Sleep Under the Stars at the Racine Zoo!
2023 Themed Days:
Serengeti Snooze | Friday, June 16 – Saturday, June 17, 2023 | 5PM – 9AM
Discover the animals the call the Serengeti home, including an up-close encounter with our rhinos! Meet some smaller animals of Africa in an ambassador encounter, and complete a themed craft during your zoo safari!
Totally Turtles | Saturday, July 22 – Sunday, July 23, 2023 | 5PM – 9AM (SOLD OUT!)
It’s turtle time! You will be swimming in knowledge after this turtlely awesome sleepover at the Zoo! Participate in a training session with one of the largest species of tortoise in the world, meet four reptiles in an up-close encounter, create a reptile themed craft, take a guided night hike around the zoo after hours, and so much more, during this scaly, one-of-a-kind, experience.
Pokey Pals | Saturday, Aug. 12 – Sunday, Aug. 13, 2023 | 5PM – 9AM (CLOSED)
Stay sharp on your animal facts. Poke around the zoo after hours during this sleepover event and learn about some of the spikey friends that call the zoo home. Meet Stella, a prehensile tailed porcupine and one of the newest members of the zoo, during a unique, up-close encounter and so much more!
Awesome Australia | Saturday, Sept. 2 – Sunday, Sept. 3, 2023 | 5PM – 9AM (CLOSED)
Travel down under with us to learn about the unique animals that call Australia home. Meet Gumby, a laughing kookaburra, as he flies across the room during an encounter you won’t want to miss. Hop around our walkabout exhibit during a guided tour after hours to meet some of the most well-known Australian animals up close.
About The Experience
Are you looking for a fun, outdoor family event? Look no further than the Racine Zoo’s Slumber Safari! The night begins with entering the Zoo just as we’re closing, setting up your tents while hearing our lion’s nightly roars or our primates end of day calling. Once you’re all set, it’s time to visit an animal for a behind-the-scenes encounter. Then, join your fellow campers at picnic tables to enjoy a pizza dinner, or bring your own food! Each camper will also complete a craft that matches that slumber safari’s theme.
After dinner, the fun continues with a visit from some of our ambassador animals. If that wasn’t enough animal time (and it never is!), your family will then be treated to a late night, themed tour of our Zoo. See how the animals behave differently when our guests are gone and the sun is setting, before wrapping up the night with s’mores around the campfire near our pavilion overlooking Lake Michigan. After a night under the stars in your tent, wrap up with a continental breakfast and enjoy complimentary admission to the Zoo the next day.
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Non-Member: $70 per participant
Member: (10% discount) $63 per participant (Discount applies to the same number of admissions covered by your membership maximum.)
Optional Tent Rental: $25 per tent rental (We have both 4 person and 8 person tents)
Pre-registration is required.
All payments are non-refundable.
All participants must be at least 6 years of age. Guests under 6 may be admitted with special permission, but may not be able to participate in all activities.
All registrations must be received no later than the Monday prior to the event by 5:00pm.
For more information or to book a program, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (262) 635-7959. All behind-the-scenes encounters subject to change.
Return completed forms to:
Conservation Education Department
200 Goold Street
Racine, WI 53402
Want a more personal experience? Ask about our private Slumber Safaris! Minimum 20 guests. Smaller groups are welcome to pay for 20 guests with fewer in attendance. Email email@example.com or call (262) 635-7959.