Birthday Parties FAQ



How do I schedule a party?

You must make your reservation at least 3 weeks prior to the date you wish to schedule your birthday party. Call the Zoo at 806-381-5605 with your requested date and time. Birthday parties are available Saturdays and Sundays, April-October at 10:00am, 12:30pm, and 3:00pm. Excluded dates include special events.

When is the payment due?

A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of reservation. The remaining balance is due on or before the party date. 

What is the cancellation policy?

Amarillo Zoo adheres to a no refund policy for birthday party rentals with less than a 72 hour notice, unless it is due to weather. If your party is canceled due to weather you may either re-schedule the party or choose to receive a refund.

When can I have a party?

Birthday parties are scheduled at 10:00 am, 12:30pm, and 3pm from April 1st – September 30th. Excluded dates include special event dates. Some off-season dates are available contact us at 806-381-5605 for more information.

What should I expect when I arrive?

Upon arriving at the Amarillo Zoo please check in at the admission gate. A zoo staff person or zoo volunteer will escort you to the birthday party site.

Is there a minimum or maximum number of guests for a party?

The Zoo-It-Yourself package includes admission for up to 25 guests. There is no maximum for this package, but seating may be limited above 30-40 guests. General admission will be charged for additional guests over the included 25.

The Zoo-per party package includes admission for up to 25 guests. Additional guests will cost $10.00 each, up to the maximum 30 guests. Additional guests must be prepaid.

Do I need to bring plates, cups, drinks, etc?

For a Zoo-it-Yourself Party: Yes! The Zoo will provide 4 outdoor picnic tables and a 6-foot folding table. Birthday party hosts are responsible for any tableware and/or decorations. Note: balloons, streamers, noise makers, confetti, and pinatas are not allowed. 

For a Zoo-per Party: No! The Zoo will provide jungle themed tableware, including plates, cups, napkins, forks, and tablecloths. Note: balloons, streamers, noise makers, confetti, and pinatas are not allowed.

Can I come in and set up for my child’s zoo birthday party early?

In most cases you can enter the zoo about 30 minutes prior to your scheduled party time.

Can I bring in outside food?

Yes, but each birthday party scheduled for the day has a set amount of time to get the party completed. Please note that outside catering is not permitted on zoo grounds.

Can we bring decorations?

You are welcome to bring in decorations if you wish, but please remember for the safety of the animals, balloons, streamers, confetti, chewing gum, piñatas and stickers are not allowed.

Can I bring balloons or a piñata for my child’s birthday party?

For the safety of our animals, piñatas, balloons, streamers, confetti and stickers are not allowed on zoo grounds.

Who will be responsible for the kids during the party?

You and your other adult guests are responsible for your children.

How many people can I invite to my child’s zoo birthday party?
For a more memorable experience we suggest limiting your guest list to 15 children. Please remember the maximum number of guests you may have for a Zoo-per Party is 30, which includes children and adults. Larger groups can be accommodated with the Zoo-It-Yourself Party, however seating may be limited. 
Where will my child’s birthday party be held?

Your birthday party will be inside a small, gated outdoor area near the tiger exhibit. Please note this is not an inside area and subsequently subject to weather such as rain.

Can we stay longer than 2 hours?

You have access and use of the private party site for 2 hours and must vacate this area at the end of your reservation. But, you and your guests may extend your stay at the Zoo visiting exhibits or playing at the playground as long as you wish until Zoo closing.

What is the animal presentation?

During the animal presentation you and your guests will get an up-close look at one of our ambassador animals. Zoo staff will choose the ambassador animal. 

Can I bring my own cake?

Yes. But, please remember there is no refrigeration available.

May we open presents at our birthday party?

Yes. But please pick up and discard any trash.

I do not want to pay for a birthday party package. Can I rent a picnic table within the zoo?

The Zoo does not rent or reserve individual picnic tables. Please note that balloons, piñatas, banners, glass bottles and straws are not allowed inside the Zoo. You may not bring in outside food and drinks unless you have a birthday party reservation, but you may purchase snacks and drinks from the Zoo concession.

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