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Each year in June, the Edmonton Valley Zoo invites children with a chronic illness or disability to spend a magical evening at the zoo with their family! In partnership with the Stollery Children’s Hospital, the children enjoy an evening filled with animal encounters, crafts, activities, rides, roving performers and lots of fun! The Edmonton Valley Zoo joined this initiative in 2008. Dreamnight now spans over 300 zoos internationally, with more zoos joining each year.

2019 - Another Magical Night!

On Friday June 7, 2019, the Edmonton Valley Zoo hosted its 12th annual Dreamnight at the Zoo!

Even though it was cold and rainy, this year’s event saw 940 special guests who braved the weather for this free and magical evening at the Zoo. Invited guests had the opportunity to “Get Closer” with animal encounters, make an amazing animal craft, indulge in delicious complimentary beverages and tasty treats, and enjoy fabulous face painting, magic shows, science experiments, caricatures, live music, and a variety of surprises throughout the night.

At the Dr. Ness Memorial Teddy Bear Hospital, sponsored by the Edmonton Association of Small Animal Veterinarians, children got to choose a stuffed animal to adopt and pretend to be veterinarians by providing medical care to their teddy bears.

It was an incredible experience for both the families that attended the event, as well as the staff and volunteers that helped make the event possible.

Thank You to our Sponsors

The Edmonton Valley Zoo could not have run this event without our amazing sponsors.

This year we had over 130 volunteers donate their time, services and talents to the Dreamnight event, as well as donations of goods and supplies for the evening!

Thank you to all of our amazing sponsors for the time and effort you dedicated to ensuring our special guests had a positive and memorable experience. Thank you for making this magical evening such a great success! We look forward to another successful Dreamnight in 2020! 

If you would like to be involved in next year’s Dreamnight at the Zoo, please contact or call 311.

Dreamnight at the Zoo 2018

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311


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