Spring Break Critter Camp
In order to take precautions against the COVID-19 pandemic, this program has several safety protocols in place, which were created based on CDC guidance. Policies are subject to change; please review this webpage carefully.
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Spring Critter Camp at Helen Woodward Animal Center
March 29–April 2
Preschool through 6th Grade
Daily sign-ups available
Kids in San Diego can spend spring break with awesome animals at Critter Camp! Your child’s appreciation for all animals will flourish as they interact with cute critters, create crafts, play games and more. Each day has a unique theme and a variety of species for kids to meet. Sign up for multiple days or come to just one; either way, your kids are sure to have fun!
Spring Camp Themes
Monday – Cheerful Chirping: The sun is shining and the birds are chirping; what do critters communicate about and how do they take in information? Kids will learn the answer as they interact with a goat, large parrot, blue-tongued skink or bearded dragon, rabbit and hermit crab.
Tuesday – Hoppy To Be Home: Campers will interact with an alpaca, duck, turtle, chinchilla and blue-tongued skink or bearded dragon as they discover what “home” means for each of these animals and how their adaptations help them during transitional times.
Wednesday – Nourish and Flourish: This warm season brings a bounty of food, which is wonderful news for growing critters! Campers will find out about the eating habits of each animal while they meet a sheep, dove, snake, tortoise and Madagascar hissing cockroach.
Thursday – When is it best to leave the nest?: While interacting with a miniature horse, chicken, frog, guinea pig and small parrot, campers will find out which animal families bloom during spring and will discover the different parenting styles that exist in nature.
Friday – Best Buds: Spring is a time of new beginnings, so how can we re-write the story of our relationship with animals and the planet we share? Kids will find out as they meet a miniature donkey, pigeon, leopard gecko, dog and millipede.
Species may vary depending on animal health and safety
Must be at least 5-years-old to pet reptiles
Spring Camp Times, Rates & Discounts
Daily Spring Camp Times
Preschool (must be at least 4 years old): 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Kindergarten through 6th Grade: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
*Extended Care is offered from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. for $20 per child, per day for Kindergarten through 6th Grade.
**We also offer an 8 a.m. drop-off for Preschool for $10 per child, per day. (No late pickup available for Preschool)
Daily Spring Camp Rates
Preschool (must be at least 4 years old): $65 per child, per day
Kindergarten through 6th Grade: $85 per child, per day
*Hot lunch is available for $9 per day and includes an entrée and two sides. Please provide your child with a snack and water bottle each day.
*All campers must be able to use the restroom confidently and on their own.
*We know that camp sounds fun for kids AND adults, but this camp is for kids only! **If your child has an aide at school and you plan to have them come to camp with your child, please call us at 858-756-4117 ext. 318 so that we can help them complete the fingerprint process. All aides MUST be fingerprinted through us in order to attend camp. Due to the limited space during COVID-19, you must purchase a registration for the aide as well.**
- 15% off camp tuition for active military (Call us at 858-756-4117 ext. 318 for the code.)
- Automatically receive $5 off camp tuition when registering siblings. (Must register siblings at the same time. Applies to one sibling.)
- Automatically receive the 5th day free if you register for 5 sessions. (Per child. Must register for the sessions at the same time.)
Register for Spring Critter Camp in San Diego today!
Click here to carefully review the safety protocols. (Subject to change, last updated 1/8/21) **Protocols are subject to change. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 858-756-4117 ext. 318 if you have any questions or concerns.
**Protocols are subject to change. You can reach us at email@example.com or 858-756-4117 ext. 318 if you have any questions or concerns.
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