Virginia Zoo Family programs provide educational learning opportunities for guests of all ages. From overnight snoozes to early childhood programs to nights out for the kids, 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.


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.



Experience the Virginia Zoo from dusk until dawn by joining us after-hours for this unique nocturnal 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, exhibit trail hikes, a behind-the-scenes experience, breakfast, and so much more. Wake up to the sounds of lions roaring or siamangs calling!