School's Out Day Camps

School's out, so come hang out at the Zoo!  During select planned days off for Lafayette, Tippecanoe, and/or West Lafayette Community Schools, the Zoo will hold a one day camp session.  

Kids ages 7-10 can spend the day exploring the wild world of animals through games, crafts, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities and close-up encounters with live Animal Ambassadors!  

These sessions are full day, drop-off camp sessions from 9:00am-4:00pm with an optional Extended Care service available at an additional charge.  

Please note that some dates may be adjacent to one another, but each day requires individual registration to allow you flexibility in scheduling around your family's needs, and to insulate against snow make-up day impacts.  

Our normal Cancellation Policy applies to School's Out Day Camps, with the additional consideration that if your school district determines that a snow make-up day will occur on the date of the program we will refund you in full for your registration fee.  

2022 School's Out Day Camp Dates

Date Times Status
Friday, September 16 (Professional Day) 9:00am-4:00pm OPEN
Wednesday, November 23 (Pre-Thanksgiving/Early Black Friday) 9:00am-4:00pm OPEN

Please check your school's calendar before registering as each district's days off vary.  Additional dates may be added as needed and availability allows.

If your preferred session is full, please contact us at to be added to a wait list.  

School's Out Day Camp Fees:

$36 Non-Members, per child (Members save 15%)

Extended care available for an additional $4 per child:

7:30am-9:00am and 4:00pm-5:30pm

A group of children in jackets on a walk stop to view the river otter exhibit
Kids seated at classroom tables raising hands to interact with the camp teacher
Child gently touches a wallaby on its back during a classroom animal encounter

Online Registration Portal

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Interested in becoming a member?  Please note Zoo Memberships are sold through the same online registration portal used for education programs, but a processing delay of 7-10 business days may occur before your Member benefits will apply in the online registration portal.  Click here for more info or to join today!

New Membership orders are processed as quickly as possible, but if you need to expedite this, please contact us at

Questions?  Please contact the Education Department at or (765) 807-1540.