Thanksgiving Break ZooCamp 2016

Group of ZooCampers Unsure what to do with your children when relatives are arriving and the house is full of holiday chaos? Send them to us!

Thanksgiving Break ZooCamp is for kids currently in grades K-5th, and runs Monday-Wednesday the week of Thanksgiving. This year we are offering a two-day workshop on Monday-Tuesday and a one-day workshop on Wednesday. Curriculum is designed so that campers can register for both programs without repeating activities.

Program Information

  • Participants must be currently enrolled in Kindergarten - 5th grade. Our youngest participants must be currently enrolled in a kindergarten class or transitional kindergarten program. If you register a camper who is ineligible to participate, your registration will be cancelled.

  • Program hours are 9:00am - 4:00pm.

November 21-22: Zoofari

Are you ready for an adventure? Join us for a two day expedition around the Oakland Zoo. We’ll tour zoo exhibits, make treats for the animals, play games, sing songs, get to meet some animals up close, and make new friends. This program is a great introduction for kids who have not participated in our full week summer camp. For our returning campers, we've included some of our most popular activities. Just remember, when animals are involved, you’ll never have the same experience twice.

November 23: Nature Play

What can you find under a rock in the creek? What signs of wildlife are all around us? The day will fly by as kids tour the zoo, build forts, look for native wildlife, and come nose to nose with nature as well as Oakland Zoo animals.

Program Fees

$75.00 per day for current Oakland Zoo members / $80.00 per day for non-members

Don’t forget about our Early Bird Discount! Register before Friday, October 21 and pay only $65.00 per day for current Oakland Zoo members / $70.00 per day for non-members

  • Before care is available from 8:00am - 9:00am for an additional $10.00 per day.
  • After care is available from 4:00pm - 5:30pm for an additional $15.00 per day.
  • Parking fees are waived for people dropping off or picking up ZooCamp participants.

Other Important Information

  • Classes are designed for children to participate independently; parents are not allowed to stay with their children.
  • If your child has diagnosed special needs and is unable to participate without an aide, please contact us to discuss accommodations at (510) 632-9525 ext. 280 or please email the ZooCamp Registrar.
  • Please download our ZooCamp FAQs for more information about requesting special friends, to see a sample ZooCamp schedule, and other common parent inquiries.


  • Registration for Thanksgiving Break ZooCamp is now open.

  • All ZooCamp registration is online through Camp and Class Manager. This secure website database will keep your credit card information safe and make it easy to register the same participant for multiple programs. Our registration system requires payment by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, or Discover).
  • For questions, please call (510) 632-9525 ext. 280 or email the ZooCamp Registrar.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

  • Cancellation 14 days or more before the event = 90% refund of the total balance.
  • Cancellation 8-13 days before the event = 50% refund of the total balance.
  • Cancellation less than 8 days before the event = 0% refund of the total balance.
  • No refunds are issued due to camper absences, including absences due to illness.
  • There is no fee or penalty for transferring from one class to another within the same school break camp program if space is available (Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, Spring Break). However, if you register online for a new class then cancel your original registration, the standard cancellation fees apply.
  • To cancel, transfer from one session to another, or make other changes to your ZooCamp registration, please call the (510) 632-9525 x280 or email the ZooCamp Registrar.
  • Registrations are non-transferable.

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