Central Park Zoo Birthday Parties

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We know birthdays are special days in a child's life. What better way to celebrate your little animal lover than by hosting an unforgettable party at the zoo, filled with animals, fun, and exclusive experiences to treasure forever?

We provide the highest quality food, fun, and entertainment. Whether tossing a fish to our sea lions, playing zookeeper and making lunch for the snow monkeys, or getting to meet one of our Central Park penguins, your child will experience the zoo as never before—and have a birthday to remember for many years to come.

Our parties are complete zoo experiences, with every detail covered by our dedicated staff. Because we want you to have fun, too!

We are happy to discuss our birthday parties with you in detail and will work with you to personalize the celebration for your loved one. For more information, please contact us at 212-439-6551 or CPZbirthdayparties@wcs.org

Please review all info on the website and then call us so that we can see if the date you have in mind is available. Please note our all-inclusive parties start at $10,000.

All Birthday Parties Include

Cakes provided by Empire Cake

Catered Meals by Gourmet Alchemy


Keeper and Animal Encounters

Customized Gift Bags

Select from one of the following party options:

Wild for Wildlife Party

  • Ages: 2-12 with adults
  • Fee: $10,000 for up to 40 guests

This 2 hour party includes all of the above plus:

  • Themed invitations, room decorations and three party hosts
  • Private party room for activities and food
  • Costumed character to welcome your guests
  • Educational animal encounters
  • Wildlife Theater performance
  • Special zookeeper encounter
  • Guests make treats for the zoo animals
  • Kid-friendly fare
  • Adult guests
  • Birthday child feeds a sea lion
  • A small section of a zoo exhibit will be private for your guests
  • A themed birthday cake
  • Mimosas and sophisticated fare for adults
  • A large gift bag

King/Queen of the Jungle Party

  • Ages: 2-12 with adults
  • Fee: $15,000 for up to 50 guests

This 3-hour party includes all of the above plus:

  • The birthday child will experience a special penguin encounter and the penguin exhibit will be private for your guests.
  • Photographer provided
  • An exotic zoo animal encounter
  • An extra hour for zoo fun!
  • Extra-fancy gift bags

1st Birthday Grand Celebration

  • An adult focused party with a small group of children
  • Fee: $12,000 for up to 50 guests

This 2 hour party includes:

  • Exotic Animal encounter
  • Sea Lion Fish toss for family of 1 year old
  • Private exhibit visit for all guests that includes enrichment making and meeting a zoo keeper
  • Private party room
  • Wildlife Theater interactive puppet show
  • Buffet of fine foods and appetizers
  • Baby Buffet of baby-friendly foods
  • Photographer provided
  • Mimosas or sangria for adults
  • Custom cake for all guests
  • Smash cake for birthday child
  • 4 party hosts
  • Personalized invitations
  • Gift bag for all children

Adult VIP Birthday Bash!

  • Adult (21 +) party for the true animal lover.
  • Fee: $10,000 for up to 20 guests

2 hour party with events focused on adults will include:

  • 2 animal encounters
  • Sea Lion Fish toss for birthday person
  • Private party room
  • Buffet of fine food and appetizers
  • Cake for all
  • Mimosas or sangria
  • 3 party hosts
  • Personalized invitations
  • Private tour of the zoo for guests
  • All guests receive a hat or t-shirt

You Choose the Party Theme

All activities are tailored to your child's age.

Meet The Animals

(Ages 2-4)
Perfect for the youngest zoo lover. A special visit to the barnyard will give all the birthday guests a chance to feed the animals.

Rainforest Adventurers

(Ages 5 and Up)
This party focuses on our fantastic Tropic Zone exhibit. Guest will make treats for our mongoose and tropical birds and then have some private time up in the canopy balcony to watch the fun.

Jr. Keepers

(Ages 8 and Up)
This party is perfect for the older zoo lover. Extra hands on activities, including a chance to talk with some of our wonderful zoo keepers. Non-stop animal fun.

King/Queen Penguin*

(Ages 2 and Up)
Private time in the penguin house is in store for you and your guest at for this party. Surprises in store, a close encounter with a penguin, need we say more?
* This theme is only available for the King/Queen of the Jungle party package

Want more? Make It Roar! You can upgrade any party package for an extra special experience!

With the upgrade you will get:

  • Additional upgraded catering options by Gourmet Alchemy
  • Top-of-the-Line Gift Bags
  • Upgraded Photography/Videography from Gruber Photography
  • Top-of-the-Line Cake from Empire Cakes

Pricing is available upon request.

Children's Birthday Parties

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