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Birthday Parties

Calling All Party Animals!

Come see what it’s like to party like an animal at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens! Each birthday is an opportunity to enjoy a celebration with family and friends. We can make it easy for you and wildly fun for everyone when you book a ZOOper Birthday Party with us!

Birthday parties are for children ages 1 & up.

For information and availability*, please call 407-323-4450 ext. 136, or e-mail birthdays@centralfloridazoo.org.

*Please note, blackout dates may apply. Requests must be made at least two (2) weeks advance of party date being requested.

Birthday Parties Include:

  • Zoo admission for each guest, including access to the Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Ground*.
  • Carousel ride for each guest*.
  • One hour access to our indoor party room.
  • Party host to assist with guest needs.
  • Zoo-themed decorations, personalized with birthday child’s favorite color(s).
  • Paper products and utensils.
  • Basic cake candles (please bring your own numbered candle if desired).
  • Special goodie bag for birthday child.
  • Personalized invitation emailed upon reservation, which you may print and/or forward electronically to your guests.
  • One reserved parking space for party parent(s).
*Weather permitting

NOTE: Guests provide their own cake/cupcakes.

All content and prices subject to change without notice.

Time Slots:

Saturday and Sunday
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Zoo Operating Hours: 9 AM to 5 PM daily; closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

 


Pricing:

# of Guests
Up to 15
16 to 20
21 to 25
26 to 30
Annual Pass Holder
$250
$325
$400
$475
Non Pass Holder
$300
$375
$450
$525
*Tax not included
A 25% non-refundable deposit is required to hold reservations. The deposit will be credited towards your final balance.

 

Animal Meet & Greet

Enjoy an exclusive, interactive with the animal of your choice in the party room. Meet & Greets are an additional $45—limited to one animal per party—and will be part of the celebration time allotted.

 

Available Animal Ambassadors: 

Bearded dragon
Bunny
Guinea pig
Snake
Tortoise or turtle


Face Painting

Treat your guests to a festive transformation—blend seamlessly with the hosted activities during your party.

To book, please contact Tifinie Boutot of Eye Candy Face & Body Art by calling 407-405-0384.


Additional Food Option

As our exclusive caterer, you may select from a variety of items by Sonny’s BBQ, including sides, chicken tenders, hot dogs, fruit and vegetable platters, and more.

Additional costs apply; please request the catering menu upon booking.

 

To book a birthday party, please call us at 407-323-4450 ext. 136 and leave a message with your name, phone number, and the date you would like to have your party. Our events team will reach out to you by phone within 3 to 5 business days to discuss availability and details of your event. Birthday parties must be booked at least two weeks in advance.

 

 

A 25% non-refundable deposit is required in advance to secure the date and time of your party.

Deposits must be made at time of booking and can be paid via credit/debit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. Deposits will be credited towards your final balance.

A confirmation will be e-mailed to you the day the deposit is received. You will also receive a personalized invitation as a PDF file for you to distribute to your guests.

A final headcount (adults and children) and final balance payment are due in full on the Tuesday prior to the party. We cannot issue refunds for no-show guests on the day of your party.

You will be charged $20.00 per person if additional/unexpected guests (in excess of the amount allotted for your paid package) attend the one hour hosted celebration. No additional food service can be provided the day of the party.

NOTE: Zoo Annual Pass Holders not included in your party headcount can enter the Zoo on their own, but will not be permitted to accompany party participants in the party room.

Before

We will call you on the Tuesday prior to your party to collect your final guest count (including adults, children 1 to 2 years old, and children ages 3 and up) and to process your final balance payment based on the guest count provided. We will ask for a count of infants in attendance so we may provide appropriate accommodations*.

*Infants do not count toward party guest count, but high chairs are available upon request.

Guests arriving to the Zoo before the start of the party may check in at the Main Gate in front of the Wayne M. Densch Discovery Center.

 


During

On the day of your party, we will reserve one parking spot in the front parking lot (near the Admissions Window) for the party parent(s). The parking spot will be marked with the birthday child(ren)’s name(s). You may remain parked in this spot for the duration of your Zoo visit.

There will be signs leading you and your guests from the Admissions Window down the path to the Wayne M. Densch Discovery Center, where the party room is located. We ask that the party parent(s) greet arriving guests in the Insect Zoo, just outside the party room.

 


After

If you and your guests have not already picked up your Zoo admission wristbands at the Main Gate prior to your party, you may proceed to this area after your party to receive them.

Due to space and time constraints, gifts, food and all personal items will need to be taken back to your vehicle immediately following the party.

Wristband admission is valid for the entire day. The carousel is open from 10 AM to 4:45 PM, weather permitting.

Begin another year of adventure by booking a birthday party at Seminole Aerial Adventures. The birthday adventurer and their party guests will explore nature on our Kids’ Course, navigating through a series of elements designed for their size, fly through the air on a just-for-kids zipline, and finish with the Sky Swing!

If my guests have a Zoo Annual Pass, do they still need to be included in my guest count?

Yes, Zoo passes do not apply toward private events such as birthday parties. If you are a current Zoo pass holder, you will receive a discount on the party package as a benefit of your pass.

Is the birthday child free?

Yes, the birthday child is free. All other guests attending the party (ages 1 & up) must be included in your headcount, including the birthday parents. There is a $20 surcharge for each additional birthday child(ren).

Do I have to pay for parents?

Yes, all party guests above the age of 1 are included in the count for your paid package. Due to room capacity, the maximum number of guests (1 year of age and older) in the party room is 30. You may choose to do a drop-off party. If applicable, please inquire about the availability and cost of a larger party room.

Is my deposit refundable?

All deposits are non-refundable if you choose to cancel your party. However, you may transfer your party to another available date within six months. Deposit will be credited towards your final balance.

When is my final payment due?

Final payment for party package, including add-ons, are due the Tuesday prior to your party, along with your final headcount. Your deposit is credited towards this payment. If you cancel your party two hours prior to your start time your payment, less the 25% deposit, will be refunded.

What happens if it rains?

Two options are available: you may cancel due to weather on the day of the party no later than two hours prior to your party start time by leaving a message at 407-323-4450 ext. 136, OR you may proceed with the one hour indoor celebration and your group can save admission/ride wristbands for use at a later date.

Can we bring in food?

Yes, you may bring food for your party.

May we arrive early for our party?

You and your guests may visit the Zoo before and/or after your party, but you will not have access to the party room prior to your start time.

Zoo hours are 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. We will ask you to provide a RSVP list via email (ex: Smith, family of 4, etc.), so that we may check-in guests at the Annual Pass Check-In booth as they arrive and distribute admission/ride wristbands for those that arrive prior to the party start time.

Can we bring decorations and/or gift bags?

Yes! Though birthday packages offer floor-to-ceiling decorations, paper products and serving ware, you are welcome to bring your own. Goodie bags are not provided by the Zoo, though you may bring them for your party guests. However, if you wish to bring decorations, please notify us at the time of reservation. Balloons are not allowed on Zoo property.

NOTE: Packages cannot be prorated if you supply your own decorations, paper products, etc.

Can the party exceed the allotted one hour time slot?

We are unable to extend party times due to room availability. If applicable, please inquire about the availability and pricing of extended rentals.

Does our host accompany our group inside the Zoo?

We do not offer any guided tour or Zoo orientation as part of our party packages.

For more information, or to schedule a Birthday Party, e-mail birthdays@centralfloridazoo.org or call 407.323.4450 ext. 136. 

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