Summer Programs

FOR CHILDREN ENTERING 1ST OR 2ND GRADE IN FALL OF 2020

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Grades 1-2 Registration

Be sure to check out our horse camps or llama camps for grades 1-12!

Camp Schedule

Dinosaurs Rule
9:00 a.m.–noon or 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Dinosaurs are here! Join us as we learn about these amazing creatures that flew, ran, and swam on Earth so long ago! We will explore our new dinosaurs, and visit the Zoo animals to discover what they have in common.
Fee: $180 ($155 for Zoo members)

June 15–19 (pm)
July 6–10 (am)
July 13–17 (both)
July 27–31 (pm)
Aug 24–28 (am)
Aug 31–Sept 4 (am)


Disguises & Surprises
9:00 a.m.–noon or 1:00–4:00 p.m.
For animals, a good disguise or sudden surprise comes in handy every day. What’s the secret behind animal “tricks” like playing dead, rolling into a ball, and showing off? Discover how animals are designed to be masters of deception.
Fee: $180 ($155 for Zoo members)

June 8–12 (both)
July 20–24 (pm)
July 27–31 (both)
Aug 10–14 (am)
Aug 17–21 (am)


Down on the Farm
8:00 a.m.–noon or 1:00–5:00 p.m.
It’s time to get down on the farm! Spend time feeding and grooming animals, make dairy products, and as our sheep say—have a “bla-a-a-ast.”
Fee: $195 ($170 for Zoo members)

June 15–19 (both)
June 22–26 (pm)
July 13–17 (pm)
July 20–24 (both)
Aug 10–14 (pm)
Aug 17–21 (both)


Musical World Safarimacphail logo
Partnership with the MacPhail Center for Music
1:00–4:00 p.m.
Music is everywhere—join us for a musical journey around the world! Explore the sounds and wildlife of South America, Asia, and Africa through song, movement, art, and animal encounters. Take home a prerecorded MacPhail Sing Play Learn CD featuring some of our favorite songs from camp.
Fee: $205 ($180 for Zoo members)

June 22–26
July 6–10
Aug 10–14


Ocean Odyssey
9:00 a.m.–noon or 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Dive into an underwater world teeming with sea turtles, sharks, sea dragons, and monk seals! Each day, explore a different ocean habitat including coral reefs, tide pools, and estuaries.
Fee: $180 ($155 for Zoo members)

June 8–12 (both)
June 22–26 (both)
July 20–24 (am)
July 27–31 (both)
Aug 3–7 (both)
Aug 17–21 (am)
Aug 24–28 (pm)


When I Grow Up
9:00 a.m.–noon or 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Would you like to work at the Zoo? Explore and role-play jobs at the Zoo and see the grown-ups in action. If you imagine yourself caring for bears, training seals, or studying tigers, then this camp is for you.
Fee: $180 ($155 for Zoo members)

June 15–19 (both)
June 22–26 (am)
July 6–10 (both)
July 20–24 (pm)
Aug 3–7 (am)
Aug 17–21 (pm)
Aug 24-28 (am)


Who Done It?
Partnership with Children’s Theatre Company
9:00 a.m.–noon
Join Children’s Theatre Company and the Minnesota Zoo to tackle a new Zoo mystery each day. Combine your super sleuth skills with theatre games and teamwork to uncover clues, meet new animals, and learn the value of conservation.
Fee: $250 (no member discounts apply)

July 13–17
July 20–24
Aug 3–7


Zoo Explorers
9:00 a.m.–noon or 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Tromp through the tropics, journey through the grasslands, and “swim” through the oceans to observe animals like real zoologists. Camp will take place outdoors; shelter will be available as needed.
Fee: $180 ($155 for Zoo members)

June 8–12 (both)
June 15–19 (am)
June 22–26 (am)
July 20–24 (am)
July 27–31 (am)
Aug 3–7 (pm)
Aug 10–14 (am)
Aug 31–Sept 4 (pm)


Zoo Monsters
9:00 a.m.–noon or 1:00–4:00 p.m.
To be the best, you need to do more than catch ‘em all—you need to understand your monsters! Explore the “monsters” at the Zoo that inspired popular Japanese video games, trading cards, and television programs. Learn where they come from and what special powers help them survive.
Fee: $180 ($155 for Zoo members)

June 15–19 (pm)
June 22–26 (pm)
July 6–10 (both)
July 27–31 (pm)
Aug 24–28 (am)