Safari Sleepovers

Going on safari doesn’t have to mean spending a lot of money, packing a lot of gear, or traveling internationally. Go on a Zoo Safari Sleepover and enjoy adventure, exotic animals, and lots of fun right here in Santa Barbara! Camp out with the family, Scout troop, or 4th grade class to experience the Santa Barbara Zoo…overnight.

This program is offered three times during the summer and includes after-hours tours, giraffe feedings, an evening snack, and animal encounters you and your family will not forget.

Camp overnight next to the lion exhibit and wake up at the Zoo. Safari Sleepovers include breakfast and morning activities, including animal encounters and keeper talks. Please bring your own camping gear for overnight safaris, including sleeping bags, weather-appropriate clothing, flashlights, etc. No showers are available and access to electricity is limited: hairdryers are not allowed.


Dates: June 24, July 22, August 19

Time: 6:30 p.m.–10:30 a.m.

Cost:  $70/person, $60/person for SB Zoo Members

Twilight Option available
Time: 6:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Cost: $40/person, $35/person for SB Zoo Members

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Does a wild night at the Zoo with a group of friends sound like fun to you? Try an Overnight Safari! This experience is great for Scout troops and friend groups alike. You’ll explore the Zoo after hours, encounter some cool animals, tour behind-the-scenes areas, create enrichment for one of the animals, camp near the lions, and enjoy a train ride and giraffe feeding. Evening snack and catered pancake breakfast are included. Please bring your own camping gear for overnight, including sleeping bags, tents (with rain flies), weather-appropriate clothing, flashlights, etc.

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 a.m. (overnight)

Cost: $70/person, minimum 15 participants; Scout troops $60/person

If you belong to a Scout group looking to complete merit badges/patches or would like to book a private overnight, contact our education team by email or phone: (805) 962-5339 for special pricing and customized curriculum.

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NEW! Classes learn about animals and California history and sleep under the stars during this program tailor-made for California 4th graders. Teachers, bring your students to the Zoo for a fun break from the classroom without forfeiting standards—the Zoo program connects to both Next Generation Science Standards and California Common Core.

4th grade Sleepover programs are only held Thursday evenings through Friday mornings during the academic year.

Cost: $50/student or chaperone. One chaperone free/15 paid students.
Minimum of 15 paid participants. Includes admission to the Zoo on Friday

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Kids Club

Parents, take the evening off while your kids take over the Zoo and enjoy dinner, s’mores, special animal encounters, and more fun activities. Includes pizza dinner and a snack. Children must be toilet-trained.

Kids Club Calendar
February 11: Valentine’s Day
April 22: Spring Into Fun
June 10: S’mores Summer
July 8: Wild Nights
August 4: Fiesta Friday
October 28: Autumn Assembly
December 31: New Year’s Eve
March 3: Monkey around in March

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Scout Saturdays

There are no Scout Saturdays scheduled at this time. Please check back later for updates.

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Zoo Camp

Let your child spend some time on the wild side! We welcome your child to the award-winning camps at the Santa Barbara Zoo!


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Explore Science Nature Kits

Want to extend your Zoo visit and have an animal experience in your own home? Sign up for the Zoo’s new subscription box program today!

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Field Trips

Are you looking for a wild field trip? The outdoor learning experience at the Santa Barbara Zoo complements your in-class lessons, while your students get first-hand knowledge of the natural world.

Enhance your trip with a giraffe feeding, train ride, animal encounter, or a visit to our animal kitchen.

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Homeschool Science

homeschool Join our hands-on, experiential program for homeschoolers (ages 4-15) in a semester of science at the Santa Barbara Zoo! Our interactive approach fulfills California standards by introducing age-specific content and developing research skills. Over each 8-week semester, we help students explore as scientists and field biologists, recording observations, evaluating problems, and developing solutions. Classes are grouped by age; fall and spring semesters offered.

This semester’s theme is Biokinematics. Students will study skeletal and muscular systems of animals, with a focus on the biomechanics of joint structure. S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) challenges focus on problem-solving and team building during the optional afternoon practicum.

2017 Schedule

Fall Semester: September 28–November 17
You must be a Santa Barbara Zoo Member to participate in the Homeschool Science program.

Early Registration Prices (through June 14)
$195/first student, $175/second student, $155/third student
Optional Practicum: $120/student

Prices as of June 15
$230/first student, $180/second student, $160/third student
Optional Practicum: $130/student

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