Play Date At Denver Zoo

Kindergarten-1st Grade

Camp Description

Animals at the Zoo have fun in many ways! We take play seriously, and need your camper to help create new forms of engagement for animals and humans alike!

Day Overview

**Schedule Subject to Change. Ask your camper the questions below to learn about their day!

Question of the Day

Can you build a puzzle that makes it a fun challenge for primates to try to get their food?

Zoo Exploration

Primate Panorama. How do monkeys and apes stay healthy? What did we see? Was each area the same? Did all the monkeys and apes play the same wa

Further Exploration

Campers try out different methods that primates might get their food. What worked best? Why was it a good solution?

Animal Experience

What animal did we meet in our classroom? How did it “work” for its food?

Engineering Challenge

Campers design a toy for primates that also distributes their food. How did we design our toys? Did we think a primate would have fun getting its food? Did we try out any toys?

Further Exploration

What areas of the zoo did we explore in the afternoon? Did we see “toys” in other animal homes?

Taking It Home

What did we learn today about caring for animals? Do pets at home need “toys” to stay healthy too?


  • Please review IMPORTANT INFORMATION, as well as our Policies and Procedures, to ensure you and your child are ready for camp.
  • Campers must bring a lunch, water bottle, and dress for the weather (plus lots of walking!). As most animal exhibits are outside, we WILL go outside every day.
  • A photo ID is required every day at pick up. Please notify the staff ahead of time if someone who is not on the authorized pick-up list will be picking up your child.
  • To contact us during the day, add authorized pick-ups, or to arrange a late arrival/early pick-up, call the Guest Care Center at 720-337-1400.

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If your camper liked Summer Safari, they will LOVE Fall, Winter, and Spring Safari Mini-Camps! When school is out, Safari Camp is in! These camps run from November through March. There’s a Safari for every season!

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