Summer Safari Day Camp

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Summer Safari – Summer Camp for Children

Summer Safari is the Metro Richmond Zoo’s summer camp for children.  Each camper gets an exciting behind-the-scenes look at many animals such as the rhinos, cheetah, and penguins.  The camp includes a tour of the Zoo led by a Zookeeper and Zoo Crew Camp Counselor. Junior Summer Safari is for children ages 6-9, and is a 4 hour day camp. Senior Summer Safari is for children ages 10-13, and is a 6 hour day camp.

Junior Summer Safari  (Ages 6-9)

  • One 4 hour Day Camp for Children Ages 6-9 (9:30 am to 1:30 pm)
    • Children up to 13 may attend, however the program and its activities are structured for 6-9 year olds

$60*

Includes:
  • In-depth Guided Tour of the Zoo
  • Behind-the-Scenes Look
  • Exciting animal encounters (some hands-on contact)
  • Arts and crafts
  • Photo with your favorite animal
  • Food to feed the animals

2021 Junior Day Camp Dates:

9:30 am to 1:30 pm

Saturday Camp Hours  On July 10, July 17, and July 31, Summer Safari drop-off time is 9:00 am and pick-up time is 2:00 pm. These adjusted hours allow more time to walk through the park since the zoo is busiest on Saturday.
Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs. Fri. Sat.
  June 22   June 24 June 25  
June 28 June 29   July 1    
  July 6   July 8   July 10
  July 13   July 15 July 16 July 17
July 19 July 20   July 22    
July 26 July 27   July 29   July 31
  Aug 3   Aug 5 Aug 6  
Aug 9 Aug 10   Aug 12    

If you wish to participate on the Junior Explorer Course AFTER THE camp there is a discounted price for any child who participated in Summer Safari that day. The discount is 20% off and is only available for immediate participation at 1:30 pm training time on the day of your camp visit. Unlike the senior summer safari group, this course is not a part of their day of camp, thus, the same rules and restrictions for chaperones on the Junior Course pertain.

* If your child has a 2021 zoo membership they will receive a discount on their day camp.  (5% off for silver members and 10% off for gold and gold+ members)  To receive the discount please call the Zoo at 804-739-5666 ext. 0 to book over the phone or book at the zoo. You must have an active membership to receive the discount.

* Group discount! Junior Summer Safari costs $55 per camper when you register 3 or more kids in the same transaction. All children purchased will need individual permission forms signed and disclosed under which email their ticket has been purchased


How to come prepared:

  • Purchase a ticket. You will be emailed the order confirmation
  • Bring a lunch for your camper
  • Bring large water bottles filled with cold water
  • Dress appropriately: tennis shoes, hats/visors, sunscreen. (NO FLIP FLOPS, CROCS, OR OPEN BACKED SHOES) They will be outside rain or shine

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Senior Summer Safari  (Ages 10-13)

  • One  6 hour Day Camp for Children Ages 10-13
    • This program’s activities are structured for children ages 10-13. Although we understand maturity transitions are different for each child this camp is only for those who are currently 10 years old or older.

$80*

Includes:
  • In-depth Guided Tour of the Zoo
  • Behind-the-Scenes Look
  • Climb through the Tree-to-tree zipline & obstacle course (Junior Explorer Course)
  • Exciting animal encounters (some hands-on contact)
  • Animal enrichment project

2021 Senior Day Camp Dates:

9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs. Fri.
    June 23    
    June 30    
    July 7   July 9
July 12   July 14    
    July 21   July 23
    July 28   July 30
Aug 2   Aug 4    
    Aug 11   Aug 13

* If your child has a 2021 zoo membership they will receive a discount on their day camp.  (5% off for silver members and 10% off for gold and gold+ members)  To receive the discount please call the Zoo at 804-739-5666 to book over the phone or book at the zoo. You must have an active membership to receive the discount.

* Group discount! Senior Summer Safari costs $75 per camper when you register 3 or more kids in the same transaction. All children purchased will need individual permission forms signed and disclosed under which email their ticket has been purchased


How to come prepared:

  • Purchase a ticket. You will be emailed the order confirmation
  • Bring a lunch for your camper
  • Bring large water bottles filled with cold water
  • Dress appropriately: tennis shoes, hats/visors, sunscreen. (NO FLIP FLOPS, CROCS, OR OPEN BACKED SHOES) They will be outside rain or shine

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Registration is available online or in person.  Due to the popularity of this program, dates will not be held until payment is received.  Registration and Emergency forms MUST be on file before camper can participate. This is a camp for children. Parents and chaperones are not allowed to participate and/or follow the group around the zoo.

Upon purchase you must agree to the following terms: 

Completion of the  Permission and Medical Release form immediately upon purchase of camp.  Declaring  that your child is physically and mentally able to participate in this camp that is away from his/her parents.

**Parents/guardians are not allowed to walk with nor follow the group throughout the zoo during the SUMMER SAFARI. This is distracting to the group and interrupts the teaching activity for all the campers.

The Metro Richmond Zoo reserves the right to cancel any Summer Safari program. Participants will be notified by phone call or email. In the event of cancellation by the Metro Richmond Zoo, you may reschedule to another available Summer Safari date or request a full refund. Since all activities take place outdoors, cancellation may occur in the event of inclement weather. In the event of campers who cancel their Summer Safari date or “do not show” without prior notification, a refund will not be given.

If you have any questions concerning your child’s registration please give us a call at (804) 739-5666


COVID-19 Update

Governor Northam’s Executive Order 79 goes into effect May 28, 2021. This new order ends all of Virginia’s COVID-19 mitigation measures with the exception of continued guidance on mask wearing. As previously mentioned, the Zoo will adapt the guidelines for Summer Safari accordingly as Virginia restrictions loosen. As of May 28, the current COVID-19 guidelines for Summer Safari are:

● Children with symptoms of COVID-19 or a known exposure to COVID-19 in the prior 14 days are not permitted to attend Summer Safari. If your child misses camp due to symptoms of COVID-19 or an exposure, we will try to reschedule him or her for a later date.
● Fully vaccinated staff and campers do not have to wear a mask indoors or outdoors (they are welcome to wear one if desired). Staff and campers who are not fully vaccinated should bring a mask to wear indoors during craft time. Following similar guidance of local school districts, masks are optional to wear outdoors.

● Please be aware that by allowing your child to attend camp you acknowledge that there will be participants in the group that are not wearing masks
● Hand sanitizer is always provided during Summer Safari. It will continue to be accessible during the duration of the camp.
● Lunches have always been brought by each camper, and there will be no sharing of food. All campers will be seated in a large building with plenty of room when eating.
● At the end of each session, all surfaces used during the day will be properly sanitized before the next Summer Safari group.


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