Overnights

Fun at the Zoo doesn't have to end when the sun goes down. Overnights are an exciting way to experience the animal kingdom. Whether you're part of a Scout group, or a family looking for a wild night, there are plenty of overnight opportunities from which you can choose. If you have questions about any of the available overnights, please contact the Education Reservations department at 412-365-2528 or learn@pittsburghzoo.org. All currently available overnights are listed through September 2015.  Please note: our Scout overnights are for children in grades 1-6, please no younger participants. We are sorry but we are unable to accommodate older aged groups.

  • Families Only - Fall Overnights
    • These overnights are specially designed for children and their adult chaperones.  Please, no single registrations. 

      Harry Potter Overnight - Back by popular demandBarn owl
      Friday, October 30 - Saturday, October 31
      Ages 6-12 with an adult (no younger participants, please)
      6 pm - 9 am
      Fee:  $30 per member adult or child/$40 non-member adult or child

      Leaping lizards!  You don't have to take a train to Hogwarts to meet creatures from the wizard world.  Even a muggle can participate in the fun and magic.  Be sure to pack your parseltongue dictionary in case a basilisk sneaks in.  Don't miss out on the fun!

      Click here for this overnight's FAQ's.

      Harry Potter Overnight Registration



      Penguins & Pancakes - our newest overnightMacaroni penguins
      Saturday, November 14 - Sunday, November 15
      Ages 6-12 with an adult (no younger participants, please)
      6 pm - 9 am
      Fee:  $40 per member adult or child/$50 non-member adult or child*
      *this overnight includes a full breakfast

      Join us on a journey south as we uncover facts about the South Pole's most famous resident....penguins!  These birds are sure to melt your heart.  In the morning, we'll "waddle" our way up to a special breakfast prepared by the Zoo's own Chef Jess in the new Jambo Grill. 

      Click here for this overnight's FAQ's.

      Penguins & Pancakes Overnight Registration


      Polar Pajama PartyPolar bear
      Saturday, December 12 - Sunday, December 13
      Ages 6-12 with an adult (no younger participants, please)
      6 pm - 9 am
      Fee:  $30 per member adult or child/$40 non-member adult or child

      Grab your warmest pajamas and come along on this party to the North Pole.  Fun games, hot chocolate and other special treats will keep the frigid air away while we discover just how polar bears and sea otters survive the chill of winter.  At the end of the night, snuggle safely into your sleeping bags and fall asleep near our underwater viewing tunnels. 

      Click here for this overnight's FAQ's.

      Polar Pajama Overnight Registration
  • Scouts - Krazy Kritters Overnight
    • krazykrittersA turtle’s shell, a sea lion’s whiskers, and your thumb have something in common: they are all types of adaptations. Join us for an exciting evening to discover more unique types of adaptations and how animals use them to survive. For more details about this overnight, please download our Krazy Kritters FAQ and chaperone guide PDF.
      The following items are included in the Krazy Kritters overnight:

      •Behind-the-scenes visit in the kangaroos, sea lions, or domestic animals area (weather permitting)
      •Live animal visit with your group
      •Night-time scavenger hunt in Kids Kingdom
      •Late night pizza snack
      •Craft - pillowcase souvenir
      •Sleep in the Worlds of Discovery Building
      •Continental breakfast
      •Next day's admission to the Zoo (only good for that day regardless of weather)  
      •Minimum of 24, maximum of 40 spaces available unless otherwise noted.

      Troop/Pack Leaders please note:  meeting the minimum does not guarantee a private overnight for your group.
      We reserve the right to add groups to any overnight until our maximum is met.
      Please do not confirm a date with your troop/pack until you have received a confirmation from us. 
       

      Dates available through December, 2015:
      Friday, September 4
      Saturday, September 5
      Friday, October 2
      Saturday, October 3
      Friday, October 9
      Friday, October 16
      Saturday, October 17
      Friday, October 23
      Saturday, November 7
      Saturday, November 14
      Friday, November 20
      Saturday, November 21
      Friday, November 27
      Saturday, November 28
      Friday, December 4
      Saturday, December 5
      Friday, December 11
      Saturday, December 12
      Friday, December 18
      Saturday, December 19

      Cost is $38 per person.

      This overnight experience is designed for Scout groups in grades 1-6 and will be a wonderful combination of fun, adventure and learning. Your overnight will take place from 6 p.m until 9 a.m. the following morning. You must have a minimum of 24 people (children and/or adults) to book a date for your group. If you have less than 24 people, your group will be combined with another similar group, when possible.  

