Welcome to the Camp Zoofari Parent Page! Here you’ll find information on several camp topics. Throughout the summer we’ll continue to update this page with links to camp photo albums, fun videos, and activity information so please visit it often. Thank you for choosing Camp Zoofari for your summer adventure!
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Frequently Asked Questions
When is camp sign-in and sign-out?
Sign-in is from 8:45am- 9:15am and sign-out is from 3:45pm- 4:15pm
NOTE: For the safety and protection of your campers, we require that a photo ID (name and photo BOTH on a plastic printed card i.e. Drivers license, school ID, credit card w/ photo, work ID, passport etc…) is presented to the camp teacher when signing your child out at the end of the day.
Where should I park?
Please remember the Zoo can be busy during the summer and on holidays so allot extra time, especially for sign-out. Parking is available in the Zoo’s main parking lot or across the street in the old golf course parking lot. Paid parking is available in the garage at the corner of Main and Cambridge or you can ride the Metro Rail.
What are the sign-in and sign-out procedures?
Sign-in and out will take place at Gate 8 for ALL campers. In order to provide a secure environment, you MUST sign your child in and out of camp. Photo IDs are required for sign-out and will be checked daily. Gate 8 is located to the left of the Zoo’s main entrance. You may park in the main parking lot or the old golf course parking lot across the street. Unauthorized vehicles parking in the handicapped spaces or loading zones in front of Gate 8 may be ticketed. The Houston Zoo is NOT responsible for paying fines received.
What if someone other than myself is picking up my camper?
If you are not picking up your child, you will need to add all those approved to pick up your child in the emergency contact section. If you’re not sure who will be picking up your child daily, you will have the opportunity to include additional names on the pick up list when you drop off your camper each day. If there is someone who is explicitly not allowed to pick up your child, please notify your camper’s teacher and the Camp Director.
Can I bring a backpack?
Yes, cubbies are in each classroom for children to store their backpacks, or other items the don’t want to carry in the Zoo.
What else should I pack?
Make sure your camper is wearing a Camp Zoofari t-shirt (provided), closed-toe shoes,and brings a lunch. We recommend you apply sunscreen and bug spray before arriving, and bring a hat, water bottle, sunglasses, and disposable or kid-friendly digital camera. We provide water throughout the day and ponchos in inclement weather.
Can my camper bring a cell phone?
Camp Zoofari is a high-energy experience filled with fun, interactive activities. We want your child to enjoy their experience connecting to nature and wildlife so we ask you to please refrain from sending your child to camp with a cell phone. If you need to speak with your child during camp hours, please call our Education Office at 713-533-6739. We will be happy to have your child speak with you. Should a situation arise at camp in which your child needs to speak with you or you need to be notified of a concern regarding your child such as an illness, we will contact you using the emergency contact information you provided. During check-in, please check your child’s roster to verify the emergency contact information provided during registration is correct.
What should I do if we arrive after sign-in or if we need to leave early?
Late arrivals or parents picking up early will enter through the main Zoo entrance. You’ll be directed to the Brown Education Center and will sign-in/out your camper in the office. Your camper will then be escorted to the classroom.
Do you provide snacks?
Snacks are provided in the morning and afternoon. We serve water during snack time. You may also provide a small snack for your child if you prefer.
What about lunch?
Camp Zoofari is a “high energy” activity, campers should eat a hearty breakfast before arrival. All campers must bring a lunch. HINT: Due to the heat and humidity of Texas, dairy products like milk and yogurt are not ideal forms of hydration. Please pack clear liquids or juices only for drinking. Water is always provided to campers.
What are the camp rules?
Campers are expected to behave appropriately. Rules are posted in the classrooms and are reviewed with campers each morning. Camp Zoofari rules are as follows:
Listen and follow instructions
Participate in camp activities
How are campers supervised?
Campers are supervised at all times and escorted on restroom breaks. Teachers to camper rations are 1:15.
What happens if a camper is disruptive?
In the event a camper is disruptive,a time-out may be used. If disruptive behavior continues or is severe, the parent will be called to help find a solution. If improvement is not realized, parent/guardian will be contacted and asked to pick up the camper. At our discretion, your camper may be allowed to return to camp the following day.
My child needs medication. How should I arrange for this?
The Houston Zoo does NOT administer medication to campers nor does it allow campers to self-medicate and does not permit medication (OTC or prescription) at camp with the exception of emergency medications (i.e. inhalers , epi-pens, etc.) Please consult a physician so medication can be administered outside of camp. To ensure a positive experience for all campers, it is imperative that you notify us of any special needs or medical conditions your child may have. We will accommodate these needs to the best of our ability.
What if it's my campers birthday?
Due to dietary restrictions of participants, please do not bring snacks (such as cupcakes) for your child’s camp as we are unable to allow these to be shared with the group.
Can I stay with my child in camp?
Camp Zoofari is a program designed for children who can remain in a group setting without parental involvment