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Birthday Parties


Plan your child’s birthday party at the Houston Zoo! Our Birthday Party Package is for children 12 years of age and younger. Read on for a host of fun, creative, unique ideas that will set your child’s party apart from the herd.

Please note that any pavilion booked for anything other than a birthday party for a child 12 years or younger (i.e. meetings, girl scout/boy scout troops, church groups, etc.) will be immediately cancelled and refunded.

Our Birthday Party Package includes:

  • Private rental of one of our 3 pavilions in the John P. McGovern Children’s Zoo for two hours
  • 25 admission tickets (for children and/or adults) with access to the Zoo for the entire day of the party*
  • Two 6 foot tables for food and gifts
  • Five 48 inch round tables for seating (seating 35 people)
  • Re-useable plastic table covers that match the pavilion
  • Post-event trash and clean-up service
  • Opportunity to purchase additional items including food, entertainment, tickets, and seating
  • The maximum capacity in each pavilion is 55 guests*

*Up to 30 additional tickets may be purchased in addition to the 25 tickets included in the package.

Please note balloons and inflatables are not allowed on Zoo grounds. View our full Facility Agreement.

Pavilions, Prices, Party Times

Blue Pavilion
Open Air
Zoo Members – $350
Non-Members – $415

Red Pavilion and Yellow Pavilion
Enclosed with Heating/Air-Conditioning
Zoo Members – $400
Non-Members – $465

Learn more ways a Membership can help you save.

*The maximum discount members can receive on parties is $65. If two memberships are linked to one account and a double discount is applied upon booking, you will be charged the difference.

Party Pavilion Time Slots (upon availability):
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Party Pavilion Time Slots 11/11/2016 – 1/15/2017 (upon availability):
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

*NEW Three-Hour Birthday Parties*

During the weekends of June 11-12, 2016 and June 18-19, 2016, we will be offering 3-hour birthday parties

Blue Pavilion
Open Air
Zoo Members – $449
Non-Members – $549

Red Pavilion and Yellow Pavilion
Enclosed with Heating/Air-Conditioning
Zoo Members – $495
Non-Members – $595

Three-Hour Party Pavilion Time Slots (upon availability):
9:30 – 12:30 a.m. 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

View availability and book a party:


*Use this link to book either a 2-hour or 3-hour party by selecting the time frame you want from the drop down menu on the next page.

Frequently Asked Questions

How soon can I book my party?
Is there a deposit that is due when booking?
What is the Zoo’s cancellation policy for birthday parties?
May I bring my own food?
Is there a will call window?
What if I want to have a birthday party at the Zoo, but do not need the reserved party room?

Click here for more FAQs.

Birthday Parties Sponsored By:


Birthday Party Enhancements:

If you want to “WOW” your guests you can add on any of the following options to your party (items can be added up to five days prior to your party, with some additions requiring two weeks notice to book):

Food and Drink Menu
Animal Experience – $ 250
Zoo-Themed Party Decorations – $100 or $175
Birthday Party Invitation Template - $25
Children’s Zoo Scavenger Hunt – $25
Additional Admission Tickets – $13.50
Carousel Tickets – $2
Giraffe Feeding Tickets - $7
Greeter – $150
Face Painter (Two Hours) – $350
Airbrush Tattoo Artist (Two Hours) – $450
Standard Goodie Bags – $5
Deluxe Goodie Bags – $10
Conservation Wristbands – $2
Magnetic Foam Crafts – $2 or $3
Carousel & Giraffe Feeding Ticket Party Favors – $2 or $7

Downloadable PDFs:

Download The Birthday Party Map
Follow the arrows on this map to reach your birthday party pavilion.

Birthday Party Facility Rental Policies – Details on rentals, tickets, parking, animal experiences and more. Please read this through before booking your party – thank you!

Zoo Birthday Party FAQs – Common questions about birthday parties at the zoo, answered.

Zoo Birthday Party Checklist – a handy reference to help your party planning.

Questions? Contact Us: (713) 533-6832

Tired of Gift Overload?

This year, consider asking your child’s friends to skip the birthday presents and donate to the Houston Zoo instead with a tribute gift! It’s a WILD way to celebrate your little one’s special day, while also helping to support the continued care and feeding of the Zoo’s 6,000 animal residents!
Learn More About Tribute Gifts

Looking for the Perfect Gift?

Show your support for the Zoo by Adopting an animal for the birthday child! With twenty animals from which to choose and three different Adopt levels, you are sure to find the Adoption that is right for them.

Learn more about Adopting an Animal