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Wild Birthday Parties

Potawatomi Zoo is the only place in town where you can celebrate your birthday with amazing wildlife from around the world. Share your love of animals with your family and friends while feeling great knowing that you are helping save animals from extinction.

You and your guests will enjoy all-day admission to the Zoo, a private space for up to 2 hours (indoors if below 60 degrees), a personal party host, optional animal encounters and more! Parties are held outside May-October unless there is inclement weather. November-April they are held inside a classroom space. 

We offer two exciting packages that include all the elements you need to host the wildest party in town.

Please review the drop downs below for more detailed party information. After reviewing click “Book Now” to reserve your party date and time. Party dates are available two months in advance and can be booked up to two weeks before the desired date. 

Birthday Parties are available on Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 am -1:00 pm or 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm to maximize availability. We will begin checking you in 10 minutes prior to your party start time. Birthday Parties can only be hosted during Zoo hours. Party must end on time as we book back-to-back parties or host other educational events within the space.

Our Wild Birthday Party Packages are priced for up to 25 guests. 

Wild Birthday Parties are geared toward ages 3-12

A $100 cancellation fee will be applied if you cancel within 2 weeks of your scheduled birthday party. You may book a party starting 2 months before the party date.

Balloons, noise makers, confetti/glitter, alcohol (unless purchased on zoo grounds), piñatas or glassware are not permitted for the safety of the animals, you, your guests, and other Zoo patrons.

Your party is responsible for transportation and storage of party gifts, food, and supplies.

What is the basic flow of a Wild Zoo Birthday Party?

  • Guest arrival
  • Food
  • Craft/activity with the children
  • Cake
  • Presents
  • Party game (If time allows)
  • Animal Ambassador (if applicable)
  • Passing out attraction tickets *available during open season
  • Zoo Tour included during closed season *available as a paid add-on during open season
  • End of party

Zoo Explorer Package Price: $300 general public; Zoo Members get 10% off

Zoo Explorer Package Includes:

  • Personal Party Host
  • Zoo admission for up to 25 of your guests
  • Party favor for birthday child 
  • Up to 2 hours in a private space. Party must end on time as we book back-to-back parties or host other educational events.
  • Attraction Tickets (Carousel or Train) for children partygoers (Only available during open season)
  • 10 crafts/coloring sheets for children ages 3+ or Nature’s Art Buffet Activity (Build your own nature frame)
  • Animal-themed game led by Party Host

Animal Adventure Package Price: $350 general public; Zoo Members get 10% off

Animal Adventure Package Includes:

  • Personal Party Host
  • Zoo admission for up to 25 of your guests
  • Party Favor for the birthday child 
  • Up to 2 hours in a private space
  • Two Educational Animal Encounters from a Zoo Educator (10 – 15 mins)
    • Have a Zoo Educator and two ambassador animals join in on the fun! This no-touch encounter includes two small animals along with fun details about the animals and their unique characteristics.
    • Please note – we do not take any requests for specific animals, as the Zoo Educator & Animal Care Professionals determines which animals are feeling up for an Animal Encounter that day. However, we can accommodate if you do NOT want to see a specific animal. Speak to your Party Host/Zoo Education for more details.
  • Attraction Tickets (Carousel or Train) for children partygoers (and associated guardian if applicable) (Only available during open season)
  • 10 crafts/coloring sheets for children ages 3+ or Nature’s Art Buffet Activity (Build your own nature frame)
  • Animal-themed game led by Party Host.

Cupcakes and catering must be purchased two weeks prior to the party. Two weeks notice is appreciated for other add-ons as well.

  • Additional Ambassador Animal Encounter (only available for the Animal Adventure Package)– Have a third educational encounter with a small animal during the party at an additional cost of $25
  • Additional Crafts – Add more crafts (10 are included) to your party at an additional cost of $1 per child.
  • Cupcakes – Add vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting ($12 per dozen)
  • Additional Guests – Add up to 5 additional guests at an additional $10 per child.
  • Guided Zoo Exploration– Add a guided 20-minute mini exploration through part of the zoo at an additional cost of $25 per group. This add-on must happen during your 2-hour party window. Your guests will learn more in-depth information about the themes of their choosing.
    • Choose one of the following themes:
      • AMERICAS: Bison, alligator, fox, bobcat, giant anteater, capybara and peccaries
      • COLD ASIA: Amur tiger, Sichuan takin, red panda & leopards
      • AFRICA! White rhino, lion, okapi, hornbills, and kudu and soon giraffe!
        • Mini explorations may be restricted in off-season due to weather and/or pathway conditions and these are subject to change based off staff availability.
  • Catering – Have Potawatomi Zoo’s Congo Café cater your birthday party to make party planning as stress free as possible. Contact the Congo Café at (574) 235-5614 for more information. View the menu here: MENU
  • Additional Plush – Purchase additional plush toys at $5 each.
  • 30-minute Party Extension – additional $75 dollars
  • Birthday Party Animal Adoption – By adopting an animal, you are supporting education and conservation programs at the Potawatomi Zoo! Birthday Adopt-An-Animal packages include a plush toy (different from the plush given as a party favor) and personalized certificate for the birthday child.

Book Your Party Now

Looking to add to your Wild Birthday experience?

Purchase Add-Ons Here

Birthday Gift Box

Do you know an animal lover with a birthday coming up? You can send the zoo to them with our Birthday Gift Box. The box includes a custom painting done by our North American Porcupine Humvee, a small plush, a birthday card, and other eco-friendly surprises! Along with the box, you will receive a private YouTube link to a special birthday greeting featuring Humvee as he creates your special gift. 

Cost: $45. Members receive a 10% discount

Shipping costs included in price.

