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Scout Snoozes

All Smithsonian museums, including the National Zoo, continue to be closed to support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. Registration for Snore & Roar Sleepovers and Scout Snoozes is postponed until a later date. Please check back to this site from time to time for registration updates.

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

Your Scout Snooze includes an evening snack and morning breakfast snack, a keeper-led tour of an exhibit area, a variety of activities and 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. If you need special accommodations, please refer to the Zoo's accessibility page for policies and resources.

Age Requirements

Scout Snoozes are for 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 age 18, and one adult chaperone is required for every three children.


Scout Snoozes begin at 6 p.m. and end at 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.


$900 for up to 10 people | $90 for each additional individual | Maximum of 20 participants total (adults included)

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation requests received at least four weeks prior to the scheduled Snore & Roar will receive a 75% refund. Cancellation requests must be made via this contact form. 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 rain or shine events.

Scout Snooze Tour Choices

Your Scout Snooze experience will include 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 two-toed sloth. It's a sensory experience your troop won't soon forget!
Dates: Summer 2020 dates coming soon
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 furry little friend.
Dates: Summer 2020 dates coming soon
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: Summer 2020 dates coming soon