Birthday Parties

 

 


Go wild for your birthday! Whether you're looking for a picnic style party or an educational birthday party program, the Oakland Zoo offers a variety of fun party packages!

 

 

Rides Area Birthdays 

We have four amazing birthday party sites to choose from. Located just outside the Zoo Entrance, these outdoor sites are available for a few hours or all day. After your party, stay and play in Adventure Landing or head into the zoo and see amazing animals, catch a view from the sky ride, or even pet a goat.

 

Age: All ages!
Available Times: 10:00am-1:00pm, 2:00-5:00pm, or 10:00am-5:00pm (additional fee).
Available Days: 7 days a week. (Please note that Zoo hours change seasonally)
What to bring: Decorations, gifts and guests. Balloons allowed at party sites only.
Food Options: Order from our party menu or bring your own food and refreshments.

Party Menu

Restrictions: No Alcohol, jumpers, amplified music, balls, pets, or piñatas allowed.

*Note: The Zoo closes at 4PM for Winter Hours while Adventure Landing does not close until 5PM

 

Site Options

Parrot Place: (near Adventure Landing) 5 round tables, 40 people, 1 BBQ grill.
Grizzly Bear Green: (near Adventure Landing) 5 round tables, 40 people.
Zebra Zone: (near Adventure Landing) 5 round tables, 40 people, 1 BBQ grill.
Sun Bear Station: (in Adventure Landing), 5 round tables with umbrellas, 40 people.

*Alcohol, bounce-houses/jumpers, amplified music, balls and pets are strictly prohibited at all picnic sites.

Party Package Options

Premier Party Package: $350.00 for members / $375.00 for non-members.
Includes: Half day site rental, 1 Wristband (unlimited rides), 6 Parking Passes, 12 Zoo Admission Passes, 44 Rides Tickets, all guests will receive a discounted group rate for paid admission in advance and on the day of the party ($14 per child or senior / $18 per adult).

Standard Party Package: $225.00 for members / $250.00 for non-members.
Includes: Half day site rental, all guests will receive a discounted group rate for paid admission in advance and on the day of the party ($14 per child or senior / $18 per adult).

Additional Items for Purchase

$10 for each Parking Pass
$14 for each Child or Senior (65+) Zoo Admission Pass (Under 2 are free)
$18 for each Adult Zoo Admission Pass
$14 for each Wristband (unlimited rides)
$24 for each Ride Ticket Book (16 tickets)
$125 for each All Day Site Rental (members)
$175 for each All Day Site Rental (non-members) 

 

Reservation Information

Please download the Rides Birthday Party Application.

Rides Area Birthday Party Registration Form

Submit a completed copy by fax (510) 735-8840 or by email.

A $50.00 (half day) or $100.00 (full day) deposit and signed contract are required for confirmation. Full payment is due 2 weeks in advance.

If you cancel more than 14 days before your date you must return your tickets and you will be refunded the full amount minus your deposit. If it is less than 14 days you must return your tickets and no refunds will be made. Rain Cancellation: We will call you around 9:30am to cancel the party if the Zoo closes due to rain. You can either reschedule within 1 week or receive a full refund on the next business day.

For more information or site availability please call (510) 632-9525 x200 or email the Registrar.

 

 

 

 

Education Birthdays

 

Want to celebrate your child's special day in a unique and interesting way? Bring them to the Zoo to celebrate! Begin the first hour of your birthday celebration with a program lead by an Education Specialist. Program activities are age appropriate and include a story read aloud by one of our Education Specialists, a live animal presentation, and special project for one of our zoo animals. After the program portion of your birthday, continue the celebration by enjoying cake and refreshments and opening presents. After your party, you can head back into the zoo and watch the animals enjoy the items you made for them.

 

Important Details

Ages: Children who are turning 2-8 years old*.
Capacity: Maximum capacity of 40 people.
Available Times: 10:30am-12:30pm or 1:30pm-3:30pm.
Available Days: Saturday and Sunday. *Please check with our Reservations Associate if you are interested in a Weekday Party.
What to bring: Decorations, refreshments, and gifts.
Food Options: You can order from our café or bring your own food.

Party Menu

Restrictions: Alcohol, balloons, jumpers, amplified music, pets, balls and heating/cooking equipment are not allowed. We also do not allow outside entertainment such as clowns, face painters, balloon artists, etc.

* Our parties are designed for this age group. However if your child is older than this, please give us a call to discuss way to make the party more age appropriate.

Please note: Every person who enters the birthday party room is counted as a guest. There is a maximum of 40 guests. You may not purchase party or zoo admission for more than 40 persons and no more than 40 persons are allowed in the party rooms at any time.

