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 - $499

Off Season - $399

April through October, outside in a covered picnic space
November through March, indoors

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


Parties include the following amenities:

  • Two-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 (if you are providing your own cake, please bring cake plates and candles)
  • Large cheese pizza (1 slice per person, ex: 24 people = 3 pizzas)
  • Assorted juice boxes and water
  • Live animal encounter with an animal from our Education Collection (weekends only)
  • Guided tour of the zoo with scavenger hunt activity (weekdays only)
  • Party favor bag for each child
  • Free animal feeding ticket for birthday child (off season parties will receive piñata in lieu of feeding pass)
  • Visit to the Petting Barn with a bucket of feed
*You can add up to 11 additional guests for $16.95 per person. Parties with 36 or more guests will require purchase of additional packages. EX: Two packages include up to 48 guests, plus the ability to add up to 22 additional guests for $16.95 per person. Once you have booked your party and established the number of packages to account for the size of your party, you cannot change the number of packages.

Start booking your party today! Fill out an Inquiry Form or call 800.652.4143 x 240.

Birthday Party Time Slots

April through October
Saturday/Sunday: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM and 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Monday-Friday: 11 AM - 1 PM (Summer only, with limited availability during spring/fall)

November through March
Saturday/Sunday: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Monday-Friday: 11 AM - 1 PM (limited availability during fall/spring)

Having a smaller party?

We can accommodate for smaller parties!
Peak season: $399
Off-season: $299
Party covers up to 15 guests. You can add up to 5 additional guests for $16.95 per person.

Ready to book your party? Please call 610.277.3825 ext. 240.
All birthday parties must be booked at least 3 weeks in advance. A 50% non-refundable deposit is due at the time of booking to secure the date and time.

After you book the party, you will receive your birthday contract which has a menu of add-ons to choose from.
Final payment is due no later than the last Tuesday before the party by 1 PM.

Add-ons Sample Menu

Pricing and full menu available upon request.

  • Birthday cake with special Elmwood Park Zoo design
  • Additional plain pizza
  • Canned sodas
  • Hoagie tray
  • Hot dog tray (includes side of ketchup, mustard, and fries)
  • Philly Pretzel Factory soft pretzel tray (dips are mustard and spicy mustard)
  • Fruit tray
  • Vegetable and dip tray


    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. Tickets for attractions, with the exception of Treetop Adventures, must be purchased at least 1 week before the party. There are no refunds for unused tickets. Member discounts do 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 (Cub Climb); $24.95 per person (Zoofari)

  • For more information, or to book your birthday party, please contact our sales department at 800.652.4143 ext. 240 or

    Birthday Party FAQ

    Q: How many parties do you hold in each time slot?
    A: During the peak season, we can hold 4 parties at a time. During the off-season, we can hold 3 parties at a time. It is a shared space, but your space is designated for your party with no spillover from other parties.
    Q: Since it is a shared space, how can I get the entire space to myself?
    A: Book multiple packages! During peak season, if you book 4 party packages, you will be the only party during that time slot. During the off-season, it would require 3 packages to block off the entire space.
    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 does reserve the right to postpone any party in the event of inclement weather or hazardous conditions.
    Q: Some of my guests are Members. Do I need to include them in my headcount?
    A: Yes, anyone attending the party except for the birthday child and children ages 2 and under must be included in the count.
    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. Adults not attending the party but who wish to come into the zoo to walk around can pay zoo admission at the door.
    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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