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Birthday Parties at the Houston Zoo, exclusively for Members!

Looking for a fun and unique way to celebrate your animal lover’s birthday? Hosting your child’s party at the Houston Zoo is the experience for you! With optional additions such as a special animal experience and professional face painting, a birthday party at the Zoo will be an unforgettable experience!

Birthday Parties are available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Blockout dates may apply. Parties must be booked a minimum of 3 weeks (21 days) in advance, and we allow booking up to six months in advance.

Birthday Party Packages are intended for children 12 years of age and younger. Any packages reserved for any other purpose or for a child over the age of 12 will be cancelled.

Are You a Member?

You must be a Houston Zoo member to book a birthday party. Members enjoy free daytime admission for an entire year and many other great benefits!

Birthday Party Packages Include:

  • Two-hour private rental of one of three pavilions in the John P. McGovern Children’s Zoo
  • 25 birthday party passes for children and adults including Zoo admission and unlimited carousel rides
  • Seating for up to 50 people in the indoor pavilions and up to 35 people in the outdoor pavilion
  • Two six-foot tables for food and gifts
  • Reusable plastic table covers
  • Post-event trash and clean-up service
  • Opportunity to purchase additional items including entertainment, food and additional birthday party passes

Please note balloons and inflatables are not allowed on Zoo grounds.


Pavilions, Pricing & Availability

Blue Pavilion Package – $350 

  • Open air pavilion with picnic table seating for up to 35 guests
  • Available to reserve Fridays – Sundays upon availability

Red or Yellow Pavilion Package – $400 

  • Enclosed indoor pavilion with heating and cooling
  • Seven 48-inch round tables with seating for up to 50 people
  • Available to reserve Fridays – Sundays upon availability

Frequently Asked Questions

How soon can I book my party?
Is there a deposit that is due?
What is the Zoo’s cancellation policy?
May I bring my own food?
May I bring outside entertainment?
How soon can I arrive?
Is there a Will Call?
Where do my guests and I park?
What if I want to have a birthday party at the Zoo, but I don’t need to reserve a pavilion?


Birthday Party Enhancements:

Animal Experience – $ 250
Additional Birthday Party Passes - $15 each
Giraffe Feeding Tickets - $5
Birthday Adopt-An-Animal - $25
Greeter – $150
Face Painter – $350
Catering Menu

Downloads Available

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

2017 Birthday Parties Facility Agreement

Saving Wildlife Together!

  • Consider sending invites, Birthday Party Passes and maps digitally and help save wildlife by reducing the need to print! Your party coordinator is happy to email any files you may need. Saving paper helps protect trees and forest habitats of animals like bears.
  • Use party supplies made of recycled content and reduce the amount of non-recyclable items you purchase.
  • Encourage guests to use the recycling receptacles inside the pavilions and throughout the Zoo.
  • Remind your guests that balloons are not permitted on Zoo grounds, as they pose a threat to wildlife, specifically sea turtles that mistake them for food. Bubbles are a fun alternative to balloons and are available to purchase in the gift shop!

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

Questions? Contact Us: (713) 533-6500

Thank You to Our Birthday Party Sponsor