Parties are for children age 3-10 and last for two hours. We do all the work! One of our experienced staff will host the party with a mini zoo tour, giraffe feeding, animal encounters and fun for everyone. $145 for members and $175 for non-members, includes up to 15 people. $5 charge for each additional child or adult.
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What types of parties are available ?
Amazonia Parties are held in the Research station. You receive a tour through Amazonia, giraffe feeding and a tour of the Kley building.
Discovery Center Parties are held in the multi - purpose room in DC. You receive a mini tour including giraffe feeding, tour through the Kley building, and an animal encounter in the classroom.
When are parties available?
The zoo hosts birthday parties on weekends at 10:00 AM & 2:00 PM. Parties last 2 hours.
What does the party include?
Parties include a private room, birthday host, admission into the zoo, miniature guided tour of the zoo, feeding the giraffes and private animal encounter (for DC parties), and all paper products. We take care of cleaning up the mess too! Party favors are available for an additional fee. There are also Menu items available from the Rainforest Grill that can be purchased, please refer to brochure for current info.
What age group are the parties for?
Zoo parties are recommended for ages 3 – 10.
How far in advance should I book a party?
Zoo parties are popular – if you want a specific date call well in advance (2 months depending on the time of year) to reserve your date! All parties must be booked at a minimum of 2 weeks ahead.
How much do parties cost and is a deposit required?
Parties are $145 for members and $175 for non-members. A deposit of $50 is required within 48 hours of booking your party. We accept MasterCard, Visa, Check or Cash. You can drop the deposit off at the gate, mail it in or give your credit card number over the phone.
How many guests does the basic price include?
The $145/$175 fee includes 15 people plus the Birthday Child. Any guests beyond 15 will cost an extra $5/person. This includes adults, children and members (ages 3 and up). The Amazonia room holds a max capacity of 20 people. The Discovery Center is better suited for larger parties. We do need an estimate of the number of guests prior to your party.
Why do you charge for members and adults?
Everyone attending the party must be charged in order to cover expenses such as paper products. The price also includes their admission into the zoo, the rental of the room and a personal tour guide.
What are the lunch options? Can we bring in food?
You may bring in birthday cakes, cupcakes and other treats (such as cookies) for your guests, just let us know. Items should be ready to serve as we do not have refrigerator or stove availability. If you would like lunch provided for your guests, please contact the zoo concessionaire at 435-6143 Ext 444 to make arrangements. We will be happy to provide you with a menu. Pizza delivery is permitted through the zoo’s concessionaire only.
Are there limitations to what I can bring, such as gifts, balloons etc.?
You are welcome to open gifts in your room and add any decorations. However, for the safety of our animals, we do not permit balloons to be on zoo grounds.
Can I request certain animals for the animal presentations?
You are welcome to make requests, but we cannot always honor the requests. This is based on animal availability on the day of your party. You can however request any animals you do NOT wish to have at your party. Typical birthday party animals include rabbits, snakes and bearded dragons.
When do I pay for the party?
You should pay the birthday host the remaining balance at the end of the party. The host will count up your guests and let you know your total (minus the deposit).
What if I don’t want to pay for all of the parents that come to the party?
If the children are old enough to attend the party without their parents, we do not charge for those parents that are simply walking their children up to the party room. If the parents wish to stay and you do NOT want to cover the extra cost ($5), then please note on your invitation that they will need to pay separately at the front gate. You can note on the invitation that the party includes children only.
What if it rains?
Parties continue rain or shine, so please bring appropriate attire if your party occurs on a cold or rainy day. Giraffe feedings are dependent on weather conditions. But no worries, we make up for the rain by having extra activities – having fun is still a sure thing! Should there be a snow emergency called for the entire city, the zoo will not open.
What time should I arrive & where do I go?
Please ask all of your guests to arrive on time (allow an extra 10 minutes for parking) at our front gate. The first portion of the party may includes the tour, so it is extremely helpful if your guests arrive promptly. However, the birthday party host will wait to start the tour at your request. If you’re having an Amazonia party you can park at the main gate. If you are having a DC party you can park at our old lot off of Bement Ave.
For further details, or to book your party, please contact the zoo at 435.6143 Ext. 407 during the hours of 9 – 4, Monday through Friday. Our mailing address is 1545 Mesker Park Dr. Evansville, IN 47720. A confirmation letter will be mailed or emailed to you.