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

Please note: We offer supervision between sessions for full day campers. Please register your child for a morning and afternoon session of the same week for a full day of Tadpole Academy.

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 19 - 23, 2018

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: Eric Carle
  • PM: Leo Lionni

Registration opens January 10th at 9 AM.

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@rpwzoo.org or call (401) 785-3510 ext. 358

Spring Tadpole Academy | April 16 - 20, 2018

Theme: Who's In Your Backyard?  

  • AM: Project Cover-Up - Fur? Feathers? Scales? Which animals wear what? Discover the different types of animal coveringsand how they help animals survive.
  • PM: Getting Around - Splish, splash, hip, hop. Animals get around in many different ways. Explore creatures that fly high, jump far and run fast!

Registration opens January 10th at 9 AM.

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@rpwzoo.org or call (401) 785-3510 ext. 358

Summer Tadpole Academy | June 18 - August 24, 2018

Theme - Odd Weeks: On the Defensive - Animals have some creative tricks to outsmart their predators. Discover the different defenses of these courageous creatures! *AM/PM registration is still available.

Theme - Even Weeks: Creature Communication - Bright colors, fast movements, loud noises - what does it all mean? It’s how animals communicate! Campers will discover the different ways that animals talk to each other. Whether it be a friendly hello or a stern warning, discover the many languages of wildlife. *AM/PM registration is still available.

Dates:

  • Week 1: June 18 - 22

  • Week 2: June 25 - 29

  • Week 3: July 2 - 6

  • Week 4: July 9 - 13

  • Week 5: July 16 - 20

  • Week 6: July 23 - 27

  • Week 7: July 30 - August 3

  • Week 8: August 6 - 10

  • Week 9: August 13 - 17

  • Week 10: August 20 - 24

Registration opens January 10th at 9 AM.

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@rpwzoo.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 10 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, 2018 for Winter ZooCamps, April 1, 2018 for Spring ZooCamps, and June 1, 2018 for Summer ZooCamps. Absolutely no refunds will be given after these dates.
  • $25 sibling discount applies to all ZooCamps. First registration at full price, $25 refunded for 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 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 2018 ZooCamp Access Passes expire Labor Day 2018.
  • All Tadpole Academy campers MUST be completely toilet trained (requiring no assistance in the bathroom).
  • Aftercare 3:30 - 5:00 pm: For those parents that need a bit more time we offer after camp care Monday - Friday for $10/day per camper.