Have your child’s birthday party at the Santa Barbara Zoo, the wildest place in town!

We are not currently accepting birthday party reservations at this time. Please check back for more information.

Choose from two party packages:

Three-hour site rental
Admission to the Zoo
One VIP reserved parking spot
Parking for all your guests
Themed tableware
Birthday party host
Scheduled train ride
(unavailable through March 2019)
Activity books
Host-led educational activity
Safari-themed birthday party experience
Animal encounter
Additional VIP reserved parking spot
Giraffe feeding
Rock wall climbing

Awesome Add-Ons

Character Meet and Greet

Louie the Lemur, Sunny the Lion, or Penny the Penguin would love to visit your child’s birthday party!

Cost: $50

Dinosaur Behind the Scenes

Duncan or Lily will get up close to you and your party guests…make sure to bring your camera!

Cost: $150

Bounce House

Tire out your little ones and add a bounce house to any birthday party!

Cost: $130 for three hours

Face Painting

Add a splash of color to your party with an expert face painter!

Cost: $100/hour (two-hour minimum)

Goody Bags

Add goody bags to your birthday party to make it a WILD success! Call (805) 962-5339, ext. 161 to order.

Cost: Prices vary

Birthday Baskets

The Foster Feeder Birthday Basket is a “wild” gift only available to guests who book a birthday party at the Zoo! 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

Animal Encounters

Having a live animal at your birthday party will drive your guests wild! Check out all of our animal encounter options here.


Let us take the work out of your event with birthday catering. We have many kid-friendly options.

View birthday catering menu.

Prices vary.


Birthday Sites

Toucan Terrace
Your group will have private use of half of the large wooden deck near the toucan exhibit.

Raptor Roost
Near the barnyard and hilltop.

Hexagonal Tables
Across from the playground next to the Rolling Hill Stage.

Animal Encounter

A visit from education animal is a special treat for your guests. A Zoo staff member will bring an animal to your area for 10-15 minutes. Available animals include skink, snake, rabbit, frog or toad, tortoise, and chuckwalla.

Train Ride

All birthday parties include a scheduled train ride! Your guests will have the opportunity to experience the Zoo from a new perspective. The train ride is 15-20 minutes long and will take the group behind the scenes to areas that are generally closed to the public.

Giraffe Feeding

The birthday child and their guests get up close and personal with the tallest residents of the Zoo! Hand feeding Masai giraffes will make it the birthday party of a lifetime, and you’ll be the coolest parent in town. This is a deluxe package exclusive.

Rock Climbing

Do you have an adventurous birthday kid? Check out the climbing experience at the Zoo! Climb for Condors on a 26’ rock wall, and learn what it takes to save an endangered species. This is a deluxe package exclusive.

Party Tableware

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.

Character Appearance

Sunny the lion or Duncan the dinosaur can make a special guest appearance at your party! Animal mascots will come to celebrate with you and your guests for 15-20 minutes. Be sure to have your camera ready!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make a birthday party reservation?

Make your birthday reservation online.

Email a Birthday Party Coordinator for a reservation form

Call (805) 962-5339, ext. 161.

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.

When are my final balance and guest count due?

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.

If we and/or our guests are SB Zoo Members, do I still have to pay the package price?

Our Birthday Party package offers a lot more than admission! The package price 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.

Can we bring our own food?

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. 161.

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 to (805) 730-9250.

What are the cancellation policies?

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.

What should I expect when I arrive?

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 at your reserved site no earlier than 1:15 p.m. to set up.

How will I get all of my party supplies to the birthday site?

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

Can we bring decorations?

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.

Can we bring entertainment?

We do not allow any outside entertainment (magicians, face painters, etc.). If you would like to have face painters at your party, please contact a Birthday Party Coordinator by phone (805) 962-5339, ext 161 or email.

  • 5 star ratingMy Daughter's 5th Birthday Party at the Zoo! What an amazing experience to have the opportunity to host my daughters Birthday at the Santa Barbara Zoo! We are so lucky to have the Zoo in our backyard and the opportunity to have our friends and family gather together to celebrate a Birthday together while experiencing all the Zoo has to offer! Tanner and his team were extremely helpful and accommodating to help create the perfect day!


    5 star ratingBirthday party was a success! We have done a party at the zoo for the last 2 years for my daughter's birthday (her 2nd and 3rd birthdays) and the zoo has been a GREAT location! She loved the giraffe feeding and the train ride and it was so easy for me as Tanner the Zoo Coordinator did most of the work and checked in throughout the party to make sure everything was going as planned. I would highly recommend booking a party at the zoo!

  • 5 star rating1st Birthday Party Blast! We hosted my sons 1st birthday at the Santa Barbara zoo and I highly recommend it to all families. The entire experience was very well organized and helpful. They took care of the set up and clean up (which we can all agree is the most grueling part). They provided catering and modifications once my party arrived. Tanner and Sam were my event staff party hosts and they made sure we had what we needed at all times. The kids had plenty to do and parents had a nice shaded area to relax.


    5 star ratingBest Place For A First Birthday! I had my baby’s first birthday Party here and it was the best experience ever! The memories made with my friends and family was priceless! A huge thank you to Tanner the party coordinator who went above and beyond to ensure that my daughter had her bear (Tiny) at the party! Seeing her face light up when she saw him was everything! They set up for me, there was no hassle, and everyone stayed on schedule with the activities! I couldn’t be more happier this was the best birthday party ever for sure thanks to this team!

  • 5 star ratingZoo for All What an incredible Institution. Friendly staff, immaculate facility, outreach programs and and pro active hands on participation. What more can you ask for. Beautiful grounds full of blooming flowers and helpful staff. Rental facilities available to celebrate birthdays. I saw more smiling faces in one afternoon than I've seen in a long time.
    Do yourself a favor and borrow a grandchild so you can fit into this wonderful treat.


    5 star ratingLeisurely Zoo This is a great zoo for younger kids. The location makes it very pleasant and you feel a cool breeze from the ocean all the time. It's a small zoo and you can complete it in 2 hours. It's pretty and has a few shows that you can sit down and enjoy with the kids. If you want a quick tour of all the animals, it can be done by the train. The zoo also offers picnic areas for birthday parties and it has some good birthday packages. We went for my son's 3rd birthday and he had a lot of fun. It was just the right amount of walking for his little feet.

  • 5 star ratingSanta Barbara Zoo Nice quaint packed with lots of beauty! Overlooking the ocean This Zoo is big enough to tire the small ones out, yet doesnt take the whole day to explore. Celebrating a Birthday? Wedding? or family BBQ? You can rent part of the zoo for your private celebrations.


    5 star ratingGreat Birthday Party Location We had our son’s 4th birthday party at the Santa Barbara Zoo and has an amazing time! Tanner, Gabriel, and Taylor took such great care of us. Gabriel’s help and check-ins made the experience completely seem less and stress free. The kids fed the giraffes, went rock climbing, and pet a tortoise then got to spend the afternoon running around the zoo. Definitely a wow factor birthday party location. It was the perfect place to enjoy and celebrate the special day!