Spend the Night at the Zoo

Experience the Zoo like never before when you book an overnight adventure! Start the evening off with a visit to some of our animal buildings, open late exclusively for you. The fun continues with an animal keeper meet-and-greet, followed by a late-night hike, crafts, activities and so much more! After a night of roars and snores, wake up with wildlife to set out on an expedition to enjoy the Zoo during the day.

Space is limited and these wild events fill up quickly. Call 215-243-5275 or email to reserve your program today! 


Available programs include our Overnight and Private Overnight experiences and are perfect for children ages 6-13. All overnight guests must be accompanied by an adult chaperone.


Check-in starts at 5:30 p.m. The program concludes when the Zoo opens the following day at 9:30 a.m. Admission to the zoo that day is included with the program.


Dinner and breakfast are available for purchase at Tiger Terrace. A complimentary snack is included with the program.


We also offer optional Guidebooks, perfect for scouts looking to accomplish additional badge requirements during their visit. With each topic, participants will investigate different aspects of the natural world and will explore different zoo wildlife and ways to help in their conservation. They will also have fun as they complete challenges, solve animal riddles, and learn from Zoo experts. This program is designed to be completed at your own pace and during the Overnight and the admission to the Zoo the following day.

You will be able to add these during your program booking. 

See below for program topics. For more information on the topics and the scout requirements covered, click here.


  Overnights Private Overnights
Spend the night in... Treehouse
Philadelphia Zoo's  magical, historical indoor playground
Shelly Classrooms
The Zoo's onsite classroom and education center
The Zoo's award-winning LEED-certified children's zoo
Free parking
Next day admission to the Zoo
Access to two animal buildings
Souvenir reusable water bottle
Souvenir patch
Pull-string backpack  

Keeper chat
Night hike
LIVE animal presentation
Behind the Scenes Tour of KidZooU  
Scout Badge Program* 
  • Critters of the Night
  • Guardians of the Rainforest 
  • Zero Hero
Add-On Scout Guidebooks

Topics available:
  • Guardians of the Rainforest
  • Zero Hero
  • Best Bets for Pets
  • Water and Wildlife
  • Planet Protectors
  • Animal Adventure
per guidebook

per guidebook
Cost per Guest

Group Size Requirements
per guest

(No minimum, accommodates up to 100 guests maximum)
per guest

(minimum of 35, maximum of 45)
per guest

(minimum of 45, maximum of 70)
Available Programs

Book your overnight adventure now.


Book your overnight adventure now.

Book your overnight adventure now.