Purchase Here

*Please note that peanuts are fed to our North American Porcupine and there may be peanut particles present on the painting. 

Wild Birthday Parties

Potawatomi Zoo is the only place in town where you can celebrate your birthday with amazing wildlife from around the world. Share your love of animals with your family and friends while feeling great knowing that you are helping save animals from extinction.

You and your guests will enjoy all-day admission to the Zoo, a private space for up to 2 hours, a personal party host, optional animal encounters and more!

We offer two exciting packages that include all the elements you need to host the wildest party in town.

Please review the drop downs below for more detailed party information. After reviewing click “Book Now” to reserve your party date and time. Party dates are available two months in advance and can be booked up to one month before the desired date.

Birthday Parties are available on Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 am -1:00 pm or 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm to maximize availability. We will begin checking you in 10 minutes prior to your party start time. Birthday Parties can only be hosted during Zoo hours. Party must end on time as we book back-to-back parties or host other educational events within the space.

Our Wild Birthday Party Packages are priced for up to 25 guests. 

Wild Birthday Parties are geared toward ages 3-12

A $100 cancellation fee will be applied if you cancel within 2 weeks of your scheduled birthday party. You may book a party starting 2 months before the party date.

Balloons, noise makers, confetti/glitter, alcohol (unless purchased on zoo grounds), piñatas or glassware are not permitted for the safety of the animals, you, your guests, and other Zoo patrons.

Your party is responsible for transportation and storage of party gifts, food, and supplies.

What is the basic flow of a Wild Zoo Birthday Party?

  • Guest arrival
  • Food
  • Craft/activity with the children
  • Cake
  • Presents
  • Party game (If time allows)
  • Animal Ambassador (if applicable)
  • Passing out attraction tickets *available during open season
  • Zoo Tour included during closed season *available as a paid add-on during open season
  • End of party

Zoo Explorer Package Price: $300 general public; Zoo Members get 10% off

Zoo Explorer Package Includes:

  • Personal Party Host
  • Zoo admission for up to 25 of your guests
  • Party favor for birthday child 
  • Up to 2 hours in a private space. Party must end on time as we book back-to-back parties or host other educational events.
  • Attraction Tickets (Carousel or Train) for children partygoers (Only available during open season)
  • 10 crafts/coloring sheets for children ages 3+ or Nature’s Art Buffet Activity (Build your own nature frame)
  • Animal-themed game led by Party Host

Animal Adventure Package Price: $350 general public; Zoo Members get 10% off

Animal Adventure Package Includes:

  • Personal Party Host
  • Zoo admission for up to 25 of your guests
  • Party Favor for the birthday child 
  • Up to 2 hours in a private space
  • Two Educational Animal Encounters from a Zoo Educator (10 – 15 mins)
    • Have a Zoo Educator and two ambassador animals join in on the fun! This no-touch encounter includes two small animals along with fun details about the animals and their unique characteristics.
    • Please note – we do not take any requests for specific animals, as the Zoo Educator & Animal Care Professionals determines which animals are feeling up for an Animal Encounter that day. However, we can accommodate if you do NOT want to see a specific animal. Speak to your Party Host/Zoo Education for more details.
  • Attraction Tickets (Carousel or Train) for children partygoers (and associated guardian if applicable) (Only available during open season)
  • 10 crafts/coloring sheets for children ages 3+ or Nature’s Art Buffet Activity (Build your own nature frame)
  • Animal-themed game led by Party Host.

Cupcakes and catering must be purchased two weeks prior to the party. Two weeks notice is appreciated for other add-ons as well.

  • Additional Ambassador Animal Encounter (only available for the Animal Adventure Package)– Have a third educational encounter with a small animal during the party at an additional cost of $25
  • Additional Crafts – Add more crafts (10 are included) to your party at an additional cost of $1 per child.
  • Cupcakes – Add vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting ($12 per dozen)
  • Additional Guests – Add up to 5 additional guests at an additional $10 per child.
  • Guided Zoo Exploration– Add a guided 20-minute mini exploration through part of the zoo at an additional cost of $25 per group. This add-on must happen during your 2-hour party window. Your guests will learn more in-depth information about the themes of their choosing.
    • Choose one of the following themes:
      • AMERICAS: Bison, alligator, fox, bobcat, giant anteater, capybara and peccaries
      • COLD ASIA: Amur tiger, Sichuan takin, red panda & leopards
      • AFRICA! White rhino, lion, okapi, hornbills, and kudu and soon giraffe!
        • Mini explorations may be restricted in off-season due to weather and/or pathway conditions and these are subject to change based off staff availability.
  • Catering – Have Potawatomi Zoo’s Congo Café cater your birthday party to make party planning as stress free as possible. Contact the Congo Café at (574) 235-5614 for more information. View the menu here: MENU
  • Additional Plush – Purchase additional plush toys at $5 each.
  • 30-minute Party Extension – additional $75 dollars
  • Birthday Party Animal Adoption – By adopting an animal, you are supporting education and conservation programs at the Potawatomi Zoo! Birthday Adopt-An-Animal packages include a plush toy (different from the plush given as a party favor) and personalized certificate for the birthday child.

Book Your Party Now

Looking to add to your Wild Birthday experience?

Purchase Add-Ons Here

Birthday Gift Box

Do you know an animal lover with a birthday coming up? You can send the zoo to them with our Birthday Gift Box. The box includes a custom painting done by our North American Porcupine Humvee, a small plush, a birthday card, and other eco-friendly surprises! Along with the box, you will  receive a private link to a special birthday greeting featuring Humvee as he creates your special gift. 

Cost: $45. Members receive a 10% discount

Shipping costs included in price.

Purchase Here

*Please note that peanuts are fed to our North American Porcupine and there may be peanut particles present on the painting.