Summer Camp | The Topeka Zoo

Summer Camp


Registration is now open for all summer camps!


Are you a kid or teen who is wild about animals? Do you have a passion to explore the outdoors? Sign up for Topeka Zoo summer camp! We offer 8 week-long camps that are geared for children ages 6-12. There are also two weeks of teen camp that will be held in June that are geared toward 13-17 year olds. Registration is on a weekly basis. During these camps, your child will be busy exploring the animal kingdom through stories, games, interactive play, and lots of live animal encounters. Scroll down to read about each camp and sign up today.


Summer Camps

The following information is true for all weeks of regular summer camp (excluding Teen Camp):

Time: 9:00-3:00; No stay-late option

Cost: $140/week for FOTZ members; $165/week for non-members

Age: 6-12 (Can be 5 if they have completed kindergarten)


Week 1

Date: June 4-8

Theme: Magic School Bus

Description: Hop on the magic school bus with Ms. Frizzle and friends as we take off on unforgettable field trips around the world! Each day of camp will focus on a different Magic School Bus episode relating to science and animals.  This camp is sure to be adventurous!


Week 2

Date: June 11-15

Theme: Comic Book Creatures

Description: From Wonder Woman and Batman to Captain America and the Hulk, this week of camp is dedicated to the superheroes of the comic book world! We will explore the Marvel and DC universes and talk about how these super powers are similar to our own animal powers on Earth. This camp is bound to be victorious!


Week 3

Date: June 18-22

Theme: Nature’s Art

Description: From spotted fur to colorful leaves, nature is full of beautiful masterpieces. Join us for this week of camp as we learn about and create our own works of art based on the amazing natural world around us. This week will be sure to add color to your life!


Week 4 –> THIS CAMP IS SOLD OUT. Please call 785-368-9137 to be placed on the waiting list.

Date: June 25-29

Theme: Treasure Hunters

Description: Grab your treasure maps and keep your eyes peeled as this week of camp has us looking for the jewels of the animal kingdom! We will spend our days going on real treasure hunts, seeing what beautiful creatures we can find along the way. This camp will keep you guessing until the end!


There is a break the week of July 2-6.


Week 5  –> THIS CAMP IS SOLD OUT. Please call 785-368-9137 to be placed on the waiting list.

Date: July 9-13

Theme: Animal Babies

Description: Kits and cubs and chicks, oh my! Join us for this cute week of camp as we talk all about animal babies! We will explore how different animals parent and how newborn animals survive in the wild. This camp will be sure to melt your heart!


Week 6

Date: July 16-20

Theme: Zoo Tycoon 

Description: Join us for this neat camp week as we explore how zoos are designed! Students will get the opportunity to unleash their creativity, as they invent their own zoo. From exhibit planning to animal enrichment, we will learn about different zoo animals and the places they call home. This camp is designed to be quite entertaining!


Week 7

Date: July 23-27

Theme: Wild Weapons

Description: From teeth and claws to sharp spikes and venom, this camp will reveal the wild weapons animals use to stay alive. Join us as we discuss these dangerous adaptations and creatures. This camp is going to be killer fun!


Week 8

Date: July 30-August 3

Theme: Circle of Life

Description: The Lion King says it best: we’re all part of the circle of life. This week of camp will focus on the food chain, animal relationships, and how all creatures are connected. From the savannahs of Africa to our backyards in Kansas, this camp will show how all animals are important to each other. Everyone has a place in this camp!


Teen Summer Camp

TEEN CAMP IS SOLD OUT. Please call 785-368-9137 to be placed on the waiting list.

Ages: 13-17

Two options:

June 18-22 –> Exploration Week #1 –> TEEN CAMP IS SOLD OUT. Please call 785-368-9137 to be placed on the waiting list.

June 25-29 –> Exploration Week #2 –> TEEN CAMP IS SOLD OUT. Please call 785-368-9137 to be placed on the waiting list.

