Birthday Parties

Choose a Package

Lion Pride Party

Includes:

  • Zoo admission for the day for all party guests
  • An up-close encounter with three of our ambassador animals
  • “Create your own masterpiece” art buffet station
  • Souvenir safari hat for each child
  • A special gift presented to the birthday guest of honor (rhino plush and certificate commemorating donation made to help save rhinos)
  • Private room for two hours
  • One host dedicated to your party who will guide activities, games, and play
  • Two large pizzas, juice and water for children
  • Digital group photo taken to remember your party. Photo will be added to our Facebook Birthday Party photo album if desired.
  • Enhance your party with exciting add-on experiences, food, and gift options

Price: $250 for up to 10 children (including birthday child.) One adult chaperone per child is admitted at no additional cost.

 

$25/additional child. Maximum of 15 guests.

$12/additional adult exceeding the 1:1 adult to child ratio.

Elephant Herd Party

This offering is perfect for larger groups with all of the great features of the Lion Pride Party, plus more food and two party hosts!

Includes:

  • Zoo admission for the day for all party guests
  • An up-close encounter with three of our ambassador animals
  • “Create your own masterpiece” art buffet station
  • Souvenir safari hat for each child
  • A special gift presented to the birthday guest of honor (rhino plush and certificate commemorating donation to help save rhinos)
  • Private room for two hours
  • Two party hosts dedicated to your party who will guide activities, games, and play
  • Two sheet pizzas, pretzels with hummus dip, juice, half & half iced tea lemonade, and water for all guests
  • Digital group photo taken to remember your party. Picture will be added to our Facebook Birthday Party photo album if desired.
  • Enhance your party with exciting add-on experiences, food, and gift options

Price: $500 for up to 25 people (including birthday guest of honor.)

 

$20/additional guest. Maximum of 50 guests.

Room Rental

Rent a private space at the Zoo for your family and friends to celebrate.

  • Rental time includes set-up and clean-up times
  • Discounted group admission rates for groups of 10+ guests (Zoo members are always free.)
  • Bring in your own party supplies and store-bought food and beverages
  • Digital group photo taken to remember your party. Picture will be added to our Facebook Birthday Party photo album if desired.
  • Enhance your party with exciting add-on experiences and gift options

Price: $150 for a 2-hour room rental, plus Zoo admission

Party Extras

Experience Add Ons

Tour the Diet Kitchen
$89
Check out the animal diet kitchen! See what it takes to feed the animals in our care and how we provide for our animals’ physical and mental health. Tour lasts approximately 20 minutes. (For ages 6 and up in groups of 12 or fewer; Accessibility limited.)

Character Visit 
$50
Enjoy a 20-minute photo op with our penguin costumed character. (Subject to availability, requires min. 2 week notice)

Guided Zoo Exploration 
(For Lion Pride and Elephant Herd Parties only)
$59
Visit a selected area of the Zoo with our staff and learn interesting information along the way. Exploration lasts approximately 30 – 45 minutes. Choose one of the following themes: Predators, African animals, or Wildlife on the Edge.

Amur Tiger or Baboon Enrichment
(For Lion Pride and Elephant Herd Parties only)
$89
Create an enrichment item for the animal of your choice. A zoo keeper will meet your group at the exhibit to put your creation in place. Watch as the animal investigates and interacts with your creation. (Subject to availability.)

Party Favor Upgrades
  • Goodie bags from ZooShop: $6 each
  • Animal print sunglasses: $1 each
  • Gift of ZooParent Sponsorship presented to guest of honor at the party: starting at $40
  • Safari hats: $3 each (already included for Lion Pride and Elephant Herd Parties)
Food Upgrades

(For Lion Pride and Elephant Herd Parties only)

  • Sandwich tray served with potato chips and chocolate chip cookies (optional substitution for pizza): $10.50 per person
  • Zweigle’s hot dogs (optional substitution for pizza): $2 per person
  • Veggie tray with ranch dip (serves 12): $22
  • Large pizza: $12 each
  • 64 oz. bottle of juice: $4

Frequently Asked Questions

What days are available for Birthday Parties?

Saturdays and Sundays.

How can I reach someone about birthday parties?

By phone at (585) 295-7399 or by e-mail at birthdays@senecazoo.org

What times are available for Birthday Parties?

You have a choice between two time frames: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Is a deposit required to book a Birthday Party?

Yes. A $100 deposit is required to reserve your party date. This deposit is non-refundable and will be applied to the total cost of the party.

The remaining balance of the total party cost is due two weeks before the party date. Our birthday party coordinator will contact you to review any final details and to collect payment.

Where and when will the Party Host meet us?

Your party host will meet you and your guests at the front gate 15 minutes before the party start time (at 10:15 a.m. or 1:45 p.m.). The party host will escort your group to your reserved room once all guests have arrived.

If a guest arrives late, they will need to show their invitation to the Front Gate to obtain directions to the party room.

Does the Zoo provide invitations for our guests?

Yes. We will email you an electronic file of the Seneca Park Zoo Birthday invitation which you may send to your guests. The invitation also serves as their admission to the Zoo.

Does the Zoo provide cakes?

You can purchase a cake through the Zoo from Sweet Sensations:

  • 8″ round cake: $40
  • 10″ round cake: $45
  • 12″ round cake: $50
  • 14″ round cake: $55

For health concerns and allergies, if you choose to bring a cake, please make sure it is store-bought and that the ingredients are listed.

Can I bring food and drink to the Birthday Party?

For the Room Rental package, you many bring in store-bought food and non-alcoholic beverages only.

Is there a refrigerator available to store food?

Unfortunately, there is not.

Where is the pizza from?

The pizza is made by 2 Ton Tony’s. You may order cheese or pepperoni. Each pizza has 16 square slices. If we haven’t received your pizza order a week before the party, we will order half cheese and half pepperoni.

How close to the party date may we schedule a Birthday Party?

It is best to book as soon as possible or at least two weeks in advance to provide you with your preferred date. Space is limited and we book early.

What is the animal encounter?

An animal encounter is a one-of-a-kind experience where the party guests meet 3 of our education collection animals. Due to scheduling and animal health, we cannot guarantee any specific animal, but we will try our best.

How close to the party date can Party Extras be added?

To make sure we meet your request, please inform the Birthday Party Coordinator of your Party Extras selections at least two weeks in advance.

Does the Zoo allow decorations to be brought in?

Yes, although the party room will be decorated by your host. We are not able to provide early access to rooms before the start of the party. Some of our rooms have limited space for decorations. Please do not bring balloons. They are not allowed on Zoo grounds for the protection of the animals. Piñatas, noise makers and confetti are prohibited as well.

Do members receive a discount on birthday parties?

Yes, current members with a Family level or higher membership receive 10% off the cost of the party.

If any or all of my guests are Zoo members, can their discount also apply to the cost of the party?

No. Only the membership of the person who books the party will be considered when calculating any discount.

Do you have any high chairs for children?

Unfortunately, we do not have high chairs.

After the party has ended, may I store our gifts, food and other belongings in the room until we depart the Zoo?

No. Our rooms are in constant use, so your party host can help bring items to your vehicle. You can then return to Zoo grounds.

Is there reserved parking for party guests?

There is no reserved parking. If you anticipate needing assistance getting belongings from your vehicle to the party room, please let the birthday party coordinator know ahead of time.

Is there a charge if there aren’t 10 children coming to the party?

The base price of your party package is your minimum cost. The Lion Pride party covers up to 10 children in the base price. The Elephant Herd party is for up to 25 people in the base price.

Your party helps save rhinos.

For each birthday party booked, Seneca Park Zoo makes a monetary donation to