Virginia Zoo Family programs provide educational learning opportunities for guests of all ages.  From overnight snoozes to early childhood programs to Summer Safari Family Camp, you’ll be amazed at all the Zoo has to offer as you and your family explore your sense of wonder through these educational opportunities.

ZOO TALES

Held every Tuesday at 11 am (check the signage in the plaza for location), join the education department for a storybook adventure that is designed for pre-school aged children. The program features two different animal stories, educational props and maybe even an animal visitor!

Zoo Tales Schedule

ZOO TALES EXPRESS

Held every Friday at 11 am at the outdoor classroom between the Plaza and the ZooFarm. The program features an animal story, educational  props and other fun activities!

Zoo Tales Express Schedule

GARDEN TALES/THYME IN THE GARDEN

Join us for a story and an interactive hands-on horticulture activity Thursdays at 11 a.m.

Norfolk Master Gardeners and the Virginia Zoo Horticulture Team will educate young Zoo visitors about the importance of plants and their relationship with animals. Participants will also have the opportunity to make a project related to the story.

Located off Fountain Plaza in the Tortoise Garden, this program is included with Zoo admission.

Garden Tales Schedule

FARM FRIENDS

Farm Friends is designed for young learners (ages 2 to 4) and their caregivers or parents. Each week, this interactive learning hour will focus on a different farm animal and includes a craft, story time, an animal encounter and an unforgettable educational experience.

Farm Friends May Schedule

TWILIGHT PROGRAM

Ever wonder what happens at the zoo after dark and the lights go out? Come join us for a nocturnal adventure without the sleepover! Together we’ll learn about the fascinating world of animals through games and activities, meet education animals up close and even hike around the zoo at night. Participants must be 6 years and older and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Twilight Programs Schedule

BIRTHDAY PARTIES

Your birthday boy or girl will have a wild time at a Zoo birthday party. All birthday parties include a visit from an animal ambassador and activities geared towards the age of the birthday child. (Specific animal ambassadors cannot be guaranteed.) Parties are held year round on Saturdays and Sundays and are offered at seven different times throughout the day. Reservations are required and are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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ZOO SNOOZE

Experience the Virginia Zoo from dusk until dawn by joining us after-hours for this unique adventure! It’s the ultimate sleepover for families, friends and groups. Zoo Snoozes include educational and exciting nighttime activities, up-close encounters with our animal ambassadors, themed night hikes, a behind-the-scenes experience, evening and morning meals and so much more. Wake up to the sounds of lions roaring or siamangs calling!

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KIDS NIGHT OUT

Planning a night out and need to find a babysitter? Look no more! The Virginia Zoo will handle childcare for you. Kids aged 6-12 will enjoy a fun-filled and educational time at the Zoo. During this evening, we will learn all about the animals that are out and about at night through games, activities, a hike around the Zoo and a light pizza dinner.

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