Birthday Parties

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 giraffe conservation.

You and your guests will enjoy all-day admission to the Zoo, a private indoor space, personal animal experiences, and a take-home souvenir.

Lion Pride Party

Includes:

• Zoo admission for the day for all party guests
• A private party space for up to two hours
• Guided craft activity
• Presentation with three ambassador animals (photos listed below)
• Animal-themed souvenir for each guest
• A special gift presented to the birthday guest of honor (giraffe plush and certificate commemorating donation made to help save giraffes)
• Two hosts dedicated to your party who will guide you through all party activities
• Two large pizzas, juice and water for children
• Enhance your party with food and gift options

Price: $300 for up to 10 children (including birthday child)

One adult chaperone is permitted to attend with each child guest.

Party Extras

Party Favors
  • Goodie bags from ZooShop: $7 each
  • Animal print sunglasses: $1 each
  • Zoo animal themed twisty toy puzzle: $2 each
  • Gift of ZooParent Sponsorship presented to guest of honor at the party: starting at $45
Food

• Zweigle’s hot dogs: $5.65 per person
• Large cheese or pepperoni pizza (16 square slices): $15 each
• 64 oz. bottle of apple juice: $4

Shelly’s Sweet Shoppe 10″ round cake (serves 15-20): $45
Shelly’s Sweet Shoppe cutout animal cookies: 6 for $18

Frequently Asked Questions

The information below outlines the general guidelines that the Education Department is following to protect the health and safety of our birthday party guests, staff, and animals.  As things may change, we will communicate any modifications accordingly.

How is the Zoo managing group sizes to allow for social distancing?

We have reduced party guest capacities to allow for proper distancing in party areas.  The Zoo has also reduced guest capacities and instituted timed entry to allow for distancing throughout the campus.

Are face coverings required?

Yes. We are following state and local guidelines, which currently require face coverings to be worn by everyone over 2 years of age.  Face coverings are required throughout the Zoo to protect guests, staff, and the animals, as some species are susceptible to COVID-19.  If a birthday party guest cannot wear a face covering for health reasons, a face shield may be worn instead.  Party guests should arrive at the Zoo with a clean face covering, but we will have some available if needed.

How is cleanliness maintained?

Party spaces and commonly touched surfaces are cleaned and disinfected before and after each event.  Birthday parties are designed with activities that avoid shared resources, and materials are cleaned in between events.  Frequent hand washing is also encouraged for participants and staff.

How will food and beverages be served?

Party guests must remain seated while consuming food or beverage. Guests will be asked to keep their face coverings on until all guests seated at table have been served food/drink by the staff party host.

Restaurant guidelines state that individual tables must include members of the same group, which may be from different households.  Following this guideline, we will consider party guests as a single group, so they may be seated together even though they may be from different households.

Store-bought cakes/desserts with ingredients listed may be brought to the party. Guests may sing (while wearing face coverings), however the blowing out of candles is not permitted.

Will there be health screenings?

The health and safety of our guests, staff, and animals is our top priority.  All Zoo staff and volunteers are screened with a temperature scan upon arriving at the Zoo each day.

Birthday party guests should not come to the Zoo if feeling unwell or experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, sore throat, chills, cough, shortness of breath, body aches, new loss of taste or smell, severe fatigue, loss of appetite, diarrhea).  If someone has come into contact with a person who has tested positive or was exposed to an individual who tested positive within 14 days of the scheduled party, they should not come to the Zoo.

What is the cancellation policy?

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.

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 email 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 non-transferable and will be applied to the total cost of the party.

The remaining balance of the total party cost is non-refundable and non-transferable and due two weeks before the party date. Our birthday party coordinator will contact you to review any final details and to collect payment. Unpaid balances result in forfeiture of party time slot.

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.).

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 Shelly’s Sweet Shoppe.

See “Party Extras – Food” above for additional details.

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.

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 two weeks 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 three 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 ambassador 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.

What happens if the Zoo needs to cancel the birthday party?

If the Zoo needs to cancel a program, confirmed registrants will be sent an email notifying them of the cancellation and providing them with these options:

  • rescheduling to another date
  • receiving a refund of registration fees
  • converting registration fees into a tax-deductible contribution

Registrants 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 registration fee will be converted to a donation, and the registrant will receive a letter confirming the tax-deductible contribution.