      Overnights are $38 per person, children or adults. There is no member discount for Scout overnights. To book this overnight, you will need to submit an overnight reservation form either by mail or fax (412-365-2523). Do not send any money until you have received your confirmation/deposit request email.  Please contact the Education Reservations department at 412-365-2528 or learn@pittsburghzoo.org with any questions.  Sorry, we currently do not offer online registration for Scout overnights.
  • Scouts - ZSI: Zoo Science Investigation Overnight
    • zsiParticipants will examine the scene of the crime as they work together to solve a Zoo mystery. We will break out the magnifying glasses, follow footprints, and interview a couple of key suspects in this zany and fun search for the truth. For more details about this overnight, please download our ZSI: Zoo Scene Investigation FAQ and chaperone guide PDF.

      The following items are included in the ZSI overnight:

      •Behind-the-scenes visit (usually large cats, subject to change)
      •Live animal visit
      •Night-time scavenger hunt in African Savanna and Asian Forest
      •Late night pizza snack
      •Craft - pillowcase souvenir
      •Sleep in the Education Complex
      •Continental breakfast
      •Next day's admission to the Zoo (only good for that day regardless of weather)
      •Minimum of 24, maximum of 60 spaces available unless otherwise noted

      Troop/Pack Leaders please note:  meeting the minimum does not guarantee a private overnight for your group.
      We reserve the right to add groups to any overnight until our maximum is met.
      Please do not confirm a date with your troop/pack until you have received a confirmation from us. 
       

      Dates available through December, 2015:

      Friday, September 4 - 30 spaces available for a Girl Scout group
      Saturday, September 5 - 22 spaces available for a Girl Scout group
      Saturday, September 26
      Friday, October 2
      Saturday, October 3
      Friday, October 16 - 30 spaces available for a Brownie group
      Friday, October 30
      Saturday, November 7
      Friday, November 13
      Friday, November 20
      Saturday, November 21
      Friday, November 27
      Saturday, November 28

      Cost is $38 per person.

      This overnight experience is designed for Scout groups in grades 1-6 and will be a wonderful combination of fun, adventure and learning. Your overnight will take place from 6 p.m until 9 a.m. the following morning. You must have a minimum of 24 people (children and/or adults) to book a date for your group. If you have less than 24 people, your group will be combined with another similar group, when possible.

      Overnights are $38 per person, children or adults. There is no member discount for Scout overnights. To book this overnight, you will need to submit an overnight reservation form either by mail or fax (412-365-2523). Do not send any money until you have received your confirmation/deposit request email.  Please contact the Education Reservations department at 412-365-2528 or learn@pittsburghzoo.org with any questions.  Sorry, we currently do not offer online registration for Scout overnights.
  • Scouts: Aquatic Adventurers
    • BlackTip_Reef_Shark_5New! Junior Adventurers:  join us as we dive deep into the PPG Aquarium and explore what lurks in the deep, dark waters. Participants will examine how sea creatures thrive in their underwater homes, all from the safety of dry land. For more details about this overnight, please download our Aquatic Adventurers FAQ and Chaperone Guide PDF.

      The following items are included in the Aquatic Adventurers overnight:
      •Behind-the-scenes visit in the PPG Aquarium
      •Live animal visit
      •Night-time scavenger hunt 
      •Late night pizza snack
      •Craft - backpack or pillowcase souvenir
      •Sleep in the Education Complex
      •Continental breakfast
      •Next day's admission to the Zoo (only good for that day regardless of weather)
      •Minimum of 24, maximum of 40 spaces available unless otherwise noted

      Troop/Pack Leaders please note:  meeting the minimum does not guarantee a private overnight for your group.
      We reserve the right to add groups to any overnight until our maximum is met.
      Please do not confirm a date with your troop/pack until you have received a confirmation from us. 
       

      Dates available through December, 2015:

      Friday, September 4
      Saturday, September 5
      Saturday, November 7
      Saturday, November 14
      Friday, November 20
      Saturday, November 21
      Friday, November 27
      Saturday, November 28
      Friday, December 4
      Saturday, December 5
      Friday, December 11
      Friday, December 18
      Saturday, December 19

      Cost is be $38 per person.

      This overnight experience is designed for Scout groups in grades 1-6 and will be a wonderful combination of fun, adventure and learning. Your overnight will take place from 6 p.m until 9 a.m. the following morning. You must have a minimum of 24 people (children and/or adults) to book a date for your group. If you have less than 24 people, your group will be combined with another similar group, when possible.

      Overnights are $38 per person, children or adults. There is no member discount for Scout overnights. To book this overnight, you will need to submit an overnight reservation form either by mail or fax (412-365-2523). Do not send any money until you have received your confirmation/deposit request email.  Please contact the Education Reservations department at 412-365-2528 or learn@pittsburghzoo.org with any questions.  Sorry, we currently do not offer online registration for Scout overnights.