An animated banner with twinkling lights, animal silhouettes and text that says ZooLights, powered by Pepco. Free Admission. Nov. 23-Jan. 1
Share this page:

Scout Snoozes

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.

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

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 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 ten people | $90 for each individual above ten | Maximum of 20 participants total (adults included)


Scout Snooze sleepovers are available to FONZ members only. Priority registration for the 2019 Snore & Roar season will begin in March 2019. Premier Plus and above level FONZ members may begin to register on March 26 at 10 a.m. Registration for all FONZ members begins April 2 at 10 a.m. Public registration opens on April 9 at 10 a.m.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation requests received at least four weeks prior to the scheduled Snore & Roar will receive a 75 percent 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 family won't soon forget!
Dates: June 9, June 22, September 15, September 29
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: July 14, September 14
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: July 27, August 11, September 8