The snow may be swirling today, but spring break will be here before long, with summer on the horizon right behind it which means it's time to think about what to do with the kiddos while they're on vacation!
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has day camp opportunities for kids as young as 3 up to age 14 with sessions of Spring Break Camp, Summer Day Camp and Emerald Necklace Camp.
Registration is now open for all three of these exciting, educational and hands-on options. Spring Break Camp is for kids ages 5-10, and is available in half-day (9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) and full-day (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) increments from March 30 to April 3 and April 6-10. At Spring Break Camp, kids will explore the Zoo, focusing on how active the animals are during spring and what the Zoo does to keep them comfortable year-round. Spring Break Camp includes tours of Zoo exhibits, Get-Close encounters with small animals, arts and crafts, and conservation-themed games and stories.
The Zoo's Summer Day Camp runs from June 8 through August 14 in different week-long sessions. The sessions are available in half-day and full-day increments as well.
The Zoo's Summer Day Camp is geared for children ages 5-14, with a special half-day Nature Play Camp for kids ages 3-4. Campers are grouped according to age to provide a safe and nurturing learning environment. The camp creates compelling experiences that connect children with wildlife and inspire personal responsibility for conserving the natural world. Campers participate in fun and educational activities with experienced camp counselors while learning about wildlife and the environment.
Older campers in the 11-12 age group learn about wildlife biology while exploring the Zoo and the Brookside Reservation, while young teens ages 13-14 take part in �Counselor-in-training� camp to develop their leadership skills by working alongside the Zoo's Day Camp staff, partnering with the Zoo Crew teen volunteers and participating in team building activities.
Another option for older campers in the 11-14 age group is Emerald Necklace Camp. Based out of the Zoo, this camp explores the entire Park District with field trips to other park reservations to experience hiking, kayaking, fishing, golf and more. Emerald Necklace Camp is available in full-day increments only with two week-long sessions to choose from, July 6-10 and August 3-7.
Space is limited, so register early with the Zoo's Conservation Education Division to avoid being shut out. Registration is available online at clevelandmetroparks.com/zoo, or in person at the Zoo's Administration Building.
Northeast Ohio's most-visited year-round attraction, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $13.25 per person, $9.25 for kids ages 2 to 11 and 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.
For more information, visit clevelandmetroparks.com/zoo or call (216) 661-6500.