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 registrars@cincinnatizoo.org

Family Programs

Cost: Members – $7/Adult, $7/Child; Non-Members – $11/Adult, $11/Child

TopicDescriptionDates & Time
Family Night Hike: Savannah SurvivorCan you outrun a cheetah or outreach a giraffe? Are you as good at teamwork as a wild dog or will eat ANYTHING like a vulture? African animals are amazing at not just surviving, but thriving on the grassland savannahs. Come and meet some of these amazing animals as we test our skills against theirs and see if we have what it takes to be savannah survivors too!

August 8, 9, or 15: 6:30-8pm
Family Night Hike: Creatures of the NightThings 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!

October 4, 11, 18 or 25: 6-7:30 pm
Zoo GourmetBack by popular demand! Food is a huge part of
celebrating holidays. At the Zoo, our animals feast
year-round on carefully planned diets. The Zoo goes around the globe, sparing no expense, to procure the very freshest whole foods, anywhere – for our animals. Join us for a holiday food frenzy and learn how we feed thousands of animals healthy diets every day. Through a game, close encounters, and a behind the scenes tour of the Zoo’s commissary, find out why different animals eat different foods, how the Zoo manages its menus and get some fresh ideas about staying healthy yourself!

November 8, 15 or 22: 10-11:30 am or 1-2:30 pm

Family Zoo Yoga

Adults and 4-10 year olds are invited to join us to foster fitness, family and fun with wildlife at the Zoo. Adults and children must purchase separate tickets.

Cost per Class:  Members: $7 Adult/$7 Child;  Non-Members: $11 Adult/$11 Child

Cost For Series:  Members: $15 Adult/$15 Child;  Non-Members: $27 Adult/$27 Child

TopicDescriptionDates & Times
Family Zoo YogaRoar like a tiger. Fly like a bird. Move as slowly as a sloth. Explore the world of animals and plants in a fun new way – through yoga! You and your child will discover more about animals and plants through the practice of yoga. This fun and active program is a beginner/mid-level level class for adults and children and can serve as a great foundation for developing an interest in wildlife and fitness that can last a lifetime. Yoga mats are provided. Please bring a bottle of water and wear comfortable clothing.

September 6, October 4, or November 1: 10-11 am

Family Overnights

Join the Zoo’s overnight program, Nocturnal Adventures, for special events designed for parents and children, ages 5 and up. Pitch your tent and camp out at the Zoo, sleep with manatees circling your feed, or sleep outside a tropical rainforest! Learn More>