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, and themed activities.

Your overnight party will begin at 7 pm and end at 9 am the following day. Groups must bring their own tents for sleeping, as sleeping locations are outside on grassy areas within Zoo grounds.

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)
  • Continental breakfast
  • Evening snack with your choice of punch or lemonade and 24 Hy-Vee Cupcakes - cake flavors (choose 1): white, chocolate, carrot, lemon, strawberry or red velvet. All cakes come with buttercream frosting.
  • Animal-themed birthday invitations
  • Time to unwrap presents from guests, if applicable


Guests sleep outside in a grassy area either along the Zoo's African Forest Trail or near the Pavilion. Bathrooms are available throughout the Zzzoofari, but bathrooms do not contain shower facilities. For groups with younger participants, the sleeping near the Pavilion is recommended as that location is closer to bathrooms. Guests should bring tents, sleeping bag, pillow, personal toiletries and lots of enthusiasm. Indoor sleeping is not available; cancelation due to inclement weather (rain, thunderstorms, etc.) can be initiated by either Sunset Zoo or your group.

Fees & Booking Information

A Zoo overnight is $600 per group (up to 15 people). Additional guests are $40 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 15 included in the package or if your party is greater than 15 people, two chaperones will be admitted free and each additional chaperone will be charged the regular $40/person rate. 

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. 

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, as well as take a night hike through the Zoo to see who is awake and who is asleep.