Kids of all ages love animals. A zoo based birthday party is a great idea for a spring or fall day.
Many zoos offer birthday party packages that include admission to the park, a designated party room with tables, chairs and (often) zoo-themed decorations along with snacks and lunch.
Some facilities have a zoo ambassador on staff to guide children through the exhibits and keep the party on schedule. Pricing will vary by zoo, but parents can expect to pay $10 to $20 per child.
More complex packages typically go by the hour and can reach $600 per hour for a group of 20 (no including admission).
Zoo packages vary, but most include pizza, juice, animal crackers and ice cream. For those of you who are going the D.I.Y. approach and are only renting a room at the zoo, consider a cake shaped like your child's favorite animal. Other munchies could include a variety of sandwiches cut into animal shapes using cookie cutters. This is a great opportunity to serve the kids some fruits and vegetables. After all, many of their favorite animals at the zoo will also be eating cut up melon, apples, bananas, celery, etc.
For an additional charge some zoos will provide a zookeeper who will come into the room with an animal a special. A brief background of the animal will be shared and, depending on the animal, guests will be allowed to pet it.
Make bingo cards using face of common zoo animals. Provide each of the kids with a card and a marker and crayon. As you walk through the zoo, point out the different animals and the first child to yell BINGO wins.
Give each of your guests a paper plate and offer an assortment of crayons, markers, glitter, construction paper and glue. Tell them each to make mask of their favorite animal.
When each child is finished, have an adult cut eye holes in the mask. Use a hole punch to make a hole on each side of the plate and thread and tie string through each so the child can wear the mask.