Grades K-6 can embark on a virtual animal adventure straight from the couch!

If your children require stimulation this summer, the Maryland Zoo has just the solution. In place of their annual in-person summer camp, Sofa Safari is a fun virtual alternative that lets kids experience wildlife from their computer screens. Held over Zoom, staff members will provide interactive programming centered on the zoo's animal friends in real-time! With almost a week of action-packed programming, the days are sure to fly by!

Now "sofa" may be in the name, but you don't need to worry about the kids turning into couch potatoes; each session is filled to the brim with engaging activities, from informative animal facts to arts and crafts. Of course, it wouldn't be a zoo gathering without the appearance of special animal ambassadors. It's like going on a field trip, minus the sunburns and knee scrapes!

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Sessions are separated by age group and are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon, except for the youngest group, who only meet for one hour a day.

Parents can enroll their kids in the following programs:

  • Animal Adventurers (June 29–July 2) for children aged 4 or incoming kindergartners
  • Animal Olympics (July 13–16) for incoming first and second-graders
  • Zoo Detectives (July 27–30) for third and fourth-graders
  • Nature Explorers (August 10–13) for fifth and sixth-graders

Admission is $100 for zoo members and $125 for non-members. Each ticket is intended for one child and includes the necessary supplies to participate. If you have multiple kids, they will need to be registered separately.

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The zoo also recommends having additional materials on hand, like colored pencils and markers, scrap paper, glue, and scissors for your child to use. Plus, most of the activities are self-guided, so parents can feel free to take a break. If your child needs an outlet for their wild side, this is a great option!

Registration is open now and spots are limited. Reserve your spot on the Maryland Zoo's website today.

**All photos courtesy of the Maryland Zoo's website

Are you enrolling your kids in the Sofa Safari summer camp this year? Have they attended other zoo events in the past? Let us know in the comments.