Summer Day Camps

Summer Safari Day Camp—Fort Wayne’s #1 Summer Camp!

Your child can spend a wild week at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo’s Summer Safari Day Camp!  Now in its 26th year, Summer Safari Day Camp fosters a love of nature and animals while encouraging teamwork and friendship. We’ll explore the zoo, meet friendly zoo animals, and make memories that will last a lifetime.

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Me & You at the Zoo - Age 3 with Adult - ALL SESSIONS FULL

This fun-filled 2 -1/2 hr. program is perfect for  3 year-olds and their favorite adult.  Each day you and your camper will explore a different area of the zoo, meeting new friends and learning about the animal kingdom. We’ll ride rides, play games, sing songs, meet animal friends and make something special to take home.

Me & You at the Zoo $40 6/16 T, Th 9-11:30AM Full
Me & You at the Zoo $40 6/30 T, Th 9-11:30AM Full
Me & You at the Zoo $40 7/14 T, Th 9-11:30AM Full
Me & You at the Zoo $40 7/28 T, Th 9-11:30AM Full

Zoo Buddy - Age 4 with Adult

This exciting 2 – 1/2 hr. program for 4 year-old children and their favorite adult will keep you smiling. Every day we’ll venture through a different area of the zoo, exploring with new friends and learning about the animal kingdom. Participants will ride rides, play games, sing songs, meet friendly zoo animals and make special crafts to take home. Campers are also encouraged to share the visit with their favorite stuffed animal from home!

Zoo Buddy $55 6/15 M,W,F 9-11:30AM *Open
Zoo Buddy $55 6/29 M,W,F 9-11:30AM *Open
Zoo Buddy $55 7/13 M,W,F 9-11:30AM *Open
Zoo Buddy $55 7/27 M,W,F 9-11:30AM *Open

Animal Alphabet - Ages 4-5

In this engaging half-day program for children ages 4-5 years, campers will learn about the animals with an emphasis on the letters of the alphabet. Every day campers will venture through a different area of the zoo, exploring with our new friends and learning about the animal kingdom. We’ll ride rides, play games, sing songs, and make something special to take home.

Animal Alphabet $92 6/8 M – F 8:30-11:30AM Full
Animal Alphabet $92 7/6 M – F 8:30-11:30AM *Open

Count the Zoo - Ages 4-5

In this fun-filled half day program for children ages 4-5 years, campers will learn about the animals with an emphasis on numbers and counting. Every day campers will venture through a different area of the zoo, exploring with new friends and learning about the animal kingdom. We’ll ride rides, play games, sing songs, and make special crafts to take home.

Count the Zoo $92 6/22 M – F 8:30-11:30AM *Open
Count the Zoo $92 7/20 M – F 8:30-11:30AM *Open

Rumble in the Jungle - Ages 5-6 - ALL SESSIONS FULL

In this energetic program for children ages 5-6 years, campers will learn about the mysteries of the animal world, focusing on camouflage and special animal adaptations. Throughout the week, campers will venture through different areas of the zoo, exploring with their senses, making new friends and learning about the animal kingdom. Campers will ride rides, play games, sing songs, and make something special to take home.

Rumble in the Jungle $149 6/8 M – F 8:30AM-3PM Full
Rumble in the Jungle $149 6/29 M – F 8:30AM-3PM Full
Rumble in the Jungle $149 7/20 M – F 8:30AM-3PM Full

Who’s Who at the Zoo - Ages 5-6 - ALL SESSIONS FULL

What’s a reptile? What’s a mammal? How do we tell them apart?  In this fun-filled program for children ages 5-6 years, we’ll find out! Every day campers will venture through a different area of the zoo, exploring with their hands, making new friends and learning about animal classification. Children will ride rides, play games, sing songs, and make fun crafts to take home.

Who’s Who at the Zoo $149 6/15 M – F 8:30AM-3PM Full
Who’s Who at the Zoo $149 7/6 M – F 8:30AM-3PM Full

Monkey See, Monkey Do - Ages 5-6

During this exciting program for children ages 5-6 years, campers will learn about primates from around the world, including the differences between monkeys and apes, primate behavior, and prehensile tails. Every day, campers will venture through a different area of the zoo, exploring with their hands, making new friends and learning all about primates. Children will ride rides, play games, sing songs, and make primate-themed crafts to take home.

Monkey See,Monkey Do $149 6/22 M – F 8:30AM-3PM Full
Monkey See,Monkey Do $149 7/13 M – F 8:30AM-3PM Full
Monkey See,Monkey Do $149 7/27 M – F 8:30AM-3PM *Open

Design a Zoo - Ages 7-8 ALL SESSIONS FULL

In this one-of-a-kind program for children ages 7-8 years that only the zoo can offer, we’ll explore the reasons we have zoos: Education, Recreation, Conservation, and Research. Participants will go behind the scenes at the zoo, observe how the zoo operates, meet the many people who work here and discover how we create exhibits. Campers will work together to create their own exhibit and zoo, which will be unveiled for families during a special program on Friday.   Campers will explore a different area of the zoo each day; they will ride rides, play games, and sing songs.

Design a Zoo $149 6/22 M – F 8:30AM-3PM Full
Design a Zoo $149 7/6 M – F 8:30AM-3PM Full
Design a Zoo $149 7/20 M – F 8:30AM-3PM Full

World Traveler - Ages 7-8 - ALL SESSIONS FULL

Give children ages 7-8 years an educational trip around the world this summer! Campers will learn about  animals and cultures from around the world. Campers will learn to speak as if Australian, play games and sing songs from Africa, make crafts like Indonesians and much more.  Every day children will explore a different area of the zoo, make new friends and learn about animals and the countries they come from. Campers will ride rides, play games, sing songs, and create cultural crafts.

