The Topeka Zoo invites you and your family to Camp Out With Dad next weekend.
Shanna Simpson, animal care supervisor for the zoo says the event is exactly what it sounds like, with just one exception.
“It doesn’t have to be just dads and kids, moms are invited, too,” said Simpson. “The families can come out, they bring their tents and you camp out at the zoo.”
There are activities planned for that night, Saturday, June 14th and for the next day, Sunday, June 15th.
“Usually everybody goes fishing, people bring their fishing poles and they fish in our pond,” said Simpson. “Then at about 6:30 we start cooking up hot dogs and all sorts of yummy camp-themed food.”
Simpson says they’ll play Capture the Flag, watch a movie in the elephant yard and a scavenger hunt.
“Then at 10 o’clock we’ll have a round of pizza,” said Simpson. “Eventually everyone goes to bed. Eventually.”
Families hoping to fish will need to bring their own equipment but you don’t need a fishing license. Simpson says that the fishing is catch-and-release.
Sunday after breakfast, which is served at sunrise, families will get to watch animal enrichment.
“The night before we have guests make enrichment items for the animals,” said Simpson. “[Then] we put fruit tubes out for the orangutans and the guests get to watch the orangutans forage around for their fruit.”
Kids under the age of 18 need to have a parent or guardian with them to participate in the camp out.
The event is rain or shine.
“Tents are usually waterproof and we can have people sleep in the buildings, and we still do the animal events because animals don’t really care if it’s raining,” said Simpson.
It costs $35 per camper, with children under the age of two free.
For a chance to win a campsite for four people, enter the contest HERE.
Camp Out With Dad check-in begins at 5:30 Saturday, June 14th. For more information, visit theTopeka Zoo website.