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

View All Rates ›

Winter Safari

Ages: 5-9 years
Days: December 27-30 (must register for each day separately)
Time: Day Camp – 9 am-4 pm
Cost: $52 per day, Zoo members save 20%

Theme: Gotta Save ‘Em All

Put your gaming skills to the test! This winter, we’re exploring the connections between a popular trading card game and the animals that inspired the fantasy monsters. Discover why and how zoo animals participate in training and what Blank Park Zoo is doing to save animals in the wild.

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

Registration and pre-payment are required

Registration available now! Click here to register!

Participation Guidelines

Winter Safari Day 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. As such, we hope that you will help us by honoring the age guidelines.

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


Curbside drop-off and pick-up will be instituted. Please view our drop-off map here for drop-off/pick-up location instructions.

Drop-off times:
Day camps - 8:50-9:15am

Pick-up times:
Day camps – 3:50-4:15pm

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.

Extra Purchases (Before/After Care, Lunch, T-shirts)

Before/After Care: Before and After Care is not available during this camp.

Lunch: Lunch is available for purchase for $7.00 per day. 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 $8. T-shirts must be purchased prior to the start of camp. Four designs are available.  PLEASE NOTE: Okapi is only available in youth medium and adult small, Red Panda is only available in youth small

Red Panda Okapi
Tortoise Cassowary

Medications at 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:

  • Please give all medications to your child’s camp instructor at check-in.
  • The child’s parent/guardian at check-in must sign a medication authorization form (required by law) that authorizes camp staff to securely store the medication until the time it is to be administered.
  • The camp child must administer his/her own medication.
  • 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 are unable to accept damaged/expired medications or loose medicine in unmarked packaging.

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 (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 $10 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 or call 515-974-2550

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

Registration available now! Click here to register!

Click here to download our Safari Camp Parent Guide

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