Rosamond Gifford Zoo

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Dragon Sensory Hours: The dragons will be asleep from 2 to 4:30 p.m. daily.


Friday, June 7, 2024

Originating in the Netherlands at the Rotterdam Zoo in 1996, Dreamnight is an inclusive and educational cost-free evening for children with special health care needs and disabilities to enjoy the zoo. Every year on the first Friday in June more than 100,000 participants and their families and friends celebrate Dreamnight on six continents and in 23 countries around the world. 

Since 2008, many Central New York organizations have worked with us to provide children in our community the opportunity to participate in Dreamnight. The tickets to Dreamnight are provided by the organizations that serve these individuals. The number is limited to reduce any risk of exposure or overstimulation for the children who attend.

For more information, please contact Kim Arnold, Director of Education at [email protected] or (315) 435-8511 x8569

Get ready for your visit and read our Dreamnight Social Story.

Schedule of Events:

5:30 p.m. - Animal Greeter | Courtyard

5:30-6:45 p.m. - David Clark Trio, affiliates of AccessCNY, performance | Courtyard Gazebo

5:45 p.m. - Drew’s Magic | Explorer’s Outpost

6 p.m. - Bjorn the Andean Bear Creature Chat | Wildlife Trail

6:15 p.m. - The Ballet and Dance Center performance | Reisman Foundation Elephant Overlook

6:30 p.m. - Asian Elephant Creature Chat | Helga Beck Asian Elephant Preserve

6:45 p.m. - Drew’s Magic | Explorer’s Outpost

7 p.m. - Amur Tiger Creature Chat | Wildlife Trail

7:15 p.m. - The Ballet and Dance Center performance | Penguin Coast

7-7:45 p.m. - David Clark Learning Center Ensemble, affiliates of AccessCNY, performance | Courtyard Gazebo

7:30 p.m. - Primate Creature Chat | Primate Park

Sponsorship Opportunities

For more information, to sponsor or participate, please contact Heidi Strong, Director of Development at [email protected]  or (315) 435-8511 x8526

Thank you to our 2024 Dreamnight Sponsors!

Supporting Sponsor
Supporting Sponsor - The O'Donnell Family

Supporting Sponsor


Animal Greeter Sponsor
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