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Zoo Overnights – Wild Winks

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Spend the night at the Zoo on a Wild Winks overnight for a fun-filled and totally unique after-hours experience! All overnights include interactive activities, guided flashlight tours, a pizza dinner, continental breakfast, and more!

Current Programs:

Parents Night Out  – A children only overnight offered the first Friday of every month.
Cub Scout Night – Participants will work towards earning the Nova WILD! Award.
Girl Scout Night – Participants can earn one of three badges; the Senses badge, Night Owl badge, or Animal Habitats badge.
Family Night – An overnight for all! Scout groups are welcome to attend Family Overnights, but badge components are not available on these nights.

Ages 7+ (Children under 18 can only attend with an adult)
6 p.m. – 9 a.m.
Scout Overnights, Parents Night Out, Per Person – $60
Family Overnights, Per Person – $55
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For more detailed information about the overnight program, view our brochure by clicking the link below:

 Important Program Information

Current Schedule

Parents Night Out (Children only!)
  • February 3
  • March 3
  • April 7
  • May 5
Cub/Boy Scouts
  • January 20
  • February 10, 25
  • March 11, 24
  • April 8, 21, 29
  • May 13, 26
Girl Scouts
  • January 27
  • February 11
  • March 4, 17
  • April 14, 22
  • May 6, 19, 27
Family (Open to all)
  • February 18
  • March 10, 18
  • April 15, 28
  • May 12, 20

Zoo Lights begins on November 18 and runs through January 15. No overnights will be offered during this time period. For more information on Zoo Lights, visit http://www.houstonzoo.org/zoolights/

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Online registration for overnights closes the Sunday before the scheduled program. Click the “Register Now” button to see the most updated list of spaces and dates. Please note, a minimum of 15 participants must be in attendance to conduct overnights. 

Scout Overnights

Badge Wild Winks include everything in the general program, plus participants will complete badge requirements.

Badge programs offered:

  • Cub Scouts – Nova WILD! Award
  • Girl Scouts – Senses Badge, Animal Habitats Badge, or Night Owl Badge

In designated Girl Scout overnights, siblings or participants of the opposite gender are permitted to spend the night but will be required to sleep in a location separate from the female participants.

School, Community Group, and Private Overnights

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For school and community groups or individuals requesting a private overnight experience, please complete and submit the registration form along with payment at least 3 weeks (21 days) in advance of the program. Dates are based on availability and are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. Group rates are not available. Groups must pay for a minimum of 15 spaces to book an overnight. Private overnights cannot be booked on Friday or Saturday night unless all 60 general participation spaces are bought out.

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For additional information, please e-mail
education@houstonzoo.org.

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