Snorin' Roarin' Sleepovers

Enjoy a Snorin' Roarin' sleepover with your favorite creatures at the Zoo, and you'll see them in a whole new light - the dark! We'll go behind-the-scenes, play games, tell stories, enjoy special animal encounters and zookeeper presentations, and more. Celebrate a birthday, have a family reunion, go with your scout group, or join an already scheduled Member Overnight!


Tropical Forest Sleepover

Make your next tropical destination an overnight at Franklin Park Zoo!  You don’t have to travel to South America or Asia to see animals of the rainforest up close – your overnight includes live animal encounters with our rainforest exhibit animals and a personal interaction with one of our program animals.

African Savannah Sleepover

Learn all about the animals of the African savanna…in New England! Animal activities focus on African species such as zebras, giraffes, wildebeests, lions and more.

Program Details:


Franklin Park Zoo


Friday or Saturday nights, year-round; 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. the following day
Note: Weekday overnights can also be arranged with advance notice. Eight-week advanced reservation required. 


  • Continental breakfast and light evening snack
  • Participants receive a pass for one day of free admission to the Zoo starting the day after the overnight and valid for one month


  • Minimum participant age: 6 years old
  • Required adult/child ratio: 1 to 4 
  • 8 weeks advance notice is required
  • Maximum number of participants: 40
  • Minimum number of participants: 10, minimum cost is $700 (cost for 15 participants)


Members: $45 per person for members; $55 per person for non-members; $50 per person for scout groups

Additional Fees:

For groups of 30 or more, an additional fee of $150 is required for an extra educator's assistance.

Make a Reservation

To book an overnight, email the Education Department or call 617-989-3742. 


What is the minimum age of children we can bring to the overnight?

Every child on the overnight must be at least 6 years old. Children under 6 will not be allowed to stay.

Is there a deposit needed to reserve our date?

We require a $50 deposit at time of booking to reserve a date for your group.

Can we bring food to the overnight?

We provide a snack and continental breakfast. If you or someone in your group has a special dietary restriction, please let us know when booking your overnight. 

Can we leave early in the morning?

Your group can make special arrangements to leave before 9:00 a.m., but we discourage individual departures.

Will we share our overnight with other groups?

No, each overnight we run will be only for your group. If you’re a small scout troop, you can contact your scout council to see if other scout groups are interested in joining up with you to make the minimum group size, or you can connect with another troop on your own.

Where do we park?

Once everyone from your overnight is present, you’ll be directed to park your vehicles on Franklin Park Zoo grounds.

When do we need to arrive at the Zoo for our overnight?

We ask that your group has dinner before arriving and is together and ready to enter the Zoo between 6:45 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

When can I use my free admission pass?

After you wake up in the morning, we’ll provide you with a free admission pass for that day. If you want to use your pass the day of the overnight instead (rather than the following), we require a week’s notice to make these arrangements.