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. Parties are offered at four times throughout the day: 10 am • 10:45 am • 1:30 pm • 2:30 pm

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.

2021 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 25 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:
    • 2 Animal Ambassadors $60
    • Upgrade Animal Tier $45-75
  • Additional admissions $11 (each)
    • under 2 is FREE, up to 15 admissions available
  • Extra 30 minutes $75
  • Tango mascot appearance $100
  • Favors/Gift Bags $3 each


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
  • Coloring page(s) of your animal 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
  • Add-on: Zoodoption Chat about your animals for your entire party ($50 additional charge)


A Micro Birthday Party at the Virginia Zoo is perfect for the hostess looking for a small gathering with no stress. This package includes:

  • 90 minutes of party time in a designated party space
  • Zoo Birthday Party Host
  • Birthday button for the birthday child
  • Digital invitations
  • All-day admission for 15 people
  • Water, lemonade, paper products AND 2 pizzas (your choice of cheese or pepperoni)

No substitutions or changes can be made to this special offer. Any party exceeding 15 guests will be upgraded to a normal Basic party package of $275 plus food costs, taxes, and service fees.

*taxes and services fees not included

Menu Options


  • 16” Pizza (pepperoni or cheese), $20
    • 12 slices
  • Chicken nugget tray, $30
  • Snacks, $6, each
    • Choice of popcorn, chips, or pretzels.
  • Veggie, fruit or cheese platter, $35
  • Pitcher of soda, $5

Continental Breakfast

  • Assorted fruit, muffins, danishes, bagels with spreads, butter, etc., $40
  • Pancake wrapped sausage, $22.50

Classic Lunch

  • Deli Board, $65
  • Includes lunch meat, cheese, bread or rolls and condiments
  • Hot dogs, buns, condiments, $30
  • 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.