Panda NightCrawler: Family


Spend the night at Zoo Atlanta for an evening of PANDA-themed fun with the whole family!

Giant pandas are rare and remarkable animals that live in the mountainous regions of southwestern China. Zoo Atlanta is committed to the long-term stewardship of this distinctive and endearing species. Join us to learn more about these bamboo-loving bears while exploring the Zoo after hours with an Educator as your guide. This program is designed for families with children ages 6+.

Participating families will spend the majority of the evening outdoors walking around the Zoo with an Educator as their guide, stopping along the way to engage in panda-themed activities, evening panda viewing using Night Vision scopes, a tour through the amphibian and reptile complex, and opportunities to learn more about giant pandas and other species that call Zoo Atlanta home!

After an evening of exploration, participants will sleep in indoor, climate-controlled rooms with sleeping bags brought from home. And then rise and shine for more fun! Enjoy a catered continental breakfast from Proof of the Pudding followed by an up-close Animal Encounter with some of Zoo Atlanta’s small (non-panda) Ambassador Animals, and enjoy more visits to see how animals start their day.

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Participating families are invited to stay and enjoy the Zoo at their leisure at the completion of the program.

Please note: This experience does not include a Panda Wild Encounter. Participants on the Panda Family NightCrawler program will observe the pandas in their public-facing habitats only and will not be going behind-the-scenes. There will be no physical contact between humans and pandas on this program. This program is designed for families with children. A paid adult must accompany child(ren), and a paid child must accompany adult(s).


  • Rain or shine. This program happens rain or shine, and much of the program is outside. Please plan for the weather and dress accordingly.
  • The Zoo is made for walking! Most of this experience is spent walking around the Zoo, and many of the areas that we visit are not wheelchair accessible. Plan to spend up to 5 hours on your feet touring the Zoo.
  • Come with a full belly. While we will take a break for a snack in the middle of the evening, please eat dinner before you arrive. And remember to bring your water bottle with you!
  • Embrace the dark. It’s called a NightCrawler for a reason! Explore the Zoo by the light of the moon and our educators’ red-light flashlights. Guests may only use flashlights at bedtime.
  • Rustic camping meets the Zoo. All sleeping locations are in climate-controlled buildings with a restroom either in the building or nearby. Don’t forget to pack your sleeping bag!
  • Stay awhile. At the completion of your program the following morning, you are welcome to stay and enjoy the Zoo at your leisure.
  • Have FUN! This unique experience is unlike anything that you can do in Atlanta. We look forward to hosting you for an upcoming program!

June 7, July 6

6 p.m. until 9:30 a.m. the next morning




All children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. 

  • Advance registration is required.
  • A paid adult must accompany child(ren). 
  • A paid child must accompany adult(s).
  • Programs will take place rain or shine. Please be sure to dress accordingly.
  • Parking is located in the Cherokee Avenue Parking Lot. Overnight parking is at a discounted rate.
  • All program participants will enter through the Education Conservation Gate on the right-hand side of the Cherokee Avenue Parking Lot.
  • We ask all participants to stay home if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.




  • Refunds will not be issued for no-shows.
  • Cancellations received 2 or more weeks prior to the program start date will receive a full refund.
  • Cancellations received 2 weeks or less prior to the program start date will result in a loss of 50% of total cost of the cancelled reservation.
  • Participants will not receive refunds for rain. For instances of severe inclement weather, please contact Education Reservations at 404.624.5822.

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