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Wild Adventures Camps


The Dallas Zoo and The Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park offers exciting interactive programs for children. Programs are designed to engage both mind and body in hands-on, original activities that can be experienced nowhere else. Sign up to start on an unforgettable adventure!

Most camps run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and feature: tours through the Zoo, outdoor play and activities, themed arts and crafts, and close-up animal encounters.

BeforeCamp and AfterCamp are available at both the Dallas Zoo and Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park for most weeklong and single-day camps for an additional fee.


Winter Camp

For campers in PreK-5th grade

Do you have what it takes to be a wildlife science investigator? Discover the behaviors and adaptations that help animals become apex predators or elusive prey.

Campers will diagnose, sleuth, track, investigate, and discover these behaviors and adaptations through hands-on activities, outdoor play, close-up animal experiences, zookeeper chats and Zoo tours unique to each day’s theme.

All camps run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are divided into grade-level appropriate classes: PreK (ages 3-5), K-1, 2-3, and 4- 5. Please register your child based on the grade they are currently enrolled in for the 2016-17 school year.

BeforeCamp and AfterCamp care is available every camp day. BeforeCamp runs from 8- 9 a.m. at $5/child each day. AfterCamp runs from 3-6 p.m. at $10/child each day.

  • Dec. 27 – Birds of a Feather
  • Dec. 28 – Crawling Clues
  • Dec. 29 – Undercover Predators
  • Jan. 2 – Trailing Tracks
  • Jan. 3 – Scaly Investigators
  • Jan. 4 – Zoo Sleuths
  • Jan. 5 – Eyewitness Animals
PreKRegisterOnline K-1RegisterOnline
2-3RegisterOnline 4-5RegisterOnline

Thanksgiving Camp

For campers in PreK-5th grade

Meerkats Enjoying Pumpkin

What are you thankful for? Learn in the ALL NEW Thanksgiving single-day camps offered on Nov. 20, 21, and 22! Campers will enjoys tours through the Zoo, outdoor play and activities, themed arts and crafts and close-up animal experiences.

Camps run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and BeforeCamp and AfterCamp care is available for an additional fee.

Members – $40 per day
Nonmembers – $45 per day

BeforeCamp (8-9 a.m.) – $5 per day
AfterCamp (3-6 p.m.) – $10 per day

Registration is now closed for Thanksgiving Camp. 

General Scheduling Information

*Registrations must be completed during single registration session.

We strictly enforce grade level requirements.  Campers enrolled in the wrong grade level will be removed from the camp without a refund.  They will be given the opportunity to enroll in the appropriate grade level camp and placed on the waitlist if the appropriate camp is sold out. 

Cancellation and Refund Policy

All camp sales are final.  No refunds will be given for cancelled camp reservations or camp withdrawals. A program credit may be issued based on circumstance. The credit may be used for any education program or camp at the Dallas Zoo.  Credit will not be issued for cancellations made within 48 hours of your scheduled enrollment or for no-show participants.  All programs will take place rain or shine.  The Dallas Zoo and Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park reserves the right to cancel or change any program for reasons we deem appropriate. In the event that we cancel your program, a full refund will be issued and individuals will be contacted directly.

Toilet Training

All camp participants must be completely toilet trained (requiring no assistance in the bathroom).  Our definition of toilet trained means that the child is not wearing pull-ups and is able to manage his/her own clothing by him/herself. 


All requests to be placed on the waitlist must be submitted in writing to  Phone or in-person requests cannot be accepted. Properly submitted requests will receive an e-mail from Dallas Zoo Education within 48 hours acknowledging receipt.  If a spot becomes available, you will be contacted directly. Please be aware this may occur as little as 24 hours prior to the first day of camp.  If you would like to be removed from a waitlist, please let us know as soon as possible in order to give the opportunity to another camper.  Buddy requests cannot be accommodated for waitlisted campers.


The Dallas Zoo and Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park is licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services. 

The Education Office is open Monday-Friday during regular Zoo hours.  Contact us at or 469.554.7300.