Zoo Birthday Parties
Designed for children turning ages 5-12, a Zoo Birthday Party is a great way to make your child's special day extra special.
Your 2023 Zoo Birthday Party Reservation Includes:
- A two-hour room reservation in the DeFouw Education Center
- Up to 25 total persons may attend (including all children and adults)
- Hands-on live animal presentation with up to 3 Animal Ambassadors
- Photo keepsake of each child with an Animal Ambassadors (made available by digital download)
- Approximately an hour of free time for your choice of activities
- A Zoo staff host to facilitate and assist
- Zoo staff handles all clean-up
Party Time Slots:
- Saturdays 10:00am-noon or 2:00-4:00pm
- Sundays 2:00-4:00pm
|2024 Party Info:
|Applies to Party Dates:
|January 3, 2024 - April 12, 2024
|April 14, 2024 - October 12, 2024
|October 13, 2024 - December 31, 2024
Zoo Members receive a $20 discount on all birthday party reservations! Please note: we are unable to refund the discount back for Memberships purchased after your reservation has been made, so if you are joining as a new Member you should complete that purchase before making your reservation. For more information about becoming a Zoo Member, visit our Membership Information Page here.
What to Expect:
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What kinds of animal will we see?
A: Examples of the kinds of animal that may appear are:
Note: these are just examples. The exact animals you meet may vary. Sorry, we cannot tell you in advance which animals you will meet, or guarantee a specific animal will appear.
Q: What times are parties available?
A: Parties are available year-round! Generally we schedule parties for Saturdays 10am-noon or 2:00-4:00pm, and Sundays 2:00-4:00pm. Weekend time slots can not be adjusted. We can occasionally accommodate an afterschool party during the week, contact the Zoo Education Department for more info if you are interested in that option.
Q: Can I bring cake or other refreshments?
A: Yes! You are welcome to bring any refreshments you like (note the Zoo is an alcohol, tobacco, and drug-free zone). See the Zoo Birthday Party Program Agreement and Guidelines for our full Refreshment and Decoration Policy.
Q: When is payment due?
A: Payment in full is due at least 30 days prior to your party date. You can pay online, by phone, or in person at the Zoo administrative office.
Q: Is Zoo admission included?
A: For parties that take place during the Zoo's open season and operating hours, admission for up to 25 persons is included with your reservation fee. Guests must check in with the party staff host to receive their admission For parties during our closed season, no admission is included and zoo exhibits will not be available.
Q: Can I add on a train ride?
A: You are welcome to ride the train with your party group if it is operating when your party takes place. Although we don't currently have an upgrade option for birthday party reservations, you can purchase train tickets in the Zoo Gift Shop prior to the start of your party and ride during the free time portion or afterwards. We recommend inquiring at the Gift Shop about train availability before making your ticket purchase. Please note that rides tickets are not refundable, so we do not recommend purchasing them in advance of your party date.
Q: How far in advance do I need to secure my date?
We recommend booking your date at least 6 weeks in advance for fall and winter dates, and 8-12+ weeks in advance for spring and summer. Sorry, we are unable to reserve dates more than 180 days in advance.
Q: Can I book a Zoo Birthday Party at my home?
A: Sorry, we are unable to bring animals to personal residences.