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Birthday Parties

Party Your Way!

When you host your child’s birthday party at Southwick’s Zoo, you and your guests receive a fun-filled, stress-free day with access to a reserved covered Party Pavilion. During your day at the zoo, you can watch our fun educational shows and explore and learn about hundreds of wild and exotic animals. 

Are you a school or library looking for information about the ZooMobile Program? Click here to learn more!
*Please be aware that the ZooMobile is not available for birthday parties and other personal events held at private residences.

Birthday Party Packages

Wild Child Package

General Admission: $425

  • Admission for up to 15 guests
  • Skip the Line with VIP Check-in!
  • Free Parking
  • Two-hour reservation in a Party Pavilion
  • Dedicated Southwick’s Zoo Party Host
  • All day access to the zoo from 10:00am-5:00pm for all party guests

* Please be aware that outside food is not allowed.

Additional Guests General Admission: $28/person (ages 3+)

Activity wristband: $15/person. Includes the Woodland Express Train, Skyfari, and Rainforest Adventure Maze

 

General Admission Includes: Admission into the zoo, keeper talks, presentations,  entry into the Deer Forest, Petting Zoo, and Parakeet Landing.

Party Animal Package

General Admission: $525

  • Admission for up to 15 guests
  • Skip the Line with VIP Check-in!
  • Free Parking
  • Two-hour reservation in a Party Pavilion
  • Dedicated Southwick’s Zoo Party Host
  • All day access to the zoo from 10:00am-5:00pm for all party guests
  • Surprise visit from the petting zoo *
  • Pizza Party & Fountain Beverages
  • Party Paper Goods (plates, tablecloths, napkins)*
  • Birthday child receives free admission ticket for future visit*

*Denotes upgrade from previous package.

Additional Guests General Admission: $35/person (ages 3+)

Activity wristband: $15/person. Includes the Woodland Express Train, Skyfari, and Rainforest Adventure Maze

 

General Admission Includes: Admission into the zoo, keeper talks, presentations, entry into the Deer Forest, Petting Zoo, and Parakeet Landing.

Gone Bananas Package

General Admission: $675

  • Admission for up to 15 guests
  • Skip the Line with VIP Check-in!
  • Free Parking
  • Two-hour reservation in a Party Pavilion
  • Dedicated Southwick’s Zoo Party Host
  • All day access to the zoo from 10:00am-5:00pm for all party guests
  • Surprise visit from the petting zoo
  • Chicken Finger and Fries or Pizza Party Lunch*
  • Party Paper Goods (plates, tablecloths, napkins)
  • Choice of two Refillable Beverage Stations (water, fruit punch, lemonade, or iced tea)
  • Special birthday plush for the birthday child*
  • Birthday child receives free admission ticket for future visit
  • Dessert novelties experience*
  • Train Ride ticket for each guest*

*Denotes upgrade from previous package.

Additional Guests General Admission: $45/person (ages 3+)

Activity wristband: $15/person. Includes the Woodland Express Train, Skyfari, and Rainforest Adventure Maze

 

General Admission Includes: Admission into the zoo, keeper talks, presentations, entry into the Deer Forest, Petting Zoo, and Parakeet Landing.

Add-Ons (click to expand)

Don’t forget to request your desired add-ons when you book your party!

  • Additional Pavilion: $175
    Need a little extra room? Add on an additional party pavilion.
  • Pony Rides: $7/person
    (not included with rides wristband or Zoo-It-All)
  • Camel Rides: $7/person
    (not included with rides wristband or Zoo-It-All)
  • Soaring Eagle Zip Line: $12/person
    (not included with rides wristband or Zoo-It-All)
  • Rainforest Adventure Maze: $5
    (1 entry is included with rides wristband or Zoo-It-All)
  • Facepainter: $250 for duration of party pavilion reservation
  • Elkhorn Mine Activity: $15/pail

 

Menu Add-Ons

  • 20 piece chicken finger basket: $26
  • 3lbs French Fry Bucket: $16
  • Pizza (serves 5): $18
  • Veggie Platter (serves 15-20): $52
  • Ice Cream Cake: $42

Booking Your Party

Choose Your Date

Southwick’s Zoo is open 7 days a week, including holidays, from early to mid April through October.

 

Choose Your Pavilion Time

10:30am-12:30pm
1:30pm-3:30pm

All-day park access, 10:00am-5:00pm, is included with all packages.