Theme: Exploration Week for Teens

Description: Do you know a teen who loves nature? This week is just for them! Join us as we meet live animals, talk conservation, and take trips to various ecosystems around Northeast Kansas. This camp will also provide teens with the opportunity to talk to experts in many animal-related fields!

Both weeks of teen camp are meant to complement each other, as we will be doing different activities each week. They are designed in such a way that you can sign up for week 1, week 2, or both.

Time: 8:30-3:30; However, times may vary slightly depending on our trip for that day.

Cost: $140/child for FOTZ members; $165/child for non-members; price is per week


Camp Details:
Campers are to bring their own lunch each day. A daily afternoon snack will be provided by the zoo. Feel free to pack your own snack if you are concerned about food allergies (although we do our best to try and accommodate them).

Spring break camp has a “stay late” fee of $10.00 per child per day. There is no “stay late” option for summer camps.

Swimming: Each of the 8 weeks of summer camp will include a 2-hour trip to the Blaisdell Family Aquatic Center during one afternoon during the week. You will receive notice of which day this will occur by the first day of that camp week and are welcome to send life jackets, floaties, etc. with your kid on that day.  Parents and other adults are more than welcome to join us at the pool. We do have a system worked out for beginner swimmers and will have several counselors stationed in the shallow end. If you have any concerns about the pool visit, please call 785-368-9137.

Cancellations:  If you cancel your camp registration 8 or more days before the start date, the Zoo will refund the registration fee, except for $25. This fee is applied per child per week of camp you cancel. The Zoo will not refund any registration fees if cancellation occurs within 7 days of the start date. If space is still available, you may transfer your registration to another camp week for no additional fee. If transferring, it must be to a camp within the same calendar year.

Registration for all camps opens on Monday, January 8th, 2018 at 9:00am. Please call 785-368-9137 for more information. You can sign up for one or multiple weeks of camp at a time; payment required to secure registration.


KDHE Forms

These forms are required to be completed by the morning of the first day of camp (before you drop your child off), otherwise your child cannot attend camp until we have the following paperwork. These are kept on file for an entire calendar year–so you only need to fill them out once per camp year.

Health History Form –> Required for ALL children. Immunization records are not required if your child attended school in Kansas, Missouri, or Oklahoma this year. Immunization records are required if they did not attend public/private school or attended in another state other than KS, MO, or OK. Please note that this form has to be completed in its entirety. We need all names and street addresses where it asks for them (street intersections do not work). If none of the boxes at the top of page 2 are applicable, please write “NA” in each box.

Authorization for Emergency Medical Care –> Required for ALL children. You do not need a notary if you have someone else witness your signature and sign as well. Please note, health insurance information is required at the bottom. If your child does not have any allergies, please write “NA” on that line.

Parental Permission for Off-Premise Trips –> Required for ALL summer camp children. This is a permission form to go to the pool each week. NOTE: If your child is enrolled in Teen Week 1 and/or 2, I will send out the locations of our trips via email a few weeks before those camps start.


The following two forms are only required for children who bring medication, EpiPens, inhalers, etc to camp. You will only choose one of following.

Authorization for Self-Administration of Medication –> Please fill this out if you have a child who will be dispensing their own medications while at camp–including medicine, EpiPens, inhalers, etc. This means that camp counselors do not carry around these items and the camper is responsible for dispensing medication to themselves. You do NOT need it signed by a licensed physician or nurse practitioner.

Authorization for Dispensing Medications to Children –> Please fill this out if you have a child who wishes to have camp staff dispense medication to them. This includes having counselors carry around EpiPens, inhalers, medicines, etc and having the staff dispense it as needed.

You may email completed forms to before camp starts or may bring them to the first day of camp your child attends this year. Please contact 785-368-9137 with questions.


Ready to sign up? Because our FOTZ members receive a discount ($25 per camp) there are two separate forms. Please ensure you click the right one or we will contact you to pay the difference. If you are unable to pay the difference or if you are unreachable, your registration will become invalid and your payment will be returned. If you are unsure of your membership status, please call Friends of the Topeka Zoo at 368-9161. Thank you!

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