Private Group Overnights

Grades K–12

Friday or Saturday Night by Request 7:00pm to 10:00am (6:00pm start time if sleeping outside)

Children: $85 each

Adults: $75 each

(higher if sleeping outside)

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About the Overnight

Book an overnight exclusive to your group! Grab your friends and come on down to the Zoo for an amazing evening with the animals! Start your evening with a private guided tour of the Zoo. Afterwards, enjoy a light snack and participate in a fun hands-on activity. Next, meet some of our education animals up close and settle in for the night. In the morning wake up, enjoy a tasty continental breakfast, pack up your things, and journey back into the zoo to see the animals as they wake.


Program Options


In this overnight guests learn how they can make the lives of Zoo animals, pets, and native wildlife more enriching and fun! You’ll learn all about how biologists design projects to encourage natural behaviors of zoo animals and then take a tour to study them. Then, you will get to make your enrichment craft with your group. In the morning, you then deliver your project to study the effects and explore how to improve the lives of wildlife in your own backyards before heading home.

Zoo Snoops

It's a mystery; so, put on your thinking caps! Groups will work together using the clues that lead to each animal on our tour. You will learn about each animal we discover along the way from an Oakland Zoo Education Specialist. You may end up behind-the-scenes or face-to-face with an animal to meet and touch!

Birthday Party

Want to celebrate your child's special day in a unique and interesting way? Make gifts for our animals! Begin your overnight party with an interactive program led by one of our Education Specialists, featuring: hands-on activities in one of our classrooms, a fun animal enrichment craft, a live animal presentation and a night tour of our Children’s Zoo. Then gather your friends and family together to eat and sing happy birthday before bed. In the morning, you will get to watch the animals enjoy the treat you made for them, a celebration for you and the animals. Note: cake is not provided.

Girl Scout Badge and Cub Overnights

Would you like an exclusive overnight for your troop, pack or den? Please see Girl Scout or Cub Scout program descriptions on the Overnight Council events form and let us create an intimate and interactive program for your group.

Outside Option

In the months of April through September, some of our programs have the option of choosing to sleep in tents in our Zoo Meadow. You will arrive an hour early to have time to set up your tents, which you will need to provide. Because of the size of the Meadow this option limits the maximum number of participants to 60. Outside overnights subject to weather conditions and may need to be moved inside. No refunds can be made due to weather.


To make a reservation, download the Private Group Overnights Request Form and submit a completed copy via email or fax to (510) 729-7324 at least 30 days in advance.