 


Party Package

$400 for members / $450 for non-members 

Includes: Admission and program fees for 20 Guests - $15 for each additional guest.

Use of one of our birthday party rooms for 2 hours (including 1 hour program led by Zoo staff).

10 parking passes (which will be mailed to you).

1 gift bag containing animal themed and eco-friendly party favors for each child.

Special gift for the birthday child.

2 "Happy Birthday" banners and room decorations (you are welcome to bring other decorative paper products.)

Eco-friendly tablecloths, napkins, cups, cake size plates, and utensils for all of your guests.

Additional Items for Purchase
$15 (including $2 to Conservation) to upgrade your birthday party child’s stuffed animal with a featured “Conservation Critter” stuffie. Each animal relates to one of our current Quarters for Conservation partners and $2 of the fee will go directly to the related conservation partner in support.

2017/2018 Options: Black Bear, Gray Wolf, or Mountain Lion

$50 for a 30 minute guided Wayne and Gladys Valley Children's Zoo tour for up to 20 participants. 

Note: Tour only offered for PM birthday parties. Adding a guided tour changes the party time to 1:30pm - 4:00pm, with the tour during the final half-hour.
$60 for a visit from Roosevelt: Enjoy a visit from Roosevelt, our alligator (costume character) mascot.
Roosevelt interacts and takes a picture with your party, which will be available to take home by the time your party ends.

 

Reservation Information

To make a reservation download the Education Birthday Party Request Form.

Education Birthday Party Request Form

Submit a completed copy by fax (510) 729-7324 or by email at least 6 weeks in advance. We are unable to accommodate bookings less than 2 weeks prior to the event.

A $50 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of the reservation and the balance is due two weeks before the date of the program.

There is a $50 cancellation fee regardless of when the cancellation is made. Cancellations made more than 30 days prior to the event will have any payments above the deposit refunded. Cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the event will forfeit all payments.

Please note that if you need to reduce your numbers due to illness or another emergency, you must inform us within 24 hours of your party to receive a refund for those participants. No refunds will be given after 24 hours. Please also note that this only applies to individual participants and if you need to cancel your entire party, our regular cancelation policy applies.

For more information please call (510) 632-9525 x220 or email the Education Reservations Associate.

 

 

 

 

 

ZooMobile Birthdays

Bring the Zoo to you! 

Make your child's next birthday a memorable one with a Birthday Party ZooMobile. Perfect for a small family gathering in your home. The birthday child (ages four and older) and their friends will meet four small animals, most of which can be touched. The birthday child will receive a Zoo gift to mark the occasion. A ZooMobile party is fun, educational and entertaining for all!


Important Details

Ages: ZooMobiles are only available for children turning 4 and older.
Capacity: Maximum 30 participants, including all children and adults.
Avaiable Times: You may choose your program start time. Program length is 50 minutes.
Available Days: 7 days a week.
Animals: We bring 5 different animals, usually a mix of furry, scaly and buggy.
Theme: Amazing Animal Adaptions.
Restrictions: Pets must be kept in a separate room.
Touching: Children may be allowed to touch if the total number of persons does not exceed 30 participants.
Children 3 years and younger will require adult assistance to touch the animals.
Party Favors: For 20 child guests: Oakland Zoo stickers and a 5-pack of Oakland Zoo Top Trump cards; For birthday child: Listed party favors plus a stuffed animal and special gift.


Please note: Schedule your ZooMobile to begin at least 30 minutes after your party's start time so your guests do not miss this special presentation.


ZooMobile Program Fee

$270 for members / $290 for non-members. Note: additional zone fees may apply.


Reservation Information

How to Book
To make a reservation, download the Birthday ZooMobile Request form.

Zoomobile Birthday Request Form

Submit a completed copy by fax (510)729-7324 or by email at least six weeks in advance. We are unable to accommodate bookings less than two weeks prior to the event.
Payment Due
A $50 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of the reservation and the balance is due two weeks prior to the date of your event.

Cancellations
There is a $50.00 non-refundable cancellation fee regardless of when the cancellation is made. Cancellations made more than than 30 days prior to the event will have any payments above the deposit refunded. Cancellations made within 30 days of the event forfeit all payments.

Please note that if you need to reduce your numbers due to illness or another emergency, you must inform us within 24 hours of your party to receive a refund for those participants. No refunds will be given after 24 hours. Please also note that this only applies to individual participants and if you need to cancel your entire party, our regular cancelation policy applies.

For more information or site availability please call (510) 632-9525 x220 or email the Education Programs Associate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P.O. Box 5238

9777 Golf Links Road Oakland, CA 94605