calling all party animals!

Let the Phoenix Zoo host your child’s next birthday party and enjoy a fun, stress-free day celebrating with friends and family. Perfect for your WILD explorer! Learn about classic zoo animals such as elephants, lions and monkeys. It’s sure to be a wildly good time!

The Zoo also hosts birthdays for adults! Visit our Host an Event page for more information.

Ready to book a party? Have questions?

birthday party packages

Available Saturdays and Sundays

$350 – general, $300 – Phoenix Zoo members [Become a member today!]

Includes:

  • Admission to the Zoo for up to 10 children and 12 adults
  • Reserved party ramada for 1.5 hours
  • Your own personal party host
  • Party favor bag for each child
  • T-shirt for the birthday child
  • Craft activity with party host
  • Cake, ice cream and lemonade for all party guests
  • Plates, napkins, spoons and candles
  • Option of one (1) carousel ride or one (1) admission to Stingray Bay per child (time slot for activity must be reserved at time of booking).

birthday party details

  • $75 deposit due at the time of reservation
  • Reservations subject to availability
  • Reservations must be made at least 3 weeks in advance
  • Full payment is due 14 days prior to date of party

Please note:
Balloons, noise makers, alcohol, piñatas or glassware are not permitted for the safety of the animals, you, your guests and other Zoo patrons. Your party is responsible for transportation and storage of party gifts, food and supplies.

Hosted Party Add-Ons

  • Additional child: $35 per – general, $30 per – member
  • Additional adult: $24.95 per – general adult entry for non-member booked party, $19.95 – member guest adult entry for member booked party (member adults FREE with their own membership)
  • Party favor bags: $2.50 each – general, $2.25 each – member
  • Pizza: $12 each (large cheese or pepperoni, includes eight slices each)
  • Additional cake: $25 each
  • Additional T-shirts: $12 each (child XS-XL)
  • Private Animal Discovery Presentation: $50 – general, $45 – member (must book three weeks in advance, only available for Windmill House and Neely Center parties)

party locations

Enjoy your birthday celebration at any one of our great ramada locations!

siamang ramada

This exciting location guarantees a swingin’ good time for any age. Go ahead and monkey around under this ramada, which is also close to the Zoo’s Harmony Farm!

Availability

  • Saturdays and Sundays
  • September 
    • 9 a.m.
  • October – May
    • 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Tropical Flights

Enjoy your birthday on this shaded patio on the Tropical Flights trail. Great view of the Zoo’s Main lake and all it’s animal residents!

Availability

  • Saturdays and Sundays
  • September 
    • 9 a.m.
  • October – May
    • 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

neely center

Overlooking the Zoo’s Main Lake, this state-of-the-art facility boasts spectacular views and modern rooms, perfect for hosting a unique birthday bash.

Availability

  • Saturdays and Sundays
  • September 
    • 9 a.m.
  • October – May
    • 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We do not have the ability or the staff to offer a cart ride to and from your party location. If you are bringing additional items into the Zoo, it is recommended that a stroller or wagon is brought to assist with the transportation. We do not have the capacity to store/refrigerate items before or after the party. Many of our venues are outside and parties book back to back.

A basic party is 1.5 hours in duration. As our parties are booked back to back, we ask that you do not arrive at your party Ramada more than 15 minutes before the start of your party. Your hostess will still be preparing for the start of your celebration.

Your basic birthday party includes admission for 12 adults and 10 kids, including the birthday child.

• Guest arrival
• Food/pizza
• Craft activity with the children
• Cake/ice cream/lemonade
• Presents
• Party game (If time allows)
• Passing out of goodie bags/ Endangered Species Carousel passes
• End of party

Adults – Extra adults will be an additional charge. If the adults are members, they will be asked to show their membership card and will not be included in the count. If you do have to pay for extra adults – you are paying for their admission into the zoo.  Additional Adults for Non-Member parties are $24.95. Additional Adults for Member parties are $19.95. Charges will be added to your final WILD Birthday Invoice. 

