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Afternoon Community Education programs cancelled
Due to a water main break near the Bloomington Community Education Campus, water has been shut off in the building indefinitely. As a result, the following programs are cancelled for the afternoon:
  • Community Education and Metro South programs
  • Bloomington Career and College Academy (BCCA)
  • Bloomington Transition Center (BTC)
Career and College Academy students will remain at their home school. Students attending BTC will be transported home, and their parents have been notified.

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Summer Kids' SAFARI

Welcome to Camp SAFARI!

Bloomington Community Education Youth and Family Department would like to welcome your family to our program. We are pleased that you’re considering spending your summer with us! We have been working hard to ensure that your child has a safe and enjoyable summer. We’re looking forward to a great summer!

Camp SAFARI was voted by parents as the Most Loved All Around Camp in 2018 on Hula Frog!

Most Loved All Around Camp

Locations and Hours

Washburn Elementary
Valley View Elementary
Olson Middle School 

June 13, 2018 - Aug. 17, 2018
Monday - Friday  6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Camp SAFARI is closed on July 4th.

Enrollment Dates

Summer registration for 2018 will start March 13, 2018.

Register for 2018 Camp SAFARI

Registration available on a first come, first served basis. Registration must be received by Friday, May 11 to guarantee space. Due to space limitations, sites may close earlier and families may not get their first choice of site. Please read page 3 and 4 of the 2018 Summer Family Handbook for details on registration and enrollment options. 

For students attending SLAM (Summer of Laughs, Adventures, and More), Summer School and Extended School Year (ESY) at Olson Middle only (not attending Washburn Elementary, Olson Middle or Valley View Elementary any time during the summer), please email or call 952-681-6128.

All 2017-18 School Year balances must be paid in full before attending Camp SAFARI. 

Students Eligible for Enrollment

Camp SAFARI summer program accepts students entering Kindergarten through 6th grade.

Enrollment Options

  • Consistent Schedule: $39/day
  • Pick Your Days: $43/day
  • Drop-Ins: $47/day

Extended Care

Students attending SLAM, Extended School Year (ESY), or Summer School classes may only attend Extended Care at Olson Middle School. Bus transportation will not be available back to other Camp SAFARI sites. Students may only attend Extended Care at Olson Middle the weeks they are enrolled in and attending the above mentioned classes. Please note, even though Extended Care takes place at Olson Middle, students enrolled in any of the above mentioned classes may not attend Camp SAFARI at Olson Middle during these weeks. Extended Care at Olson Middle is the only childcare option for students attending SLAM, ESY and Summer School classes. Due to accommodating the start and end times of these programs, Extended Care will not go on field trips, or have pool days. 

If you wish to register for both Camp SAFARI and Extended Care please register for Camp SAFARI at Washburn Elementary, Olson Middle or Valley View Elementary Schools. Please answer question Number 10 of the contract, select which program your child will be attending.  After your contract is received, you will then receive an email with a form attached that you will need to print off, complete, and sign, then return to us at or by fax at 952-681-6101.

Mail/Bring to Kids' SAFARI administrative office:
2575 West 88th St., Suite 200
Bloomington, MN 55431

Please note this form must be returned to the SAFARI administrative office before your summer contract can be processed.

Extended Care operates from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and offers four registration options.

Those attending SLAM, Summer School and ESY classes only and wish to sign up for Extended Care during those days/weeks should call 952-681-6128.

Registration Fee

New: $30
Returning: $20
Family Maximum: $60
Registration Fee is non-refundable. 

Super SAFARI Care

This extension of Camp SAFARI is designed to meet the needs of families looking for a few more days of care after Camp SAFARI ends and before school begins. 

New this year, Super SAFARI will operate at three different sites, based on the Camp SAFARI location your child attended over the summer. Washburn students will go to Hillcrest, Valley View students to Indian Mounds and Olson Middle to Normandale Hills.  Those registering for Super SAFARI must have attended Camp SAFARI over the summer and attend their assigned location.  Changing to another location is not an option. Registration begins March 13 and is on a first-come, first-served basis with a maximum of 75 children per site. 

Each day, Super SAFARI will go on an extended field trip from approximately 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Therefore, drop-off must be between 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and pick-up needs to be between 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Dropping off or picking up at field trip locations is not allowed. Please note, Super SAFARI closes promptly at 5:30 p.m. and late pick up fees apply. 

Dates: Monday, August 20 - Wenesday, August 22.

Times: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Locations: Based on the Camp SAFARI location your child attended over the summer.

Hillcrest will host students that attended Washburn Camp SAFARI.

Indian Mounds will host students that attended Valley View Camp SAFARI.

Normandale Hills will host students that attended Olson Middle Camp SAFARI.

Fees: $150 per child. Payment in full due upon registration approval. No payment plans available for this program. Registration is for all three days. No refunds will be given for Super SAFARI cancellations.

Welcome Letters

Olson   Washburn  Valley ViewExtended Care


                Olson                     Washburn                Valley view



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