are You Buggin’?
“One warm day, from a tiny egg a little cricket was born.” Thus begins the story of “The Very Quiet Cricket” by Eric Carle. Springtime means little bugs are popping out all over and the Oklahoma City Zoo wants you to come along on a quiet but exciting journey with cricket into his world. Bugs are pollinators, they power the food chain, and keep our world healthy. In this program, you’ll meet an amazing bug and animals who depend on these crawly critters for food and even friendship.
Winter is a time for mittens, coats, snowsuits, and boots. What do animals wear when a chill’s in the air? Did you know animals have special cold weather clothes? Join the Oklahoma City Zoo and discover the cool ways animals overcome the cold with stylish winter coats, built-in blubber, and even antifreeze. Then we’ll journey into Jan Brett’s “The Mitten,” a humorous tale of several animals squeezing into a mitten to stay warm. Cost: $100 up to 50 children, adults are free; $175 for auditorium style.
Bear Wants More!
Bear finds some roots to eat, but that’s not enough. He wants more! His friends help him find some berries, clover, and fish to eat, but that’s not enough. BEAR WANTS MORE! What about you? Are you hungry as a bear? As we’ll discover in Karma Wilson's award-winning book, "Bear Wants More,” springtime brings new food choices and lots of them. Join the Oklahoma City Zoo to explore all the delicious, gross, and downright weird things animals eat during their springtime buffet. Cost: $100 up to 50 children, adults are free; $175 for auditorium style. Program features live animals, but NO BEARS.
Bear Snores On!
Let it snore! Let it snore! Let it snore! Tiptoe into the wild world of animals who snooze and snore through the cold winter. Based on Karma Wilson's award-winning book, "Bear Snores On", we'll discover why some animals hibernate - and some don't - and why they can be grumpy if you wake 'em up. Cost: $100 up to 50 children, adults are free; $175 for auditorium style. Program does include live animals, but no bears.
Spring has a sprung, and the Oklahoma City Zoo wants you to come along on a journey to smell the flowers. We'll explore the many ways flowers feed and entertain us, and play an important role in the everyday lives of animals. We'll end our journey with a sweet flower treat just like the critters from Rita Gray's book,"Flowers Are Calling". Cost: $100 up to 50 children, adults are free; $175 for auditorium style.
Tortoise and the Hare
The Oklahoma City Zoo brings this classic fable to life. What makes a tortoise slow? What makes a hare fast? We'll explore the history behind this timeless story, and have our own real live race. Cost: $100 up to 50 children, adults are free; $175 for auditorium style.
Want to see what else we have to offer?
View our school programs. Please note that unlike library programs, our school offerings are not specifically designed to include a literary component.
To book your program please call 405-425-0218 or email us. Locations further than 30 miles of Oklahoma City are charged $0.54/mile to cover travel expenses.
- Small audience programs (up to 50 children) are $100/ program.
- Large audience programs (51+ children) is $175 for an auditorium style program.
- Transportation fees are assessed for locations > 30 miles outside OKC @ .54/per mile.
- Locations > 100 miles from OKC require a minimum of 2 programs .
- Programs may be eligible for ZooFUNd for Kids grants. For information and guidelines for annual awards click here.
AV Needs: Programs may utilize a Power Point presentation. We provide all equipment, but will need access to an electrical outlet.
Booking Information: Summer months book quickly and are subject to staff availability. Call (405) 425-0218 or email library outreach for more information.