Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Snoozes are unavailable for booking at this time. Please fill out the program request form below if you are interested in booking a Snooze in the future. 

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.


We offer three distinct Snooze packages. Each package includes animal encounters, behind the scenes experiences, hikes, and educational activities. Participant fee also includes Zoo admission for the day following the program.

Bug Bites

Snore and roar with us following a pizza feast at our African Village Café! Discover animals in darkness and hit the hay in our World of Reptiles exhibit hall.*


Skip the dinner and jump right into the fun! Explore the Zoo at night and then sleep soundly in the World of Reptiles exhibit hall.*

Nightcrawler Campout 

Camp out under the stars in our Run Wild! Nature Discovery Zone! Enjoy a pizza dinner, nocturnal activities, and outdoor fun. Participants provide their own camping gear. It’s s’more fun outside!

*Dependent on size of group. Maximum of 50 participants in World of Reptiles exhibit space. For more than 50 participants, an additional room can be booked.


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: 15
  • Maximum: Please contact the zoo for groups larger than 50 participants to discuss programming.

How To Book: A variable deposit is due upon registering for the programming. A single Snooze may accommodate approximately 50 participants. For more information regarding our booking policies, please refer to the Snooze PDF at the top of the page. To book a Snooze, please fill out the form below.

Snooze Policies and Cancellation Policy: A variable deposit is required in order to reserve your Snooze date. For more information regarding our cancellation policies, please refer to the Snooze PDF at the top of the page.


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.