Create a treasured memory for your child with a birthday party at Elmwood Park Zoo! The Zoo provides a unique environment for celebrations all year round! Package price varies seasonally as outlined below.

Peak Season - $450

Off Season - $350

April through October
November through March

** Elmwood Park Zoo Members receive a 10% discount **


Parties include the following amenities:

  • One-hour rental of a party space inside the Zoo (plus an additional 30 minutes of set-up time prior to party)
  • Admission for up to 24 guests (includes all adults and children ages 3 and up except birthday child)
  • A party attendant to ensure your event runs smoothly
  • Coordinated suite of themed paper products, including plates, napkins, utensils and table coverings
  • 3 large cheese pizzas (8 slices per pizza)
  • Assorted juice boxes and water
  • Live animal encounter with an animal from our Education Collection (weekends only)
  • Bison or giraffe feeding encounter (weekdays only)
  • Party favor bag for each child
  • Free animal feeding pass for birthday child (off season parties will receive piñata in lieu of feeding pass)
  • Visit to the Petting Barn with a bucket of feed
Start booking your party today! Fill out an Inquiry Form or call 800.652.4143 x 240.

Á La Carte Items

The following items are available to order for an additional fee. Please contact an event coordinator for availability and pricing.

  • Birthday cake with special Elmwood Park Zoo design
  • Additional pizza and toppings
  • Pitcher of soda
  • Hoagie tray
  • Assorted wrap tray
  • Hot dog and french fry tray
  • Chicken nugget tray
  • Grilled cheese tray
  • Philly Pretzel Factory soft pretzel tray
  • Fruit tray
  • Vegetable and dip tray

    Attraction Add-Ons

    The Zoo offers discounted attraction tickets for anyone hosting a birthday party! The following activities are available as additional experiences for children on the day of your party. Attractions are seasonal. Tickets must be paid for in advance to receive discount. There are no refunds for unused tickets. Member discount does not apply to attraction tickets.
  • Pony rides: $5.00 each
  • Caterpillar train rides: $3.00 each
  • Carousel rides: $3.00 each
  • Giraffe feeding: $2.00 per person
  • Bison feeding: $2.00 per person
  • Treetop Adventures: $9.95 per child


    Birthday Party FAQ

    Q: When are birthday parties held?
    A: Parties are held year-round on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, 1:00 to 2:00 pm or 3:00 to 4:00 pm and Weekdays (beginning June 15) from 1:00 - 2:00 PM and 3:00 - 4:00 PM. Dates and times are available on a first-come, first-served basis. When selecting your time slot, please keep in mind that the Zoo is open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
    Q: When is the payment due?
    A: A non-refundable 50% deposit is paid upon booking. The remaining balance must be paid in full no later than the Tuesday of the week prior to your party. Final head count is also due at this time.
    Q: How early do I need to make my party reservation?
    A: Reservations should be made at least one month in advance of your preferred party date. A 50% non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your date and time. Parties are not considered booked until deposit is paid.
    Q: Where will my party be held?
    A: Peak season birthday parties are held outdoors in a covered area. Off season parties are held indoors.
    Q: What if the weather forecast is bad for the day of my party?
    A: Birthday parties are held rain or shine, however Elmwood Park Zoo reserves the right to postpone any party in the event of inclement weather or hazardous conditions.
    Q: I have parents attending my party that aren’t eating and are just chaperoning their children. Do they get in for free?
    A: There is no free admission for party guests. All party guests are included in the tally of your party package. Guests who may be serving as chaperones still receive admission to the Zoo.
    Q: What if I have more than 24 guests coming to my party?
    A: Additional guests may be added to your party for a fee of $16.95 per person (maximum 35 guests per party). If your total head count exceeds 35 attendees, you will be required to purchase additional package(s). Keep in mind that children ages 2 and under do not count toward your total head count.
    Q: Can I bring my own food to the party?
    A: The Zoo does not allow guests to bring food or allow outside catering for birthday parties. Guests can however bring baked goods. The Zoo will also work with you if you’d like to select an alternate menu from the standard one that’s available in the party packages. NOTE: If you will be providing your own birthday cake, you are responsible for candles, plates, forks, etc.
    Q: Do you decorate the party spaces?
    A: The Zoo does not provide any decorations outside of the themed paper products for food service. Guests are welcome to bring their own decorations, however the Zoo does not permit the use of balloons or confetti as they pose a choking risk to the animals.
    Q: Do parents need to attend the party?
    A: Yes. At least 2 chaperones age 21+ need to be present during the party. Whether each child's parents attend is up to you, however, keep in mind that all attendees will count toward the head count.
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