Summer Safari

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Summer Safari 2024 is nearly full! A few spots are available on 7/5 & 8/16. Join the wait list to be notified of any openings.

Day Camp for Children

Inspire A Future Conservationist

Learn lots and have a WILD adventure on Summer Safari at the Metro Richmond Zoo!

SUMMER SAFARI

Does your child love animals and want to be a zookeeper? Need a day to yourself?

We have the perfect solution!

Register your child for Summer Safari, our day camp for children.

Each camper gets an exciting behind-the-scenes look at many animals such as the penguins and tortoises and a unique experience with the pygmy hippos. The camp includes an in-depth guided tour of the park led by a zoo educator. Campers get to meet animal ambassadors and take their photo with one of them.

Summer Safari Discounts

Member Discount: Zoo members receive a discount voucher for 10% off Summer Safari registration. The unique voucher code is emailed to the individual who purchased the memberships. It is included at the bottom of the order receipt sent at the time of purchase. Redeem the voucher online. Guests with memberships that expire on or before June 30, 2024 will need to call the zoo to receive member vouchers.

Click here to see how to use the voucher.

Group Discount: Save $5 per camper when you purchase 3 or more Summer Safari reservations in the same transaction. Discount applied automatically online. Cannot be combined with other discounted tickets. All children registered will need individual permission forms signed and disclosed under which email their ticket has been purchased.

Junior Explorer Course Discount: We offer a discounted price for Junior Summer Safari children to participate on the Junior Explorer Course after the camp finishes. The discount is 20% OFF and is only available for immediate participation at the 2:00 PM training time on the day of the child’s camp visit. Unlike the Senior Summer Safari camp, this course is not part of their camp, so the same rules and restrictions for chaperones on the Junior Explorer Course pertain.

2024 Summer Safari Calendar

No Summer Safari

Junior Summer Safari

Senior Summer Safari

MONDAY

June 3

June 10

June 17

June 24

July 1

July 8

July 15

July 22

July 29

August 5

August 12

TUESDAY

June 4

June 11

June 18

June 25

July 2

July 9

July 16

July 23

July 30

August 6

August 13

WEDNESDAY

June 5

June 12

June 19

June 26

July 3

July 10

July 17

July 24

July 31

August 7

August 14

THURSDAY

June 6

June 13

June 20

June 27

July 4

July 11

July 18

July 25

August 1

August 8

August 15

FRIDAY

June 7

June 14

June 21

June 28

July 5

July 12

July 19

July 26

August 2

August 9

August 16

No Camp

Junior Camp

Senior Camp

MON

June 3

June 10

June 17

June 24

July 1

July 8

July 15

July 22

July 29

Aug 5

Aug 12

TUES

June 4

June 11

June 18

June 25

July 2

July 9

July 16

July 23

July 30

Aug 6

Aug 13

WED

June 5

June 12

June 19

June 26

July 3

July 10

July 17

July 24

July 31

Aug 7

Aug 14

THURS

June 6

June 13

June 20

June 27

July 4

July 11

July 18

July 25

Aug 1

Aug 8

Aug 15

FRI

June 7

June 14

June 21

June 28

July 5

July 12

July 19

July 26

Aug 2

Aug 9

Aug 16

HOW TO COME PREPARED

  1. Purchase a camp reservation. You will be emailed the order confirmation
  2. Sign this permission form to register your child
  3. Arrive at the zoo at 9:15 AM for check-in. The camp starts at 9:30 AM.
  4. Bring a lunch for your camper
  5. Bring large water bottles filled with cool water
  6. Dress appropriately to be outside rain or shine: tennis shoes, hats/visors, sunscreen (no flip flops, crocs, or open-backed shoes)
  7. FOR SENIOR SUMMER SAFARI ONLY: Sign this waiver for the Junior Explorer Course

SUMMER SAFARI TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Registration is available online only. Due to the popularity of this program, dates will not be held until payment is received. Registration and all forms listed in the section above MUST be on file before camper can participate. By completing the forms, you declare your child is physically and mentally able to participate in this program without parents.

This is a camp for children. Parents and chaperones are not allowed to participate and/or follow the group around the zoo. This is distracting to the group and interrupts the teaching activity for all campers.

Summer Safari is an outdoor rain or shine camp. Actual camp experiences may vary based on weather or other factors. 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 due to extreme weather or other factors, you may reschedule to another Summer Safari date if available or request a full refund. If guests cancel their Summer Safari date or “do not show”, a refund will not be given and rescheduling will not be available.

If you have any questions concerning your child’s registration, call us at (804) 739-5666 ext. 0.