Why the Queens Zoo’s Educational Programs are Worth The Trip – Book for Your Child’s Next School Break

Located right off the Long Island Expressway in Corona, Queens is the Queens Zoo. It’s a terrific zoo and has a wonderful interactive petting zoo. And it also has alluring amenities; it’s big enough so your kids will be interested in what they see, but you can navigate it in two to three hours (and still see everything), the price is reasonable, plus there’s a free parking lot. You’ll find the zoo right inside Flushing Meadows Park, so afterwards, your kids can get some exercise (or you can hit up Flushing Meadows Park’s many other activities). In the warmer weather, younger kid will love the fun carousel, right outside the Zoo entrance. But did you know that the Queens Zoo offers camps for the summer and school breaks?

My 6 year old son recently attended their winter break camp and had an absolute blast.  Held for two days, he learned how animals native to North and South America adapt to winter weather.  My son and the other kids interacted with animals, played games and did arts and crafts as well as many other learning activities. The two educators really had a wonderful effect on the kids and my son came home excited about animals and full of knowledge. While he loves science, he now knows so many things about animals and I think we’ll be going to this Zoo more and more. Also, kids will love the “insider” status of spending time at the zoo! 

Here is some info on upcoming educational programs at the Queens Zoo.

These are drop off programs, so if you don’t want to go home, the Rego Center (with TJ Maxx, Panera Bread, Toys R Us, and many other great stores is minutes away).
The next mini camp will be February 23 & 24 — so book now to make sure your child will get a place. And remember to pack lunch for them (there’s a fridge to stash lunches).


Mid Winter Break Camp Zoo Science Investigators
Children will discover the natural world around them in this exciting wildlife adventure. Participants will meet some of the zoo’s animals and learn about their habitats. Instructors will lead them on behind the scenes tours at the zoo exhibits, exciting animal presentations, arts and crafts, and other activities will be part of the fun.

When: February 23 & 24, from 10:00 a.m.–3:00 PM
Who: Kids 6-10 years old
How Much: Members: $125; Non-members: $150

Mid Winter Break Camp Zoo Science Investigators
There’s a mystery to be solved and kids will be the lead investigators! In this class taught by our Urban Ecologist, kids will use real science skills such as water testing to solve a mystery. They’ll use the zoo as their lab to solve the case. And at the end of the class they’ll get up close and personal with some of the species that they have been studying.

When: Saturday, March 31, 11:00AM-12:30 PM
Who: 7-10 years old
How Much: Members: $30 Non-members: $35

Spring Mini-Camp
The winter is over. Birds are returning from their winter vacation down south. Mammals are awakening from their long winter’s rest. See animal exhibits at the zoo and discover how the zoo is springing to life. Instructors will lead the exploration through exciting animal presentations, arts and crafts, and other wild activities.

When: April 12 & 13 , 10:00 AM-3:00 PM
Who: 6-10 years old
How Much: Members: $125; Non-members: $150

Bugs Bugs Bugs
Insects are everywhere and in this class taught by our Urban Ecologist, we’ll learn about the ones that make the zoo home. We’ll collect insects from various habitats around the zoo. We’ll sort the collections and try to identify the species. We’ll also plant a helpful insect garden right in the zoo to attract pollinating insects. Each participant will take home their own insect trap to collect and observe the ones they see in their neighborhoods.

When: Saturday, May 12, 10:30 AM-noon
Who: 7-10 years old
How Much: Members: $30 Non-members $35

Register
To register for any youth program at the Queens Zoo, click here.

Registration is now be accepted through the website. Please follow the instructions in the link above. You will receive an electronic confirmation once your registration and payment have been processed. It will include information regarding program location. If you have any questions regarding registration or programs, please contact the registrar at qzeducation@wcs.org or call 718-271-7361.

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