Go Wild at the Zoo
Birthdays are special days. Looking to celebrate your child's birthday in a unique way? Invite your family and friends to join the zoo education team for a fun, educational and hassle-free birthday party. Each birthday party lasts up to one-and-a-half hours and can be scheduled Saturdays at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. (or by special request). Birthday parties are held in the RTI's Play & Learn Center located in The Nature Play Area in North America. Parties are designed as child-centered and for children turning 4 and up.
See below for details of the registration process.
Birthday Parties are offered April-November
Number of Participants*
Up to 15
16 - 20
21 - 25 (maximum)
*includes adults and children
*Minimum of 6 children as participants
- Zoo admission for pre-registered guests (specify adult and children numbers with registrar)**
- Room Rental
- Party Set-Up
- Education Program***
- Live Animal Presentation
- Cake, ice cream, popcorn, & lemonade
- Themed craft or take away depending on program
- Party Clean-Up
**Admission Passes (e-tickets) will be emailed upon receipt of final numbers and payment (no later than two weeks before party date.)
***Education program is age appropriate (for 4 years old and up) and based on one of the following themes:
- Big Bug Bash
- African Safari
- Fairy Friends (costumes encouraged)
- Survival 101 (fort building, outdoor camp fire)
SOCIETY MEMBERS RECEIVE A 15 PERCENT DISCOUNT OFF BASIC PARTY PACKAGE PRICE.
PLEASE NOTIFY OF MEMBERSHIP AT TIME OF RESERVATION TO RECEIVE THIS DISCOUNT.
cake- starting at $25 (based on size of party)
live animal encounter- $50
goodie bags- $5/child
Meet one of our education-collection animals and learn about the features that make them unique. Animal preferences may be mentioned, but we cannot guarantee their availability. Our collection includes: snakes, box turtle, prairie dogs and hedgehog.
Goody bags are available for $5/child (must be specified at time of registration). Goody bags have about 7 theme-related items included. There are no food items in the bags. Age range for goody bags: 3-7 years old.
Our in house catering service can provide lunch for your group. A two week notice is required, please inquire at time of registration.
Can't find the answer to your question? Call 336-879-7715 to speak with an Education team member for more information.
Registration must be completed a minimum of two weeks from the party date. To register, please call 336-879-7715.
If the number of participants change, you must contact the Birthday Party Coordinator. This option is only available up to two weeks before the party. Changes are not accepted less than two weeks from the scheduled party.
Want Something Simpler?
Is your child younger than 4 and want a birthday party at the zoo? Don’t rule the zoo out yet! We have an option for you.
This simple party package allows you to rent out the education space with a la carte options:
You would be responsible for room set up and clean up. Decorations are allow with the exception of balloons. Parties are subject to a maximum of 25 people. To register please call 336-879-7715.
Below are additional ideas to help you coordinate your special day for your loved on.
Group rates for groups over 15 people*
Fun Package* (4-D ride, Carousel)
Picnic areas (public picnic areas: first-come first-served;
Private picnic areas: (reservation only*)
Society Deck rental for members only
*These items are available for online purchase. Our ticket order help line can also help you with information and assistance with online registration. They can be contacted at 336-879-7700.
**Most events run April through October during our summer operating hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check our events calendar for more details. November through March, the zoo is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.