Summer Camps

Explore the wonderful world of animals through Sunset Zoo’s weekly camp adventures! Each day, campers will enjoy live animal presentations, science-oriented lessons, games and crafts. Visits to zoo exhibits, animal encounters and behind-the-scenes explorations round out each week! All camps taught by Zoo staff trained in child development.  

Times & Fees

Weekly summer camp sessions begin May 31 and run through August 12. Parents can drop students off as early as 7:30am and pick them up as late as 5:30pm. Snacks are provided but participants must bring a sack lunch.

  FOSZ Member Rate Non-Member Rate
All Day Session
8am to 5pm
$125/weekly session $135/weekly session

Registration Information & Permission Forms

Enrollment will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. Enrolled students will receive a confirmation packet discussing schedule, dress code and camp checklist. Registration will open at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, March 28, 2022.

  • Online Registration - opens 8:00 a.m. on Monday, March 28, 2022
    Register online from anywhere at anytime until classes fill.
  • Phone or In-Person - opens 8:00 a.m. on Monday, March 28, 2022
    You can also register by phone at 785.587.2737 or in person at any Manhattan Parks & Recreation location including City Hall, the Zoo or the Flint Hills Discovery Center during regular operating hours. 

Permission Forms

Sunset Zoo's Summer Camps are licensed through the Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE) and require a specific set of permission forms to be completed for each camper.  If a child participated in summer camps in 2021 or Adventure Camps at Sunset Zoo during the 2021-2022 school year, we should have permission forms on file.  Please contact Sunset Zoo if you have any question regrading forms by calling 785.587.2737 or emailing

Payment Plan & Refund Policy

Payment Policy

At time of enrollment, a minimum of 50% of each session’s fee is due to reserve a child’s spot. Sessions must be paid in full within five working days prior to the first day of each camp session. Youth will not be able to participate in a camp if fee is not paid in full by the first day of the session, no exceptions. No refunds or prorating for partially-used sessions.

Refund Policy

A full refund is provided if registration is canceled prior to one week (7 days) of start date. Partial refund given if registration is canceled between one week (7 days) and 48 hours prior to start date. No refund given if canceled within 48 hours.

Overview of Camps

Animal Crackers Camp | Completed Kindergarten - 2nd Grade | Capacity - 30
High-energy activities interspersed with downtime every day. Activities include live animal interactions, themed tours of the Zoo, crafts, games and story times. Animal Crackers Camp will be divided into two classrooms to create two cohorts as a safety precaution for COVID-19.  Classrooms will be established based on ages of all enrolled with the youngest half in one classroom and the oldest half in the other classroom.  Campers must have completed kindergarten.

 Date  Theme
 May 31 - June 3 Habitat Components
June 6 - June 10 Tour Through Asia
June 13 - June 17 Animals Across America
June 20 - June 24 A South American Trek
June 27 - July 1 Underground Adventures
July 5 - July 8 Animals & Humans
July 11 - July 15 Surrounded by Water
July 18 - July 22 African Adventures
July 25 - July 29 Animal Actions
August 1 - August 5 Wonders of Water
August 8 - August 12 A Day in the Life of an Animal

Summer Safari Camp | Completed 3rd Grade - 4th Grade | Capacity - 15
Campers will connect with the natural world through activities around the Zoo, crafts, stories, live animal interactions, themed Zoo tours and nature hikes. 

 Date  Theme
May 31 - June 3 The Making of a Habitat
June 6 - June 10 Expedition Asia
June 13 - June 17 Animals of the USA
June 20 - June 24 From Central to South America
June 27 - July 1 The Unseen World
July 5 - July 8 Interactions of Humans & Animals
July 11 - July 15 Australia & Islands Abound
July 18 - July 22 An African Safari
July 25 - July 29 Animal Behaviors
August 1 - August 5 Life in Water
August 8 - August 12 From Morning to Dawn

For additional information regarding Sunset Zoo's Summer Camps, check out the Parent Handbook.

Pre-Teen & Teen Opportunities
For opportunities over the summer for your pre-teens and teens, check out Sunset Zoo's Junior Conservation Crew and Zoo Teens programs.