Blank Park Zoo
Blank Park Zoo

Open Daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$14 adults, $8 children

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Open Daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$14 adults, $8 children

View All Rates ›

Winter Safari

Ages: 5-9 years
Days: December 27-31 (must register for each day separately)
Time: Day Camp – 9 am-4 pm
Cost: $40 Zoo members/$50 non-members each day

Theme: It’s Summer Somewhere

Travel to the southern half of the world with us to explore the lands that have summer during our winter. Australia, Africa, South America and even Antarctica are bursting with wildlife this time of year.

Winter Safari Day Camps are daily, 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. 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 Camps are 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.

Drop-off/Pick-up for In-Person Camps

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.

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, Virtual Camp Supply Boxes)

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

Lunch: Lunch is available for purchase for $6.50 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 $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 (Tortoise, Red Panda or Okapi). Please note, youth extra smalls are not available in the Okapi design.

Red Panda Okapi

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

COVID-19 Precautions & Protocols

Out of an abundance of caution, to keep our guests, animals and staff healthy, we are implementing the following precautions for our education programs:

  • Masks: Under the guidance of the CDC, we strongly recommend anyone unvaccinated over the age of 2 to wear a mask. We strongly recommend those ages 2 and up who are fully vaccinated to wear a mask indoors when in areas of high transmission. Masks are required when feeding the goats and giraffe.
  • Cleaning & Sanitizing: Cleanliness and sanitation are always top priorities at Safari Camp. We use antibacterial & antiviral solutions when cleaning. In light of COVID-19, we have increased the number of cleanings each space receives.
  • Animal experiences: As a part of camp, children will still be able to feed the goats and giraffe. Campers will be required to use hand sanitizer or wash hands with soap prior to and immediately following feeding animals. There will be no touching of animals during Ambassador Animal Programs. Masks are required when feeding the goats and the giraffe.


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 $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 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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