Overnight Stays

Zoo Snooze

Bring your group to the zoo for an overnight adventure they won’t forget!

You’ll begin your overnight experience with a pizza party at 7:00 p.m. followed by an evening filled with activities, including hands-on animal presentations, games, a night-time zoo tour, late-night snacks, and coloring your own “Zoo Snooze” t-shirt. After a continental breakfast the next morning, explore the zoo before it opens to the public. Cost is $60 per youth participant and $30 per adult chaperone (minimum 15 youth participants or $900.00).

7PM – Arrive at the Zoo & Pizza

Evening Activities

Animal Program from our Education Department (Choose from those listed)

Evening tour of Primate/Nocturnal building when the lights are ON!

T-shirt decorating & Snacks


Zoo Snoozers will spend the overnight in our classroom. This room has a thin carpet on the floor so bring something comfortable to sleep on.


A light breakfast will be provided.

Your group can explore the zoo, beginning at 8am. See the animals as they wake up for the day. This is often the most active time of day for many of our animals.

Animal Programs

Grades K-3
Animal Adaptations
Animal Heroes
Animal Life Cycles
Animals of Minnesota & Wisconsin
Creature Categories

Grades 4&5
Animal Heroes
Animals of Minnesota & Wisconsin
Zoo Jobs

Grades 6-12
Animal Classification
Zoo Jobs


What is the timeframe for a Zoo Snooze? Zoo Snoozes run from 7PM – 8AM the following morning.

Is there an age limit? Yes, children must be kindergarten age or older.

Is there a required deposit? Yes, we require a $200 deposit to book a Zoo Snooze.

Can our group tour the full Zoo? You will tour our Primate Conservation Center and Nocturnal Exhibit at night and will have access to Zoo grounds after breakfast. Some buildings will not open until 10am but many animals are available for viewing.

What is the required adult to child ratio? We require 1 adult chaperone per 8 children

What is the maximum number of people who can attend at a time? The maximum number of people that can participate in one Zoo Snooze is 30.

Zoo Snooze

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