DREAM NIGHT at the Zoo


Visit the Dropbox to view and download photos from the night!


Date: November 22, 2021

Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Things to know:

  • Wheelchairs are limited and are available to be rented on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Quiet Zone is located in the Gary K. Clarke Education Center.
  • Holiday Hut First Aid tent is located at the front of the zoo.
  • Flashing lights are indicated on the map and on signs before tunnels.
  • Safety Stickers will be offered once inside the zoo.

Safety Stickers!

Please plan to stop at the registration station to receive safety stickers. Stickers will consist of the names of both the individual and guardian's contact information to be used in case of emergency. Help us ensure the safety of guests by filling out the sticker and placing it on the back of the individual. This information will be used to contact guardians in the case of separation or emergency.

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 A Magical Night for All to Enjoy

For the first time in 11 years, The Topeka Zoo is proud to host "Dream Night" on November 22. Dream Night allows individuals with special health needs the opportunity to visit the zoo with their families and provides an environment where they can feel more comfortable to enjoy the lights and other special activities at their own pace in a safe, yet fun setting.

The tradition was started in 1996 at the Rotterham Zoo in the Netherlands by animal keeper, Peter van der Wulp when he noticed families of children diagnosed with cancer often had other expenses to meet and were unable to find free time to visit and feared the stigma that surrounded their condition. The Rotterham zoo created an event where these children and their families were able to visit the zoo and have a fun, relaxing evening. The event has spread around the world since then and now makes its way to the Topeka Zoo.

This exclusive evening is hosted in partnership with TARC, Capper Foundation, Loving Hearts, Family Service and Guidance Center, with help from US Foods, 2 Chefs Catering, and SayCheez Photobooth and performances by Ballet Midwest. This event would not be possible without the help of our amazing sponsors BlueCross & BlueSheild of Kansas, CAS Constructors LLC, and MPC Group!

This event is free and by invitation only

Check out the Map to see where all the fun is!

Sensitive Light Areas indicated by a caution icon on the map and by signs around the zoo

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Thank you to our Dream Night Sponsors

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