Looking for a great location to host your little critter's birthday? Let them go wild at the Zoo!

Create the party package that best suits your needs. Make your reservation early! Summer dates fill up quickly.

Birthday parties at John Ball Zoo are customizable and fun!

Our base party package begins at $400.00 and includes a party space for 2 hours, admission for up to 20 guests, party favors for each child in attendance, a special gift for the birthday child and a visit from one of our ambassador animals! Parties are customizable with fantastic add on options including catering and experiences. Please view our Birthday Party Package document below for more information.

Please note that registration is required at least two weeks prior to the party date that you are requesting and is subject to availability.

John Ball Zoo members receive 20% off of the base party package price. CLICK HERE to become a member!


Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! However, we do ask that you do not bring alcohol or glass containers. Please note that the rental spaces do not have outlet usage and we do not
allow on-site caterers. We also offer a variety of catering options available for pick up at our main Monkey Island Café on the day of your party.

Our cupcakes are baked fresh for each party by The Cake Connection. If you have any dietary restrictions or allergies, please let us know
in advance. We will try our best to accommodate.

Absolutely! However, we do ask that you do not bring balloons, confetti, glass objects or pinatas. We do allow access to the reserved space up to 30 minutes prior to your party time for decorating. Please note that we do not provide signage for parties, so please communicate with your guests regarding the location of your party. A representative of your party may need to wait at the admissions gate if you have late arrivals that need to be escorted into the Zoo.

Our Ambassador Animals are a variety of small mammals, amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates, and birds. Some examples include: rabbits, turtles, insects,
parrots, snakes, geckos, hedgehogs and more! Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate requests for specific animals. Ambassador Animals are
chosen based on availability and the animal’s behavior the day of the event. We will do our best to accommodate if there are concerns of allergic
reactions with advanced notice. Ambassador Animals will visit your party for the last 30 minutes of your scheduled party time. Please be sure to have all
food and beverage cleaned up prior to their arrival.

You may meet your party host at Guest Services up to 30 minutes prior to your party start time where they will provide you with your birthday packet
containing admission for all of your guests along with any additional items that you may have pre-purchased. We do not permit items to be stored in
the reserved party space before or after your rental time. Please be aware of the start and end times of your party.

You may explore the Zoo before and/or after your party during normal operational hours. Please note that our hours of operation do change throughoutthe season and may affect the best time to visit the Zoo based on your party time slot. For more information on hours of operation, please visit our
website at

Parties do happen rain or shine! Refunds will not be given for inclement weather unless the Zoo closes due to weather. Please note that the
Ambassador Animal experience is temperature and weather dependent. In the event of adverse weather conditions, we will do our best to
relocate the Ambassador Animal experience but cannot guarantee. Rain checks will only be issued for any pre-booked experiences that have
been cancelled due to inclement weather. In the event that John Ball Zoo cancels a party, a full refund will be issued.

Adjustments and refunds (minus the party deposit) can be made up to 14 days prior to your party’s date. Anything after that is nonrefundable. Additional guests may be added up to 7 days prior to your party date for $12.00 each.

Admission tickets are non-refundable. If you have additional guests attend the day of, they are subject to our general admission rates and may purchase admission directly at the admissions booth.

With a valid John Ball Zoo membership in the parent/guardian’s name of the birthday child, all members receive a 20% discount off the Birthday
Package price of $400.00. This offer is not valid for AZA reciprocal partnership members.