Mommy and Me Classes at Helen Woodward Animal Center
Winter & Spring sessions
Sign up for one class, or come to all five (get the 5th free!)
Referral and sibling discounts available
Are you and your toddler or pre-schooler animal lovers? First FURiends isn’t your average Mommy and Me class! This program gives you a chance to experience HANDS-ON animal interactions while learning lessons about empathy and compassion. Sign up for all five sessions or just come to one; each one is filled with animal-themed activities, crafts and games that encourage bonding with parents, peers and animals! There are ONLY 10 spots available in each session, so sign up today to be a part of this one-of-a-kind educational experience in beautiful San Diego.
First FURiends Session Themes
Session 1 – Pets are PAWsitively Precious (WINTER: 1/07 or 1/10; SPRING: 3/02)
What are pets and what does it take to care for one? You and your child will discover the answers while meeting a guinea pig and hermit crab. Through a song, activity and craft, your little one will explore and identify emotions of humans and animals. This session takes place from 10 a.m.–11 a.m.
Session 2 – What’s all that Chirping about? (WINTER: 1/14 or 1/17; SPRING: 3/09)
Animals have unique ways of communicating with each other and with us; find out how animals tell us if they are happy, sad, excited or mad. You and your toddler will meet a cockatiel and sheep. This session takes place from 10 a.m.–11 a.m.
Session 3 – Big or Small, Respect them All (WINTER: 1/21 or 1/24; SPRING: 3/16)
Pets come in all shapes and sizes. Some are cute and cuddly while others are scaly or slimy. No matter how they look, it is important that we respect animals, for their safety and our own. We will talk about how to stay safe around pets while we meet a dog and hissing cockroach. This session takes place from 10 a.m.–11 a.m.
Session 4 – Animals are Hoppy to Help (WINTER: 1/28 or 1/31; SPRING: 3/23)
Many people consider pets to be members of their family because they make us laugh, relieve stress and love us unconditionally. Therapy animals go above and beyond to bring people comfort. Discover the ways that animals help people while meeting a rabbit and cat or mini horse. This session takes place from 10 a.m.–11 a.m.
Session 5 – Caring for Critters (WINTER: 2/04 or 2/07; SPRING: 3/30)
Animals cannot ask for help, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need any! You and your child will meet adoptable puppies and a chicken while learning about the various ways people can help animals. Your child will receive a certificate of completion at the end of this program. This session takes place from 10 a.m.–11 a.m.
**Animals subject to change based on availability**
First FURiends Rates
$20 per session
$75 for all five sessions
Cost includes a stuffed animal that is yours to keep!
The parent-to-child ratio is 1:1. Extra parents are $5 each.
Referral: Refer two friends and get $20 back. Tell them to enter your first and last name in the referral code section when they register.
Sibling: Sign up one child and his or her siblings get 50% off.