Looking for an educational experience the whole family can enjoy together? Our fun, daytime programs, early bird and evening night hikes are sure to fill the bill.

Who can participate?

Open to all ages, unless noted otherwise. Children under the age of 18 months are free.

When are Family programs available?

Year round.

How much are Family programs?

See schedule for prices. At least one adult must sign up and attend with each family registration.

Where do Family programs take place?

Most occur in the Harold C. Schott Education Center. Confirmation materials will be received once you have registered.

Questions? Contact us at (513) 559-7767 or email [email protected]

Family Programs

Cost: Members – $8/Adult, $8/Child; Non-Members – $12/Adult, $12/Child

What's the Buzz About Pollinators?Who likes honey? How about apples, avocados, grapes, almonds, and
CHOCOLATE? If you said yes to any of these foods, thank a pollinator!
Creep, crawl, fly, or hop on down to the Zoo to join us for a class that celebrates
these unsung heroes (such as bees, bats, hummingbirds, and butterflies)
of our food chain as we go for a scavenger hunt around the Zoo
to learn about their food sources and look for signs of their handiwork.
June 10 10-11:30am
Hurray for Dad!From babysitters to breadwinners, the dads of many animal species take
an active role in their families’ lives. We’ll learn more about these
important and often overlooked family members as we celebrate them on
their special weekend.
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June 17 10-11:30am
Family Night Hike: Hey Baby!The Zoo babies are here and they sure are cute! Come and learn some information about them such as their name, birthdays, and what their family lives are like. With some animal visitors in the classroom and an after-hours Zoo hike, we’ll learn why each birth at the Zoo is cause for celebration and if there are any more babies on the way!
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May 5, 6, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 26, or 27 6-7:30pm
Family Night Hike: Fantastic (Real) Beasts and Where to Find ThemDragons and aye-ayes and aardwolves, oh my! The Zoo is home to many wild and wonderful creatures! With animal visitors in the classroom and an evening prowl around the Zoo, we’ll search for some real-life fantastic beasts and learn what makes them amazing and special.
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June 3, 9, 30 or July 7, 8, 14, 15, 28 or 29, August 4, 5 or 11: 6:30-8 pm

Family Overnights

Join the Zoo’s overnight program, Nocturnal Adventures, for special events designed for parents and children, ages 5 and up. Camp out at the Zoo, sleep with manatees circling your feet, or sleep next to a tropical rain forest! Learn More>

Sleep With The ManateesDid 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 manatee, swimming at your feet.
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May 20, 27, June 10, 17, July 1, 28 or 29: 6pm-9am
Africa Predator ProwlProwl the Zoo at night searching for predators of Africa and beyond while learning about the vital role predators play in an ecosystem and how humans and predators coexist together. Groups will meet ambassadors, hike the Zoo at night, get a peek behind the scenes, and do a hands-on investigation exploring predation techniques in the African Savannah. For families with children 5 years old and up.
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June 3, 10, 17, July 1, 28 or 29: 6pm-9am
Animal Adaptations Ever wonder why an owl has such big eyes or why an armadillo is covered in plates? Come find out what adaptations our animals need to survive in the wild! During the overnight you will go behind the-scenes, hike through the Zoo at night, and meet some animals with cool adaptations up close!
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May 20: 6pm-9am
African Tented Camp Overnight
Transport yourself to Africa during this brand new tented camp overnight experience at the Zoo! Built on the edge of the newly expanded Giraffe exhibit Twiga Tented Camp offers an intimate, high-end, authentic adventure at the
Zoo including special encounters with African animals, behind the scenes tours, comfortable cots in safari tents, a continental breakfast and so much more.
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May 6, 26, 27, June 3, 24, July 8 or August 5: 6pm-9am
Sunset Safari Want to experience the Zoo late at night but would rather sleep in your own bed? Sunset Safari's are an evening, after-hours program that begins at 6pm and ends at 11pm. Dates TBD (call 513-559-7767 if you would like to book a date for 15 or more people)