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. If you have concerns about whether a Snooze program is a good fit for your group, please contact the Camp and Overnight Program Coordinator.


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.


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.


To book a Snooze program, complete a Snooze Program Request form. For more information, email the Education Department at 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.


Thank you for your interest in the Snooze program! Snooze reservations require a three weeks’ advance notice to properly accommodate your request. Please fill out the form below and a staff member will be in touch to process your request.