Are you looking for something for your children to do this summer that is fun, educational and physically active? The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has the perfect program for your child.
For ages 5-12, the zoo offers three camps on alternating weeks, so kids can spend more than one weekly session at Summer Day Camp. All three camps will explore the entire Zoo, but each week introduces a different theme. Each weekly camp is geared to provide a unique and different experience for your camper throughout the summer. There are three session dates available throughout the summer for each themed week so children can customize their summer schedules to fit their needs. Be aware that these sessions fill up fast and it’s on a first come first served basis.
Each child participating in the summer camp program will receive a free Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Summer Camp Official T-Shirt to wear during the sessions and to keep once the program is finished.
Kids age 5-14 can spend their summer days at the Zoo participating in fun and educational activities with experienced camp counselors. Campers are grouped according to age to provide a safe and nurturing learning environment. All sessions include Zoo exhibit tours, Get Close animal encounters, crafts and more.
Educational themes for young campers age 5-6 include “Animal Coverings,” “Basic Needs” and “Sustainability.” Campers in the 7-8 age group will learn about “Animal Groups,” “Life Cycles,” and “Sustainability.” More advanced topics for campers in the 9-10 and 11-12 groups include “Food Webs,” “Endangered Species,” “Symbiosis,” and “Sustainability.”
“Counselor-in-Training” leadership camp for kids ages 13-14 allows participants to develop their leadership skills by working alongside day camp staff, partnering with the teen “Zoo Crew” volunteers and participating in team building and challenge activities.
Summer Day Camp runs June 18 through August 17. General registration begins March 15. Space is limited, so check with the Zoo’s Conservation Education Department at clemetzoo.com/education/sdc/index.asp or call (216) 635-3391.
Camp fees are as follows:
Full Day Week Long Sessions
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
$190.00 for non-Zoo members (All Ages)
$165.00 for Zoo members (All Ages)
Half Day Week Long Sessions
9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
$135.00 for non-Zoo members (All Ages)
$115.00 for Zoo members (All Ages)
Please note that full day campers are asked to bring a lunch and beverage
In other Zoo News:
Winter rates are still in effect!
Through March 31, 2012, admission is discounted to $8 per person, $5 for kids ages 2 to 11 and is free for children younger than 2 and Zoo members. Parking is free. Located at 3900 Wildlife Way, the Zoo is easily accessible from Interstates 71, 90 and 480.
Northeast Ohio’s most-visited year-round attraction, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission for the Summer Season which runs from April 1 to October 31 is $12.25 for adults, $8.25 for children 2 to 11 and free for children younger than 2 as well as all Zoo members.
Free Admission Day at the Zoo
Every Monday is Free Zoo Admission (not including the Rain Forest) for all residents of Cuyahoga County and Hinckley Township. Photo ID is required for admission.
Zoo memberships are available
What a great gift for your family or yourself! Sign up today for a Zoo membership and take advantage of the great opportunities that this program provides.
Member benefits include:
· FREE unlimited admission to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and The RainForest for one year
· DISCOUNTED admission to more than 130 other zoos nationwide (click here for a complete list)
· FREE subscription to Z, our fun and informative member publication
· FREE printable temporary membership cards available online
· FREE parking
· 10% DISCOUNT at all Zoo gift shops
· DISCOUNTS on Zoo education and camp programs, birthday parties, and events, including Boo at the Zoo, Twilight at the Zoo, and more
· Previews of new exhibits
· ALL memberships are fully tax-deductible
There are a variety of membership options available including:
Family Select $127 All the benefits of a family membership, plus two guests on every visit (cardholder must be present with guests at the time of every visit), as well as invitations to special events and exhibit previews. A free gift is included with each paid Family Select membership plan.
Family Plus $95 BEST VALUE! All the benefits of a family membership, plus one guest on every visit (cardholder must be present with guest at the time of every visit) and discount coupons to special events. A free gift is included with each paid Family Plus membership plan.
Family $72 Admits up to two named adults in the same household and their children or grandchildren 18 years and under.
Individual Plus $57 Admits one named adult plus one guest on every visit (cardholder must be present with guest at the time of every visit). Or, waive the guest privilege and list two named adults as members.
$40 Senior Plus Admits one named adult plus one guest on every visit (cardholder must be present with guest at the time of every visit). Or, waive the guest privilege and list two named adults as members. Primary cardholder must be age 55 or more; guest may be any age.
VIP MEMBERSHIP ($250-10,000)
The ZooKeepers’ Circle Enjoy all the privileges of Zoo membership, plus exclusive invitations, unique VIP tours, four guests on every visit, extra guest passes and special recognition.
For more information, visit clemetzoo.com or call (216) 661-6500.