Covid-19 Update: All Erie Zoo programs are now cancelled until further notice in response to Covid-19 directives. If you are signed up for a program, we will contact you the week before your scheduled program to issue you a refund. We thank you for bearing with us during these uncertain times. If you have any questions please contact us through the contact form on our website. Thank you!

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Birthday Parties at the Erie Zoo

The Erie Zoo has a variety of options available for birthday parties.  Parties last 2 hours long and are located in the Children's Zoo Adventure Center Party Room (across from the carousel).  Please scroll down to see options 2 and 3.

Birthday Parties March through November Include:

  • A party host to help guide you through your party.
  • 2 hours to use our decorated party room.
  • Up close animal presentation with three animal ambassadors.
  • Treat bag for each child with 4 items in each bag.
  • Plates, napkins, silverware and tablecloths.
  • One carousel ride for guests.
  • Pizza:
    • 2 included. Extra pizzas $12 each – max pizza total per party is 4
    • Any extra pizzas that need to be ordered must be ordered 2 weeks prior to party
    • Outside food, including pizza may be brought into the zoo.
  • Beverages are provided (juice and pop).
  • Special gift from the zoo for the birthday child

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Booking Information

  • Parties are on a first-come, first-serve basis and require a full payment when the party is booked.
  • The parties are very popular and typically book several months in advance.
  • Parties can be booked online. If you have questions, please contact Heather Gula at 814-864-4091

Party Room Pricing

Full payment is due when the party is scheduled (payment includes a $50 non-refundable deposit). Any extra charges incurred during the party are due that day.

Option 1: Birthday Party Package

  • Available March through November
  • Package includes up to 20 kids (Max Room Capacity is 35 people total)
  • Weekends 10:30am-12:30 pm or 2-4 PM
  • Member: $200.00
  • Non-Member: $250.00
  • 2 Pizzas Included (16 child sized slices each): 1 cheese, 1 pepperoni
  • Additional children are $10 per member child and $12 per non-member child (Amount due day of party)

Extra Charges

  • Additional Pizzas: $12 each (must be ordered14 days in advance if not added to party when booked; max of 4 pizzas total for each party).
  • More than 1 Birthday Child: $10 each additional
  • Optional Animal Artist- One of the animals coming to the birthday party will paint your birthday child a picture to take home.  $25 


  • Straws, glassware and piñatas are not permitted for the safety of the animals.
  • A refrigerator and freezer are located in the party room for your convenience. During your party hours only.
  • Decorations are not recommended and cannot be hung on walls. Our room is painted to look like a rainforest!

FAQs for Options 1 & 2

What do I need to bring?

The party hostess will provide everything you need to celebrate a birthday, except the cake, ice cream and candles if desired.  We use white paper plates for the pizza and the cake.  We have a pizza cutter, ice cream scoop, cake knife and a lighter for the candles. All the tables are covered in a brown tablecloth to match our rainforest theme. We provide the silverware and cups as well.

What time may I arrive?

Please plan to arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before your scheduled party.  Guests can arrive at the start of the party time and should enter through the front gate and proceed to the party room across from the Carousel.

What if it rains?

Parties are held rain or shine, so please plan accordingly. The parties are held inside; however we do walk to the carousel building.

How long does the party last and what do we do?

The Birthday Parties last 2 hours. You will need to be prompt exiting the party room at the end of your reserved time.  The first 15 minutes are for guests to arrive. Then the group has a carousel ride, followed by the animal visitors.  Then the party participants will eat pizza, have cake and open presents. Make sure you take all of your belongings to your vehicle upon leaving the party room. You cannot leave items in the party room before or after your party time.

Is there a minimum or maximum number of guests?

Parties are designed for 20 children or less. Room capacity is 35 people.  This count includes all the bodies in the room.  We ask that your entire party (including adults that stay) does not exceed the party room size. There will be an additonal fee for any children over the 20 limit.  The cost is $10 per member child and $12 per non-member child.  

What comes to the party during the animal presentation and how many?

The animals used for the birthday parties are education animals that are not on exhibit.  Three animals will visit the party room.  Some examples are rabbit, chinchilla, hedgehog, ferret, guinea pig, turtle, etc.

May I bring extra food?

You may bring in outside food. You are more than welcome to bring in your own pizza as well.

Where should I direct my guests?

Guests should be directed to enter through the front admission gate.  They need to tell the gate attendant they are here for a birthday party.  They should follow through the Zoo grounds to the Children’s Zoo Bridge (near giraffe exhibit).  At the end of the bridge, they should take a left and walk into the party room.  The room is attached to the Adventure Center across from the Carousel.  Access through the zoos back gate is not available.

Who do I contact with Questions?

You can email or call the zoo at 814-864-4091.

Special Request Birthday Party Pricing

Off-Season Parties are available only from December 1-February 28th when the zoo is closed. Evening Parties are available upon request year-round. Full payment is due when party is scheduled. These party options will meet at our tiger print door at our Education entrance. We can also adapt our Birthday Party Options to accommodate baby showers, etc.  Please email or call 814-864-4091 to check availability and to book these special request parties.

Option 2: Off-Season Birthday Party (December 1- February 28th)

2 hours

  • Member: $200
  • Non-Member: $250
  • Up to 35 people
  • Party Bags for children
  • Present for birthday child
  • Animal Presentation
  • Group participates in Animal Enrichment activity
  • Tables, chairs and covers
  • Plates, napkins and silverware

Option 3: Evening Room Rental (Year-Round)

 2 hours

  • Parties that run after 5 pm are considered evening parties
  • Member: $300
  • Non-Member: $350
  • Up to 35 people
  • Party Bags for children
  • Present for birthday child
  • Animal Presentation
  • Tables, chairs and covers
  • Plates, napkins and silverware
  • Party attendant to clean up and assist with party


  • Straws, glassware and piñatas are not permitted for the safety of the animals.
  • Minimal space in the refrigerator and freezer is available and is located in or near the room for your convenience. During your party hours only.
  • Decorations are not recommended and cannot be hung on walls.
  • Please book at least 3 weeks in advance for special request parties. 

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