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The Akron Zoo will be offering 23 different ZooCamps for kids ages 2 through 15 this year. ZooCamp starts in early June and runs through August and are either one-day, three-day or five-day sessions.
Registration is required and space is limited. Children will learn about the zoo’s animals and their environments, conservation programs and what it is like to work at the zoo. The zoo also offers before and after care and meal options for full-day camps only.
Early childhood camps for kids ages 2 through 5 includes free play, stories, a snack, animal encounter, T-shirt and short tour of the zoo. A caregiver must accompany kids attending the early childhood camps. They can choose from five different camps including Family Ties, Z is for Zookeeper, I Spy, Curious Creatures or At the Zoo with You.
ZooCamp for kids in ages 5 through 15 includes guided tours of the zoo, a chance to meet zoo staff, an up-close experience with animals, T-shirt, snack, take-home craft and a photo. Kids in this age group attend camp for half day and can choose either three or five day camps. Themes include What’s for Dinner, Zoo Vet, Nature Exploration, Junior Zoo Keeper, Going Green, Bust a Move, Marvel-ous Animals, Where in the World and more. The zoo also offers five-day camps that run the entire day for kids ages 6 through 13 including Working at the Zoo, Animal Enrichment, Animal Tales, Biomimicry and Design an Exhibit.
Space is limited and registrations must be made in advance. Early childhood camps are $30 per child for Akron Zoo members and $35 per child for non-members. The cost for a three-day camp is $65 for Akron Zoo members and $75 for non-members. Five-day camps are $105 for Akron Zoo members and $115 for non-members. Junior Zoo Keeper Camps for kids ages 13-15 are $115 for Akron Zoo Members and $135 for non-members. Camps that run full days for five days are $165 for Akron Zoo members and $190 for non-members.
The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. Winter hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is $7 per person. Children younger than 2 are admitted free. The parking fee is $3. For more information, visit www.akronzoo.org or call 330-375-2550.
Founded in 1953, the Akron Zoo is a non-profit, world conservation zoo with over 700 animals from around the world. Located just west of Downtown Akron, the zoo strives to provide a dynamic, financially responsible, guest-centered animal experience that is energized by innovation and fun. The Akron Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.