Akron ZooCamp offers summer programs for kids of all ages

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AKRON, Ohio – The Akron Zoo will be offering 25 different ZooCamps for kids ages 2-15 in 2014. ZooCamp starts in early June and runs through August and are either one-day, three-day or five-day sessions.

Registration is required and space is limited. Children will learn about the zoo's animals and their environments, conservation programs and what it is like to work at the zoo.

Early childhood camps for kids ages 2-5 include a tour of the zoo, T-shirt, animal encounter, snack, take home craft, free play, music and stories. A caregiver must accompany kids attending the early childhood camps. They can choose from five different camps including Z is for Zookeeper, You Otter be Here, Playtime at the Zoo, Who Wants to be a Vet? and Paws, Claws and Jaws. ZooCamp for kids ages 5-15 includes a tour of the zoo with a ZooCamp coordinator, a chance to meet zoo staff, an up-close experience with animals, t-shirt, photo, snack, souvenir, take-home craft and much more. Kids in this age group can choose either three or five day camps and themes include Rockin’ Reptiles, Cool Cats, Design a Zoo, Great Grizzlies, Zoo Vet, Working at the Zoo, Predators of Grizzly Ridge and more.

Each session is limited to 15 campers and pre-paid reservations must be made in advance. Early childhood camps are $30 per child for Akron Zoo members and $35 per child for non-members. The cost for a three-day camp is $65 for Akron Zoo members and $70 for non-members. Five-day camps are $95 for Akron Zoo members and $100 for non-members. Camps for 13 - 15 year olds are $115 for Akron Zoo Members and $135 for non-members. The full day camps that are available for 7-12 year olds are $160 per child for Akron Zoo members and $180 for non-members.

The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. Winter hours are 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and admission is $7.00 per person. Children under two are free. The parking fee is $2.00. For more information visit www.akronzoo.org or call (330) 375-2550.

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