Family Overnights


Overnights are designed for families with adults and children ages 6-12.

Fun at the Zoo doesn’t have to end when the sun goes down. Overnights are an exciting way to experience the animal kingdom. All overnights include animal encounters, behind-the-scenes tours, a late-night snack, and continental breakfast (unless otherwise noted).

Please note: We understand that siblings outside of this age group may want to attend, but we ask that only children of the appropriate age group join us. Our classes and programs are designed specifically for the age group listed. Overnights are also designed for families rather than groups or parties.

Register Below

This program is part of our

Wildlife Academy

 For families with children

ages 6-12

See below for dates & themes of each overnight.

6 p.m. – 9 a.m.

Location varies with overnight.

Members $40/person
Non-members $50/person

*Overnights with a full meal:
Members $50/person
Non-members $60/person

A Tale of Scales
Saturday, November 9 – Sunday, November 10

Time: 6 p.m. – 9 a.m.
Fee: Members $40 per person, child and adult
Non-members $50 per person, child and adult

Snakes, lizards, turtles, and crocodilians – learn about all of these scaly creatures during this overnight focused entirely on reptiles! Meet your favorites up close before slithering into your sleeping bag in the Worlds of Discovery building for a good night’s ssssleep.

Tale of Scales Registration

Penguins and Pancakes* – SOLD OUT
Friday, December 6 – Saturday, December 7

Time: 6 p.m. – 9 a.m.
Fee: Members $50 per person, child and adult
Non-members $60 per person, child and adult

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 will waddle our way to a special breakfast in the Zoo’s Jambo Grill restaurant.

Penguins and Pancakes FAQ

This event is sold out. Please email us at if you would like to be added to the waiting list. Please indicate the number of children and adults that would be attending in your email.

Members should sign in with their email address and password in the upper right corner of the quantity page (after you click the registration button) to receive the Member discount in their cart. Your Membership must be current at the time of registration. To check your Membership status prior to registering, please call our Membership department at 412-365-2534.

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If multiple dates are available for registration, once you select the registration link you will be able to select other dates available, as well as times, when applicable.

If you continue to experience issues registering for the class or program of your choice, please call our Education Reservations Department at 412-365-2528 or email