Choose Your Package

• Wild Child
• Party Animal
• Gone Bananas

Choose Your Add-Ons

Review our list of add-ons to customize your package. Don’t see what you are looking for? Just ask!

 

Make Your Deposit

A credit card deposit of $100 is required to reserve your birthday party (this is a non-refundable deposit).

Your final guest list must be submitted no less than 5 days before your party date. This list allows us to be ready to check-in your guests on the day of the party and to determine your final balance due.

The final balance due will be calculated based on final guest count. Final payment is due to Southwick’s Zoo no less than 2 days before day of your event. We can accept payment for Birthday Parties at Southwick’s Zoo in cash, credit, money orders, or bank checks.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I reserve my party?

You may book your party online or calling us at 1-800-258-9182 ext 213. You can also email us at birthdayparty@southwickszoo.com.

Is the birthday child included in the guest list?

The birthday child is included in the package guest count, however our “Party Animal” and “Gone Bananas” packages include a free admission for the birthday child for a future visit.

Do adult chaperones or parents need to pay Southwick’s Zoo admission?

Parents, adult chaperones, and siblings of an invited guest must be included as part of the party guest count. By your choice, invited parents, adult chaperones, and siblings may be considered part of the guest count or you may choose to have these guests purchase admission to the zoo independently.

Can I use passes, Value Passes, or EARTH Memberships to get a discount?

Sorry, coupons and other discounts may not be applied to a Birthday Party Packages. EARTH Memberships, Value Passes, AAA discounts, and military discounts cannot be applied to the package pricing. Additionally, discounted event days such as Zoo Boo Days, State BOGO Days, etc. cannot be used to discount party packages.

What time should I plan for my guests to arrive? Where do they enter?

Your guests’ admission is good for the whole day (10:00am-5:00pm). Birthday party guests may check-in as early as 10:00am at the Birthday Party Entrance located at Gate 3.

Is there a place to store gifts before the party?

We do not hold or store birthday party gifts before or after the party time.  Southwick’s Zoo is not responsible for lost or stolen items.  The parking area is conveniently located nearby for easy access for these items when it is time for them during your party pavilion time.

Can I bring balloons into the zoo?

Sorry, balloons are not allowed onto zoo property. Balloons can create a serious health hazard to the animals.

What can we bring for decorations?

Please be aware that we DO NOT permit balloons, piñatas, or confetti of any kind inside the park as they are a safety hazard to our animals. Glass containers or vessels are also prohibited.

We supply tablecloths and any paper goods that you may need with our Party Animal and Gone Bananas Package, but additional decor is all up to you! If you are unsure whether a decoration you have can be brought into the zoo, please email birthdayparty@southwickszoo.com.

Will there be Southwick’s Zoo staff assisting with the birthday party?

Yes, Birthday Party Hostesses are here to aid and assist, allowing you and your guests to enjoy the day with your special birthday child. Let us check in your guests, help decorate, sing along, and answer any questions you have about our park!

Can I bring my own food?

Homemade or pre-purchased food, i.e. birthday cakes, cupcakes, etc., may be brought along for your party. Please note that outside delivery/catering and the use of small grills, hibachis, crockpots and/or chafing dishes, or similar items are not permitted. Glass containers or vessels are also prohibited.

Is there a place to store food before or after the party time?

Please plan ahead for packaging and storage of food, both before and after your pavilion time. Due to our health and food safety standards, we cannot store food that has been brought into the park by guests, nor may we package or hold leftovers in our facilities. Your Party Pavilion is available to you only during the time period that you have reserved. The parking area is conveniently located nearby for easy access for these items when it is time for them during and after your party pavilion time.

What happens if it rains the day of the party?

Southwick’s Zoo remains open rain or shine during the zoo season. We will work with you to reschedule only if the day looks like a complete washout or if dangerous weather is predicted.
We require at least 24 hour notice for postponements due to weather.

Can I book an animal presentation for a birthday party at my home?

EARTH Limited’s ZooMobile Program involves an educator and some of our animal ambassadors traveling to a school, library, or other facility to perform an educational presentation. However, ZooMobiles cannot be booked for birthday parties or other events held at private residences. This is due to concerns regarding space and safety for our animals, particularly regarding outdoor areas and loud noises.

Click here to learn more about the ZooMobile Program.

Have you decided to share a very special birthday here with us? If so, check out our Free printable invitations! You can choose to print just one, or a sheet of four.