Free! Zoo to You: Small Mammal Sing-Along

by  Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute

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Celebrate Back to School with the National Zoo and the National Head Start Association in "Zoo to You: Small Mammal Sing-Along." This high-energy, playful program will have you singing, dancing, and getting into some real monkey business with the animals of the Small Mammal House!

Just like preschoolers, the animals of the Small Mammal House love to learn, play, and even do crafts! Our special animal guests will show us how in this high-energy, playful program that will have you singing, dancing, and getting into some real monkey business! Learn more

This live, 30-minute program supports initiative and curiosity, language and communication, and exploration and discovery! Best for kids under 5 but open to all.

Date: Thursday, October 20 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time (ET)

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Get a Head Start with the Smithsonian Live Virtual Programs
"Small Mammal Sing-Along" is the first of three virtual field trips to the National Zoo developed in collaboration with the National Head Start Association as part of the Get a Head Start with the Smithsonian project. These high energy music and movement programs are specifically designed to engage young children ages 0-5 and support teachers in engaging their students with early science.

These programs are designed for multiple groups of children to join and learn together. Programs are targeted to Head Start classrooms but welcome all young children and caregivers from individuals and families to preschools, schools, or daycares.

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30 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Pre-K Students, Homeschool/Family

Minimum participants:

No maximum

Maximum participants:

No mimimum

Primary Disciplines

Art, Sciences, Social and Emotional Learning( SEL)

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Booking Information

Sorry, this program is not currently available. To inquire about future availability, please contact Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute

Receive this program and 9 more for one low price when you purchase the CILC Virtual Expeditions package. Learn more

For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

Participants may cancel registration at any time. Recording will be available on the Zoo's website and the National Head Start Association's YouTube channel for those who cannot attend live.

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Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute

Washington, DC
United States

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology
Institute (NZCBI) leads the Smithsonian’s global effort to save species, better
understand ecosystems, and train future generations of conservationists.

We seek to develop a passionate global community that
celebrates their connection to nature, takes meaningful action to protect it,
and inspires others to do the same.

NZCBI Education

Program Details


"Get a Head Start With the Smithsonian" programs are 30-minute virtual introductions to the animals of the National Zoo, hosted by National Zoo educators and "Pinky the Jackalope."

Programs are divided into three roughly 8-minute segments that include live observation of animal "guests," combined with play-based exploration of related comments, and some pre-recorded footage of animals to highlight specific concepts. Each of these segments are bookended by original songs presented by "Nick the Music Man" of Play Motion Music that get kids moving their bodies.

Programs take place on Zoom in meeting format. Individual participants’ audio will be disabled, but video feeds may be turned on, if you choose. Children and teachers can submit comments and questions to the hosts during the program using the chat features.


During this program, hosts will support children as they:
- observe and describe the featured animal guests
- draw comparisons between the physical features of two mammals
- draw comparisons between their own life and experience and that of the animal guest
- practice scientific talk, ask questions, and seek new information
- discover new ways that they can connect and identify with animals and the natural world
- develop empathy for animals
- begin to self-identify as scientists / participants in scientific discovery

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Supports Head Start ELOF Goals P-ATL-11; P-SCI-1; P-SCI-2; P-SCI-3; P-SE-6; P-SE-7