Family Sundown Safari

Outdoor Camping Overnight


5:00 p.m.–10:00 a.m.

Members: $80/person
Nonmembers: $95/person
Discount for Five or More:
Members: $75/person
Nonmembers: $90/person

About the Event

Grab your tent, sleeping bag, your family, and a few friends and get ready for an overnight adventure at Oakland Zoo. Families should arrive at 5:00 p.m. sharp to set up camp. After everyone has arrived and is set up, your overnight adventure begins. Start your night with pizza, salad bar, fruit, and drinks during dinner. Next explore the Wayne and Gladys Valley Children’s Zoo on an exciting guided twilight tour with a special behind the scenes. Afterwards create enrichment treats for one of the Zoo’s specially selected animals. Head to the Wildlife Theater for an amazing show with Storyteller Suellen Primost and the Nylon Zoo and finish off around the campfire for s’mores before settling in for the night.

Wake up in the morning to the sound of the animals. After breakfast, have an up-close encounter with some education animals not on exhibit in the Zoo. Join your guide for a morning tour of the Zoo and finish off the experience by observing the animals enjoy your hand made treats created the night before. Return to camp to take down your tents and pack up your things, but feel free to stick around the Zoo since your program includes admission.

For families with children ages 4 and older; all adults and children must register

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.
Family Sundown Safari T-Shirts are available for purchase beforehand and on the day of program for $15 each. Order details can be found on your registration form and will be given to you when you check in on the date of your program.
Reservation Information

To make a reservation download:

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 ext. 220 or email the Education Programs Associate.

P.O. Box 5238

9777 Golf Links Road Oakland, CA 94605