Archive: Dream Night Returns to Detroit Zoo June 2

DZS hosting no-cost evening for families of children living with chronic or terminal illnesses and/or disabilities

May 12, 2023

ROYAL OAK, Mich., 

This June, the Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) is bringing back an event that makes dreams come true.

For the first time since 2019, the Detroit Zoo will host Dream Night, presented by Michigan Educational Credit Union, from 6 to 9 p.m. June 2. During this special evening at the Zoo, children and families living with chronic or terminal illnesses and/or disabilities will enjoy a no-cost, stress-free night to remember. All programming is curated for minor children.

Dream Night features additional accommodations to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all, including:

  • Reduced or altered music and effects throughout the Zoo’s footprint
  • Limited free wheelchair, wagon and electric convenience vehicle rentals
  • More than 60 available KultureCity sensory bags, equipped with noise-canceling headphones, fidget tools and verbal cue cards
  • Weighted lap pads and strobe glasses, upon request
  • A dedicated sensory room
  • A flat, paved and easily accessible path throughout the main area of the Zoo

The evening will also include special activities like a silent disco, habitat chats with animal care staff, education stations, rides and attractions and free access to the Zoo’s BRICKLIVE exhibit – an immersive, walk-through experience featuring sculptures made of more than 2 million toy bricks.

Dream Night is a great opportunity to make lasting memories surrounded by your favorite animals and fun activities,” said Dr. De’Andrea Matthews, DZS Vice President of Diversity and Community Engagement. “This no-cost event is a way for us to give back to our community and further our commitment to being an inclusive and welcoming organization.”

To make this event as stress-free as possible for guests, Dream Night is limited to 1,000 people who complete a short application process and are approved by DZS staff. Prospective guests can apply at

Dream Night is also sponsored by Galloway and Collens, PLLC, Build Up Michigan and Kroger.

For more information about other upcoming events at the Detroit Zoo, please visit