Birthday Parties

Plan Your Birthday Party

Seneca Park Zoo is the only place in town where you can celebrate your birthday with amazing wildlife from around the world. Share your love of animals with your family and friends while feeling great knowing that you’re helping to save animals from extinction. For each birthday party booked, the Zoo makes a donation to support conservation. You and your guests will enjoy entry to the Zoo, a private indoor space, a personal animal experience , and a take-home souvenir.

We ask for at least four weeks before the requested date. Thank you!

Frog Pond Party


Price: $300 for up to 15 guests (including children, adults, and birthday child)

Maximum capacity 21 guests; Each additional guest $20

Elephant Herd Party


Price: $500 for up to 25 total guests (including children, adults, and birthday child)

Maximum capacity 35 guests; Each additional guest $20. 

Party Extras


Frequently Asked Questions

The information below provides additional information and general guidelines related to birthday parties. If policies change, we will update accordingly and notify those who have scheduled parties with us.

The guest count includes kids over the age of 2 years and adults. The parents of the guest of honor and the guest(s) of honor are also included in the guest count. 

Parties are available on Saturdays and Sundays in the morning between 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., and the afternoon between 2-4 p.m.

We encourage guests to make their requests as far in advance as possible as we have limited availability and typically fill slots months in advance. We ask for at least four weeks before the requested date.

Seneca Park Zoo Members get a 10% discount on party packages, but only the membership status of the person reserving the party is considered when determining discounts.

  • There is no discount if the guest count is fewer than the number included.
  • Infants and children up to 2 years old are only charged if they are a guest of honor or participating (i.e. receiving a souvenir), but they do count towards the total number of party guests.

Yes. When reserving your party, let us know the names and ages of each guest of honor. There is a cost to include an additional plush gift.

Yes. We will email you an electronic file of the Seneca Park Zoo Birthday Invitation which you may send to your guests.

  • To make sure we meet your request, please inform the Birthday Party Coordinator of your Party Extras at least two weeks in advance.
  • Requests for Shelly’s Sweet Shoppe are required at least three weeks in advance.
  • There is an option to purchase a cake through the Zoo from Shelly’s Sweet Shoppe (requests required three weeks in advance).
  • You may choose to bring a cake, but due to health concerns and allergies, please make sure it is store-bought and that the ingredients are listed.
  • The pizza is made by 2 Ton Tony’s. You may order cheese or pepperoni. If we have not received your pizza order two weeks prior to the party, we will order one cheese and one pepperoni pizza.
  • Large pizzas have 16 square slices. Sheet pizzas have 32 slices.
  • If there are dietary restrictions, please let us know. There is a gluten-free pizza option.

No, unfortunately, we do not have a refrigerator available to store food.

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

No, unfortunately, we do not have high chairs.

Due to scheduling and animal health, we cannot guarantee specific animals. You may, however, let us know if you have a preference for animals to be included or excluded from the presentation. Pictures of some possible ambassador animal visitors can be found at the bottom of this page.

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

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.).

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

No. Our rooms are in constant use, so we don’t have room to store items following parties. Your party host can help to bring items to your vehicle, and then you can return to Zoo grounds.

If you need to cancel a scheduled party, notify the Zoo as soon as possible. Deposits and fees paid are non-refundable and non-transferable. We can attempt to reschedule the party but cannot guarantee availability. If the Zoo needs to cancel a birthday party, a member of the Zoo’s birthday party team will contact the customer with the cancellation information and the following options:

  • Reschedule to another date
  • Receive a refund of deposit paid
  • Convert the deposit paid into a tax-deductible contribution

Customers will have ten business days to make a decision and notify the Zoo. If we have not received an answer after ten business days from our initial contact, the deposit paid will be converted to a donation, and the customer will receive a letter confirming the tax-deductible contribution.

By phone at 585.336.7213 or by email at [email protected]

Due to the volume of messages received, we ask that you do not reach out to inquire about availability. The reservation request form allows you to provide up to three date choices, and if those are not available, we can let you know the closest opening. If you are interested in reserving a party, you need to submit the online request form, as we do not collect this information over the phone. Please allow up to 3 business days for a response.

Every day is a great day to visit the Zoo. Experience life on the wild side, enjoy up-close animal interactions and support global conservation efforts—right here at the Zoo. Reserve your tickets now for quick and easy entry, and enjoy more time connecting with wildlife.

April 1 through October 31

Zoo opens at 9:30 a.m. for our Zoo members.
Open all year long. Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.