10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Grounds close at 4 p.m.


Want to create a memorable experience your group won't forget? Spend the night at the Zoo. These are perfect for your scouting group, 4-H group, youth group, slumber party or class (ages 5 and up) for your own personal overnight experience at the Zoo.

Arrive at the Zoo by 5:15 p.m.  to begin an evening filled with games, activities, an Animal Presentation and a nocturnal tour of the Zoo. We provide a pizza party dinner and close with a late-night snack. In the morning, we tour the Zoo, getting to see what happens every day before the Zoo even opens. We conclude at 9 a.m.

How many people do I have to have and where do I sleep?

All programs require a minimum of 15 people and 4 adult chaperones or $550 cost minimum to hold the event. If you are a group size of 19 to 34 people, you will sleep in the Z.O.T. Zone, Conference Center or ECO Center. If you are a group size of 35 to 100 people, you will sleep in the Rocky Coasts building where you can view the polar bears and sea lions. If you are a small group and would like to upgrade to the Rocky Coasts building, you can either find another group to share the event with you or pay the $1,275 minimum cost.

What do I bring?

Participants should bring with them a sleeping bag, pillow, flashlight and toiletries. It is also important to dress for the weather, as we will be outside for the tours. Most groups also bring their own breakfast (remember to bring any paper supplies you might need); or add a Continental Breakfast for $5 per person (not available for Big Nights). Groups are also welcome to bring any additional snacks they might like.

Sharing Your Program

We encourage small groups to share their overnight experience with another group. We have limited space and availability, which cannot keep up with the demand for our program. If you have fewer participants than the minimum required, please consider registering for one of our Bunk with Beasts Big Nights.

Cost and deposits*

$30 per child and $25 per adult (1:4 ratio of adults to children required).

*A non-refundable deposit of $550 must be received within TWO WEEKS of booking your date.

*If the deposit is not received, your date will be released.

*If you need to cancel, your deposit may be credited toward another date if space is available.

Please note: Refunds will not be given.

To Register for your Overnight

Dates fill up quickly! Please fill out the form below; a confirmation e-mail will be sent with deposit instructions.