Ever wonder what happens at the Zoo after the sun goes down? Find out at Zoo Snooze, Elmwood Park Zoo’s series of exciting overnight campouts!
Every second Friday, June through October, the Zoo will host uniquely themed sleepovers that allow guests to experience Elmwood Park Zoo in a whole new way!
Zoo Snooze campouts are suitable for both first-time and seasoned campers. They are a great opportunity for families to spend time outdoors in a safe and unique environment.
This year’s dates and themes are as follows:
Friday, June 14 – Father’s Day Campout
Bring the whole family to the Zoo to celebrate Dad at our annual Father’s Day Campout. Guests will enjoy a cookout style dinner, crafts and activities throughout the evening, and cap everything off with a movie under the stars.
Friday, July 12 – Safari Sleepover
Join us as we embark on an overnight safari through the Zoo! Go on a flashlight tour and meet some of our wildest friends, including the giant giraffes! You’ll also enjoy a movie under the stars and some other special activities!
Friday, August 9 – CSI: EPZ – Overnight Investigation: The Case of the Stolen Food
Help the Zoo Team as they investigate a crime at the Zoo! Someone, or something, stole food from the Cougar Café and it’s up to you to find out who did it. During this overnight investigation, you and the other detective campers will look at evidence, interview a few of our wild suspects and ultimately help us figure out just who stole the food!
Friday, September 13 – Back to School Campout
School may be back in session, but there’s no reason the summer fun has to end! Join the Zoo Crew as we celebrate the end of summer with an overnight campout. Enjoy crafts and other fun activities throughout the evening for an experience that you can tell your friends about when you go to school on Monday! You’ll also get to meet some of our favorite wild friends and find out how they learn, just like you do at school!
Friday, October 11 – CSI:EPZ – Overnight Investigation: The Hunt for Bigfoot
Could Bigfoot be lurking around the Zoo after hours? EPZ needs your help to find out! Every morning, the keepers find footprints throughout the Zoo! Are they the foot prints of Bigfoot or is some other creature the culprit? During this overnight investigation, you and the other detective campers will look at evidence, study footprints and ultimately help us figure out just who has been lurking around the Zoo at night!
Tickets are $40 per person and $25 per member; kids under 3 are free.
Price includes admission, dinner, activities, s’mores by the campfire and breakfast in the morning. All campers are required to provide their own camping equipment.
Add a Souvenir Campout Kit (safari hat, flashlight keychain and binoculars) for only $10.