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Penguin Coast — Penguin Education Center

Rent-Coast

This state-of-the-art exhibit will put you closer to penguins than ever before. Get excited for a totally new Zoo experience featuring underwater viewing, dynamic dump tank, and blowhole in one of the largest penguin habitats in North America!  Our newly opened Penguin Coast Exhibit has the ideal indoor space for bridal and baby showers, rehearsal dinners, cocktail parties and social events!  You can also extend your event to include outdoor space around the exhibit. Availability for evening events starting at 5:30 pm,


Penguin Coast Packages:

Dinners and Cocktail Parties


Rental Rates*: Capacity:
Penguin Education Center $2400(Three hour event) Buffet/Seated Dinner 80 guests
Add outdoor space surrounding exhibit $1200 Cocktail/Dinner Stations 90 guests

 

*Rates can change without notice.  Please contact us for holiday rates

Capacity of Penguin Coast Education Center Building & Penguin Coast (outdoor space surrounding exhibit): 250

Price Prices reflect a 3 hour event. Rental fees include 100 chairs, 10 round 60” tables, 6 cocktail tables, 6 banquet tables, 2 round 48″ tables, Zoo on-site staff, security, and maintenance personnel, as well as free parking. Additional items may need to be rented if using the outdoor space surrounding the exhibit. Caterer set-up time of 2 hours and breakdown time of 1 ½ hours are included in the rental fee. Additional event or set-up hours are $800 per additional hour. Rental fees do not include Zoo admission, catering, rides, audio-visual equipment, and/or zoo services.

Contact the Group Sales Department to schedule

Daytime Bridal and Baby Showers

The classroom at the Penguin Educational Center is a private space within the building with barn doors closing off the room from the public viewing area. Shower packages are available indoors at 2:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays all year long!

Each Package Includes:

  • 2 Hours of time at our brand new Penguin Coast Education Private Classroom space
  • 20 all-day admission tickets
  • Small gift for guest of honor
  • White linen tablecloths
  • Animal Ambassador Appearance
  • Help of an on-site party coordinator
  • Menu for 20 guests with the ability to add (up to 40 total)

 

Package Pricing:

 

Additional information:

  • Reservations MUST be received a MINIMUM of ONE MONTH in advance of requested date.
  • BALLOONS, CONFETTI, GLASS, AND STRAWS ARE PROHIBITED ON ZOO GROUNDS.
  • Do not count guests that 1) have Maryland Zoo memberships, or 2) are under 2 years old in your guest count as they have free admission to the Zoo.
  • Maryland Zoo Members should not be included in your admission pass guest count; however, you might want to increase the food and beverage count to make sure that you have an adequate amount of food. You are welcome to supplement on your own by bringing additional food and beverages. Alcohol may NOT be brought onto Zoo Grounds.
  • Admission passes are mailed to you upon receipt of reservation form and full payment, so that you may distribute them to your guests before the day of your party. You may also elect to pick up your tickets at the Main Gate on the day of your party so you can distribute them to your guests as they arrive. Individual “will call” CANNOT be accommodated. There are no refunds for unused tickets.
  • Menu should be selected at time of reservation.
  • Additional guests and beverages may be added up to 10 days prior to party.  Payment for additional guests or food and beverage is due minimum of 10 days prior to party.
  • Tables and chairs are provided to seat up to 40 guests (depending on guest count).
  • Parties are held rain or shine indoors at our Penguin Coast Exhibit Education Center. Complete the Penguin Coast Daytime Shower Reservation Form and send with your payment via email, fax, or mail to book your party today.
  • The Zoo opens for the day at 10AM and closes PROMPTLY at 4PM. Tickets are all day admission; please keep this in mind when planning your day at the Zoo.
  • Full package payment must be received with form to reserve date and time. Cancelations made up to two weeks prior to party date will receive a 75% refund. No refunds for parties canceling within two weeks of party date; however, you may reschedule based on availability.
  • Availability of date is not guaranteed until confirmed by Group Sales office. Available Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00pm all year long. 

