Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Snoozes are unavailable for booking at this time. Please check back for updates on this program.

Experience the Virginia Zoo from dusk until dawn by joining us after-hours for this unique nocturnal 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, exhibit trail hikes, a behind-the-scenes experience, breakfast, 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. Participate in fun and educational activities, 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 us in an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience.

Snooze programs are designed in alignment with Virginia SOL and NGSS standards, and certain Snooze programs may satisfy scouting badge requirements. The Virginia Zoo can accommodate groups of all types and sizes and are perfect for scout groups, school groups, community groups, birthday parties and more! Participants must be six years and older, with at least one adult for every seven children.

Our overnight programs are inclusive and encourage participants of all abilities and learning styles to learn and explore at their own pace. A few activities may be overstimulating for those who are sensory-sensitive.