Family Programs

The Zoo Gourmet

Food is a huge part of celebrating the holidays! At the Zoo, our animals feast year-round on carefully planned diets. Join us for a holiday food frenzy and learn how we feed thousands of animals every day. Through a game, a visit from an education animal ambassador, and a behind the scenes tour of the Zoo’s commissary, we’ll learn about why different animals eat different foods and how the Zoo manages its many menus.

Note: One adult must register with and accompany each family group.

Dates: December 7 or 14

Time: 10:00am-11:30am or 1:00pm-2:30pm

Cost: Members $9; Non-Members $13

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Maple Tapping and Tasting

Come join us at the Zoo’s Bowyer Farm for a fun afternoon full of history, hands-on activities, and storytelling all about maple tapping! This program offers a sweet peek into the history of this age-old tradition and offers an opportunity to participate in the maple tapping process. At the end, participants will be able to taste the pre-cursor to maple syrup, fresh from the tree, as well as some of the finished product! This program is sure to be fun for the whole family.

Location: This program takes place at our Bowyer Farm in Lebanon

Dates: February 23, 2020

Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm

Cost: Members $25; Non-Members $30

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Family Overnights

Sleep with the Manatees

Did you know that The Cincinnati Zoo is one of only two institutions outside of Florida that rescue and rehabilitate manatees? Come experience a once-in-a-lifetime sleepover with these gentle giants! During the overnight you will enjoy two sneak peeks behind the scenes, hike the Zoo at night, play games, experience animal encounters and fall asleep with our resident manatees, swimming at your feet.

Includes admission and parking to the zoo for the next day.

Note: For families with children 5 years old and up. At least one adult must register with and accompany each family group.

Dates: November 9, January 18, or February 21

Time: 6:30pm-9:00am

Cost: Members $50; Non-Members $55

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