Rub Noses with a Boa at the Prospect Park Zoo

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Zoo Camp. Photo by Julie Larsen Maher

Summer camp may be over but the fun at Prospect Park Zoo is just beginning with their fall and winter camps registering now. Your toddlers, tykes, preschoolers and big kids can learn to hiss like a boa, hunt buggy critters and even do the icky but fun task of dissecting owl pellets.

The line-up of programming includes:

Toddler Time
Ages 2 to 3 with adult
Kids will meet a variety of furry, scaly and feathery zoo animals in this six-session interactive program. Crafts and musical activities are part of the fun.
Available Sessions:
Tuesday Series starting September 25; 10 to 11 a.m. or 11:30 to 12:30 p.m.
Saturday Series starting September 29; 10 to 11 a.m. or 11:30 to 12:30 p.m.
Fee: $125 members; $150 non-members for a six session series

Kinder Kritters
Ages 4 to 5 with adult
Preschoolers will enjoy this fun-filled six-session program that includes song, dance, games and animal-themed crafts.
Available Sessions:
Saturday Series starting Feb. 2; 10 – 11 a.m.
Fee: $125 members; $150 non-members
Zoo Symphony
Ages 5 – 10, with an adult
During this program, immerse yourself in the music of the wild.  We will discover some of the most interesting vocalizations of the animal kingdom, and the harmonies that these vocalizations make in their habitats.  You will get familiar with some animals in the classroom through your sense of touch, and we will adventure into the zoo together to listen to some of our noisiest residents.  It’s a concert not to be missed!
Available Sessions:
Monday (Columbus Day), October 8  11:00AM – 12:00PM
Fee: Members $35; Non-members $40; Additional kids or adults $15 each

Making Discoveries
Ages 3 to 7 with adult
This program celebrates North American animals.  Storytelling and animal encounters are part of the fun. Kids will have a chance to dissect owl pellets and meet some of the zoo’s feathered friends.
Available Session:
Monday, Nov. 12; 10 to 11 a.m.
Fee: $35 members; $40 non-members. Additional kids or adults pay $15 each.

Photography Series: Presents for the Animals
Ages 6 to 12 with adult
Participants will enjoy a tour of the zoo and take pictures of the animals enjoying their holiday presents and treats. Digital camera required.
Available Session:
Saturday, Dec. 1; 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $35 members; $40 non-members. Additional kids or adults pay $15 each.

Junior Keepers: Toys for the animals
Ages 8 to 10
Kids will discover how keepers create stimulating toys for the animals. Junior keepers will work with senior keepers to create some holiday enrichment for many of the zoo’s residents.
Available Session:
Saturday, Dec. 8; 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $35 members; $40 non-members

Bug Superheroes!
Ages 7 to 10
Kids will go on a quest at the zoo to discover the super powers some insects have. The zoo’s urban ecologists will lead the way helping to identify these buggy critters.
Available Session:
Sunday, Sept. 30; 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $35 members; $40 non-members

Celebrate Urban Birds
Ages 7 to 10
In a class taught by the zoo’s urban ecologists, kids will not only meet some of the avian animals that live at the zoo, but go on a bird-watching tour to find wild birds using the zoo as a stopover on their long migration. A bird encounter is part of the fun.
Available Session:
Saturday, Nov. 3; 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $35 members; $40 non-members

Winter Wetland Ecology
Ages 7 to 10
Kids will learn what lies beneath snow and ice of the zoo’s ponds and streams in this exciting class. They will also have an up-close encounter with some animals that call these wetlands home.
Available Session:
Saturday, Jan. 26; 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $35 members; $40 non-members

Winter Zoo Camp
Two groups for ages 6 to 10
This is a chance for kids to spend winter break at the zoo. This two-day camp includes a variety of hands-on activities such as live animal encounters, theater performances, crafts and more. Snacks will be provided. Children must bring their own lunch.
Available Session:
Thursday and Friday, Dec. 27 – 28; 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Fee: $125 members; $150 non-members

Mid-Winter Camp is also available. Here kids will participate in meeting live animals, take in a 4D movie and make crafts.
Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 20 – 21; 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Fee: $125 members; $150 non-members

Please visit Prospect Park Zoo for a complete listing of dates, prices, availability, and registration.

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