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Snooze at the Zoo

Join us for an overnight adventure at Zoo Boise!

You can spend the night under the stars in the middle of the city surrounded by wildlife. If this sounds exciting, please check out the information available below in our FAQ’s. Zoo Boise offers both public and private Snooze at the Zoo events between April and October.

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Public Snooze at the Zoo

Public Snooze at the Zoo events are open to individuals, families, and groups who may not have enough people to schedule a private event but would still like to enjoy the experience and meet others doing the same. Children 17 years and under are required to be accompanied by a paid adult. At least one adult is required per three children registered. Public Snooze at the Zoo events are on designated dates.

2022 Public Snooze at the Zoo Dates:

May 27
June 24
July 16
August 20

Register for a Public Snooze at the Zoo Here

Private Snooze at the Zoo

Private Snooze at the Zoo events are available for groups of 15 or more participants. They can be booked any day between April and Oct. according to space and staff availability.

School and scout groups may fulfill learning and badge requirements with special programs available through the Zoo Boise’s Education Department by sending us an EMAIL.

If interested in booking a private Snooze at the Zoo, please fill out the form below.

Snooze at the Zoo FAQs

Q. How much does it cost?
A. Price per participant (adult or child) is $53.00 each FOZB members (proof of membership is required) $57.00 each nonmember

Q. What is the minimum age for children to attend?
A. Children must be at least 7 years of age to participate in a Snooze at the Zoo event and be accompanied by at least one paid adult.

Q. What time is Snooze at the Zoo?
A. Snooze at the Zoo events are from 6:30pm until 9:00am.

Q. Where do we sleep?
A. Overnighters will sleep in tents in the Chitengo Camp inside the Gorongosa National Park Exhibit on a first come first serve basis. When camp is full, or if you prefer personal tents may be used. Open-air and indoor space is also available for those who prefer it.

Q. Does the zoo provide bedding?
A. Sleeping in all locations is on the ground. Bedding and mats are the responsibility of camper.

Q. Is dinner provided?
A No. Dinner should be eaten prior to arrival.

Q. Are snacks provided?
A. A light evening snack is provided. Campers may bring additional snacks if desired. Special dietary needs are the responsibility of camper.

Q. Is breakfast provided?
A. Continental style breakfast is provided. Special dietary needs are the responsibility of camper.

Q. What is the minimum number of people required to book a private Snooze at the Zoo?
A. A 15 person minimum is required to book a private Snooze at the Zoo. Groups can schedule a private Snooze at the Zoo for the equivalent of 15 paid registrants including both adults and children. This means that if your group has only 10 participants you will pay the equivalent for 15 participants.

Q. What is the maximum number of participants allowed at a private Snooze at the Zoo?
A. 50. Number may be exceeded with special approval of zoo staff.

Q. What is the minimum number of people required to register for a public Snooze at the Zoo?
A. A person may register individually if 18 years or older. Each child is required to be accompanied by at least one paid adult. A ratio of one adult per three children is required.

Q. What do we bring to Snooze at the Zoo?
A. Please don’t bring more than you can carry. Participants are required to transport belongings to sleep location.

All Participants should bring:

  • Clothing for inclement weather. Activities are outside rain or shine
  • Camera
  • Flashlight
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sleeping bag, pillow, mat, pj’s
  • Toiletries (showers are not available)

Q. What do we do at Snooze at the Zoo?
A. Snooze at the Zoo events are led by the Zoo Boise’s Education Department. Staff will provide a fun filled learning adventure through programs about animals, environment, and conservation during the evening along with games, experiments, and free time to explore the zoo on your own. Wrapping up with the Night Prowl. The event will conclude in the morning with an animal feeding and enrichment observation.

Q. What animals will we see?
A. There’s no guarantee what you’ll see while prowling on zoo grounds. As in the wild, animals may choose to remain hidden, or may be off exhibit for a number of reasons including noise level, weather and temperature. As a result, every Snooze at the Zoo is unique in the animals that are observed on any given day.

Q. What is the cancellation policy?
A. Registration for public events is non-refundable. A 50% non-refundable deposit is due at time of reservation for private events. Balance is due one week prior to reservation date. Cancellations received after the one week point are non-refundable.

Q. Can we add more people
A. Registration for public events may be made as long as there is availability. The number of participants for private events must be confirmed one week prior to your reservation date.

To check availability and begin the reservation process please submit the form below.

Private Snooze at the Zoo Form

Private Snooze at the Zoo Form

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