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Birthday Parties

A birthday party at Kansas City Zoo guarantees a wild time for all your guests! With three party packages, four themes and both morning and afternoon options, there’s a party for everyone. Continue to personalize your party with plenty of fun add ons and upgrades!

Book your birthday party

Would you like to turn your birthday party into an overnight adventure?

Learn More About A Birthday Bash Overnight


-Choose Your Theme-

Tropic Like It’s Hot

We’ll go deep into the tropical rainforest,
home to jaguars, sloths and toucans!

Happy Brrr-thday

A frozen celebration of animals arctic and
Antarctic: sea lions, polar bears and penguins!

Shell-ebrate Good Times

A beachy fun time with your favorite
aquatic animals, such as turtles, crabs and colorful fish!


Let’s travel into the savannah to party with your favorite
African animals, such as hippos, rhinos and giraffes!


-Choose Your Time-

Birthday Parties are available in the morning or afternoon for 2 hours.

Available time slots:

  • 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • 2:00pm – 4:00pm


-Add-Ons & Upgrade-

Admission for Guests** $8 each
Gold Rides Pass** $7 each
Platinum Rides Pass** $10 each
Small Plush Animals $5 each
Popcorn (Serves 10) $10
Goat or Koi Food $10
12" Pizza (Cheese or Pepperoni) $20 each
Personalized, two-layer 9x13" Cake $60
Cupcakes (chocolate or vanilla) $30/dozen
Face Painter $150/hour
Photo Booth & Props $25
Animal Encounter $100
Premium Animal Encounter $150
Premium Room Upgrade $25


**FOTZ discount cannot be applied to discounted admissions or rides

Themed Decorations

Includes two tablecloths, plates, napkins, spoons, paper cups and paper hats.

Choices for theme (pick one):


Fox Friends

Penguin Plunge

Hooting Owls

Wild Safari


Make your reservation

Go Wild

$300 for 24 guests

$400 for 48 guests

See What's Included

Please Call
(816) 595-1765

Party Animal

$200 for 24 guests

$300 for 48 guests

See What's Included

Please Call
(816) 595-1765

Bear Bones

$150 for 24 guests

$250 for 48 guests

See What's Included

Please Call
(816) 595-1765

Reservation Policies
  • A $100 non-refundable, nontransferable deposit is required at the time of reservation.
  • Reservations for birthday parties and additional items require at least four weeks advance notice.
  • Final guest count is due no later than one week prior to your scheduled party.
  • If the balance is not paid at least one week prior to the party date, the party will be cancelled.
  • FOTZ members are eligible for a 10% discount.


When can I make a reservation

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.

Is admission to the Zoo included?

No, admission to the Zoo is not included, but may be purchased at a reduced group rate.

Can I bring my own food/catering?

Cupcakes and cakes are the only outside food permitted.

How many people are allowed?

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.

What happens in the event of inclement weather?

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.

Can I cancel a reservation?

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.

What is the refund policy?

Refund requests must be made at least two weeks prior to the scheduled party. The $100 deposit in not eligible for a refund.

Can I reschedule a reservation?

Date changes will incur a $30 processing fee per reservation. Date changes are subject to availability.

How early may we enter the Zoo on the day of our party?

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.

Is there a place I can store my items before/after my party?

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.

When is payment due?

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.

When is my final guest count due?

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.

May I bring my own decorations?

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.

Are adults included in my final count?

Yes. You must have at least one adult chaperone for every eight children under the age of 18 years.

If I have fewer people than the party covers, is the price reduced?

No, the base fee is not discounted for smaller party sizes.

May I have a party for two children together?

We do allow combined parties for two children. Please note that all of the same terms, conditions, and features apply.

What kinds of animals are included with the Animal Encounter? May I choose the animals?

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.

  • Mammals: chinchilla, rabbit, sugar glider
  • Birds: chicken, parrot
  • Reptiles: lizard, snake, tortoise
  • Amphibians: frog, salamander, toad
  • Invertebrates: cockroach, millipede