Winter Camp

The Topeka Zoo is excited to offer Winter Escape Adventure Camp!

This camp is for children ages 6-12 (can be 5 if currently in kindergarten), and registration is on a DAILY basis—so you can sign up for as many days as you’d like. Registration for winter camp opens on Monday, October 19th, at 9:00am. The 2020 dates and themes are listed below. **Please note there is no camp on December 24th and 25th, as well as January 1st.**

Capacity: 20 students/day

Monday, December 21st: Winter Wonderland

The weather outside might be frightful but the view is so delightful! With nature as our inspiration, let’s get our creative minds going with this art-themed day of camp.

Tuesday, December 22nd: Zoo Scene Investigation

Calling all junior detectives to our Zoo Scene Investigation (ZSI)! Help us unravel this mystery and narrow down our pool of animal suspects.

Wednesday, December 23rd: Lands of Ice and Fire

Animals live in extreme places--from frozen tundra to searing deserts. In this camp, we will learn about what it takes for creatures to live in ice, fire, and nature’s harshest environments.

Monday, December 28th: Mad Scientist

Grab your lab coats and safety goggles as we explore the wacky and weird adaptations of animals.

Tuesday, December 29th: Zoo Chef

What do a giant freezer, a measuring cup, and a clipboard full of charts have in common? They are all essential to help feed an entire zoo! In this camp, we will put on our chef hats, try a few animal diets, and see if we can make the cut to become a zoo chef!

Wednesday, December 30th: Ice Age-A Blast from the Past

From giant ground sloths to wooly mammoths, the Ice Age was a cool place to be. Join us as we learn about these prehistoric creatures and their relatives that survived to today!

Thursday, December 31st: Zoo Year Resolutions

So long 2020, hello 2021! This day of camp looks at ways that we can help our Earth and its wildlife in the coming New Year.

Monday, January 4th: Jungle Survivor

Journey with us out of the cold and into the tropical rainforest. Come learn how animals survive where danger could lurk behind any tree!


Camp runs from 9:00-3:00 and is held in the Gary Clarke Education Room. Each camp day will include a live animal education program, behind-the-scenes tour, crafts, games, and more! There is no stay-late option for winter camp.

The cost is $55/day for FOTZ members and $65/day for non-members.

Cancellations:  If you cancel your camp registration 8 or more days before the start date, the Zoo will refund the registration fee, except for $10. This fee is applied per child per day you cancel. The Zoo will not refund any registration fees if cancellation occurs within 7 days of the start date.

Please call 785-368-9137 for more information. You can sign up for one or multiple days 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. Thus, if your child attended spring break or summer camp at the zoo in 2017, you do NOT need to refill out these forms.

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.

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

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 RRost@Topeka.org 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.

Thinking about a membership? If you are signing up for at least camps, a family FOTZ membership pays for itself! Click here to learn more about the benefits of becoming a member or sign up today.