Tadpole Academy

Tadpole Academy (Ages 4 - 5)

Tadpole Academy is a great way to introduce 4 - 5 year olds to ZooCamp. Each session is only three hours long and includes stories, crafts, games, encounters with wild animal ambassadors and zoo exploration in a safe, small group of only 15 campers per week. Each Tadpole Academy camper receives a ZooCamp t-shirt, an opportunity to feed the goats in the ALEX AND ANI Farmyard, and a ZooCamp Access Pass. Plus, four and five year old campers may register for both a morning and an afternoon session for a full day of Tadpole Academy! There are two themes from which to choose.  It is important to remember that a camper may register for a maximum of one session of each theme.  Additional registrations will be cancelled.

Please note: All Tadpole Academy campers must be completely toilet trained (requiring no assistance in the bathroom).
 

Details & Pricing

Price: Members: $170 (Full Day $340) / Non-Members: $195 (Full Day $390)

Sessions:
Morning: 8:30 - 11:30 am, Monday through Friday
Afternoon:12:30 - 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday

Registration is open for Summer sessions!

Both 4 & 5 year old campers may be registered for a morning and afternoon session of the same week for a full day of Tadpole Academy!

Tadpole Academy Sessions
Winter Tadpole Academy | February 18 - 22, 2019

Theme: Storybook Adventures - Explore the world of animals through children's literature! In this week of Tadpole Academy, campers will learn all about the animals that have inspired some of their favorite children’s books.

  • AM: Jan Brett
  • PM: Jim Arnosky

REGISTRATION CLOSED

Campers may be registered for a maximum of one session of each theme. Registrations beyond this maximum will be cancelled. To be placed on a wait-list, please contact programs@rwpzoo.org or call (401) 785-3510 ext. 358

Spring Tadpole Academy | April 15 - 19, 2019

Theme: Who's In Your Backyard?  

  • AM: What's for Lunch? 
  • PM: Creatures of the Night 

REGISTRATION CLOSED

Campers may be registered for a maximum of one session of each theme. Registrations beyond this maximum will be cancelled. To be placed on a wait-list, please contact programs@rwpzoo.org or call (401) 785-3510 ext. 358

Summer Tadpole Academy | June 17 - August 23, 2019

Theme - Odd Weeks: Creature Features

Theme - Even Weeks: Animal Athletes

Dates:

  • Week 1: June 17 - 21  
    • AM - SOLD OUT
    • PM - SOLD OUT
  • Week 2: June 24 - 28
    • AM - SOLD OUT
    • PM - SOLD OUT
  • Week 3: July 1 - 5
    • AM - SOLD OUT
    • PM - SOLD OUT
  • Week 4: July 8 - 12
    • AM - SOLD OUT
    • PM - SOLD OUT
  • Week 5: July 15 - 19
  • Week 6: July 22 - 26 
    • AM - SOLD OUT
    • PM - SOLD OUT
  • Week 7: July 29 - August 2
    • AM - SOLD OUT
    • PM - SOLD OUT
  • Week 8: August 5 - 9
    • AM - SOLD OUT
    • PM - SOLD OUT
  • Week 9: August 12 - 16 
    • AM - SOLD OUT
    • PM - SOLD OUT
  • Week 10: August 19 - 23
    • AM - SOLD OUT
    • PM - SOLD OUT

Please note: The AM & PM registration option is still available despite the new theme structure. Campers may be registered for a maximum of one session of each theme. Registrations beyond this maximum will be cancelled. To be placed on a wait-list, please contact programs@rwpzoo.org or call (401) 785-3510 ext. 358

Important Camp Information
Please Read Before Registering
  • Registration for all ZooCamps begins at 9:00 am on Wednesday, January 9 at rwpzoo.org. Registration deadlines are two weeks prior to your desired week of camp, but camps may sell out prior to deadlines.
  • Campers must be the minimum age of each camp at the time of attending camp. Requirements are not negotiable and are strictly enforced. RWP Zoo reserves the right to cancel your registration if your camper does not meet the minimum age requirement.
  • Refunds, minus a $25.00 registration fee per camper, will be given through February 1, 2019, for Winter ZooCamps, April1, 2019, for Spring ZooCamps, and June 1, 2019, for Summer ZooCamps. Absolutely no refunds will be given after these dates.
  • $25 sibling discount applies to all full week ZooCamps. First registration at full price, $25 applied to each sibling thereafter. Siblings must be registered within the same account.
  • Pre-paid lunch options for full-day campers are available. For $6.00/day, choose from cheese pizza, mac and cheese, a veggie quesadilla, ham & cheese bites, or a turkey & cheese sandwich. All come with a 100% juice fruit punch and a piece of fruit packaged in recyclable and compostable containers.
  • Each full week ZooCamper will receive a ZooCamp Access Pass, redeemable for one of many activities during a return Zoo visit. More details available at rwpzoo.org as the season approaches. All 2019 ZooCamp Access Passes expire Labor Day 2019.
  • All Tadpole Academy campers MUST be completely toilet trained (requiring no assistance in the bathroom).

UPDATED FOR 2019: Aftercare extended to 5:30 pm: For those parents that need a bit more time, we offer after camp care Monday – Friday from 3:30 - 5:30pm for $12/day per camper.