Summer camp 2019!

Go wild this summer at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo!

Registration opens Saturday, February 23.

Every camp at Happy Hollow is uniquely themed to provide your child with fun hands-on learning experiences and memories that will last a lifetime. Each week of camp follows a different theme and incorporates a variety of age-appropriate activities and adventures. 

NEW in 2019: Theater camps where children ages 6 to 10 can discover the art of puppetry and acting in one of the oldest puppet theaters in California.

Camps for ages 5 to 6

Animals Around the World and Zooperheroes!
June 10 to June 14
July 8 to 12 

Animals Around the World: From the rainforests of South America to the savannahs of Africa, travel to different continents each day! We will explore a variety of habitats and animals found around the world! 

Zooperheroes! From fact to fiction, investigate the animals that have inspired famous superheroes for decades! Each day come home with a new item of a superhero costume. Campers are welcome to dress up like their favorite superheroes during this camp.

 

Dinosaur Roar and Have to Have a Habitat
June 24 to 28 
August 5 to 9 

Dinosaur Roar: Become a paleontologist and discover the wonderful world of dinosaurs! We’ll dig our way back through time to learn about these ancient animals, explore theories about their extinction, and meet some of their modern-day relatives.

Have to Have a Habitat: Come explore what animals must have to survive and thrive. A habitat is the place to find all the things an animal needs, like food, water, shelter and space!  

Camps for ages 6 to 8

Theater Camp
July 22 to 26 

Puppet Making and Play: Campers will learn the skills of puppetry as they learn how to make puppets and build characters through storytelling. This camp encourages children to explore their imagination with improvisational theater games as they team up and rehearse skits to perform for an audience.

Camps for ages 7 to 8

 
Junior Keepers: Getting Started and Junior Vets
June 17 to 21 
July 8 to 12 
July 29 to August 2 

Junior Keepers: Getting Started Do you want to work at the zoo? Here’s your chance to see what it’s like! This camp will introduce you to all the things you need to know about zookeeping. Join us on an adventure while we learn about zoo animals, go on behind-the-scenes tours, make enrichment, and even get a chance to perform Meet & Greets at Critter Corner!

Junior Vets: Calling Dr. Zoolittle! Join us to discover veterinary diagnostic tools, study symptoms, and go behind-the-scenes at Doc’s Critter Care to learn how we keep our zoo animals healthy!

 

Junior Rangers and Creative Critters
June 10 to 14
July 1 to 5
July 15 to 19
August 5 to 9

Junior Rangers: Junior Rangers camp allows kids to step into the shoes of a park ranger. Children will learn how to fight fires, track animals and keep their park safe. Join us as we discover the beauty of nature found right here in San Jose!

Creative Creatures: Combine your love of animals with a passion for creativity and join us for this unique camp exploring both. We will learn about animals, different artistic techniques, and what happens when the two collide.

 

Camps for ages 9 to 10

Animal Trainers and Wildlife Wonders
June 17 to 21
July 15 to 19

Animal Trainers: Find out how we train animals at the zoo, what behaviors we train them to do, and why! You’ll learn about operant conditioning and positive reinforcement while observing zoo animals during training sessions. You’ll even get hands-on experience training some of our farm animals!

NEW! Wildlife Wonders: Discover the amazing variety of animals in our world and why we need to protect them and their homes. Come explore with us.

 

Junior Keepers: The Full Scoop and Zoo Vets
June 24 to 28
July 1 to 5
July 22 to 26

Junior Keepers: The Full Scoop: If you’ve been a Junior Keeper before, you know the drill. Roll up your sleeves because it’s time to get to work! Begin your zookeeping career early as you rake exhibits, make enrichment, go on behind-the-scenes tours, do a Meet & Greet, and more!

Zoo Vets: Considering a career in veterinary medicine? Vets can specialize in more than just cats and dogs. Join us as we dive into an intensive week learning about various animal species, discovering diagnostic tools, studying symptoms, and even practicing treatments just like our zoo veterinarians do!

 

Theater Camp: Puppetry and Theater Improvisation
July 29 to August 2

Puppetry and Theater Improvisation: In the morning, campers will learn the skills of puppet making and manipulation as they build characters through storytelling. In the afternoon, campers will build props out of air-dry clay and felt and will then explore their imagination with improvisational theater games as they team up and rehearse skits to perform for an audience.

 

Theater Camp: The Art of Puppetry and Acting
August 5 to 9

The Art of Puppetry and Acting (Scene Study): Campers will create shadow puppets, mouth puppets, and hand puppets as they learn the skills of puppet manipulation and voice-over techniques. They will dive into the art of acting using various methods to further their training with advanced improvisational games, listening skills, memorization techniques, body and voice articulation, and character research & development. Campers will team up to rehearse scenes and skits for a performance.

Camps for ages 11 to 13
Animal Trainers and Zoo Vets
July 22 to 26
July 29 to August 2

Animal Trainers: Find out how we train animals at the zoo, what behaviors we train them to do, and why! You’ll learn about operant conditioning and positive reinforcement while observing zoo animals during training sessions. You’ll even get hands-on experience training some of our farm animals!

Zoo Vets: Considering a career in veterinary medicine? Vets can specialize in more than just cats and dogs. Join us as we dive into an intensive week learning about various animal species, discovering diagnostic tools, studying symptoms, and even practicing treatments just like our zoo veterinarians do!

More information about camps

Logistics: 

Camps take place Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children attend camps independently without parents or guardians and should be comfortable in a group setting. Drop-off for camps is 8:45 to 9 a.m. and pick-up is at 4 p.m. Early drop-offs or late pick-ups are not permitted. Every camper must sign in (and out) with a camp instructor each day, and a valid form of ID must be presented upon request of the camp instructor.

Fees

  • Non-Members and non-residents $375 per week
  • Members and residents $340 per week
  • Bag lunches and snacks: $35 per week
  • Additional T-Shirts: $15 per shirt
  • Membership discount: Please enter your membership number and use the coupon code SUMMER

Refund and Transfer Policy: Refund and transfer requests must be made in writing. Refunds and transfers will be given for requests received at least 14 calendar days prior to the start of the program/class. No refunds or transfers will be made for cancellations received by the City less than 14 calendar days prior to the start of the program/class. There will be a $10 refund processing fee for EACH activity. 

Inclusion Policy: The City of San Jose’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services encourages and supports the participation of individuals with all ability levels in programs and services. To facilitate opportunities for people with and without disabilities to engage in leisure pursuits together, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services provides inclusion support services. These services include, but are not limited to, interpreters for the deaf or hearing impaired, improved signage, activity modification, additional staff training, accessible equipment and facility features and support staff. To ensure the requested accommodation, please notify the specific facility where the program is provided at least two weeks in advance. For more information on inclusion opportunities, specialized recreation services, and accommodations, please contact Therapeutic Services at 408-369-6438.

Scholarships: The City of San Jose’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services’ Citywide Scholarship Program will ensure that residents of the City of San Jose in need have access to department programs, classes, and activities. All requests are subject to available funding and qualifications. Submit completed application to any Community Center. Please contact our office or visit: http://www.sanjoseca.gov/scholarships for more information.

For a list of frequently asked questions click here.

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