Sleepover Safari

Hudson Resting in Snow

Please note that due to ongoing Covid-19 developments, our class offerings and dates are subject to change without notice. If you are registered for a class that is cancelled or rescheduled, we will reach out to you via email to communicate next steps and options avaiable to you. Our staff are working remotely at this time so we encourage you to please communicate any questions or concerns by email for quickest response. You can reach the Education team at Thank you for your understanding. Above all, please be safe and be well!

A zoo is a zoo 24/7, and now you can get a glimpse into what happens at Brookfield Zoo at night. Join us for a fun-filled nocturnal adventure, with spaces available for families and groups which may include a mix of boy scouts, girl scouts, youth groups, and more! Every Sleepover Safari includes a variety of activities and learning opportunities.

Your Sleepover Safari begins at 7:15 p.m. Friday night. After scoping out your sleeping quarters in our Discover Center, the festivities begin! With a variety of activity stations, you'll have a chance to do hands on crafts, make enrichment items for the animals, and learn about our animals through animal artifacts like skulls, furs, teeth, and more. When the sun goes down, take a night hike through the zoo – there’s no telling what you may see after everyone else has gone home for the night! By this point you're sure to have worked up an appetite, so head back to Discovery Center for an ice cream social before settling in for the night. The next morning, wake up to a hot breakfast buffet, a morning hike, and a visit to an animal exhibit before the zoo opens. Your sleepover ends at 10:00 Saturday morning when we give you your exclusive "I spent the night with the animals!" Sleepover Safari patch. Though we will be parting ways, you and your friends and family are welcome to visit the zoo all day!

Price: $375 per party of 5
Groups of 20 or more: Save $75 for every group of 20 you register
Price includes all food, activities, parking, and admission to the zoo the following day. See the "Making your Reservation" section below for more details.  

Making your Reservation

Each $375 fee reserves space for five (5) people. At least one (1) of those individuals must be an adult and assume responsibility for any participants in their party who are under the age of 18. Make sure that you have the adult's information (name, phone number, email address) on hand when making your reservation.  All participants must be aged 6 years and above.

Have a group larger than five? Sign up as many parties of five as you need.
For example: Group of 12? Register three parties of five for a total of 15. (This means you can bring three more friends!)
Group savings: For every 20 people registered, we'll give you one of those registrations for free! (That's a $75 discount!)

20 people = $75 savings
40 people = $150 savings
60 people = $225 savings
80 people = $300 savings
100 people = $375 savings
120 people = $450 savings (Also, check out our Private Sleepover option below if you have a group of 120 or more)


You will also need a credit card to register. Upon making a reservation, we reserve space for you and your party. In doing so, we are barring others from signing up as we have limited space available. A nonrefundable and nontransferable deposit (25%) and processing fee is applied at the time of reservation.
Next steps:

✔ Choose your date from the options below.
✔ Make sure you have at least one adult for every party of five.
✔ Pay your deposit (25%) or pay in full to reserve your space. If you choose to pay a deposit, your remaining balance due will be split into monthly payments that will be automatically charged to your credit card.
✔ Don't delay! Sleepovers fill quickly!

Cancellation, Refund, and Rescheduling Policy

We require that ALL cancellations must be in writing; please send an email to Sleepover Safari registration fees (not including the 25% nonrefundable deposit or processing fee) can be refunded if cancellations are made at least 30 days in advance (90 days for private programs). After that deadline, refunds and rescheduling are no longer possible. If a late cancellation is due to a medical emergency, a written, physician-authorized note is required before a refund can be issued. This policy is in effect for all sessions of our Sleepover Safaris.

Participants that do not show up for their registered sleepover will not be granted a refund or be rescheduled. If participants leave early, they will not receive a refund.

To reschedule your session, please send an email with your request to Participants may be rescheduled to a different session, presuming available space. Please keep in mind that sleepovers fill quickly and we may not always be able to accommodate rescheduling your party to another session. In that case, please refer to the cancellation policy. Refunds and rescheduling are not possible within 30 days of a sleepover.

Host a Private Sleepover

Interested in hosting a private Sleepover Safari at Brookfield Zoo? Contact us at 708-688-8342 to learn more about how you can host a private Sleepover Safari for you and 120 of your closest friends. 


Registration for 2020 Sleepover Safari dates will open at
9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 12!

2020 Dates:



Have questions?
Contact the Education Department at