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Are you looking for a fun birthday party idea for your wild child? The Santa Barbara Zoo offers unique birthday party packages for children 12 & under, and the grown-ups will have a great time too!

Choose from one of two party packages: Basic or Deluxe.

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions below for helpful information regarding Zoo birthday parties.

Animal Encounter

As a special treat for your guests, an education animal will come to visit your party. One of our Zoo staff members will bring an animal to your area for approximately 10-15 minutes. We have a variety of animals available including a skink, snake, rabbit, frog or toad, tortoise, or chuckwalla. You may request a specific animal, but due to weather restrictions, we cannot always honor the request. If we cannot provide the animal you asked for, another age-appropriate animal will be brought out

Note: As with the birthday party reservations, we need two weeks’ advance notice to book an education animal.

Party Tableware

The themed tableware includes plates, cups, napkins, and tablecloths. One place setting per guest will be included in your party bag. Three themes are available: animal, dinosaur, and princess.

For more information about having your birthday party at the Zoo, please email Becky Abbott or call (805) 962-5339, ext. 127.

Birthday Party Reservations & Add-Ons

Make Reservation

If you prefer, you can call (805) 962-5339, ext. 127 or email Becky for a reservation form, and return it to the Zoo at least two weeks prior to your party date with your deposit payment.

Birthday Party Add-Ons

Let us take care of the food for your wild child’s party! Many options are available; please look at our birthday catering menu.

Prices vary.

Add goody bags to your birthday party to make it a WILD success! Call Becky at (805) 962-5339, ext. 127 to order.

Prices vary.

Are you looking for a “wild” birthday present for your special birthday boy or girl? The Foster Feeder Birthday Basket is only available to guests who book a birthday party at the Zoo! Foster Feeder Birthday Basket includes: official Foster Feeder certificate, giraffe plush, coupon for free giraffe feeding, giraffe herd photo, giraffe fact sheet, birthday card, and recognition on the Zoo’s Foster Feeder Board for one year… more info

Cost: $65

Umbrellas: $25/each

Additional picnic tables: $25/each

Birthday Sites

Education Lawn
Centrally located next to the Zoo fountain, adjacent to the Carousel Lawn. (capacity: 30-40)

Elephant Deck
Wooden deck overlooking the elephant exhibit. Your group will have private use of half of the large wooden deck. (capacity: 30-40)

Hexagonal Tables
Next to Rolling Hill on Olive Road. (capacity: 20-30)

Dinosaur Lawn
A great spot for fans of the Zoo’s live shows with Tiny, Duncan, and friends (capacity: 40)

Storytime Treehouse
A special “treehouse” deck located above the Kallman Family Play Area. Perfect for small parties. (capacity: 12)

Each area will be supplied with enough picnic tables to accommodate your group. Site rental may be extended to 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for an additional $50.

Frequently Asked Questions

Online: Make your birthday reservation online.

Email: Email Becky for a reservation form

Phone: Call (805) 962-5339, ext. 27.

Once we receive your reservation form, we will send you an email confirming receipt of your reservation and that your site fee has been charged. The site fee is due at the time the reservation is made; all payments are final and non-refundable.

Final payments for your guests and any party add-ons are due 5 days before the party. If the balance is not paid within 5 days of the party, the party will be canceled and all materials and reservations will be forfeited.

Our Birthday Party package offers a lot more than admission! The Party Package fee provides all of your guests with everything you need for a great zoo-themed party: admission, parking, a group train ride, and more. Additionally, all of the children will receive themed face masks, crayons, and activity booklets. The price for SB Zoo Members is $22/person and $24/person for Non-Members for the Basic package, and $26/person for SB Zoo Members and $28/person for Non-Members for the Deluxe package. If you would like to pay for additional guests’ admission only (no package items), you may purchase tickets at the regular admission price; please indicate your need for additional admission tickets when making your reservation.

You are more than welcome to bring in your own food and beverages for your party, though we do not allow outside caterers in the Zoo. If you have questions regarding food or beverages, please call (805) 962-5339, ext. 127.

For guests who want a hassle-free party where all you need to do is show up and have a great time, we do offer onsite catering. You can see the menu here. Fill out the catering form attached to the menu, and fax it in to us at (805) 730-9250.

Once the tickets are paid for, they can be mailed to you or left at the front gate for you to pick up prior to your party.

The Santa Barbara Zoo adheres to a no-refund cancellation policy. If you are unable to attend your party, the payments that have been made will be considered a charitable donation and therefore will be considered tax-deductible. You may call to arrange a pick-up time to take all of your partyware, face masks, train tickets, etc. If it rains on the day of your party, you may have up to one year to reschedule your party. All of the payments previously made will go toward your new party date. Advanced notice for rescheduling your party must be made two weeks in advance.

For all food reservations, please call within 48 hours to cancel your order.

When you arrive, please check in at the front gate. The tablecloths will be set up on the tables at your party site and ready for you to enjoy. If you have a 10 a.m. birthday reservation time, you may enter the Zoo at 9:45 a.m. to set up for your party. If you have a 1:30 p.m. reservation, you may arrive to your reserved site no earlier than 1:15 p.m. to set up.

Golf cart service is available for help transporting your party goods to the party site.

Due to the safety of our animals, we do not allow balloons, confetti, or streamers in the Zoo. All other decorations will need to be approved by the front gate staff. If you have questions about decorations, please feel free to call or email us with any questions. On the day of the party, we will post signs at the front entrance as well as at your party site with the name and location of the person celebrating their birthday at the Zoo.

We do not allow any outside entertainment (magicians, face painters, etc.). If you would like to have face painters at your party, please contact Becky by phone (805) 962-5339, ext 127 or email.