Safari Overnights

family bedding down next to the Polar Bear Diorama

Experience the Academy after dark. Enjoy interactive activities and meet some of our live animals—all with the guidance of the Academy’s experienced naturalists!

Break to socialize and enjoy refreshments and snacks. Sleep next to lions, tigers, or Tyrannosaurus rex. Awake to a light breakfast and more exploration. Each child receives a participation patch.

Friends & Family Overnights are open to the public, scout groups, birthday parties, and more. 

Upcoming Overnights:

  • Saturday, February 21, 2015 
  • Saturday, April 18, 2015 

Cub scouts, Weblos and their families can have fun while completing requirements at our special Boy Scout ONLY Overnight. See our Cub Scouts and Webelos pages for details.

Sample Schedule for Friends & Family Overnights


6:30–7 pm
7–7:10 pm
7:15–8:30 pm
Open Exploration
4–6 activities such as:
  • Bears, Bats, and Bugs (what to find while camping)
  • Behind-the-Scenes Tours
  • Crafts
  • Dinosaur Dig
  • Dissecting Dioramas
  • Not-So-Creepy Crawlies
  • Outside In
  • Scavenger Hunt
8:30–9 pm
9–10 pm
Open Exploration
(see the list above)
10–10:30 pm
Live Animal Show
10:30–11 pm
Bedtime Setup
10:30–11 pm
Movie begins

Following Morning:

7 am
Rise and Shine
7–8 am
8–9 am
Purchase T-Shirts,
Pick Up Patches,
Gift Shop Open,
Exhibit Opening
9 am
Gear must depart the building but you can stay!

Safari Overnight Details

6:30 pm to 9 am; Check-in is 6:30–7 pm.
Safari Overnights are appropriate for children ages 7–14. One adult is required per three children. No outside food or drink is permitted, and extra large sleeping mattresses are discouraged.
Call 215-299-1060.
$40 for members
$45 for nonmembers
A nonrefundable deposit of $10 per person is due upon registration. Final numbers and balance must be submitted at least three weeks prior to your overnight date. There will be no refunds given after this date.
If you cancel:
If you do not pay your balance in full three weeks prior to the overnight date, you may lose your reservation. Membership information must be returned three weeks before the event; no fee adjustments will be made after that date.
If we cancel:
The Academy may cancel a Safari Overnight if there aren’t enough participants. If so, we’ll notify you two weeks prior to the event. We’ll try to arrange another overnight for you. If not, you’ll be granted a full refund.
Emergency Weather Cancellation Policy
In times of severe weather conditions, it may be necessary to cancel the Safari Overnight. The Academy’s Reservation Office will make the decision to cancel the overnight. Notice of the cancellation will be made at least 12 hours prior to the scheduled overnight. In the event of a weather-related cancellation, the Academy will attempt to reschedule the overnight. If rescheduling is not possible, a full refund will be provided.
Trip Coordinator's Checklist
Parking and Directions
Information for Parents/Chaperones 

Interested in a different date? Private overnights can be arranged for groups of 100–300 participants. Contact us at or 215-299-1060.

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