Your birthday boy or girl will have a wild time at a Zoo birthday party. We’ll handle all the details, just bring the birthday kid and cake! Parties are held year-round on Saturdays and Sundays.

Reservations are required and are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Reservations are required and are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. To book an unforgettable birthday party call 757.441.2374 ext. 262 or email:


Party cancellations must be received at least ten (10) consecutive days before the party date to receive a partial refund of 50%. No refunds will be given for a party canceled less than ten (10) consecutive days before the reserved date. Any changes or additions to the party must be made at least ten (10) consecutive days before the reservation date.

2022 Birthday Party Packages:


All parties are hosted by an experienced Virginia Zoo Birthday Party Host in a designated party space. Birthdays include:

  • 90 minutes of party time
  • Digital Invitations
  • Birthday Button for the Birthday Child
  • All-day admission to the Zoo for up to 30 people
  • Present for the Birthday Child (Virginia Zoo members-only perk)
  • Water, lemonade, and paper products

All items are a la carte and are subject to availability and current regulations:

  • Animal Ambassadors:
    • Animal Ambassadors will be $80. Guests can enjoy two animal ambassadors at your birthday party presented by a Virginia Zoo staff member. Ambassadors are generally small enough to be held in hand (such as tortoises, lizards, and invertebrates). The presentation lasts 15-20 minutes and begins 10 minutes after the start of your party. The ambassadors participating in the animal presentation will be chosen by staff at the Virginia Zoo. Ambassadors will be selected for your party based on animal health, safety, and availability. Please bear in mind that the opportunity to touch any or all ambassadors is never guaranteed.
  • Additional admissions $11 (each)
    • under 2 is FREE, up to 15 admissions available
  • Favors/Gift Bags $5 each


(This is not a stand-alone party package.) For those kids who were born to be wild, give them a special birthday surprise with the Zoodoption Party Package. Choose between five of our most popular Zoodoption packages and receive:

  • A plush of your animal
  • 4”x6” photo of your animal with a
  • Virginia Zoo magnetic frame
  • Zoo-themed coloring page(s) for all kids at party
  • Keeper notes about your animal
  • Happy Birthday Zoodoption certificate
  • Name recognition on Zoo Parent sign and in Zoo Review quarterly magazine
  • Invitation to annual Zoo Parent Event for the Zoo Parent and one guest

Menu Options

  • 16” Pizza (pepperoni or cheese), $22
    • 12 slices
  • Chicken nugget tray, $30
  • Snack Bowls, $6, each
    • Choice of popcorn, chips, or pretzels.
  • Fruit platter, $35
  • Pitcher of soda, $5
  • Continental Breakfast- Assorted fruit, muffins, danishes, bagels with spreads, butter, coffee, apple juice, etc., $65 (items may contain nuts)
  • Deli Board, $65
    • Includes lunch meat, cheese, bread or rolls and condiments
  • Hot dogs, buns, condiments, $40
  • Mac and cheese, $40
    • Serves 30.
  • Kids bagged lunches, $7, each


Please contact the Birthday Party Coordinator at for availability.

Click here to download the FAQ Adobe PDF document.

Please note: For the safety of our animals, balloons, balls, straws, confetti, any inflatables and piñatas are not allowed on Zoo Grounds at any time. Small toys or items that could be considered a choking hazard for a child are also considered a choking hazard for our animals, and staff recommends to keeping those items in your car during your visit to the Zoo.