Our Menehune Day Camp is an immersive, hands-on environment where your child's curiosity will fuel his or her learning experience. Modeled after Camp 'Imi Loa, but designed for preschool children between the ages of 4 and 5! All participants MUST be potty trained.
- Be led on educational animal tours
- Visit select animal exhibits for an exclusive experience
- Create animal themed crafts appropriate for their age group
One ticket includes camp for the selected week, from 8:00am to 2:30pm. We also offer affercare for an additional fee, which you can purchase when buying your ticket. If you have purchased the Aftercare extra for this activity, please note that it lasts until 5:30 pm on the date that you have selected.
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|jayce_mommy||Mon, Aug 10 8:00 AM||Female||20-29||Local||Family With Children|
This program helped to enrich my child's summer. He is age 4 and loved going each day. Never complained about anything. It was fun and educational.
My son can't wait to come back next year!
|yuenfongwong||Mon, Aug 10 8:00 AM||Female||40-49||Local||Family With Children|
Thanks so much for having us this summer at the camp. Marcus is an animal lover and he had such a great time at the camp. He loves the activities, the art work, and all the great friends he made there. Each morning he would ask me if he could go back to the zoo. The instructors are extremely sweet and helpful, they treated us all like family.. my son was sad to know that he would not return until next year but we would definitely sign up again. Mahalo for such a fun summer for our son.
Great Intersession Option
|GayleOkumura||Mon, Aug 3 8:00 AM||Female||40-49||Local||Family With Children|
I signed my 5 and 4 year old for 1-week at Camp Menehune. They had a great time and learned a few facts about the animals, which impressed me. The experience was mostly positive. The only negative thing is the limited pick up time. The boys had to miss their activities on M and W because we couldn't pick them up earlier than 4pm.
Menehune Zoo Camp
|lindijade||Mon, Jul 27 8:00 AM||Female||30-39||Local||Family With Children|
My 4 year old daughter was happy to be dropped off at zoo camp every morning, and seemed happy when I picked her up in the afternoon, but based on my conversations with her, I believe she was watching a movie everyday (Nemo, Madagascar, A Bug's Life), and wasn't exposed to many animals at the zoo. I think I had expectations that she would get a behind the scenes experience at the zoo where she would be able to feed animals, pet them, learn interesting facts about them, etc, but I don't believe she was able to do those kinds of things.
I think the staff were caring and made the kids comfortable and kept them safe, which was the most important thing for me, but I'm a little disappointed with the activities the kids were exposed to. I would consider sending my daughter back to zoo camp if we had difficulty getting into another program, but it wouldn't be the first on my list of places to send her to to get an educational experience during a school break.
Parents In the Dark But Kids Seem Happy
|CampBG||Mon, Jul 20 8:00 AM||Unspecified||40-49||Local||Family With Children|
My 5-year-old has done lots of programs including preschool, two summer camps, group music classes, swim instruction, ballet, hula and art lessons. We like to expose her little mind. We have a decent foundation to compare zoo camp to other programs.
MENEHUNE CAMP seemed like a good fit for our child. She loves animals and is familiar with Honolulu Zoo. We heard good feedback from other parents about the program. And the $40-$50 a day is comparable to other programs.
POSITIVES: Good location with fresh air and wide open spaces; Reputable program with no history of teacher scandals/badly injured kids/wild animal escapes; The option for zoo-member parents and younger siblings to roam the zoo while their kids are in camp; Diversity of kids from Hawaii, the US Mainland and Japan (tourists); Kids who seem happy when released from the gates; Arts and crafts and water play.
NEGATIVES: Lack of communication with parents (not even a "tentative daily schedule," as we like to prepare our daughter in advance, telling her what she might do that day); Processed sugary snacks (kids don't have the option of bringing their own healthy snacks from home, and we were appalled at the JUNK FOOD the kids ate daily like Goldfish, Cheez-Its, artificially flavored, can't-prounounce-the-ingredients-colored gummy snacks); Finally, DVD watching! The 4- and 5-year-old kids watched DVDs daily, sometimes up to two movies per day; Tired teachers/counselors (Perhaps we were in the wrong week and teachers were already burned out by the end of Zoo Camp; seriously, on the first day of our camp experience, none of the counselors SMILED at kids checking in for the first time; the check-in process seemed almost Spartan and militaristic; come on, show some love to these preschoolers! If you're stressed out from the check-in process, then provide more online information so parents aren't bombarding you with questions; for the record, we called zoo camp beforehand to get questions out of the way.).
Of course, the kids didn't watch DVDs all day long. They did walk around the zoo to visit animals, and staff members brought small caged animals to the kids. But it doesn't sound like the animal encounters were a major part of the daily schedule. The kids did arts and crafts daily, played on the playground and ended the week with water play.
My daughter and her friends enjoyed the counselors/teachers. The kids talked about chasing certain counselors around the playground and playing with the teachers. I would like to think that after the gates shut and parents left, counselors/teachers weren't as stressed and were playful - you know, summer camp counselor-like!
I also appreciate that the kids wore brightly colored vests to avoid straying. Safety and security seem to be a high priority at zoo camp. For $40 a day, that's a good thing.
