Rosamond Gifford Zoo

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Rosamond Gifford Zoo Makes History - Asian Elephant Delivers Miracle Twins

Visitors will be able to see the elephant twins at the Helga Beck Asian Elephant Preserve Pachyderm Pavilion viewing windows daily from 11-11:30 a.m. and 2–2:30 p.m.

Birthday Parties

Birthday Parties


Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. | Noon | 2 p.m.

Members: $375
Up to 12 children (includes 2 adults accompanying
birthday child, plus 1 adult for each attending child)

Non-Members: $415
Up to 12 children (includes 2 adults accompanying
birthday child, plus 1 adult for each attending child)

12 guest minimum (including 2 adults). Must reserve two weeks in advance. Full payment due at booking. Additional package price is $32 per child. Max capacity is 15 children with 15 adults. Package does not include food/drinks for attending adults. Additional pizza and beverages for adults can be ordered in advance.


Your party includes:

  • Private party space for 1.5 hours
    • Choose from: Lobby Party Area, or for an additional fee the Banquet Room (if available) or Outdoor Gazebo (seasonal)
  • Sheet pizza with paper plates, forks and napkins
  • Bottled water and apple juice
  • Ice cream cups
  • Group craft

Guest may bring their own cake and/or store-bought treats. Please note: No balloons or piñatas allowed.

Download Birthday Party Information Flyer

Birthday Party FAQs

Our birthday package includes a private party space for 1 ½ hours, one sheet pizza (24 pieces), paper plates, forks, napkins, bottled water and apple juice, ice cream cups, group craft, a special gift for the birthday child, and zoo admission.  Food, drinks, and crafts provided are intended for the children only. 

Our birthday packages are suited for children turning 2 and older. If you would like to have a party for a child under 2, we offer catering services and beautiful banquet spaces to suit your needs. Please contact our sales and events team at (315) 435-8511 x8589 to discuss your options.

Yes, our birthday package includes zoo admission for up to 12 children (includes the birthday child) and one accompanying adult per child (a $177 value). You may pre-purchase additional adult zoo admission beyond the 1 adult per child at a discounted rate of $5 ahead of time if desired. Otherwise, additional adults may purchase zoo admission tickets at our ticket booth. Adult tickets are $9.

Our party packages are priced and designed for 12 children. Our party space can accommodate no more than 15 children, so if you need to add to your guest list, please contact us. There is an added charge of $32 per child for the Explorer Package, up to a maximum of 15.

If you would like a party with more than 15 guests, we offer catering services and beautiful banquet spaces to suit your needs. Please contact our sales and events team at (315) 435-8511 x8589 to discuss your options. Click here for more information about Catering at the Zoo.

No, we require payment in full at the time of booking, and your party must be booked at least two weeks in advance. We cannot book parties less than 2 weeks from the desired date.

Our parties are offered on Saturdays or Sundays at 10 a.m., Noon or 2 p.m. If you are interested in hosting a weekday party, please contact our sales and events team at (315) 435-8511 x8589 to check availability.

No. Our birthday party packages include zoo admission. Guests are welcome to tour the zoo on their own before or after the party. If you have your party in the 2 p.m. time slot, you will want to have your guests visit the zoo beforehand.

The Birthday Party Alcove is an open space off the main HoneyBee Café seating area that utilizes our café seating.

The pizza and ice cream provided with your package is for the children. Extra food can be ordered for adults from the HoneyBee Café (Order Ahead Here) the day of the party. Extra pizzas for the children can be ordered ahead of time.

We provide ice cream cups, either chocolate or vanilla, for the children only. You are welcome to bring cake, cupcakes, or store bought treats to celebrate.

No, an animal encounter is not included in the birthday party package. You can, however, add an encounter to your party for an additional charge of $75.

Animals featured are zookeeper's choice and will include one of our insects, snakes, reptiles, birds, or small mammals. Though you cannot specify which type of animal you would like, please let us know if your child has any fear of a particular animal so that we can be sure not to have that type of animal as your special guest.

  • When guests arrive at the zoo they may go directly to admission and check-in.
  • The zoo closes at 4:30pm everyday-If party is scheduled at 2:00pm, you and your guest are welcome to visit the zoo prior to the party.
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times while at the zoo.
  • Please ask your guest to arrive promptly as the parties must begin at the scheduled time.
  • Please no balloons or piñatas for the safety of the animals and guests, Thank you!
  • Your party provides admission for one adult per child attending the party. Additional adults are $9 each to cover zoo admission.  
  • If added to your party, animal demonstrations must be performed at the scheduled time. Please ensure your guest will be in the party area at the designated time so that everyone will have a chance to enjoy this amazing opportunity.

Please note:

Birthday parties are non-refundable and non-transferable. Our party space is indoors, with that said, parties take place rain, shine or snow; refunds cannot be provided in the event of inclement weather unless the zoo has been closed by order of Onondaga County administration.

If you have any questions, please contact our Event Coordinator at (315) 435-8511 x8589 and they will be happy to assist you!

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