For children aged 3-5 years

Touch & Feel
A tactile session for younger children based in our Discovery Centre. Explore a range of animal groups by getting hands-on with a range of furs, feathers and scales. Please note this session does not include live animals.

This session lasts approximately 30 minutes and takes place in the Discovery Centre.

The cost per child for this session would be £9.00.  This includes their admission to the Zoo & Castle.

The Mystery Feather
Join us for story time at the zoo, where we will be reading our very own animal based book. This workshop will provide early years learners with the opportunity to get hands-on with a variety of bird feathers – discussing their shape, colour and size.

This session lasts approximately 30 minutes and takes place in the Discovery Centre.

The cost per child for this session would be £9.00.  This includes their admission to the Zoo & Castle.

The Big Bug Hunt
Find out about amazing world of minibeasts. This session will introduce early year’s learners to the amazing world of bugs through an interactive outdoor bug hunt. Count the number of legs, horns and spots on different bugs – encouraging learners to apply basic numbers to a real world setting.

This session lasts approximate 30 minutes and involves some outdoor/touring elements (weather permitting).

The cost per child for this session would be £9.00.  This includes their admission to the Zoo & Castle.

Zoo Tour
Learners will be led on a pre-planned tour around the zoo, stopping at various enclosures and learning facts about our animals here at the zoo. This tour can be tailored to your individual needs, so we encourage you to speak to our team and we will try to accommodate where possible.

This session lasts approximately 40 – 50 minutes and takes place outdoors. 

The cost per child for this session is £10.00.  This includes their admission to the Zoo & Castle.

Workshops are subject to availability. For further information or to book a visit please call 01384 215313 or email louise.curtis@dudleyzoo.org.uk

Workshops are suitable for children aged 3-5 years only. Children aged 0-2 years are not permitted to take part in any workshops.

All workshop session plans are embedded with Science and Geography National Curriculum links, as well as core skills within Maths, English and Working Scientifically.  Click here for further information.

EYFS groups receive one free adult with three paying students, with any additional adults being charged at £9.00 per person.  (EYFS groups receive one free adult with every 3 paying students/ SEN groups receive a free carer admission per child).  These rates are based upon groups of 10+ students.

We can accommodate a maximum of 30 children per workshop and for the indoor lunch sittings we can provide if requested (as these rooms can accommodate up to 30 children at a time).

Here at Dudley Zoo & Castle we aim to educate children of all ages about the natural world, conservation and history through the use of natural artefacts including skins, skulls and scales. We therefore no longer include live animals in our classroom based workshops. This is to help ensure that both our learners and our animals’ needs are met. Dudley Zoo & Castle is home to over 1300 animals which you and your students will have the opportunity to see whilst exploring our 40 acre site during your visit.

Updated for 2023/2024 Academic Year