Our daughter had a blast at zoo camp!!
|acd2011||Mon, Jul 20 8:00 AM||Female||30-39||Local||Individual|
Thank you for a great week of zoo camp for our daughter!
Fun experience for kids!
|Acdetorkb||Mon, Jul 6 8:00 AM||Female||40-49||International Tourist(s)||Unspecified|
My daughter loved this camp! Teachers were great!
Great experience for my two boys!
|nicholedewit||Mon, Jun 29 8:00 AM||Unspecified||Unspecified||Unspecified||Unspecified|
My two boys attended camp at the zoo for one week and it was a fantastic experience! Everyday they came home and told me new facts they learned about the animals they saw at the zoo. They were able to see some new things they've never seen before, like the tiger eating! The week ended and my boys wanted to return. I was excited too, because they brought home a bag full of all the projects they worked on during the week!
|rosadoperezm||Mon, Jun 22 8:00 AM||Female||20-29||Unspecified||Unspecified|
Teachers were great!
Fun and age-appropriate activities
|amandalipper||Mon, Jun 15 8:00 AM||Female||30-39||Local||Family With Children|
Our daughter had a really fun 2 weeks with the Menehune Camp. She enjoyed the activities, the friendly counselors, being with children her age, and being at the zoo. It was a great fit for our family.
- Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
- Advance purchase is required, and tours do sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day that you prefer, please book well in advance! Tickets can be purchased online or over the phone with a Visa, Mastercard, or American Express.
- Is there an age limit?
- This program is best suited for children ages 4-5 years old.
- Is this age restriction a hard cutoff?
- Yes, the age limit is a hard cutoff.
- Can we take pictures during our visit?
- Absolutely! Photos and video are both allowed.
- Does my child have to speak English in order to attend?
- Yes, for safety reasons all children attending our camps must be able to speak and understand English as translators are not available.
- Do I have to stay with the group, or can I wander?
- During any of our tours, all participants must stay with the group. IF you would like to wander the zoo on your own, you can come visit during normal hours: 9 am to 4:30 pm.
- Are there restrooms?
- Yes, there are restrooms available on all of our events.
- What happens in the case of bad weather?
- Programs are held, rain or shine.
- Are pets allowed?
- No, pets are not allowed in the zoo or on any of our tours.
- Is parking available at the zoo?
- The Zoo parking lot entrance is on Kapahulu Ave and charges one dollar per hour. The Waikiki Shell parking lot across the street on Monsarrat Ave has free parking.
- Is the zoo wheelchair and stroller accesible?
- Yes, the zoo as well as all tours offered are wheelchair accessible.
- Can we explore the park on our own after hours?
- No, you must stay with your group if you book an after hours tour of the zoo.
- What does the Aftercare consist of?
- The Aftercare consists of child care until 5:30 pm. The kids will do crafts, play games on the lawn, watch a movie, and do other educational events in the classroom.
- Can I purchase as many weeks a I would like? Or, is it is the same program every week?
- The program changes weekly and you can purchase as many weeks as you like!
- Are food and beverages available?
- Yes, snacks and drinks such as lemonade, water, goldfish, cheese puffs, and breakfast bars are available; however, all children should bring their own sack lunch.
- Who gets the member price? Just the member or the member and the family?
- Whoever is buying the tickets can get the member price for all of the tickets they are purchasing. Members will need to prove that they are members at check-in.
- Do you offer gift certificates?
- Yes, gift certificates are available and they make perfect gifts for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase a gift certificate, please click on the link that says "Contact HonoluluZoo" on the left side of the page.
- Do you offer private tours?
- Yes, we offer private and customized tours for birthdays, corporate events, or any other occasion. In order to schedule or receive information about setting up a private tour, please click on the link that says "Contact HonoluluZoo" on the left side of the page.
- Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled.
- Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.
- Activity may be cancelled due to severe weather.
- The activity usually runs in light rain and other moderate weather conditions, but the seller may cancel the activity up to an hour before the start time in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions. If the seller cancels the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule tickets (subject to availability) or receive credit for a future event.
- All children attending camp MUST be able to speak and understand English.
- For safety reasons all children attending camp MUST be able to speak and understand English, translators are not available.
- Parents must provide a U.S. cellphone number, hotel phone numbers are not accepted
- A United States cellphone contact number must be available on the first day of Camp or the child may not attend. For international visitors, please rent or purchase a prepaid cellphone. Hotel phone numbers are not accepted.
- Participants must be between the ages of 4 and 5.
- All participants must be between the ages of four and five years old.
- Members must show proof of membership at check-in.
- All participants who purchase member tickets must show proof of membership at check-in. Members can apply the member rate for anyone in their party.
- Snacks and beverages are included but children must bring their own sack lunch.
- Snacks and beverages such as lemonade, water, goldfish, and breakfast bars will be provided but children must bring their own sack lunch.
The 300 acre parcel was primarily a marshland of old fish ponds, lagoons and islands. In 1877, it was officially opened as Queen Kapiolani Park. Appointed Park Association members developed the unpromising land with the help of royal subsidies to display the King’s private bird collection and to feature a horseracing track.
Honolulu Zoo Mission
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