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Planning a night out and need to find a babysitter? Look no more! The 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 the animals that are out and about at night through games, activities, a hike (weather permitting) around the Zoo and a light pizza dinner.
Let it GLOW!

In this kids-only, after-hours adventure, we’ll bring the dark secrets of the animal kingdom to light. Discover why fireflies gleam and how snakes use heat-seeking superpowers to track down their prey. Through learning activities, games, hikes, and animal visits, we will learn who’s roaring and who’s snoring when the sun goes down. Take a leap in the dark and explore with us!

Child drop-off will be from 4:45 – 5 pm
Location: Virginia Zoo Admin Classroom


$30 for the first child

*Additional children $20/each

Programming will end at 9 pm, all children must be picked up no later than this time. There will be a late pick up charge of $10 for every fifteen minutes you are late picking up your child after 9 pm. If you are participating in the Zoo’s Kiss and Tail event, please let an educator know when dropping off your child.


2 slices of pizza and a drink will be provided per child

General Schedule Information:

All participants must be between 4 and 12 years old. Please provide any medical/health information such as allergies that should be known for the program. All participants must be preregistered prior to the program and have adults/chaperones attending the Kiss and Tail event.


Refillable water bottle is encouraged and can be refilled throughout the program. We do not allow outside food or beverages (except water) on Zoo grounds.
Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable closed-toe shoes are also recommended.

Kids Night Out is held rain or shine. The Virginia Zoo reserves the right to cancel or change any program. Programs that have not met the minimum number of participants within the week of the program may be cancelled. In the event that we cancel your program, a full refund will be issued and individuals will be contacted directly. Kids Night Out cancellations must be received at least 7 days prior to the program to receive a partial refund of 80%. No refunds will be given for programs canceled less than 7 days before the date.

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