When the sun goes down, some animals go to sleep…but for others, life is just starting to get interesting. After everyone else has gone home, you and your family will get a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the Minnesota Zoo, as you find out just what happens deep in the ocean, far into the northern forests, or on the family farm after dark. In our family overnights, kids age five and older and their families get a nose-to-nose encounter with our animals and learn exciting things about nature and wildlife. An evening snack and breakfast will be provided.

All overnights offered Fridays, starting at 6:30 p.m. and ending at 9 a.m. the following morning. After the conclusion of the program all participants are invited to enjoy the rest of the day at the Minnesota Zoo.

A minimum of one adult and one child is required. Learn more by clicking on the descriptions below. We need a minimum of 15 people for the overnight to take place.

Fees: $47 per person for Zoo members  $55 per person for non-members

For Groups: If you are a community or scout group looking for a group overnight click here.  If you are with a school group click here.

For Adults: Check our our new Adult Only Overnight! Do you have a group of 15 or more adults interested in their very own Zoo overnight program? Contact educate@mnzoo.org to book a private overnight program.

Types of Overnights

Farm After Dark
Forests After Dark
Oceans After Dark

Icky, Sticky and Stinky
Based on the book “Nature’s Yucky” by two local authors, this camp shows how nature can be kinda’ icky sometimes but at the same time very entertaining!

From Gross to Weird – October 20, 2018

Have you ever wondered why llamas spit or how sea stars eat their food? Come spend the day at the Zoo learning about the gross diets and weird behaviors of some incredible animals. With this camp you’ll really get to know the animals at the Zoo!

AGES: Grades 1-3
TIMES: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
FEES: Members: $45 per day, Non-members: $55 per day.
BEFORE CARE : Offered from 8-9 a.m. for $5/day (optional).
AFTER CARE: Offered from 3-4 p.m. for $5/day (optional)
DROP OFF/PICK UP AREA: Main south entrance (see confirmation for more details).

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Questions? Email or call 952.431.9320.

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