Penguin Camp


For children ages 6 to 8 years.

Tuesday, December 26: Larger than Life

We will spend the day exploring some of the biggest animals on earth. Campers will get a close look at rhinos, hippos, giraffes, and bears and find why their size gives them an advantage.

Wednesday, December 27: Moonrise Kingdom

Some of the most fascinating creatures come out to play at night. We will focus on nocturnal creatures like bats, bat-eared foxes, and pangolins learning the how’s and why’s of being a creature of the night.

Thursday, December 28: The Life Aquatic

Fish or not a Fish? Campers will examine different types of sea-life at Brookfield Zoo. Penguins, clown fish, corals, and dolphins will be seen as campers explore the different types of life that call the ocean home.

Friday, December 29: Stripes

Why do tigers and zebras have stripes? Why do dolphins have a dark back and a light belly? How do those spots keep the snow leopards hidden? Campers will spend the day investigating the role camouflage plays in keeping animals safe. 

Tuesday, January 2: Gorillas in the Mist

Some of our closest relatives like the gorilla and orangutan live in Tropic World. Campers will visit the primates and spend time learning about how these charismatic creatures live and monkey around.

Wednesday, January 3: Copycat

Playing “pretend” or “follow the leader” are fun games we play, but these games have a whole different meaning in the animal kingdom. In this session, campers will learn how mimicry can help animals learn some of their most essential skills and keep them safe.

Thursday, January 4: Alien

Why do eels have two sets of jaws?  What are the things on the top of a giraffe’s head? What is the job of a naked mole rat queen?  On this day, campers will come face to face with some of the more unusual and alien animal adaptations on the residents at Brookfield Zoo. 

Friday, January 5: The Ice Storm

Frigid cold, snow, and ice are some of the harsh conditions our animals face in their natural habitats. Animals living in the cold have special adaptations that protect them from freezing. On this day, campers will explore how animals stay alive in unforgiving conditions.  

Ages: 6 to 8
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Price: $65 per day ($75 per non-member)
Early Drop Off: $10 per day
Extended Day: $15 per day

Other Important Information:
- Please remember to bring a sack lunch. A light snack will be provided.
- Please note that though there may be opportunities for contact with animals, such experiences are not guaranteed.

** All Camps have limited capacity. Registration will close 7 calendar days prior to the week of each camp or once capacity is met. **

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We are proudly accredited by the American Camp Association, the only accreditation organization for camps in North America. The Association is recognized for its standards for camp health, safety, and programming. The organization partners with the American Red Cross and the American Academy of Pediatrics to ensure that camp practices are current and high quality. We believe in inclusion and welcome campers of all abilities. Only 7% of ACA-accredited camps provide an inclusive setting that allows participants with and without disabilities to enjoy the experience together. We are proud to be one of them.