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Spend the Night at the Zoo

Creature Campouts

Join us for an overnight adventure! The theme for 2018 is Zoo Families.

All campouts take place on select Friday and Saturday nights, beginning at 5:30 p.m. All campers need to bring their own tents and sleeping bags. The adventure includes pizza from the Beastro, a guided tour, activities, an animal encounter, and a bedtime snack. We’ll be around when the rest of the Zoo is closed so we will see who may be awake! In the morning, the adventure continues with continental breakfast and an optional 9:30 a.m. tram ride.

Participants should plan to attend the entire event, 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 a.m. We are unable to accommodate latecomers or those wishing to leave early.

We welcome individuals, families, and friends to attend the Creature Campout. All participants must be at least five years old at the time of the campout. Youth under18 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Learning Adventure shirts will be available for $10 plus tax.

  • Friday, April 13
  • Saturday, May 12
  • Saturday, June 23: Great American Backyard Campout
  • Saturday, July 21: Indoors
  • Saturday, Sept. 15
  • Saturday, Oct. 20
  • Sunday, Dec. 30: Indoors

Each person must have an individual ticket. Space is limited. Tickets will be scanned at the door. All overnights take place rain or shine. All reservations are final. No cancellations, refunds, rain checks or exchanges; tickets will not be replaced if lost, stolen or unused.

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If you're looking for an exciting activity for your scout, church, school group or family, but you don't want to mess with camping equipment, we've got exactly what you need. How about spending the night at the Zoo? You can invite the gorillas or tigers to your next sleepover and stay inside our Researchers Tent in The Downing Gorilla Forest* or the Slawson Family Tiger Trek. Another option is to add the outdoor element into your sleepover, yet keep a roof over your head, as you sleep under the cover of the North American Prairie Overlook. You can stay inside the Cargill Learning Center where you have all the comforts of home yet room for the whole group to spread out.

Participants need to bring a sack dinner, sleeping bag and overnight gear. Our overnight adventure starts at 6:00 p.m. in the Cargill Learning Center and the evening will include guided tours, an education experience, a fun craft, an animal encounter, and a bedtime snack. The next morning, the journey concludes with juice and a hike through the Zoo.

All participants should plan to attend the entire event, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. We are unable to accommodate those arriving late or those wishing to leave early.

Fees are $25 per person regardless of membership status. There is a minimum of 15 participants. However, for bookings under 30 people, we reserve the right to combine groups similar in age and gender. A non-refundable deposit of $150 is due at booking; the remainder will be paid on the night of your event.

Please be advised that during evening hours, there is no guarantee you will see some of the animals.

Choose your sleeping area:
Slawson Family Tiger Trek (maximum of 30 guests)
The Downing Gorilla Forest*(maximum of 60 guests)
North American Prairie Overlook
Cargill Learning Center

*Please note that the Downing Gorilla Forest building contains latex.

To schedule your Nocturnal Adventure, contact the education department at 266-8213 a minimum of two weeks in advance. Dates are limited, so call now!


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Cargill Learning Center:   Overnights at the Zoo
Sedgwick County Zoo
5555 Zoo Boulevard
Wichita, Kansas 67212
t: (316) 266-8213
f: (316) 712-9867
Hours of Operation
Summer8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(March – October)
Winter10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(November – February)
*The Zoo will be closed one day only, September 8, 2018 to facilitate the preparation of the annual Zoo fundraiser, Zoobilee.