Family Programs

​​​​​New! Family Science & Nature

Birds — Feb. 10, 2018 • 9-11:30am

Cost: $12 for Zoo member, $15 for non-member

Looking for a way for the family to enjoy nature and learning together? Join us on select Saturdays for our new Family Science & Nature program.

Learn to identify birds in the area from parks to backyards. See how you and your family can get involved with counting birds for science. Rob Ripma, co-owner of Sabrewing Nature Tours and president of the Board of the Amos Butler Audubon Society in Indianapolis, along with Zoo staff will lead you on this family experience. Take home ideas for attracting and identifying birds.

The program includes some walking as well as indoor and outdoor activities, so dress to accommodate for both. Program recommended for 9 years and older. Participants under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a paid adult. 

Spaces are limited, and registration is required.

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Family Overnight Adventure

Spring Family Overnight – March 9

Summer Family Overnight – July 27
Fall Family Overnight - Oct. 26

Cost: $40 per person for members, $50 for nonmembers

​Looking for something new to do with the family? Come and experience an overnight at the Zoo! With our Family Overnight program, you will get to spend the night at the Zoo and participate in a variety of different activities specifically designed for families, including a craft, gam​es, animal stories, a special after-hours Zoo tour and catered breakfast. 

Requirements for Participation

  • Multiple families may sign up for an Indianapolis Zoo Family Overnight. We require a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 45 total participants. If fewer than 20 register, we will be forced to cancel the overnight. We will notify families at least 30 days prior to the evening if we have to cancel.

  • Participants must be at least 6 yea​rs old to participate in any Indianapolis Zoo overnight program.​

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Additional Overnight Information and FAQs

  • ​Your program fees include Zoo and White River Gardens admission, parking fees, all activities, spending the night at the Zoo, and a catered breakfast buffet. 

  • Your family will be joined by others. The maximum number of participants for a Family Overnight is 45.

  • Groups sleep on the floor in the St. Vincent​ Dolphin Gallery. The Gallery is the large room that leads into the dolphin dome, but no one is allowed to sleep in the dome. There are bathroom facilities inside the building, but there are no showers available. The Zoo reserves the right to change your sleeping area as necessary.

  • Please note that the Zoo reserves the right to change any programming as necessary, including anything listed above. 

    For more information, please email​ or call 317-630-2000 between the hours of 9am-5pm Monday through Friday.​