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

HURRAY FOR MOM!Many animals (including humans) have close relationships with their mothers. From the gentle jaws of an alligator to the comfy pouch of a wallaby, come and learn about our Zoo moms as we prepare to celebrate all moms on tomorrow’s holiday just for them.

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May 12: 10-11:30 am
HURRAY FOR DAD!From babysitters to breadwinners, the dads of many animal
species take an active role in their families’ lives. We’ll take a
hike around the Zoo, see an animal ancounter, and play a game to
learn more about these important and often overlooked family
members as we celebrate them on their special weekend.
June 16: 10-11:30 am
Family Night Hike: Hey BabyThe 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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Dates: May 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 25, 26 & June 1, 2: 6:30-8pm

Family Night Hike: How the Guinea Fowl Got its SpotsTraditional storytelling is ingrained in many cultures. Come sit by the light from our Twiga campfire and make s’mores, hear traditional African folktales by firelight, meet some of our education ambassador animals, then embark on a guided evening hike in the Zoo after the crowds have gone home. We’ll end the evening by honing our own storytelling skills and creating a folktale about one of the animals that we met along the way.
Note: at least one adult must register and accompany registered child participants in this program. Children under 2 years of age may attend free of charge with registered adult.
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Dates: June 16, 29, July 21, 28, August 25 5pm-7pm

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. For families with children 5 years old and up.
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March 17, April 13, May 25, June 16, July 7, August 4, or September 1: 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. For families with children 5 years old and up.
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April 7, May 12, May 26, June 8, or June 29. July 13, 27, August 10, 18, 31, or September 1: 6pm-9am
Creature QUESTCome explore the zoo, learning to observe and wonder about the world around you. Through tours, up-close encounters, behind-the-scenes tours, and fun activities, you will go on a QUEST for answers! For families with children 5 years old and up.
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May 26: 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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July 14: 6pm-9am
Sunset Safari Want to experience the Zoo late at night but would rather sleep in your own bed? Sunset Safaris 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)