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Winter Break Camps

Travel the world right in your own backyard! Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo Winter Break Camp lets your campers explore different habitats and meet the animals who call those places home. Animal encounters, behind-the-scenes insight, and engaging Zoo tours await each camp day!

*During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo will be adhering to current policies recommended at the time of your Winter Break Camp.

Registration is done online and no phone registrations will be accepted. All programs require advance registration and openings are limited, so register early to avoid disappointment. We recommend using a web browser that is not Internet Explorer as we have found it is not compatible with our system. You will receive confirmation of your registration.

Campers must be registered in the grade level in which they are enrolled in for the current school year.

This camp is currently sold out.

Zoo Tots (PreK-K): 

Date:

Thursday, December 30

Time: 8:30 am – 3 pm

Fee: $40 per camper

When a program sells out, the waitlist automatically opens. You do not need to call to check your waitlist status and there is no fee to be on the waitlist.

Zoo Buddies (1st-2nd grade):

Multiple dates are available for this camp. If you’d like your camper to join us for multiple dates, please select each at checkout.

Date:

Tuesday, December 28

Wednesday, December 29

Thursday, December 30

Time: 8:30 am – 3 pm

Fee: $40 per camper/ per day

When a program sells out, the waitlist automatically opens. You do not need to call to check your waitlist status and there is no fee to be on the waitlist.

Zoo Explorer (3rd – 4th grade)

Multiple dates are available for this camp. If you’d like your camper to join us for multiple dates, please select each at checkout.

Date:

Tuesday, December 28

Wednesday, December 29

Thursday, December 30

Time: 8:30 am – 3 pm

Fee: $40 per camper/ per day

When a program sells out, the waitlist automatically opens. You do not need to call to check your waitlist status and there is no fee to be on the waitlist.

Zoo Investigators (5th – 6th grade)

Multiple dates are available for this camp. If you’d like your camper to join us for multiple dates, please select each at checkout.

Date:

Tuesday, December 28

Wednesday, December 29

Time: 8:30 am – 3 pm

Fee: $40 per camper/ per day

When a program sells out, the waitlist automatically opens. You do not need to call to check your waitlist status and there is no fee to be on the waitlist.

Can my camper attend multiple days of camp?

Yes, there are camps available that offer multiple days. Each day will offer a different experience for campers. If you would like your camper to join us for multiple days, please select each day at checkout.

What should I bring to camp?

All campers should wear closed-toe shoes and dress to go outside, snow, rain or shine. Campers must bring something to drink and a sack lunch. A snack will be provided.

For the safety of campers, staff, and animals, campers should bring a face covering for behind-the-scenes tour areas.

We do not recommend bringing any additional items like games, toys, or cell phones. Campers would need to carry these personal items with them. The Zoo is not responsible for lost items.

Can a parent accompany their child to camp?

Camp is a time for campers to connect with animals and build social skills with one another, therefore we do not allow parents to accompany their child at camp. If your child requires additional support or care, please contact our Education Department at 260-427-6808 or email education@kidszoo.org

Is there a lost and found?

Yes. The Zoo Camp Lost & Found list can be located online through your camp portal upon completion of registration. It is updated weekly, and items can be picked up at the Zoo Education Center during camp hours.

Will campers interact with animals?

Yes, campers will safely interact with animals in a variety of hands-on, behind-the-scenes encounters and may even meet ambassador animals up close.

What will campers do each day?

Each camp includes activities designed to fit the grade level of its campers. In general, campers will participate in a group circle time, explore the Zoo, participate in hands-on activities, play games, and go behind the scenes.

Please see our Camp Story for a day in the life of a Zoo Camper.

Can you help my child with sunblock/bug spray/medication?

No. Campers must be able to administer their own medication. If you have any concerns regarding medication, please discuss this with your child’s camp counselor in the morning.

What is the supervision ratio?

The ratio varies depending on grade level. Camps have a counselor-to-camper ratio of between 1:3 and 1:5.

What if I need to cancel?

You can cancel at any time.

  • 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.

How do I get on a waitlist?

When a program sells out, the waitlist automatically opens. You do not need to call to check your waitlist status and there is no fee to be on the waitlist.

Is there a charge to be on a waitlist?

There is no charge to be placed on the waitlist.

I am currently on a waitlist. Do I need to call to check my status?

We will contact you if a space becomes available.

When a program sells out, the waitlist automatically opens. You do not need to call to check your waitlist status and there is no fee to be on the waitlist.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact our Education Department at 260-427-6808 or email us at education@kidszoo.org

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