The best part of having a birthday party at the zoo? Visits from animal guests! Our birthday parties combine arts and crafts, live animal demos, and exhibit visits to help make your wildlife lover's birthday unforgettable. A zoo educator, plus one or two additional helpers, will lead the activities and take care of all your needs. All you have to do is supply the cake*, juice, paper goods, and utensils and we’ll take care of the rest!
All Birthday parties include:
Zoo admission for you and your guests for the day
Free online birthday invitations through our partnership with Paperless Post!
Animal themed goody bags for each child attending the party
A craft project
Up-close live animal encounters
NEW – Whether you're getting ready for your third birthday or your thirtieth, the zoo has an adventure in store for you! The Prospect Park Zoo is now offering birthday parties for adults who want to celebrate their special day in addition to wildlife and wild places. Please call for more details.
*Please note, there is no refrigeration available.
"Enjoyed a wonderful program in our private room… a big hit with the little ones."
Children's Parties: Up to 36 participants total (at least 6 adults present): $675, or $625 for WCS members or PPZ Annual Pass holders. for 1.5 hours. Two-hour parties are available for an additional fee (see below).
NEW – Starting in August of 2016 – Adult's Parties: Up to 25 participants total (only the 2 hour option is available): $725, or $675 for WCS members or PPZ Annual Pass holders. Please note that there is no alcohol, smoking, or fire permitted on zoo grounds.
Dates & Times
Saturdays and Sundays, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Parties last for 1.5 hours but afternoon parties can be extended to 2 hours for an additional fee of $50.
Party host families should arrive at the Zoo 15 minutes prior to the party. Zoo assistance and party hosts will be waiting and willing to help set up.
Begin planning your party by submitting your request here. A representative from the Prospect Park Zoo Education Department will contact you soon! Parties cannot be scheduled less than four weeks in advance. Since space is limited, we recommend you reserve far in advance, especially during spring and summer.
Join some of our barnyard buddies for a party filled with activities such as feeding the sheep, playing barnyard games, and petting an alpaca's nose!
Why are animals brown and green, bright and beautiful, or snowy white? During this party, kids will explore the reasons behind the coloration of creatures from around the globe. They'll also make a colorful creation to take home.
Look, listen, touch, and smell! Learn how animals use their senses, then use your own senses to explore the Discovery Center. Afternoon times for this theme will be 2:00–3:30p.m. to guarantee private party time in the Discovery Center.
Sea Lion Celebration
Play sea lion training games, investigate the differences between seals and sea lions, and find out some fun facts about mammals. Visit our zoo kitchen to meet the keepers and watch them prepare a meal for our flippered friends!
Why do some animals dig, climb, or crawl? Party goers will learn about why different animals act the way that they do and what zookeepers do to encourage those behaviors. As a birthday treat, you will also help prepare a tasty present for an exhibit animal and see them enjoy it!
Owl Bird-Day Party
Have a hoot looking at feathers, talons, and bones! Visit our zoo's Great-horned owl exhibit and explore the cool ways owls survive in the wild. Get your hands dirty dissecting owl pellets like a scientist to discover what the owl ate for lunch, and then meet a real prey animal of an owl!
Zoo Birthday for Adults
18 and Up
Even adults enjoy animal adventures! Our "grown-up" birthday parties include a guided tour of an area of your choice, a behind the scenes visit to our commissary, and preparing and delivering enrichment items (tasty presents) for an exhibit animal. All this and you'll enjoy meeting some spectacular animals up close, have some time for cake, and maybe even learn something along the way. Please note that there is no alcohol or smoking permitted on zoo grounds.