Choose from two party packages:
|Three-hour site rental|
|Admission to the Zoo|
|One VIP reserved parking spot|
|Parking for all your guests|
|Birthday party host|
|Scheduled train ride|
(unavailable through March 2019)
|Host-led educational activity|
|Three wild themes: Safari, Dinosaur, and Princess|
|Additional VIP reserved parking spot|
|Rock wall climbing|
Louie the Lemur, Sunny the Lion, or Penny the Penguin would love to visit your child’s birthday party!
Duncan or Lily will get up close to you and your party guests…make sure to bring your camera!
Tire out your little ones and add a bounce house to any birthday party!
Cost: $130 for three hours
Add a splash of color to your party with an expert face painter!
Cost: $100/hour (two-hour minimum)
Add goody bags to your birthday party to make it a WILD success! Call (805) 962-5339, ext. 161 to order.
Cost: Prices vary
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
Additional picnic tables: $25/each
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.
The Zoo Train is closed for maintenance through March 2019. The train ride will be replaced with giraffe feedings for all Basic Party packages.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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 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.
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.
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 at 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.