New - Birthday Parties

Attention all Party Animals! Caldwell Zoo is now proud to host your next birthday party. We have two all-inclusive and stress free packages. Both packages include all day admission to the zoo for  either 15 or 30 party guests and packages include room rental in a prime location on our African Overlook, tables and chairs, decorations, pizza, and an educational animal encounter.

Birthday Parties are available on Saturdays and Sundays.

Included In Your Party!

Zoo Admission Allows all guests zoo admittance all day. Please ensure there is a 1:10 ratio of adults (21+) to children for your group. As a reminder ALL guests who are attending the party do need tickets for the party even if they are zoo members due to our room capacity. Please note this when deciding which package to purchase.
Room Rental Our rental space is in an air-conditioned room reserved just for you! Our room has a prime location on our recently renovated African Overlook where you will be able to see giraffes, elephants, zebras, and more right outside your window! Tables and chairs are included.
Food This package includes enough pizza for all guests; water and lemonade; and plate ware, napkins and utensils. You are welcome to bring your own cake or cupcakes.
Length of Time 1.5 hours of fun!
Decorations Tablecloths, centerpieces, banners, and more are included for the safety of our animals and the convenience and ease of your event!
Animal Encounter A short educational presentation and a meeting with one of our amazing animal ambassadors is included with your package at no extra cost!
PACKAGE 1: 15 guests - $400
PACKAGE 2: 30 guests - $550

Frequently Asked Questions

Are adults included in the head count for the package?
Yes, both adults and children are included in the head count as all guests will get to enjoy admission to the zoo, room rental privileges, food, and an animal encounter. Please keep this in mind when planning your party.

Are children under 2 included in the head count for the package?
No, they are free and not included in the package cost!

What if I have more than one birthday child?
No problem! Just be sure to let us know during the reservation process.

Where do I go?
Please park in our main entrance for your event. You will be sent all your tickets in advance. Please keep in mind, all individuals must have a ticket to enter the zoo. The room is located in the Africa section of our zoo – right across from the giraffe feeding deck and seating area (see map below). The room will be opened 15 minutes before your reservation time and everyone must leave the room by 15 minutes after your reservation time ends or a $15 fee can be applied every ten minutes.

What should I bring?
The guests and the presents (if desired)! Also, if you would like a cake or cupcakes you are welcome to bring your own. We provide the pizza and paper goods for the party, as well as a cake cutter and lighter. Our hope is to make it as easy on you and your planning needs as possible.

Is there anything I can’t bring?
For the health and safety of the animals in the zoo:

  • We do ask that no external food or drink be brought in. If you need anything additional for your guests, our newly renovated Chakula Café is just a couple feet out the door.
  • Decorations. We will provide decorations for a birthday party that works for all ages. Many decorations can be harmful for our animals and for the environment. We will have banners, tablecloths, and center pieces.

When will food arrive?
Pizza will be arriving within 10 minutes of your reservation time. (Please keep in mind that animal ambassador presentations cannot be requested while food is present. Food must be cleared from tables before animal ambassador presentations occur.)

Do I have to have an animal encounter?
Not at all! If you do not want a visit from one of our animal ambassadors, feel free to let the staff member know upon arrival.

What if I want to cancel?
You may cancel at any time. Birthday Party fees are non-refundable, however the program can be rescheduled when possible (as long as the request is made two weeks in advance of the date of party reservation).

What if the weather is bad?
Birthday parties will take place rain or shine. If weather is predicted that is severe enough to warrant canceling, our Events Staff will contact you to discuss options.

Reservations are only valid for the date booked. Birthday Party fees are non-refundable, however the program can be rescheduled when possible (as long as the request is made two weeks in advance of date of program). Be sure to read Birthday Party page for package information and frequently asked questions. Caldwell Zoo has the right to cancel these programs at any time without prior notice for full refund. The room will be opened 15 minutes prior to start time. The room will close 15 minutes after the end of the time slot. If all people and personal items are not vacated from the room by this time, there is a possible fee of $15 per ten minutes. Prices are subject to change without notice.
Feel free to contact our events department at 903-593-0121 ext. 260 or email us at
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