Experience the Virginia Zoo from dusk until dawn by joining us after-hours for this unique adventure! It’s the ultimate sleepover for families, friends and groups. Zoo Snoozes include educational and exciting nighttime activities, up-close encounters with our animal ambassadors, themed night hikes, a behind-the-scenes experience, evening and morning meals and so much more. Wake up to the sounds of lions roaring or siamangs calling!



All Zoo Snoozes are led by experienced and enthusiastic instructors in this exciting educational experience. The evening begins with a pizza dinner and guests receive their very own Virginia Zoo water bottle. Participate in fun and educational activities geared towards a theme of your choice, including animal encounters, hikes, games and more! After a fun-filled evening, you’ll have a delicious breakfast and continue with a morning hike before joining our Keeper Staff in an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience. Book your Zoo Snooze today and choose one of our themed programs.

Participants must be six years and older, with at least one adult for every seven children.

Snoozes are written in alignment with Virginia SOL and NGSS standards. The Virginia Zoo can accommodate groups of all types and sizes and are perfect for scout groups, school groups, community groups, sororities and fraternities, birthday parties and other enthusiastic group.


Operation: Conservation Uncover the secrets behind global conservation and do your part to save species and protect the planet. As a team we’ll piece together a conservation challenge and learn ways to become ecological heroes and protect the environment.

Wild Virginia  Explore the world in your own backyard and learn what wild and fascinating creatures are right outside your door. We’ll discover how to identify these creatures and how to provide safe places for them to live.

Nature Detective  Everyday wildlife biologists discover new and fascinating things about the diverse animals of the world. Together we’ll explore the techniques wildlife biologists use in the field to make these findings with hands-on investigations and discoveries.

Sense-ations  Have you ever wondered how animals use their senses to discover the world around them? In this snooze, we will see, hear, smell and feel our way about the zoo for a night of sensory fun.

Predator Prowl  What makes the ultimate predator and how do prey successfully avoid becoming lunch? Come learn about predator/prey relationships and the effectiveness of various survival strategies.


Reservations are required. Space is limited and snoozes are booked on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, e-mail vazoo.education@norfolk.gov or call 757.441.2374 (229).

Number of Participants:
  • Minimum: 10
  • Maximum: Please contact the zoo for groups larger than 50 participants to discuss programming.

How To Book: A Deposit of $500 is due upon registering for the programming. A single Snooze may accommodate approximately 50 participants. For more than 50 participants, two (2) rooms will be booked, and the deposit will be $1000. If you have reserved one (1) room, but want to increase the number of participants over the maximum of 50, please call the Education Department at least ten (10) business days prior to the Snooze to make sure there is space available. At such time, we will communicate if space and staffing are available to conduct your Snooze at this size.

Snooze Policies and Cancellation Policy: A deposit of $500 is required in order to reserve your Snooze date. At this time, an estimated number of participants is required. Should you decide to cancel, you must do so more than three (3) weeks before your Snooze in order to receive 80% of your deposit. Refunds cannot be given for Snoozes cancelled less than three (3) weeks prior to the Snooze.
The final head count and remaining balance are due ten (10) calendar days prior to the Snooze. Refunds cannot be give after this date. For payments not received ten (10) calendar days prior to the Snooze, a 15% late fee will be added to the total cost of the Snooze. To reschedule, call the Education Department no later than ten (10) calendar days prior to the scheduled Snooze. Any cancellations within 10 (ten) calendar days of the scheduled program require payment in full.