Youth and parents attend these programs TOGETHER. The fees for these programs are per registered participant. All participating family members must be registered.

Wake Up With the Rays

For families with children entering 1st grade and up

Join us behind the scenes at Stingrays at Caribbean Cove!  You will have an opportunity to walk through the support tent with a keeper who will discuss the incredible equipment and marine expertise required to take care of our amazing marine animals.  You will learn about our stingrays and sharks.  We will show you how to touch the sharks and you can feed the stingrays yourself.  This program will end with a stingray keeper discussion during a tasty breakfast provided at Lakeside Café.

Limited to 30 participants per session

Instructor: Zoo Interpreters

Fee: Zoo Members $20/General Public $25

CodeDateDayTime
F611RA June 11 Sa 7:30-8:45 a.m.
F621RA June 21 Tu 7:30-8:45 a.m.
F709RA July 9 Sa 7:30-8:45 a.m.

Family Overnight Programs

Please note: These overnight programs are for families with children ages 5 and up. Youth and adults attend these programs TOGETHER. These programs require at least one parent or other adult for every one to two youth participants.  The fees for these programs are per registered participant.  All participating family members must be registered. 

Summer overnights offer a unique opportunity for participants to sleep under the stars or sea (lions), without tents. Weather permitting, we will sleep in our overnight space in the heart of the Zoo. All overnights include an evening snack, guided night hike around Zoo grounds, continental breakfast and a souvenir cup.

From Dusk Til Dawn

For families with participants ages 5 and up; one adult and one child minimum

What goes on when the sun goes down? Or better yet, who comes out?  Come to the Zoo and explore the awesome world of nocturnal animals.  We will learn about their unique adaptations and even test them against our own abilities.  This program will also let us see some of our Zoo’s nocturnal animals after the sun goes down and find out what they do all night long.  So join us and find out about the unique animals that are up from dusk til dawn!

Register online (or mail in form). Please review all registration information. If you have further questions, please email or call us at (314) 646-4544, #6 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday.

Limited to 60 participants per session

Instructors: Zoo Staff

Fee:  Zoo Members $40/General Public $45

CodeDateDay/Time
N610DD June 10-11 6:30 p.m. F-8:30 a.m. Sa
N624DD June 24-25 6:30 p.m. F-8:30 a.m. Sa
N715DD July 15-16 6:30 p.m. F-8:30 a.m. Sa
N812DD Aug 12-13 6:30 p.m. F-8:30 a.m. Sa

Under the Sea-lion            

For families with participants ages 5 and up; one adult and one child minimum

Join us for this amazing opportunity to sleep inside the Sea Lion Sound tunnel!  We will explore some of our marine life at the Zoo by visiting Caribbean Cove and the Herpetarium. We will end the night by laying out sleeping bags inside the tunnel. You will awake under the sea and, hopefully, under a sea lion!

Register online (or mail in form). Please review all registration information. If you have further questions, please email or call us at (314) 646-4544, #6 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday.

Limited to 16 participants per session

Instructors:  Zoo Staff

Fee:  Zoo Members $60/General Public $65

CodeDateDay/Time
N604US June 4-5 6:30 p.m. Sa-8:30 a.m. Su
N611US June 11-12 6:30 p.m. Sa-8:30 a.m. Su
N625US June 25-26 6:30 p.m. Sa-8:30 a.m. Su
N709US July 9-10 6:30 p.m. Sa-8:30 a.m. Su
N716US July 16-17 6:30 p.m. Sa-8:30 a.m. Su
N730US July 30-31 6:30 p.m. Sa-8:30 a.m. Su
N806US Aug 6-7 6:30 p.m. Sa-8:30 a.m. Su
N820US Aug 20-21 6:30 p.m. Sa-8:30 a.m. Su
N827US Aug 27-28 6:30 p.m. Sa-8:30 a.m. Su
N903US Sep 3-4 6:30 p.m. Sa-8:30 a.m. Su
N910US Sep 10-11 6:30 p.m. Sa-8:30 a.m. Su
N916US Sep 16-17 6:30 p.m. F-8:30 a.m. Sa

Private Family Overnight Programs

For families and organized groups with participants ages 5 and up

You can schedule your own private group overnight during the summer on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday evenings. When you schedule your own overnight, we use the themes that we are currently offering, but tailor them to meet your needs.   Whether it’s for a mixed-scout group, a family group, or a summer camp, we have an overnight for you.  Choose from the following two options:

From Dusk Til Dawn

Limited to 80 participants (minimum 30 participants)

Instructors: Zoo Staff

Fee: $40 per participant (price for children and adults)

Under the Sea-lion 

Limited to 24 participants (minimum 12 participants)

Instructors: Zoo Staff

Fee: $60 per participant (price for children and adults)

Please contact Bridget Ebert, Overnight Programs Coordinator at (314) 646-4614 or ebert@stlzoo.org for more information.