World Traveler $149 6/8 M – F 8:30AM-3PM Full
World Traveler $149 6/29 M – F 8:30AM-3PM Full

Positively Predators - Ages 7-8 - ALL SESSIONS FULL

Join us for an action-packed program for children ages 7-8 years. Not all deadly creatures of the animal kingdom advertise the fact that they can do some serious damage; some are cute and furry while others appear deceptively slow. Each day campers will explore a different area of the zoo and learn about a different type of predator. We will ride rides, play games, sing songs, and make fun keepsakes to take home.

Positively Predators $149 6/15 M – F 8:30AM-3PM Full
Positively Predators $149 7/13 M – F 8:30AM-3PM Full
Positively Predators $149 7/27 M – F 8:30AM-3PM Full

Survivor - Ages 9-10

What does it take to survive in the wild? This action-packed camp for children ages 9-10 years will help you find out. Each day campers will discover a different area of the zoo and investigate different topic. Topics include predator/prey relationships, camouflage, and adaptations. Campers will use information learned in the morning to help them with fun survival activities in the afternoon.

Survivor $149 6/15 M – F 8:30AM-3PM *Open
Survivor $149 7/20 M – F 8:30AM-3PM Full

Zoo Detective - Ages 9-10 - ALL SESSIONS FULL

This engaging program for children ages 9-10 years features a “Who done it?” theme. Campers will solve an animal mystery by gathering clues, decoding secret messages, and venturing through the zoo in search of answers. Campers will be exploring all areas of the zoo, riding rides and meeting new friends. Does your child have what it takes to solve the mystery and become a zoo detective?

Zoo Detective $149 6/22 M – F 8:30AM-3PM Full
Zoo Detective $149 7/6 M – F 8:30AM-3PM Full

Animal Artist - Ages 9-12 - ALL SESSIONS ARE FULL

Does your child age 9-12 years like to draw, paint, or sculpt AND love animals? This camp is for you! While campers will visit the zoo every day, most of their time will be spent learning about the animals they have chosen for their projects. Campers will fine tune their art skills and leave with some unique projects, including sketching, painting, print making, sculpture, and more. Projects will be on display Friday afternoon as an art show for other campers and parents.

Animal Artists $159 6/29 M – F 8:30AM-3PM Full
Animal Artists $159 7/27 M – F 8:30AM-3PM Full

Photo Safari - Ages 9-12 - ALL SESSIONS ARE FULL

Is your child age 9-12 years a budding photographer? Join us on a photo safari as children explore the wonders of the zoo and the mysteries of the animal world. Each day, campers will visit the zoo to learn about the animals and fine-tune their photography skills. Campers will then select their favorite photos to create their very own scrapbook. Scrapbooks will be displayed the last day of camp and taken home as a souvenir to treasure forever. Campers must bring their own digital camera to camp each day.

Photo Safari $159 6/8 M – F 8:30AM-3PM Full
Photo Safari $159 7/13 M – F 8:30AM-3PM Full

Animal Training 101 - Ages 11-12

At this one-of-a-kind learning program for children ages 11-12 years, we’ll explore operant conditioning and animal training.  Children will observe zoo keepers as they train animals and have a chance to talk with trainers.   Then, each camper will train an animal themselves!. Campers will get exclusive behind the scenes access, get their hands dirty caring for some friendly farm animals, and participate in a training competition.

Animal Training 101 $149 6/22 M – F 8:30AM-3PM Full
Animal Training 101 $149 7/27 M – F 8:30AM-3PM *Open

Junior Zoo Keepers - Ages 11-12 - ALL SESSIONS FULL

This is the ultimate program for campers ages 11-12 years interested in learning what it takes to be a Zoo Keeper! Campers will get hands-on experience as they spend the week in the role of a keeper. Children will clean animal areas, prepare and deliver animal diets, explore animal training, conduct research, travel behind the scenes, and much more. Thursday includes a late arrival 12:30 p.m. and an overnight at the zoo. The overnight includes a pizza party, night hike, and much more!

**Junior Zoo Keeper $179 6/15 M – F 8:30AM-3PM Full
**Junior Zoo Keeper $179 7/6 M – F 8:30AM-3PM Full
**Junior Zoo Keeper $179 7/20 M – F 8:30AM-3PM Full

**Includes Thursday night sleepover.

To Register

All programs require advance registration and openings are limited, so register early to avoid disappointment! You will receive confirmation of your registration.

There are three ways to register:

Print and fax Registration Form with credit card payment to 260-427-6820

Print and mail Registration Form with check to the Education Department, 3411 Sherman Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46808.

Register online:

Summer Safari Camp Cancellation and Refund Policies

Children must meet age requirements on the first day of all programs (no exceptions).

Programs are held rain or shine.

Refunds (minus 10% processing fee) are available if you cancel at least 2 weeks in advance.

No refund if you cancel less than 2 weeks in advance.

The zoo reserves the right to cancel camps with insufficient registration. In the event of such a cancellation, all of your fees will be refunded.

*Please note that this page is updated at varying intervals.  As such, camps may show as “Open” for up to 72 hours after they fill.  For an up-to-the-minute list of camps still open for registration please click on the “Register Now” button.