Sleepover Safari

Hudson Resting in Snow

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 adenture, 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. You will also take a night hike through the zoo – there’s no telling what you may see after everyone else has gone home for the night!

Come back inside 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 a zoo exhibit before the zoo opens. Your Sleepover ends at 10:00 Saturday morning. Though we will be parting ways, you and your party are welcome to stay in the zoo all day!

Price: $85 per person
Member and organized group price: $75 per person
Price includes all food, parking, and admission to the zoo the following day. 

Making a Reservation

You will need a credit card and an email address to register. Please have all contact information, your membership number, and each participant’s basic medical information on hand before you begin registration. 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 and processing fee is applied at the time of reservation (25%).
To Register:

✔ Choose a date from the options below.
✔ Pay your deposit (25%) or in full to reserve your space. If you choose to pay a deposit, your remaining balance due will be split into two additional payments that will be automatically charged to your credit card 60 days and 30 days prior to your sleepover.
✔ 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 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. There is a $5 rescheduling fee per person for groups of 15 or more. 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.

Group Reservations

The Leader or main contact person should be the first person to register. Please only register yourself or immediate family.

✔ You will be prompted to create a group name and password during registration.
✔ Once these have been created, please share your group name and password with the rest of the members of your party.
✔ When they log in to register, they can register under that group information. This allows us to associate separate registrations and keep you and your party together.
✔ Registration is first come, first served so it is important to let your group members know that they should register sooner rather than later to ensure their spot in the 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. 


2019 Dates:

Sold Out - Join the waitlist for May 10
Sold Out - Join the waitlist for August 30
Register Now for September 6
Register Now for September 20
Register Now for October 11  This will be a Halloween-themed sleepover!
Register Now for October 18 This will be a Halloween-themed sleepover!
Register Now for November 8
Register  Now for November 22 This will be the night before the zoo's annual Tree Trim weekend! 



Have questions?
Contact the Education Department at