Visitors: Please note that the Giant Panda House is closed until further notice while cub Bei Bei recovers from surgery. Mei Xiang, Tian Tian and Bao Bao are still visible in their outdoor yards. 

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Snore & Roar Sleepovers for Families

Imagine falling asleep to the sounds of the howling wolves or being awakened by the bark of the sea lions at play. It can be so when you come spend the night at the Smithsonian's National Zoo! It's the best way to see the Zoo's animals after hours and have the park all to yourself.

Perch your tent on Lion/Tiger Hill and prepare for a wild time! Your overnight begins with an exclusive keeper-led tour of an exhibit area. Throughout the event enjoy games, activities, and a walk through the Zoo. You'll also receive a breakfast snack!

There are two Snore & Roar options, one for families, and one for adults only. Adults without children may register for either, however please be aware that the educational activities associated with the family programs are geared towards groups with children from age 6 to teen. If you prefer a more mature audience, check out the adults-only program.

Snore & Roar overnights take place between June and September. A maximum of 12 participants may be signed up per registration. Snore & Roar campers sleep in four-person tents. Participants are never asked to share their tent with strangers. Please contact us with any questions.

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Age Requirements

Snore & Roar Sleepovers are for adults and children ages 6 and up. 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 anyone under 18, and there must be one adult chaperone for every three children. 


Snore & Roars begin at 6 p.m. and go until 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.


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

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 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 a rain or shine event.

Family Tour Choices

Choose your Snore & Roar dates to enjoy an exclusive, keeper-led tour of one of the following areas:

American Trail Snore & Roar

Join us on an adventure to celebrate the remarkable diversity of American species. Your keeper-led tour will guide you from the waters of the North Pacific with a visit to the playful California sea lions on up the trail past the canine predators of the open tundra through to the renowned architects of fresh water systems, the American beavers.

Fee: FONZ members $130 per person; non-member $162.50 per person

Dates: July 22, August 12, August 20, September 2, September 10

Asia Trail Snore & Roar

Wonder where those adorable Asian small-clawed otters go at night? Join us for an Asia Trail Snore & Roar and find out! You'll take a tour around the trail with front-of-house views of the elusive clouded leopards and the crafty red pandas. See the slurping sloth bears and sneak a peek at Mei and the family with a stop at giant pandas! Please note: The exhibit tour will take place on Saturday morning beginning at 7:30 a.m. – and we cannot guarantee that Bei Bei will be visible.

Fee: FONZ members $130 per person; non-member $162.50 per person

Dates: July 29, August 5, September 16

Bird House Snore & Roar

Always 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.

Fee: FONZ members $80 per person; non-member $100 per person

Dates: August 6, September 23

Cheetah Conservation Station Snore & Roar

Are you as fast as a cheetah? Can you dig like a hog? How does your wingspan compare to a vulture? Here's your chance to find out. Meet the cheetahs and some of their African neighbors. See how keepers train the zebras and where it all comes together behind-the-scenes.

Fee: FONZ member $130 per person; non-member $162.50 per person

Dates: June 10, July 9, July 22

Elephant Community Center Snore & Roar

Largest of the living land animals, elephants continuously fascinate us with their grand size, complex social structure, and curious demeanor. Come meet the members of the Zoo's Asian herd and learn how keepers care for these magnificent, giant herbivores.

Fee: FONZ member $130 per person; non-member $162.50 per person

Dates: June 3, June 4, June 24

Great Cats/Kids' Farm Snore & Roar

Lions and tigers and cows, oh my! It's carnivore meets herbivore in this dual-action overnight experience. Learn all about the Zoo's feline royalty and see how the keepers care for these majestic, big cats. Then moooove on over to the Kids' Farm and receive a hands-on lesson in how to care for farm animals here at the Zoo.

Fee: FONZ member $130 per person; non-member $162.50 per person

Dates: June 4, June 24, June 25

Reptile Discovery Center Snore & Roar

The Zoo's Reptile Discovery Centers is the 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!

Fee: FONZ member $80 per person; non-member $100 per person

Dates: July 1, July 8, August 12, August 26, September 23

Small Mammals Snore & Roar

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 make fury, little friends.

Fee:  FONZ member $80 per person; non-member $100 per person

Dates: June 10, July 15, July 23, August 13, August 19, August 27