Children – As a birthday party is a separate event, additional party children do not get in under a membership and will be charged an additional fee. On the day of your party, your Phoenix Zoo hostess will conduct a guest head count and advise on what additional charges will be.  All kids participating (doing craft, receiving a party favors, etc.) in the party are counted for charges even if they are two years of age or under. Additional Children for Non-Member parties are $35.00. Additional children for Member parties are $30.00. Charges will be added to your final WILD Birthday Invoice.  Event hosts cannot take final payments on the day of your event. Phoenix Zoo Call Center will contact you the following week for payment

* A large increase in your size of party can be accommodated by booking a double party. Double party bookings will get twice the number of admissions and a three-hour time slot.

Party venue directions are included in your birthday party packet email.

Your guests simply enter at the main turnstile and advise the Guest Services Ambassador stationed at the turnstile what party they are there for. The party will be listed under the child’s name.

We highly recommend that you include a copy of the Zoo map and directions from your birthday party packet with each invitation, or have them visit phoenixzoo.org and print a copy.

You can bring your own food as long as it has been commercially prepared. You are also more than welcome to bring a cooler with soda, water, etc. (No alcoholic beverages or glass bottles allowed.) The Zoo does not have ice for sale; you should bring your own in. The Zoo also does not have storage areas for coolers or other items before or after your party.

Your hostess will hand the tickets out at the end of your party. 

Each pizza has eight slices. Four to six pizzas for a basic party should be plenty. We are not able to provide pizza for the 10 a.m. parties. When you order pizza through the Zoo, it is delivered to your party location with plates and napkins for pizza service. If you decide to bring in your own pizza or outside food, you are responsible for getting it to and from your party site and providing plates for your guests.

Yes! Your party comes with a beautifully decorated half-sheet cake. We also provide vanilla ice cream cups, lemonade, plates, napkins and utensils for cake service. You have a choice of white cake with vanilla buttercream frosting or chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream frosting. Unfortunately, special orders cannot be accommodated.

Your party includes a party favor cup filled with goodies for each child. Also, the birthday child receives a special birthday t-shirt from the Zoo!

You can bring in limited decorations for the party. No balloons, piñatas, confetti, streamers, etc. Anything the birthday party brings in for decoration should be brought out after the party ends. Guests will not be allowed to tack, nail or tape anything to Zoo structures or walls

Yes, you can! See our ‘Package Add-Ons’ section on the Zoo website or your confirmation packet for more info.

You may book a face painter or caricature artist for your party on your own. You will not be allotted any more time for this activity. It must take place during the scheduled 1.5 hours. The Zoo will not be able to make any special accommodations for these contracted artists (no transport, tables, chairs, tents, lighting, etc.). Artists will be required to walk themselves and all of their equipment in and out of the party location. Artists will not be given extra set up or clean up time. CLOWNS or COSTUMES are not allowed.

An Animal Discovery is a special presentation for your birthday party. A Zoo animal resources team member will show three to five animals during a 20 – 30 minute timeframe (must be in an indoor venue, reservations must be made three weeks in advance). Please note this would occur during your party time and does not add any additional time to your party.

Our birthdays are recommended for children ages 3 – 12.

Yes! Your hosted party includes all day admission for you and all of your guests. We ask that you do not come to your party Ramada more than 15 minutes before the start of your party. We have parties booked before and after yours and need to allow the hostesses time to clean up.

November 1 – January 19 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
January 20 – May 31 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
June 1 – August 31 | 7 a.m. – Noon 
September 1 – October 31 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Parties occur rain or shine. The Zoo will try and do our best to relocate the party to a dryer location if possible. If no covered locations are open to relocate parties, they will be held at the original booked location. Please come prepared with rain jackets and umbrellas. Pop up tents are not allowed.

If you are late for your party time, we will not be able to extend the time at the end. Each party booking is allotted 1.5 hours only. You will be expected to end the party at the original end time.

book your party today!

The Phoenix Zoo is one of the largest non-profit zoos in the U.S., caring for over 3,000 animals, with nearly 400 species represented, including many threatened/endangered species.

Giraffe peeking out