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

  • Please note:  Additional programs may have sold out since our last website update.
  • Wait lists are first come, first serve. Click here to confirm your spot on the wait list.
  • 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 $26/General Public $29

    CodeDateDayTime 
    F0615RA June 15 Sa 7:30-8:45 a.m.  
    F0720RA July 20 Sa 7:30-8:45 a.m.  
  • 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. Under the Sea-lion overnights sleep inside the Sea Lion Sound tunnel. All overnights include an evening snack, guided night hike around Zoo grounds, continental breakfast and a souvenir cup.

    The Lion King(dom)

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

    Is a lion really the king of the jungle? Come spend an adventurous evening at the Zoo to find this out and much more. Your night will be filled with fun activities focused on the varied landscapes, animals and cultures that fill the huge continent of Africa. A walking safari through the Zoo will give you a closer look at how you can help save animals and their natural habitats. So come see how far our light reaches! Join us for a roaring good time!

    Limited to 60 participants per session
    Instructors: Zoo Educators
    Fee:  Zoo Members $42/General Public $47

    CodeDateDay/Time 
    N0614LK Jun 14-15 6:30 p.m. F-8:30 a.m. Sa  
    N0809LK Aug 9-10 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 aquatic life at the Zoo by visiting Stingrays at 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 Educators
    Fee:  Zoo Members $62/General Public $67

    CodeDateDay/Time 
    N0601US June 1-2 6:30 p.m. Sa-8:30 a.m. Su  
    N0615US June 15-16 6:30 p.m. Sa-8:30 a.m. Su  
    N0706US July 6-7 6:30 p.m. Sa-8:30 a.m. Su  
    N0720US July 20-21 6:30 p.m. Sa-8:30 a.m. Su  
    N0803US Aug 3-4 6:30 p.m. Sa-8:30 a.m. Su  
    N0817US Aug 17-18 6:30 p.m. Sa-8:30 a.m. Su  
    N0831US Aug 31-Sept 1 6:30 p.m. Sa-8:30 a.m. Su  
    N0907US Sept 7-8 6:30 p.m. Sa-8:30 a.m. Su  
    N0913US Sept 13-14 6:30 p.m. F-8:30 a.m. Sa  
    N0921US Sept 21-22 6:30 p.m. Sa-8:30 a.m. Su  

    Private Family and Group 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 will 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. 

    Under the Sea-lion

    Limited to 24 participants (minimum 12 participants)
    Instructors:  Zoo Educators
    Fee:  $62 per participant (price for children and adults)

    Please contact the Overnight Staff at (314) 646-4614, or email overnights@stlzoo.org for more information.