Education Birthdays

This program is temporarily unavailable. 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!

This program is temporarily unavailable.

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.


Children who are turning 2-8 years old*

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.


Maximum capacity of 40 people

Available Times


Available Days

Saturday and Sunday

What to Bring

Decorations, refreshments, and gifts.

Food Options

You can order from our café or bring your own food.


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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.

Important 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

Additional Items for Purchase

Stuffed Animal Upgrade

Guided Tour

Visit from Roosevelt

Reservation Information

Due to COVID-19 we are not taking any new reservations for birthday parties at this time.


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.

Cancellation Policy

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