Family Sundown Safari: Outdoor Overnight Program

Family Sundown Safari Overnight Program Grab your tent, sleeping bag, your family, and a few friends and get ready for an overnight adventure at Oakland Zoo. This unique program includes dinner, a nighttime guided tour of the Zoo, live animal presentations, interactive and educational activitites, storytelling, a Wildlife Theater show, a hot morning breakfast, and more. This program is available to all families in the East Bay and Bay Area. If you love nature, the Zoo, camping, and fun; this is the perfect program for you! Check out some photos from one of last year's overnights.

Important Information

Age Requirements: For families with children ages 4 and older.
Program Time: 5:00pm to 10:00am the following morning.*
Program Dates: July 12, 19, 26 and August 2, 9
Program Fee: $85.00 per person for non-members / $75.00 per person for members.
All adults and children must register.

Program Details

Families should bring their own tents and supplies and arrive at 5:00pm sharp to set up camp. After everyone has arrived and set up, your overnight adventure begins. Explore the Wayne and Gladys Valley Children's Zoo on an exciting guided twilight tour, meet some of our education animal ambassadors up close, create enrichment treats for the animals, and circle around the campfire for s'mores before settling in for the night. Wake up in the morning to the sound of the aniamls and enjoy a hot breakfast in the Island Cafe. Join your guide and head back into the Zoo to watch the animals enjoy your handmade treats. Return to camp to take down your tents and pack up your things.

New this year, Gerald the Magician! Come see Gerald's fun, goofy magic. Gerald loves audience participation and its sure to be fun for the whole family. Read more about Gerald here.

Please Note:

  • Dinner is provided, but you are welcome to bring your own snacks or items that do not require heating or refrigeration.
  • Activities are geared toward ages 4-10, but older siblings are welcome as well.
  • The Zoo is a noisy place, even at night! Please bring ear plugs if you are a light sleeper as animals like our chimpanzees can be very vocal in the early morning.
  • *The program ends at 10:00am, but participants are welcome to head back into the Zoo and explore on their own for the remainder of the day.

Reservation Information

To make a reservation download the Family Sundown Safari Request Form. Submit a completed copy via email or fax to (510) 729-7324 at least 2 weeks in advance. We are unable to accommodate bookings less than 2 weeks prior to the event.

A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of reservation. Payment is due in full 2 weeks before your program date or your reservation will be cancelled. Additional participants can be added to your reservation up to 14 days before your program date.

If you cancel more than 31 days before your event date you will be refunded the full amount minus a $50.00 cancellation fee. If it is less than 30 days, no refunds will be made.

For more information please call (510) 632-9525 x220 or email the Education Programs Associate.

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