 

Daytime Shower Menu:

Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Strawberries and PineappleFresh Fruit Kabobs

Accompanied by a Yogurt Berry Dipping Sauce

Salad Options:

(Please Choose Two of the Following Salad Options)

Mixed Field Greens with Grilled Roasted Red Peppers, Baby Cucumbers, and Red Onion

Served with Roasted Garlic Italian Vinaigrette and Topped with Shaved Parmesan

OR

Petit Harvest Lettuce Assortment with Sliced Strawberries,

Candied Pecans, Crumbled Feta, and Red Onion

Accompanied by a White Balsamic Vinaigrette

OR

Hearts of Romaine Caesar Salad OR Italian Penne Pasta Salad

Assorted Pinwheels to Include:

Italian Deli with Genoa Salami, Cured Italian Ham, and Provolone with a Basil Pesto Spread

Roast Beef and Horseradish Spirals with Shredded Vermont Cheddar

Tea Sandwiches to Include:

Cucumber Dill with Thin-Sliced Cucumber on Crust Less Wheat

Roasted Chicken Salad with Boston Bib Lettuce and Chive

Fresh Baked Cupcakes to Include:

 Chocolate-raspberry, and Lemon

Fresh Brewed Iced Tea

Reserve a Daytime Shower at Penguin Coast

Contact the Group Sales Department

Evening Bridal and Baby Showers

Our Penguin Coast shower packages are perfect for penguin lovers!  Enjoy holding your event in this brand-new state of the art building, complete with underwater viewing area and dump tank.  Shower packages are available at our Penguin Coast Exhibit from 5:30pm any day of the week, all year long!

Each Package Includes:

  • 3 Hours of time at our brand new Penguin Exhibit with its underwater viewing area
  • Superb Menu for 20 guests with the ability to add (up to 80 total)
  • Penguin Animal Ambassador appearance
  • Small gift for guest of honor
  • Background music
  • White linen tablecloths
  • On-site party coordinator and catering staff
  • Security staff
  • Free parking

 

Package Pricing:

  • Package Price for 20 guests: $1495
  • Additional people (ages 2+): $45 per person
  • To add sodas & bottled waters: $5 per person
  • To add Beer & Wine: $20 per person*
  • To add Full Open Bar: $30 per person*

 

Additional information:

  • Reservations MUST be received a MINIMUM of ONE MONTH in advance of requested date.
  • Minimum of twenty guests included in package.  Additional guests incur a $45 pp charge.
  • BALLOONS, CONFETTI, GLASS, AND STRAWS ARE PROHIBITED ON ZOO GROUNDS.
  • Menu should be selected at time of reservation.
  • *Price to include alcohol includes bartender fee.
  • Additional guests and beverages may be added up to 10 days prior to party.  Payment for additional guests is due a minimum of 10 days prior to party.
  • Tables and chairs are provided to seat up to 80 guests (depending on guest count).
  • Parties are held rain or shine indoors at our Penguin Coast Exhibit.
  • Complete the Penguin Coast Evening Shower Reservation Form and send with your payment via email, fax, or mail to book your party today.
  • The Zoo opens for the day at 10AM and closes PROMPTLY at 4PM.
  • Access to exhibits is NOT included due to timing of event.
  • 50% deposit must be received with form to reserve date and time. Cancelations made up to four weeks prior to party date will receive 50% refund of deposit. No refunds for parties canceling within four weeks of party date; however if canceling more than two weeks prior to party date, you may reschedule based on availability.  If canceling within two weeks of party date, no refunds or rescheduling will be offered.
  • Balance of fees are due 4 (four) weeks prior to party date.
  • Availability of date is not guaranteed until confirmed by Group Sales office. Available daily beginning at 5:30pm all year long.

 

Evening Shower Menu:

Warm Brie wrapped in Pastry with Raspberry and Topped with Brown Sugar and Almonds

Accompanied with Baguette Rounds and Assorted Crackers

Butlered Appetizers:

Sesame Chicken Skewers with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

Tomato Bruschetta with Roasted Shallot Aioli Served on Herb Baguette

Gorgonzola and Fig Purses

Assorted Pinwheels to Include:

Italian Deli with Genoa Salami, Cured Italian Ham and Provolone with a Basil Pesto Spread

Roast Beef and Horseradish Spirals with Shredded Vermont Cheddar

Tea Sandwiches to Include:

Cucumber Dill with Thin Sliced Cucumber on Crust Less Wheat

Roasted Chicken Salad with Boston Bib Lettuce and Chive

Fresh Baked Cupcakes to Include:

Chocolate-raspberry, and Lemon

Fresh Brewed Iced Tea

Reserve an evening shower at Penguin Coast

 

Contact the Group Sales Department