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* (1 slice of pizza and juice) 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 for Family Overnights:
$49 per person for Zoo members
$59 per person for non-members

*If you have any dietary restrictions (example: gluten free pizza, etc.), please email [email protected] to let us know a minimum of 1 week prior to your program so we can accommodate your needs.

To request a specific disability accommodation, please contact the Minnesota Zoo at least two weeks prior to your program at 952-431-9364 (voice), 1-800-627-3529 (TTY), or [email protected]. More information can be found on our Accessibility page.

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 [email protected] to book a private overnight program.

Types of Overnights

Farm After Dark
Forests After Dark
Oceans After Dark

Wild Wonders Preschool is a unique program that brings the natural world alive! Offered for ten consecutive Mondays each fall and spring, we will connect children with nature by encouraging their natural affinity for nature. By developing their sense of place in the world over the ten weeks, this will allows us to provide a continuous theme, deeper learning, and foster relationships between teacher, students, and the animals.

The fall session will focus on the many ways animals get ready for winter and the spring session will focus on our domestic animal friends at the Wells Fargo Family Farm.

Ages: 4-6 years of age or in Kindergarten AND children must be group ready to participate: this includes the ability to listen and follow directions, remain with the group at all times, follow safety rules independently, and communicate with the instructor.  All children must also be toilet trained.

Fees: Members: $220, Non-members: $260

Fall Session – Mondays, September 16-November 25, 2019 (no class on November 11)

 Times: 9:30 a.m.-noon
1:00-3:30 p.m.
How to Register

Register Online

Questions? Email or call 952.431.9390.


Upcoming Dates

  • Date: 09/23/2019
  • Time: 9:30 AM
  • Date: 09/23/2019
  • Time: 11:00 AM
  • Date: 09/23/2019
  • Time: 1:00 PM
  • Date: 09/24/2019
  • Time: 11:00 AM
  • Date: 09/25/2019
  • Time: 11:00 AM
  • Date: 09/26/2019
  • Time: 11:00 AM
  • Date: 09/27/2019
  • Time: 11:00 AM
  • Date: 09/27/2019-09/28/2019
  • Time: 6:30 PM
  • Date: 09/28/2019
  • Time: 7:00 AM
  • Date: 09/28/2019
  • Time: 8:30 AM