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Africa Pathway Closed
The pedestrian pathway to Africa is currently closed due to construction on our elephant exhibit. Africa will only be accessible by tram, which is free to all guests during this time. Thank you for your patience while we improve your Zoo.
A Birthday Party at the Kansas City Zoo guarantees a wild time for every guest! Your group will enjoy a private event space, create a fun birthday craft, and come up close to some of our animal ambassadors. Each party is designed for an hour and a half and has multiple add-ons available.
Would you like to turn your birthday party into an overnight adventure?
Each birthday party has a designated private event space detailed below. Each space offers a different maximum capacity for the program. Zoo admission is available at a reduced rate of $8 per person. One adult chaperone is required for every eight children under the age of 18 years. Children under the age of 1 are free.
Birthday Parties are available on Saturdays and Sundays, year-round. Reservations for birthday parties and additional items requires at least four weeks advance notice.
Available time slots:
|Private event space||Included|
|Water and Lemonade||Included|
|Two, 6-foot tables with white table cloths for food and gifts||Included|
|Two, 6-foot tables with chairs and white table cloths||Included|
|Education Animal Encounter with two animals||Included|
|Post-event clean up service||Included|
|Zoo Staff Party Host||Included|
|Zoo Admission||$8 each|
|Extra participant, age 1+||$10 each|
|Animal feed (one choice; goat or koi. Weather dependent)||$10|
|Small Plush Animal||$5 each|
|12-inch Pizza (cheese or pepperoni)||$20 each|
|Personalized, two-layer 9x13 inch Cake (chocolate or vanilla)||$60|
|12 Cupcakes (chocolate or vanilla)||$30|
|Face Painting (one hour)||$150|
|Caricaturist (one hour)||$150|
Includes two tablecloths, plates, napkins, spoons, paper cups and paper hats.
Choices for theme (pick one):
Reservations are available Saturdays and Sundays, year-round. There are three time slots available per day; 9:30–11:00am, 12:00pm–1:30pm, or 2:30–4:00pm.
No, admission to the Zoo is not included, but may be purchased at a reduced group rate.
Cupcakes and cakes are the only outside food permitted.
Each private event space has its own capacity: Aquarium Room can hold 30 guests, Sunroom can hold 50 guests, and the Penguin Classroom located in Helzburg Penguin Plaza can hold 24 guests.
Zoo programs are rain or shine. However, programs may be cancelled due to inclement weather, in which case the Zoo will notify the party parents of the cancellation prior to the program. Party parents must notify all other guests. If this happens, a full refund will be issued or you will have the ability to reschedule. Unless the Kansas City Zoo cancels a prgram due to weather, there will be no refunds given.
To cancel a reservation, you must contact the Kansas City Education Department at least two weeks prior to the scheduled party to receive a refund minus the $100 non-refundable, nontransferable deposit. Cancellations made less than two weeks in advance are not eligible for a refund.
Refund requests must be made at least two weeks prior to the scheduled party. The $100 deposit in not eligible for a refund.
Date changes will incur a $30 processing fee per reservation. Date changes are subject to availability.
You are allowed to enter the Zoo Learning Center 15 minutes prior to your Birthday Party start time. You are required to be out of the party room no later than 10 minutes after your scheduled party time. Extra time will not be allotted for late arrivals; please arrive on time. For every 10 minutes that your party exceeds its scheduled time, a $30 fee will be charged for payment that day.
No – Birthday Parties are scheduled back-to-back. Storage is not available. You are welcome to rent or bring a wagon to transport these items, or place them in your vehicle while enjoying the Zoo.
The non-refundable, nontransferable deposit of $100 must be paid at the time of reservation. Final payment is due no later than one week prior to your scheduled party. If the balance is not paid, the party will be cancelled and the deposit will be forfeited.
Final count for guest children and adults is due no later than one week prior to your scheduled party. Base fees cover up to 24 people. Additional participants may be added for $10 each.
Yes, but with some restrictions. For the safety of our animals, balloons, confetti, glitter, streamers and other decorations with possible small-particle pieces are not allowed. You are allowed to enter the party room 15 minutes prior to your designated party time to decorate as you see fit. However, keep in mind that we do offer themed decoration options.
Yes. You must have at least one adult chaperone for every eight children under the age of 18 years.
No, the base fee is not discounted for smaller party sizes.
We do allow combined parties for two children. Please note that all of the same terms, conditions, and features apply.
The health and well-being of the Kansas City Zoo's animals is extremely important. The two Animal Ambassadors used for Birthday Parties are on a rotating schedule shared with other programming. As such, animals are assigned as the schedule dictates. Guests may inform us of which animals they would not like to see and we will try our best to accommodate. Keep in mind that this may limit the animals at your party. The Animal Ambassadors for Birthday Parties include, but are not limited to, two of the following animals.