Norfolk Camp Sampler

April 1-5, 2013

Five powerhouse attractions, the Virginia Zoo, Norfolk Botanical Garden, d’ART Center, Nauticus and Old Dominion University have joined forces to offer children the ultimate camp experience. Introducing the Norfolk Camp Sampler – Norfolk’s unique new collaboration providing children, ages 5- 8, with an opportunity to sample the best, kid-friendly camp programs in Norfolk during Spring Break, April 1-5, 2013.

For parents of young children, deciding to start their little ones in camp can be difficult; prompting the question “What does my child like enough to spend a week doing?” The Norfolk Camp Sampler is designed to allow children to “test the waters” and explore a variety of interests like Animals, Nature, Art, Aquatics and Adventure.

During the week of Spring Break, April 1-5, 2013, youngsters can try 5 Camps in 5 Days. Campers spend a day at each attraction; painting at the d’ART Center, walking on the Wisconsin at Nauticus, exploring World of Wonders: A Children’s Adventure Garden at the Norfolk Botanical Garden, climbing a rock wall at Old Dominion University and having an up-close animal encounter at the Virginia Zoo.

“I wish I had this opportunity for my daughter. It is hard to get a five-year old to make up their mind on anything, let alone where they want to spend a week in camp,” says D’Arcy Weiss, d’ART Center’s Marketing Director. The Norfolk Camp Sampler allows children to make a personal connection with each attraction and when they love the camp – parents can sign up for a full week in the summer!

The Norfolk Camp Sampler attractions have worked hard to create an unprecedented experience for children, parents and the community. “It’s really a taste of great things to offer kids in Norfolk. I know this partnership fits in perfectly with Mayor Fraim’s priorities for our city,” says Virginia Zoo’s Executive Director Greg Bockheim.

The Norfolk Camp Sampler costs $200 for the week and meets 9 am – 3 pm, Monday – Friday, at a different Norfolk attraction each day. Children ages 5-8 from all over Hampton Roads are encouraged to participate. The deadline to enroll is March 20, 2013. Register early to guarantee a spot.

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Safari Camp

Discover amazing animals from Asia, Africa, Australia and even your own backyard. This action-packed camp at the Virginia Zoo includes outdoor activities, games, art, and up-close encounters with animals. You are in for one wild day!

NatureKids Camp

Your day at the Norfolk Botanical Garden NatureKids Camp will include a tram and boat ride, arts & crafts, nature games, Tropical Pavilion activities and WOW Children’s Garden Bingo.

d’ART Camp

Get Creative at d’ART Center’s ART Camp and expand your imagination! Create with Paints, pastels, mixed media and more! Includes a tour of d’ART’s 28 ART Studios & 5 ART Galleries. Meet the ARTists & See how ART is made!

Explorer Camp

Come explore the world of Nauticus where we will have a meet-n-greet with our aquatic friends, take part in a scavenger hunt aboard the historic Battleship Wisconsin, watch a movie in our hi-def theater, and more!

ODU Big Blue Camp

Where can you go on a scavenger hunt, kayak, climb on an indoor rock wall, swim and learn about the outdoors? At the ODU Big Blue Camp!