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 
F613RA June 13 Sa 7:30-8:45 a.m.  
F620RA June 20 Sa 7:30-8:45 a.m.  
F708RA July 8 W 7:30-8:45 a.m.  
F718RA July 18 Sa 7:30-8:45 a.m.  

Family Overnight Programs

These overnight programs are for families with children ages 5 and up. Youth and adults attend these programs TOGETHER. 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.

Mission ZooPossible

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

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to spend the evening at the Zoo and help us save our native animals.  You will embark on 4 missions around the Zoo grounds, each designed to save a different type of animal from frogs to butterflies.  Each mission will show you how to take these techniques home to help animals your backyard or neighborhood.  By the end of the evening you will have all the skills and materials needed to make your yard a certified wildlife habitat. Saving animals is “Zoopossible” with your help!

Limited to 60 participants per session.

Instructors: Zoo Staff

Fee:  Zoo Members $40/General Public $45

CodeDateDay/Time 
N612ZP June 12 6:30 p.m. F-8:30 a.m. Sa  
N626ZP June 26 6:30 p.m. F-8:30 a.m. Sa  
N717ZP July 17 6:30 p.m. F-8:30 a.m. Sa  
N807ZP Aug 7 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!

Limited to 16 participants per session.

Instructors:  Zoo Staff

Fee:  Zoo Members $60/General Public $65

CodeDateDay/Time 
N606US June 6 6:30 p.m. Sa-8:30 a.m. Su SOLD OUT
N613US June 13 6:30 p.m. Sa-8:30 a.m. Su SOLD OUT
N627US June 27 6:30 p.m. Sa-8:30 a.m. Su SOLD OUT
N711US July 11 6:30 p.m. Sa-8:30 a.m. Su  
N718US July 18 6:30 p.m. Sa-8:30 a.m. Su  
N725US July 25 6:30 p.m. Sa-8:30 a.m. Su  
N801US Aug 1 6:30 p.m. Sa-8:30 a.m. Su  
N815US Aug 15 6:30 p.m. Sa-8:30 a.m. Su  
N822US Aug 22 6:30 p.m. Sa-8:30 a.m. Su  
N905US Sep 5 6:30 p.m. Sa-8:30 a.m. Su  
N912US Sep 12 6:30 p.m. Sa-8:30 a.m. Su  
N918US Sep 18 6:30 p.m. F-8:30 a.m. Sa  

Private Summer Overnights (NEW!)

For families and organized groups with participants ages 5 and up

For the first time ever - schedule your own private group overnight during the summer on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday evenings.  Choose from two program themes that can be tailored to meet your needs.  Whether you have a mixed scout group, a family group, or a summer camp, we have an overnight for you!

Mission ZooPossible Overnight

Limited to 60 participants (minimum 30 participants).

Instructors: Zoo Staff

Fee: $40 per participant (children and adults)

Under the Sea-lion Overnight

Limited to 24 participants (minimum 12 participants).

Instructors: Zoo Staff

Fee: $60 per participant (children and adults)

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