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Children’s Birthday Parties


Throw the picture-perfect celebration that combines a birthday bash with a trip to the Zoo!

Click here for birthday party registration form.

You bring the kids and the cake. Of course, you can always throw a party for the young at heart, too. Many adults really enjoy a Zoo party for their inner child!

We’ll supply the fun and activities (and an experienced party host to help with the wrangling). There’s nothing more fun (or easy) than a birthday party at the Virginia Zoo. We know how to throw a party, and we do it right with a private party room, kid-friendly treats, and an up-close-and-personal special animal encounter.
Children and parents alike will have an unforgettable (and even educational) time, and the best part is: you don’t have to clean up! Just remember: balloons, balls, straws, confetti and animals don’t mix.
It’s a party in the Zoo that your child (or inner child) will remember forever.

We offer a great birthday package to make your party a unique and fun-filled 1 ½ hour experience.  We recommend a total attendance of 30, including up to 15 children, for a great party. Maximum total attendance is 45, with all children ages 1 and up, including the birthday child counted toward the total.
Parties are held on Saturday and Sundays only, and they book up fast! Please reserve early. Party times are:

  • 9:30am – 11:00am
  • 10:00am – 11:30pm
  • 10:30am  –   12:00pm
  • 12:00pm   –  1:30 pm
  • 1:00pm – 2:30pm
  • 2:00pm – 3:30pm
  • 2:30pm – 4:00pm

Parties cannot be extended past the end times; however, all party participants are welcome to spend more time in the Zoo on their own until it closes at 5:00 pm


1 to 4 year olds: Zooper Birthday Bash – A great way to introduce you and your friends to the furry and not so furry animals that share our world.

5 years old and up: Party Animal – You’ll have a wild time learning just how amazing and unique animals can be as you meet a few along the way!

All parties include live animal visitors, and games and activities suited to the age of the birthday child. Please note that specific animals cannot be guaranteed, but there will be a good variety for your party.

Your Party Package:

Price: $275.00 members and $325.00 non-members. The member price is available immediately if you decide to purchase a basic family membership at the same time you order your birthday party.


  • Three 16-inch pizzas and three beverage pitchers
  • Table linens and non-themed paper products (not including plates for cake)
  • Admission for guests
  • Experienced party host
  • Animal encounters

Special Zoo Extras

You can also customize your package with any of these extras

Additional 16″ pizza
Additional drink pitcher
Discount Flavor Burst ice cream coupon(Minimum purchase 10 coupons. Available seasonally.)

You can also combine your party with a special behind-the-scenes tourClick here for more information.

Please remember to reserve your birthday party as soon as possible, since the dates and times fill quickly! Click here for a registration form.

No balloons, rubber balls, straws, confetti or ice cream cakes, please.

Refund Policy Party cancellations must be received at least three weeks before the party date to receive a partial refund of 80%. No refunds will be given for a party cancelled less than three weeks before the reserved date.  Any changes or additions to the party must be made at least 7 days before the reservation date.

Overnight Sensations:

Make the party an all-nighter with our Overnight Sensations!  How’s this for a one-of-a-kind birthday experience? Spend a wild night of adventure at the Virginia Zoo! Partygoers will see the Zoo from a unique perspective: after the Zoo has closed.

Together with a Zoo Host and lots of interesting animals, learn about wildlife and conservation with up-close and personal encounters with the animal kingdom. This wild (but completely safe) all-night event includes games, crafts, live animal presentations, a night walk around the Zoo and behind-the-scenes tours the following morning. Of course, there’s time for cake and presents, and the Zoo provides a light breakfast in the morning.

  • Children and adults $35 each
  • 6 years old is minimum age
  • A minimum charge of $350 must be made to secure the date

Are you ready to join us?  Contact the Education Office at 757.441.2374 (229) or email.

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