Prospect Park Zoo Birthday Parties

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Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS

The best part of having a birthday party at the zoo? Visits from animal guests! Our birthday parties combine fun activities, arts and crafts, and exhibit visits to help make your wildlife lover's birthday unforgettable.

A zoo educator, plus one or two additional helpers, will conduct the party activities and take care of all your needs. No party is complete without gifts, and our party packages include invitations and goody bags for the kids, as well as zoo admission. All you have to do is supply the cake, juice, paper goods, and utensils.

*Please note, there is no refrigeration available.

“Enjoyed a wonderful program in our private room… a big hit with the little ones.” - TripAdvisor Review

Cost

  • 25 participants total (at least 3 adults present): $550, or $510 for WCS members or PPZ Annual Pass holders
  • 36 participants total (at least 6 adults present): $650, or $610 for WCS members or PPZ Annual Pass holders.

Dates & Times

  • Saturdays and Sundays, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (2:00 p.m. available for Discovery Party theme only).
  • Parties last for 1.5 hours but afternoon parties can be extended to 2 hours for an additional fee of $75.
  • Please aim to arrive at the Zoo 30 minutes prior to the party.

Contact

Please e-mail ppzbirthdayparties@wcs.org or call 718-399-7339 Ext. 327 to schedule your party or speak with our coordinator. Parties cannot be scheduled less than four weeks in advance. Since space is limited, we recommend you reserve far in advance, especially during spring and summer.

Birthday Party FAQs


Party Themes

Barnyard Bonanza

Ages 3–5

Join some of our barnyard buddies for a party filled with activities such as feeding the sheep, playing barnyard games, and petting an alpaca’s nose!

Colorful Critters

Ages 3–5

Why are animals brown and green, bright and beautiful, or snowy white? During this party, kids will explore the reasons behind the coloration of creatures from around the globe. They’ll also make a colorful creation to take home.

Discovery Party

Ages 3-7

Look, listen, touch, and smell! Learn how animals use their senses, then use your own senses to explore the Discovery Center. Afternoon times for this theme will be 2:00–3:30p.m. to guarantee private party time in the Discovery Center.

Scales and Trails

Ages 6-9

Here’s your chance to meet some of our scaly, slimy creatures that call the Zoo home. On your Zoo Scavenger Hunt you’ll encounter reptiles such as swimming turtles or slithering snakes, and amphibians like our poison dart frogs! This party will surely be a memorable one.

Sea Lion Celebration

Ages 6-9

Play sea lion training games, investigate the differences between seals and sea lions, and find out some fun facts about mammals. Visit our zoo kitchen to meet the keepers and watch them prepare a meal for our flippered friends!

Junior Keepers

Ages 7-11

Why do some animals dig, climb, or crawl? Party goers will learn about why different animals act the way that they do and what zookeepers do to encourage those behaviors. As a birthday treat, you will also help prepare a tasty present for an exhibit animal and see them enjoy it!

Owl Bird-Day Party

Ages 8-11

Have a hoot looking at feathers, talons, and bones! Visit our zoo’s Great-horned owl exhibit and explore the cool ways owls survive in the wild. Get your hands dirty dissecting owl pellets like a scientist to discover what the owl ate for lunch, and then meet a real prey animal of an owl!