Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

  • To prevent the spread of COVID-19, additional restrictions will be required for attending all in-person programs. See the sections on Covid-19 Guidelines for In-Person Programs, the Covid-19 Policy and the Covid-19 Terms and Conditions found on the COVID-19 Information page. 

For Families with Children Ages 5 and Up

Registration

  • For families with children ages 5 and up.

    Join us for this amazing opportunity to sleep inside Polar Bear Point! We will explore the Zoo at night while learning about Arctic and Antarctic animals and their unique adaptations that allow them to live in the cold. We will end the night by laying out sleeping bags inside the underwater viewing building. You will awake with a view of the polar bear pool and hopefully with a view of Kali! The overnight includes an evening snack, a reusable cup and a continental breakfast in the morning.

    Registration

    Limited to 18 participants per session.
    Fee: Zoo Members $70/General Public $75

    CodeDateDay/Time
    N1202PB December 2-3 6:30 p.m. F-8:30 a.m. Sa
    N0318PB March 18-19 6:30 p.m. Sa-8:30 a.m. Su

    Private Polar Bear Plunge Family Overnight

    For families with children ages 5 and up.

    Join us for this amazing opportunity to sleep inside Polar Bear Point! We will explore the Zoo at night while learning about Arctic and Antarctic animals and their unique adaptations that allow them to live in the cold. We will end the night by laying out sleeping bags inside the underwater viewing building. You will awake with a view of the polar bear pool and hopefully with a view of Kali! The overnight includes an evening snack, a reusable cup and a continental breakfast in the morning.

    Limited to 18 participants per session, minimum of 12 participants.

    Fee: $75 per participant

    To start your booking, please complete the form below:

    Private Overnight Request Form - coming soon!

    For more information, please contact the Overnight Staff at overnights@stlzoo.org.

     

     

The following programs require a separate booking process.  Click on titles below for more details.

  • Warm and Fuzzies Overnight

    For families with children ages 5 and up.

    The Saint Louis Zoo is home to some incredible endotherms (or “warm-blooded” animals)! Some endotherms have feathers, while others have fur, but all of them are able to control their own body temperatures. This means that they can survive in some pretty extreme habitats. Come discover the birds and mammals that live at the Zoo, and how being warm and fuzzy helps them to survive!

    Overnight evening activities will include rotations through exciting activities, an evening snack and a night hike around Zoo grounds. The morning portion of the overnight adventure includes a continental breakfast, a morning stroll around Zoo grounds to see the animals wake up, a souvenir Zoo patch and glow-in-the-dark overnight cup!

    For organized groups with participants ages 5 and up. You can schedule your own private group overnight during the summer on select evenings. When you schedule your own overnight, we use the theme that we are currently offering, but we tailor them to meet your needs. Whether it’s for a mixed-scout group, a family group or a camp, we have an overnight for you.

    Limited to 40 participants, 16 participants minimum.

    Fee: $50 per participant

    To start your booking, please complete the form below:

    Private Overnight Request Form - coming soon!

    For more information, please contact the Overnight Staff at overnights@stlzoo.org.

  • For families with children ages 5 and up.

    This program offers a unique experience for your family to join in on a conservation research project. You will meet a field biologist and assist them with radio tracking wild box turtles living in Forest Park. Your family will learn how to use a radio antenna to locate the turtle, assist in conducting an observational health exam and record other data needed for this study. Close-toed shoes and long pants are required. Participants meet at a designated area in Forest Park. 

    Program length is 90 minutes and offered May through October
    Limited to 8 participants in the same family group, ages 5 and up. A minimum of one adult must accompany the group.
    Fee per family group: Zoo Members $100/General Public $120

    Please complete the inquiry form for program booking. Booking times available on select days, between 9 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Turtle Tracking Request Form

  • For families and organized groups with participants ages 5 and up. Fees listed are per group with an additional cost for extra participants.  

    Ever wonder what the Zoo is like after dark? Gather some family and friends and join us for this amazing opportunity to explore the Zoo at night! A Zoo educator will be the guide for your family to learn more about the animals. Groups of over 12 participants are encouraged to split into two groups for a more personalized experience.

    Fee: $300 for your group of up to 9 family members or friends, a registered adult must accompany the group. $30 per each additional participant up to a maximum of 20 family members or friends.

    Tour Length: 90 minutes.  

    To start your booking, please fill out the request form below. 

    Family Night Hike Request Form

    Please contact the Overnight Staff at overnights@stlzoo.org for more information.

For Families with Children Ages 8 and Up

  • For families with children ages 8 and up.

    Make your Zoo visit even more memorable with a Safari Walking Tour! Tag along with our professional interpretive guides as they offer insight to the animal world with engaging stories, interesting facts and animal observations. This tour does not include touching live animals or access to non-public areas. 

    Choose one of the following topics: 

    Back from the Brink Walking Safari

    Meet us for a walking safari tour through River’s Edge as we focus on the challenges and successes of breeding endangered species. 

    Here, There, and Everywhere: WildCare Walking Safari

    Join us as we explore why and how the Zoo is a world leader in saving endangered species through the work of our WildCare Institute. 

    Walk on the Wild Side Safari

    Join our guide as you trek through the wilderness, passing through Centene Grizzly Ridge, McDonnell Polar Bear Point and Donn & Marilyn Lipton Fragile Forest. Discover the simple things you can do to help save animals!

    Tour Length: 60 minutes
    Limited to 8 participants in the same family group, ages 8 and up. A minimum of one adult must accompany the group.
    Fee per family group: Zoo Members $60/General Public $65

    Please complete the inquiry form for program booking. Booking times available on select days, between 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    Safari Walking Tour Request Form