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Kids’ Birthday Parties

Enjoy a birthday party at the Houston Zoo! As a Zoo member, you get exclusive access to celebrate with a birthday party package.

Booking Your Birthday Party

Welcome to our easy Kids’ Birthday booking system where members of Houston Zoo can take care of everything in one place! Book your spot, pay online, and your tickets will be emailed to you in the following days. Note: Birthday parties are for children up to 12 years old.

Booking information:

  • Prior to booking your party, you must read the Birthday Party Facility Rental Agreement (PDF), which includes more information about the rental.
  •  To book, log in to the Member Portal and select “Extra Tickets and Add-ons”
  • Choose your desired date and time on the calendar
  • Complete payment with a credit card
  • You will receive all your tickets via email!

Please ensure your guests have their tickets in hand or on their phone to enter the zoo on the day of the party.

Party Package Information

  • Price: $750
  • Three-hour private rental of our Red Pavilion in the John P. McGovern Children’s Zoo
  • Indoor pavilion with heating and cooling
  • Seven 60-in round tables with vinyl covers, seat up to 50 people
  • Two six-foot tables for food and gifts
  • 25 Birthday Party Passes for children and adults including Zoo admission, unlimited carousel rides, a conservation bracelet, and giraffe feeding*
  • Parties occurring between March 8-September 2, 2024, will include access to TXU Energy presents Dinosaurs at the Houston Zoo
  • The pavilion is available only during your reservation time; however, the Birthday Party Passes will be valid for use at Zoo opening on the date of your party.
  • Additional Birthday Party Passes may be purchased for $25 each up to 7 days prior to your party date.

*Skip the ticket booth, direct access to the giraffe ramp is included with your ticket! Giraffe feedings are scheduled daily at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and depend on weather and giraffes’ participation.

Frequently Asked Questions

What days are birthday parties available?

Birthday parties are only available on Saturdays and Sundays. Blackout dates may apply.

How far out do I need to book a birthday party?

Birthday parties may be booked at least a minimum of one week (7 days) prior to the event.

How early can I access the pavilion?

Guests may only use the pavilion during their 3-hour rental time. A staff member will unlock the pavilion for you at your reserved time. Guests must vacate the pavilion, including removal of all personal belongings, by the end of their rental time. Set up and breakdown time is included in the rental time frame. We are unable to accommodate extensions. Rangers will promptly escort out parties exceeding the 3-hour time frame

What party items are not allowed on Zoo grounds?

Balloons, inflatables, radios/speakers, glass containers, alcohol, plastic straws, whistles, streamers, balls, frisbees, confetti, glitter, string-in-a-can or silly string, piñatas, electric toys, chalk, bicycles, scooters, or other toys on wheels, (this excludes strollers, wagons, and rolling coolers), and non-standard birthday candles (no sparks/sparklers).

In addition, Houston Zoo retains the right to prohibit items that are deemed unsafe or disruptive to our animals and guests. For more details on Zoo Rules, please visit the Guest Services and Rules page of our website.

To confirm if an item will be allowed on Zoo grounds, please contact us in advance via email at

Can I get a refund on my birthday party?

Birthday party rentals and passes are non-refundable and non-transferrable.