Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



Scout Snooze

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Bring your troop for a wild night they won't soon forget! Where else in DC can you fall asleep to the sounds of the wolves howling or being awakened by the bark of the sea lions at play?

Your scout snooze includes an evening and morning breakfast snack; keeper-led tour of an exhibit area; and a variety of activities, games, and a guided tour of the Zoo.

Scout groups sleep in four or six person tents on Lion/Tiger Hill. Scout leaders are responsible for tent assignments.

Scout Snooze sleepovers are available to FONZ members only. To register, one adult per scout group must have a FONZ membership.


Children ages 6 and older. All children must be at least 6 years old by the date of the program. No refunds will be granted for registrations involving children under 6 years old.

A paying adult must accompany all participants under 18, and one adult chaperone is required for every three children.


6 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. the following day. A small snack will be provided, however participants should eat dinner before coming to the Zoo. All Zoo restaurants close at 5 p.m.


$750 for up to ten people. $75 for each individual above ten. Maximum of twenty participants total (adults included).


Priority registration for Premier Plus and above level FONZ members starts on March 29th at 10 a.m. Registration for all FONZ members begins April 5th at 10 a.m. Public registration opens on April 12th at 10 a.m.

Join FONZ today!

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation requests received at least four weeks prior to the scheduled Snore & Roar will receive a 75% refund. Requests must be made via email. No refunds or changes will be made thereafter. No refunds will be granted to groups registering children that are not old enough to participate. Snore & Roars are a rain or shine event.

Scout Tour Options

Enjoy an exclusive, keeper-led tour of one of the following areas.


The rainforest comes alive at night with the sounds of our favorite nocturnal creatures. Hear a chorus of calls from frogs and toads, and learn all about the growing importance of amphibian conservation. See a fish feeding frenzy and maybe even catch a glimpse of the meandering 2-toed sloth. It's a sensory experience your family won't soon forget!

DATES: July 9, August 27, September 17

Bird House

Ever full of sights and sounds a trip to the Bird House is not to be missed! Visit with your favorite feathered friends of all shapes and sizes, and learn about the incredible diversity of this winged, animal kingdom from the keepers who know it best.

DATES: June 17, July 2, September 10

Small Mammals

There is never a dull moment at the Small Mammal House, with so many creatures there is always something to see! Join us for your chance to watch the sloths come to life, see enrichment at work and meet a fury, little friend.

DATE: August 6, September 24

Reptile Discovery Center

A place where dragons still roam and alligators call home. Join us for one of the most interactive behind-the-scenes experiences available at the Zoo. You'll see tortoises grazing and get up close and personal with some of the coolest, scaly beings around. You don't want to miss it!

DATES: September 2