Ages: Day Camp – 5-9 years
Overnight Safari Camp – 10-12 years
Days: Day Camp – March 15-17
Overnight Safari Camp – March 19
Time: Day Camp – 9 am-4 pm
Overnight Safari Camp – 5 pm-8 am
Cost: Day Camp - $111 members/$156 non members
Overnight Safari Camp - $50 members/$60 non members
Theme: Beneath Our Feet
Ever wonder what animals are lurking underground? A hole is a great place for animals to hide and build a home! Join us as we discover critters that make their way through the dirt and sand.
Day Camp – Our Winter Safari Day Camp is a four-day, drop-off, in person camp for children ages 5-9 years. During this camp, children will participate in hands-on learning activities, enjoy the outdoors and explore the Zoo.
NEW! Overnight Safari Camp – Our Overnight Spring Safari Camp is a one-night, drop-off, in person camp for children ages 10-12 years. During this camp, children will come to the Zoo for an evening full of fun activities, spend the night and then wake up for a morning hike around the Zoo before heading home. Dinner and a light breakfast are included.
Registration and pre-payment are required
Spring Safari Day Camps are drop-off program for children ages 5-9 years of age. The Overnight Safari Camp is an overnight, drop-off program for children ages 10-12 years. It is important to us that your child receives the best experience. As such, we hope that you will help us by honoring the age guidelines.
Please dress children in comfortable, weather appropriate clothing. We will spend portions of each day outside exploring the zoo.
Curbside drop-off and pick-up will be instituted to avoid having parents and caregivers enter the Zoo. Please view our drop-off map here for drop-off/pick-up location instructions.
Day camps - 8:50-9:15am
Overnight Safari - 4:50-5:15pm
Day camps – 3:50-4:15pm
Overnight Safari – 8-8:15am
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 during registration. If there are emergencies/last-minute changes, please notify educators at drop-off.
Before/After Care: Before and After Care are not available during this camp.
Lunch: Lunch for the week is available to purchase for $20. Because we have to order lunches in advance to be catered in, lunches must be purchased prior to the start of camp and are not available for daily purchase.
T-shirts: Leftover Summer Safari t-shirts are available for purchase for $5. T-shirts must be purchased prior to the start of camp. Two designs are available. If purchasing a t-shirt, please list which design you would like in the special considerations section of your child’s registration (Red Panda or Okapi). T-shirts will be sent home on the first day of camp.
If you are bringing any medication to camp with your child (including rescue inhalers and EpiPens), we ask that you please adhere to the following guidelines:
Out of an abundance of caution, to keep our guests, animals and staff healthy, we are implementing the following precautions for our education programs:
Pre-registration is required for all camps. After your registration is processed, a confirmation email will be sent (please check your spam folder). Your registration is not confirmed until you receive this confirmation. Call 515-974-2550 if a confirmation email is not received within 24 hours.
If a cancellation is necessary more than two weeks out from the camp start date, Blank Park Zoo will grant a refund for the registration amount minus a $50 cancellation fee. Any cancellations requested within two weeks of the camp start date will not receive a refund (if the child is unable to attend, please consider your payment a tax-deductible donation at this time).
If you have any questions regarding camps or registration, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 515-974-2550