Slumber Zzzoofari Parties

Celebrate a birthday in the wild of Sunset Zoo! Trained Sunset Zoo staff guide this overnight sleepover featuring a behind-the-scenes animal program, night hike around the Zoo, evening movie and themed activities.

Your overnight party will begin at 7 pm and end at 9 am the following day. Depending on weather and availability, parties can sleep in the open-air pavilion, pitch a tent under the stars, or camp out indoors inside the new Nature Exploration Center. For more information about these venues visit Zoo rental venues.

What's Included
Slumber Zzzoofari Birthday Parties include:
  • Exclusive, overnight access to Sunset Zoo
  • Behind-the-scenes Zoo tour and live animal encounters with the Zoo's educational animal ambassadors
  • Themed activities including games and/or crafts (see theme choices below)
  • Evening movie and continental breakfast
  • Evening snack with your choice of punch or lemonade and 30 Hy-Vee Cupcakes - cake flavors (choose 1): white, chocolate, carrot, lemon, strawberry or red velvet. All cakes come with buttercream frosting.
  • Up to 30 animal-themed birthday invitations
  • Time to unwrap presents from guests, if applicable
Fees & Booking Information
A Zoo overnight is $300 per group (up to 10 people). Additional guests are $30 each. If your group includes children, at least one adult chaperone needs to accompany the group throughout the overnight. Adult chaperones apply towards the group total; either as one of the ten included in the package or if your party is greater than 10 people, each chaperone will be charged the regular $30/person rate. You can also add a large pizza with up to two toppings to your Slumber Zzzoofari for an additional $15/pizza.

Two weeks advance notice is required to book; subject to availability. A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required to reserve a date and applies towards the final party cost. To book your Slumber Zzzoofari Birthday Party, contact Tammy Jones by email or call 785-587-2737.

Slumber Zzzoofari Themes (choose one)
Hidden Tails
Explore the zoo from dusk to dawn while engaging in a variety of games and activities that highlight animal camouflage. We’ll experience a close encounter with some animals, play a variation of hide-and-seek and participate in other activities that test our observation skills. Keeping with the theme of the evening, everyone will try their hand at tie-dying.

South American Trek
We’ll take a close look at some of the animals found in South America, and we’ll experience a little culture through language and games. Wrapping up the evening will also include making rainsticks.

Off the Grid
Relearn what can be done that’s fun and exciting without electricity. We’ll play a variety of outdoor games while the sun is still out and after it goes down. All groups are encouraged to sleep under the pavilion for this overnight since we'll roast marshmallows in the pavilion's fireplace.