Visitor Information

Self-Run Birthday Parties

Looking for a simple, inexpensive party location? Get group discounted admission and bring the party with you! Available any time the Zoo is open; bring your own food and beverages or purchase food from our concession stands.


1. Choose Your Spot

The Zoo offers two options for your self-run birthday party at the Zoo:

  • Use our picnic table areas free-of-charge at our Village Green Pavilion. Picnic table areas are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and cannot be guaranteed.
  • You may also choose to reserve a tent at Celebration Hill. Tent fee is $300 for a 1 ½ hour rental. Fee includes a Zoo staff member and enough picnic tables for about 36 people. Please contact Group Sales office for availability or check the birthday tent calendar.

Click to download your Tent reservation form
Please read all Self-Run Birthday Party guidelines by clicking here.  


2. Get Discounted Admission

If you have a party of 15 or more people, you can qualify for discounted tickets! Purchase your tickets in advance and have them mailed directly to you. No waiting in line at the gate!

Advanced Ticketing Reservation Procedures:

  • Groups must consist of 15 or more people in order to receive discount.
  • Reservations are required and must be completed at least one month prior to scheduled visit.
  • Deposit of $75 or 10% of anticipated total (whichever is greater) is required with reservation form. Please submit deposit with reservation form. Reservation form may be faxed with completed credit card information or mailed along with a check for the deposit.
  • Full payment must be received a minimum of two weeks before visit.
  • One chaperone of at least 21 years of age is required per every 8 children.
  • Tickets will be mailed to you upon receipt of full payment and will incur a $5.95 service charge.
  • There are no refunds for unused tickets; however, tickets are valid for use for one year from date of issue.
  • Advanced Group Rates: ADULT: $11.50; CHILD: $9.75; SENIOR: $11.00
  • Download the Advanced Ticketing Reservation Form by clicking here.  

To contact the Group Sales Office, please click here.