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Winter Zoo Camp

Winter Zoo Camp Information

Dates: See below


Class Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (extended care available for an additional fee)


Age: Pre-kindergarten (age 4) through fourth grade


Price: $65/day


Extended Care: 8-9 a.m. ($5/day) and 3-5 p.m. ($10/day)


NOTE: General Registration (Nonmembers) begins September 30, 2017. Early Registration (Members) begins September 27, 2017. Members please make sure that you have a valid email address on file with Membership, prior to September 27, 2017.

Camp Dates

Wild Wonderland
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Thursday, December 28, 2017
Friday, December 29, 2017


Wild Playground
Monday, January 1, 2018
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Thursday, January 4, 2018
Friday, January 5, 2018

Embark on an arctic adventure during Winter Zoo Camp at the L.A. Zoo. Children in pre-kindergarten (age 4) through fourth grade will have a cool time engaging in fun activities and going ape over the Zoo’s amazing animals. Each camp is led by specially trained, experienced adult staff.

Wild Wonderland

Daily Registrations
December 26-29, 2017

Explore the chillier side of the animal world through popular stories, art activities, zoo adventures, up close animal encounters and loads of snowy fun. This Zoo Camp week will focus on the diverse winters around the world and the adaptations animals have developed in order to survive. Zoo campers will compare their L.A. winters to those of animals around the world, from the rainy seasons in the jungles of Africa to the snowy months of the Himalayas.

Wild Playground

Daily Registrations
January 1-5, 2018                       

Everybody likes to play!  Dogs chase, gorillas wrestle, and tigers swim. Play is the best way to learn for both animals and people.  Join us as we explore the jungle gyms of the animal world to discover the different ways animals have fun and how play helps them survive in the wild.

Zoo Camp Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I check in my camper?

Zoo Camp check in takes place at the Children’s Discovery Center. You can park as close as you can to the entrance. There will be Zoo Camp staff stationed outside of the double glass doors everyday promptly at 8:50 a.m. Check in is from 8:50-9:15 a.m.

What do I need at Check in?

You need all your appropriate Zoo Camp forms filled out (Health History & Waiver Release). We will provide extra copies for families who were not able to download or print at home. Please fill out these forms prior to lining up.

I filled out a Health History form this past summer. Do I need to fill it out again?

No, only if there has been a change in your child’s health history we need to be aware of. If not we keep them on file.

What do we do if we are running late and do not make it to the Zoo by 9:15 a.m.?

There will be a Zoo Camp phone number posted on the double glass doors that you can call to reach Zoo Camp staff. Zoo Camp staff will greet you and check in your camper. In the event a camper is dropped off after 9:15 a.m. or has to be picked up before 2:50 p.m., a $10/day charge applies.

I’m signed up for a.m. Extended Care, how early can I drop off my child?

Extended Care hours begin at 8:00 a.m.

I’m signed up for p.m. Extended Care, how late can I pick up my child?

Extended Care (p.m.) hours end at 5:00 p.m.

I am running late to pick-up my child from extended care and won’t make it by 5:00 p.m.?

Please call the Zoo Camp cell phone to let us know your ETA. There will be a $1/minute charge for pick-ups that occur after 5:00 p.m.

I am running late to pick-up my child from 3:00 p.m. regular check out, what should I do?

Please call the Zoo Camp cell phone to let us know your ETA. Your child will be taken in with our extended care program and you will be charged $10 for the extended care charge.

What does my camper need to pack?

  • Refillable Water Bottle
  • A Hat
  • A snack with their name on it
  • Lunch Sack
  • Extra snack for those staying through extended care

What should my camper wear?

  • Comfortable walking shoes (no open toe shoes will be allowed)
  • Appropriate clothing for inclement weather
  • A Hat
  • Zoo Camp shirt will be given on the first day of camp. They must wear this shirt/s throughout the week

Will my camper have opportunities to refill their water bottles?

Zoo Camp staff will make several water stops throughout the day.

Are there any special rules that I should review with my camper before attending Zoo Camp?

Please review the “Golden Rules of Zoo Camp” attached to your confirmation email or click on this link to review them.

What if it rains?

Zoo Camp runs rain or shine.

Winter Zoo Camp Cancellation Policy

NO refunds are given for cancellations made less than 14 days prior to the Winter Zoo Camp program date. For cancellations made 21 days or more in advance of the program date a 75% refund will be given. For cancellations made 14 or more days prior to the program date, a 50% refund will be given. The Los Angeles Zoo reserves the right to cancel any program. In the event that The Los Angeles Zoo cancels a program, all program fees will be refunded. Cancellation requests must be made in writing and sent to [email protected]. Please include your name, the Winter Zoo Camp Date(s) you are asking to cancel, your confirmation number(s), your phone number, and your child’s name.

The Golden Rules of Zoo Camp

  • Be polite and kind to animals and humans
  • Two feet on the street
  • Stay with your camp group at all times
  • Use the buddy system when using the Zoo’s restrooms
  • Keep hands to yourself
  • Sharing is Caring
  • Do not approach or touch an animal unless you have been instructed to do so
  • Silence is golden in front of the animal exhibits & during Animal Behind the Scenes
  • Leave your space cleaner than when you found it

Failure to abide by these rules will lead to consequences and or removal from the Zoo Camp Program.

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