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Zoo Camp: Safari Days

Program Information

Dates: See below


Class Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Age: Kindergarten through fifth grade


Price: $75/child


Extended Care: 8-9 a.m. ($5/day) and 4-5 p.m. ($5/day)


NOTE: Your e-ticket print out is required for class admission. Prices are subject to change. For more information, please call 323/644-4211.

No school and not sure what to do?

No school and not sure what to do? Grab your backpack, lunch, and safari gear and join us at the Zoo for a fun-filled day of adventure. We will explore the far reaches of the world, seeking out some of nature’s most amazing animals. Instead of working on sight words, you will have animal sightings; instead of reading comprehension you will help others comprehend your discoveries by sharing stories about what you saw and did. Students in kindergarten through fifth grades, join us for Safari Days here at the Los Angeles Zoo.

All Safari Day dates correspond to certain LAUSD unassigned days and/or holidays, please make sure to check your child's school calendar before registering.

Class & Registration Dates

Safari Day
Monday, February 18, 2019
Monday, April 1, 2019

Zoo Camp: Safari Days Frequently Asked Questions

My child participated in the Safari Day programs last year and wants to go again. Will the programs be the same this year or are they different?

Each Safari Day is different. This year, participants will focus on a new topic during each adventure as they explore the Zoo with their Safari Guides.

Will my child receive anything at the end of the day?

Participants will receive a giveaway that corresponds to the topic of the day.

Will my child spend time in a classroom during the day?

Safari Days is designed to be an outdoor adventure. While there is small portion of indoor time at the beginning and end of the program, your child will spend the majority of the day exploring the zoo with their guides.

My child is signed up for multiple Safari Days. Do I have to fill out the Liability/Waiver form for each one?

We must have a new waiver each time your child joins us for a Safari Day adventure. Waiver forms will be emailed once you register and you can bring it with you to check-in.

I am signing up my child and they have friends that are also signing up. Can we request that they all be put into the same group even if they are different ages/grades?

Yes. Once you register you will receive an email with a link to a Google form that gives us the opportunity to collect some basic information about your child.  This is the ideal place to let us know if/who you would like your child to explore with.

Zoo Camp: Safari Days 2019 Scholarship

The Los Angeles Zoo is excited to announce the 2019 Zoo Camp: Safari Days Scholarship program. The primary intent of the Safari Days Scholarship program is to minimize financial barriers and enable children with limited resources to participate in our Safari Days programs. Zoo Camp: Safari Days are for children in grades Kindergarten through 5th. The scholarship program covers the cost of one Safari Day program. Safari Days Scholarship applications are processed on a first-come first-served basis.

Spring Zoo Camp

Spring Zoo Camp Information

Dates: See below


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


Age: PreK/TK (age 4) through fourth grade


Price: $65/day


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

Camp Dates

Monday, March 18, 2019
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Friday, March 22, 2019

Monday, April 15, 2019
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Friday, April 19, 2019

Spring into warm nights and bright sunny days and turn over a new leaf with us during Spring Zoo Camp! 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.

Zoo Camp Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Zoo Camp for?

Zoo Camp is for children entering pre-kindergarten (age 4) up to those children entering grade 4. Zoo Camp is for children independent of their parents. Zoo Camp provides a safe and fun social setting where children can focus on making both child and animal friends.

Who is our Staff?

Each camp is led by a trained instructor along with trained counselors. Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten camps have a 1:7 ratio of adults to campers and the 1st thru 6th grade camps have a 1:10 ratio. Each camp includes crafts, games, activities, and tours; all focused around the theme of the day.

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.

Spring Zoo Camp Cancellation Policy

NO refunds are given for cancellations made less than 14 days prior to the Spring 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 Spring Zoo Camp Date(s) you are asking to cancel, your confirmation number(s), your phone number, and your child’s name.

Summer Zoo Camp

Summer Zoo Camp 2019 is coming soon! Zoo Camp will take place from June 17 to August 16, 2019. More information, including registration dates, will be available on March 15.

Summer Zoo Camp 2019 Scholarship

The Los Angeles Zoo is excited to announce the 2019 Summer Zoo Camp scholarship Program. Zoo Camp scholarships cover the tuition for one week of camp, plus extended care, for those that might not otherwise be able to participate due to financial need. For more information, and to apply, download the Zoo Camp Scholarship application form. Applications are due March 8, 2019.

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