Spring Break Camp

2022 Spring camp registration will open on January 17th at 9:00am.

We have two types of camp this spring: single day camps, as well as a week-long camp during spring break. Each camp day will feature a live animal presentation, behind-the-scenes tour, crafts, games, and more!

Single-Day Camps:

Registration is on a daily basis.

Dates and Themes:

February 10th: Down the Rabbit Hole - Don’t worry, you won’t have to fight the Jabberwocky or hide from the Queen of Hearts! In this camp, we’ll learn about real-life strange and interesting animals that are fit for the Mad Hatter’s tea party!

February 11th: Survivor Adventure - In this camp, we’ll see if you have what it takes to survive amongst the strongest in the animal kingdom!

February 14th: Love Bites - From getting dressed up in fancy colors to serenading that special someone, we’ll be talking all about love in the animal kingdom!

March 11th: Squad Goals - What do a flock, a crash, and a colony all have in common? They’re #squadgoals, of course! In this camp, we’ll learn about the importance of having your own team in the animal kingdom!

April 15th: Go with the Flow - We drink it, swim in it, and are made of it – it’s water! In this camp, we’ll explore the importance and interconnectedness of water in our world and the animal kingdom. If the weather permits, we’ll do a few outdoor water activities!

April 18th: Sail the 7 Seas - Ahoy, matey! Join us for a swashbuckling day in the life of pirates and the ocean animals they encounter – just make sure to stay away from the plank! If the weather allows, we’ll be doing outdoor water activities (different activities than April 15).

Time: 9:00am-3:00pm for each day (no stay late option)

Cost: $30/child/day (plus tax) for FOTZ members; $35/child/day (plus tax) for non-members

Age: 6-12 (Can be 5 if they are currently in kindergarten)

Capacity: Maximum of 25 students per day

 

Week-Long Camp:

Registration is for the whole week only (you cannot register for single days during March 14-18).

Date and Theme: March 14th-18th: The Land Before Time --> Spring break camp is sold out; please call 785-368-9137 to be placed on the waiting list.

Description: Lifesize, animatronic dinosaurs?! Be prepared for a week filled with dino-sized adventures and information that will blow the dust off the boots of any paleontologist!

Time: 9:00am-3:00pm daily for whole week (no stay late option)

Cost: $140/child/week (plus tax) for FOTZ members; $165/child/week (plus tax) for non-members

Age: 6-12 (Can be 5 if they are currently in kindergarten)

Capacity: Maximum of 25 students for the whole week

Camp details

Optional Camp T-Shirt: $14/shirt (plus tax) with youth and adult sizes available (additional charges apply for Adult 2XL and 3XL). Available at https://store.topekazoo.org/#/Education.

Masks: At this time, masks are required for any of the Topeka Zoo indoor programs (including camps, EcoClub, Discovery School, and any other events that we have). Masks are also required for behind-the-scenes tours. The only exception to the indoor mask requirement is while quickly eating and drinking. This is subject to change in the future and will be communicated to parents. Updated: January 2022

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel your camp registration 8 or more days before the start date, the Zoo will refund the registration fee, except for $10 for single-day camp registrations and $20 for the week-long registrations. This fee is applied per child per 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 season (i.e. spring camp to spring camp). Cancellations due to Covid-19 will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please contact (785)368-9137 or education@topekazoo.org to cancel or questions. Updated: January 2022

Involuntary Removal Policy: If your child's registration in camp is revoked due to behavioral and/or non-compliance issues, then your ability to register for future camps will be forfeit for one calendar year from the date of the incident. The zoo reserves the right to extend this policy on a case-by-case basis.

KDHE Required Forms

The Topeka Zoo is a licensed School-Age Program through KDHE; as such, there are some forms we need returned before your child begins camp. These are kept on file for an entire calendar year–so you only need to fill them out once per camp year. These forms will be emailed to you at least two weeks prior to your first camp date, along with the camp letter which will explain all the logistics (drop-off, pick-up, what to bring, etc.).

Please contact the Education Department at 785-368-9137 or education@topekazoo.org with questions.