Blank Park Zoo
Blank Park Zoo

Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: $14 Adult | $8 Child

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Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: $14 Adult | $8 Child

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Spring Safari



Spring Safari Camps are offered for children ages five to nine years during the Des Moines Public Schools scheduled spring break. 

Spring Break Camp 2019

Date: Monday-Wednesday, March 18-20, 2019
Time: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Cost:  $111 members - $156 non-members


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 up to. Pull out the magnifying glasses and tweezers and join us as we become true Animal Detectives! This fun-packed camp will consist of hands-on lessons, games, art, zoo exploration, and live animal encounters.


Children are required to either bring a sack lunch or purchase a zoo lunch. Please note that refrigeration is not provided.

The cost of a zoo lunch is $19.50 for the three days and can be purchase in advance or the first day of camp. Single day lunch purchases are not available.

Monday – Pork hot dog, chips and fruit
Tuesday – Cheese pizza, chocolate chip cookie and fruit
Wednesday – Breaded chicken strips, fries and fruit

*menu is tentative and subject to change
*side of fruit varies from day to day and may include grapes, apples, oranges or bananas
*side of veggies varies and may include carrots or celery
*each meal will also include a milk or juice drink

Campers will receive a morning and an afternoon snack each day (included as part of camp registration-no extra fee).  Snacks might include items such as: bananas, Mandarin oranges, Goldfish crackers, or fruit snacks (these items are tentative, subject to change, and vary from day to day). 

***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 515-974-2556.  


Check-in begins at 8:50 a.m. at Admissions.

For the safety of your children, we will only release your child to the person/s you list as authorized on your registration. If there are emergencies/last-minute changes, please notify instructors at check-in or call 515-974-2588. Please note, a photo ID is required for pick up.


Please dress children in close-toed, comfortable shoes and weather appropriate clothing.  Layers are encouraged as mornings may start out chilly and then warm up in the afternoon.  

Registration, Confirmation and Cancellation

Pre-registration is required for all classes. 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 515-974-2588 if a confirmation email is not received.  

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 processing 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).  Switching to a different week of camp is an option but depends on availability.


For questions, please call 515-974-2556.

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