Blank Park Zoo
Blank Park Zoo

Open Daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$18 adults, $12 children

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Open Daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$18 adults, $12 children

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Spring Safari

Children doing crafts at table for campSpring Safari Camp | Ages: 5-9 years

Days: March 11-13 (Children must be registered for each day separately)
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $75, Members Save 20%

Spring Safari Day Camps are daily, drop-off, in-person camps for children ages 5-9 years. During camp, children will participate in hands-on learning activities, enjoy the outdoors and explore the Zoo. Children must be registered for each day separately.

Theme: Zoo Clues - Take a look and you can find signs of animals everywhere outside! From scat to tracks, animals leave clues all around that we can use to figure out what they have been doing. Pull out the magnifying glasses and tweezers and join us as we become animal detectives and solve mysteries around the Zoo!

Registration and prepayment are required.

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Participation Guidelines

Spring Safari Camp is a drop-off program for children ages 5-9 years of age. It is important to us that your child receives the best experience. Children are to be divided in groups based on age (5-6 years old and 7-9 years old)

Please dress children in comfortable, weather appropriate clothing including: coats, hats, close-toed shoes or boots and gloves/mittens. We will spend portions of each day outside exploring the zoo.


Both drop-off and pick-up take place curbside. Drop-off begins at 8:45 am. Please follow our signs for drop-off or see the drop-off/pick-up map located in the Safari Camp Parent Guide.

Pick-up is from 4:00-4:15 pm. Please honor our pick-up times.

Please note, Zoo admission hours are 10 am-3:30 pm. If you need to drop-off/pick-up your child outside of our designated drop-off/pick-up times and before/after Zoo admission hours, please call 515-974-2550 as Zoo admissions will be locked.

For the safety of your children, we will only release your child to the person/s you list on their authorized pick-up list.


Lunch: Lunch is not provided. All campers must bring a sack lunch from home.

Snack: Campers receive a morning and an afternoon snack each day (included as a part of camp registration – no extra fee). Snacks might include items such as: crackers, veggie straws and frozen treats (these items are tentative, subject to change and vary from day to day).

Campers may bring a snack from home in place of, or addition to, provided snacks. These snacks, however, may only be consumed during designated snack times unless there is a health concern discussed with camp staff prior to the start of camp or during morning drop-off.

***Food items containing nuts are not served during camp. However, we cannot guarantee a nut-free environment. Camp kids often bring their own lunch items containing nuts, and nuts are a regular part of our animal diets. Please disclose all participant food allergies during registration. To discuss concerns or request special accommodations, please contact or call 515-974-2550.


Medications at Camp

If you are bringing any medication to camp with your child (including rescue inhalers and EpiPens), you must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Morning/evening dose of medications should be given before or after your child attends camp. Only medications with a dosage schedule that cannot be adjusted for camp hours should be administered during the day.

  • ALL medications must be given to a Camp Supervisor by an adult. Prescription medications must be in the child’s name and in its original bottle. Adults should advise whether the medication should be returned at the end of each day or stay at the Zoo for the duration of camp.

  • A medication authorization form must be filled out completely for each medication to be administered at camp. We will NOT administer medication without a completed form until we are able to reach a parent by phone.

  • All medications must be in their original packaging and labeled with appropriate prescription, dosing and/or pharmaceutical information. Liquid medication must be accompanied with an appropriate measuring cup/syringe.

  • We must have the child’s first and last name and exact time medication is to be given.

  • We are unable to accept damaged/expired medications or loose medicine in unmarked packaging or give medication on an “as needed” basis.

Click here to download a medication authorization form

Registration, Confirmation and Cancellation

Pre-registration is required for all camps. After your registration is processed, a confirmation email will be sent. Call 515-974-2550 if a confirmation email is not received within 24 hours. The week before camp, you will receive a pre-camp email with instructions for drop-off and pick-up.

Cancellation requests received more than 2 weeks prior to the start date of camp will receive a full refund minus a cancellation fee ($15/day). Cancellations requested within 2 weeks of the start date of camp will not receive a refund.

If you have any questions regarding camps or registration, please email or call 515-974-2550

Click here to purchase a Blank Park Zoo membership to save money on Safari Camps.

Please be prepared to provide your member ID number during registration. Please note that your registration will be reviewed and your charges may be modified if you choose, but do not qualify for this discount. If you do not know your member ID number, please call 515-974-2600 or email

Grandparent & Grandparent Plus Memberships - If your camper is included on a grandparent or grandparent plus membership, please still register the camper under the parents' name and provide the membership ID for the grandparent or grandparent plus membership.

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Click here to download our Spring Safari Camp Parent Guide.



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