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Zoo Overnights – Wild Winks

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!

General Information

Ages 7+
Children under 18 must attend with an adult
6 p.m. – 9 a.m.

Program details and FAQs can be found at the bottom of the page.

Four Programs to Choose From:

Parents Night Out 
A child-only overnight offered the first Friday of every month.

Cub Scout Night
Scouts will work towards earning a Nova WILD! Award.

Girl Scout Night
Scouts can earn one of three badges:

  • Senses Badge
  • Night Owl badge
  • Animal Habitats badge

Family Night
An overnight for the whole family! Scout groups are welcome to attend Family Overnights, but badges are not available.


$60 per person for Scout Overnights, Parents Night Out
$55 per person for Family Overnights

Current Schedule

Parents Night Out (Children only!) Summer dates coming soon!
Cub/Boy Scouts
  • May 13, 26
Girl Scouts
  • April 29
  • May 6, 19, 27
Family (Open to all)
  • April 28
  • May 12, 20


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.


For additional information, please e-mail

Frequently Asked Questions


Where do we go when we arrive?
Hermann Park Drive is closed, how do I get to the Zoo?
Where do we sleep?
What should we bring?
What food is provided? If I have an allergy, can accommodations be made?
Do we need our own flashlights?
Do I need to stay the night with my child?
What are the weather contingency plans?
What is the difference between a scout overnight and a family overnight?