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Spend the Night at the Zoo

Creature Campouts

Join us for an overnight outdoor adventure! Each year's theme is different for these exciting camping experiences. This year we will be camping with a Frog Watch theme.

All campouts take place on select Friday and Saturday nights, beginning at 5:30 p.m. All campers need to bring their own tents and sleeping bags. The adventure includes pizza from our very own Beastro, a guided tour, activities, an animal encounter, and a bedtime snack. We will be around when the rest of the Zoo is closed, so we will see who might be awake! In the morning, the adventure continues with continental breakfast and a 9:30 a.m. tram ride.

Participants should plan to attend the entire event, from 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 a.m. We are unable to accommodate latecomers or those wishing to leave early.

We welcome individuals, families, and friends to attend the Creature Campout. All participants must be at least five years old at the time of the campout. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Creature Campout shirts will be available for $10, plus tax, each for those that camp out with us.

Creature Campout Dates:

  • Saturday, Devember 30 - Frog Watch - Indoor Campout

2018 Creature Campout Dates:

  • Friday, April 13
  • Saturday, May 19
  • Saturday, June 23 - Great American Backyard Campout
  • Saturday, July 21
  • Saturday, September 15
  • Saturday, October 20
  • Sunday, December 30 - Indoor

Space is limited, so register now for one of these Creature Campout nights! Online registration required for Campouts. For more information please call the Education Department at 266-8213.

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If you're looking for an exciting activity for your scout, church, school group or family, but you don't want to mess with camping equipment, we've got exactly what you need. How about spending the night at the Zoo? You can invite the gorillas or tigers to your next sleepover and stay inside our Researchers Tent in The Downing Gorilla Forest* or the Slawson Family Tiger Trek. Another option is to add the outdoor element into your sleepover, yet keep a roof over your head, as you sleep under the cover of the North American Prairie Overlook. You can stay inside the Cargill Learning Center where you have all the comforts of home yet room for the whole group to spread out.

Participants need to bring a sack dinner, sleeping bag and overnight gear. Our overnight adventure starts at 6:00 p.m. in the Cargill Learning Center and the evening will include guided tours, an education experience, a fun craft, an animal encounter, and a bedtime snack. The next morning, the journey concludes with juice and a hike through the Zoo.

All participants should plan to attend the entire event, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. We are unable to accommodate those arriving late or those wishing to leave early.

Fees are $25 per person regardless of membership status. There is a minimum of 15 participants. However, for bookings under 30 people, we reserve the right to combine groups similar in age and gender. A non-refundable deposit of $150 is due at booking; the remainder will be paid on the night of your event.

Please be advised that during evening hours, there is no guarantee you will see some of the animals.

Choose your sleeping area:
Slawson Family Tiger Trek (maximum of 30 guests)
The Downing Gorilla Forest*(maximum of 60 guests)
North American Prairie Overlook
Cargill Learning Center

*Please note that the Downing Gorilla Forest building contains latex.

To schedule your Nocturnal Adventure, contact the education department at 266-8213 a minimum of two weeks in advance. Dates are limited, so call now!


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Cargill Learning Center:   Overnights at the Zoo
Sedgwick County Zoo
5555 Zoo Boulevard
Wichita, Kansas 67212
t: (316) 266-8213
f: (316) 712-9867
Hours of Operation
Summer8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(March – October)
Winter10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(November – February)
*The Zoo will be closed one day only, September 8, 2018 to facilitate the preparation of the annual Zoo fundraiser, Zoobilee.