How would your child like to share a birthday celebration with some wild animals? It’s easy with the Oakland Zoo when you sign up for one of our animal-themed education birthday parties. They’re available on Saturdays and Sundays year-round and offer a variety of fun and memorable activities. You can choose from either of two time slots: 10:30 in the morning or 1:30 in the afternoon. The basic party package accommodates up to 20 people, with an option for 20 more for an additional fee.
The party starts out in the festively decorated Discovery Room of the Zoo’s Education Center. There, your child and their friends will get the chance to explore
and play with puppets, puzzles, animal costumes, and cool animal artifacts. Then, it’s story time, where they’ll get to hear an animal story told by one of our enthusiastic Education Specialists.
Then comes the best part, where the kids will get to see and touch some of our fascinating zoo creatures like snakes and lizards, chinchillas, ferrets and hedgehogs.
After that they’ll get the opportunity to use their creative craft-making skills to make food-filled enrichment items for some of our other animals.
When it comes to food for your child’s birthday party, you have a choice. You can either bring your own, or you can leave it all to us and have the Zoo cater your party. Either way, the kids get to enjoy their cake and other treats in the exotic Rain Forest Room right next door. The birthday child gets a special present and each of the party guests receives a goody bag filled with a variety of animal themed party favors. And in the spirit of conservation, the party bags are now made out of post-consumer plastic, and feature a fun “Go Green” wildlife message. Gifts inside the bags might include things like
a small plant growing kit, recycled pencils made of bamboo, fun stickers, elephant magnets, or educational Top Trumps trading cards.
Later, the kids will meet one of our zookeepers and then head out into the Children’s Zoo to see animals like bunnies, otters, lemurs, pigs or bats enjoying the enrichment items the kids made for them. Afterwards, your group is free to roam and explore the Zoo at your own pace. Or if you’d prefer, you can explore the Zoo earlier—before your party starts.
And one of the best reasons to have your party at the Zoo is that when the party’s over, you can leave the clean-up to us—we’ll take care of everything. But if you’d rather host your party in the convenience of your own home, we can bring the whole
thing, including the animals, right to your door aboard the Oakland Zoomobile. Either way, your child will get a fun, memorable experience that they will talk about for a long time to come.
It’s easy to book your special birthday party here at the Oakland Zoo. Simply call our Education Reservations Associate at 510-632-9525 x220. Who knows—this may be the best birthday party your child has ever had. See you at the Oakland Zoo!