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.

early childhood programs

Looking for fun and interactive programs that encourage family learning and foster early environmental awareness? The Virginia Zoo Early Childhood Programs offer several programs for pre-school age children and their care-givers or guardians. Come discover the natural world through play, stories, art and more. We currently offer both structured and unstructured early childhood programming throughout the year through story times and scheduled classes.

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TWILIGHT PROGRAMS

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.

JANUARY 27, 2018 – ZOO KEEPERS AFTER DARK

BIRTHDAY PARTIES

Your birthday boy or girl will have a wild time at a Zoo birthday party. All birthday parties include a visit from animal ambassadors and fun activities. (Specific animal ambassadors cannot be guaranteed.) Parties are held year round on Saturdays and Sundays and are led by an experienced VA Zoo educator. 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! Let Virginia Zoo will handle childcare for you. Kids aged 4-12 will enjoy a fun-filled and educational time at the Zoo. During this evening, we will learn all about our amazing animals with an animal encounter, games, activities and a craft. This evening also includes a light pizza dinner.

DECEMBER 16, 2017