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

Many Many Moons AgoJoin us for an afternoon of traditional Native American tales, charismatically presented by local storyteller, Fred Shaw. The entire family will enjoy stories of the animals who live around us such as opossums, turtles, and owls and visits from some Zoo animal ambassadors.
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September 16 or October 28: 1-2:30 pm
Family Night Hike: Creepy CrawliesThings that go bump - or hiss - in the night! From creatures with eight legs to those with no legs, there sure are some wild, hair-raising animals here at the Zoo! We’ll hike around the zoo and get up close and personal with some of the Zoo’s very own education animals while we learn about what makes these creepy crawlies so unique!
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September 29, or October 7, 21, 27 6:00 - 7:30 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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September 2 or October 6: 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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September 16: 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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September 1, 2 , 23, October 14, or 27: 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)