Rosamond Gifford Zoo

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Notice: The Zoo Will Close at 1 p.m. on Friday, August 2 to Prepare for Brew at the Zoo. Admission will end at noon.

Birthday Parties

Birthday Party Member Promo Pic


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

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.

Enjoy these Special Features when you have a Birthday during Dragons Reign!

-  Exclusive Limited Time Dragon plush gift for Birthday child valued at $29.99

-  Special Dragon Craft

-  Apple Juice and Dragon Punch

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, 3 16” round pizzas, cut into 8 slices each (standard: 2 cheese & 1 pepperoni; can add extra pizza for $25 each), paper plates, forks, napkins, water station and individual apple juice cartons (same product sold in Cafe), individual ice cream portion scooped by our Birthday Party Host from a 3-gallon tub & served in an eco-friendly World Centric paper cup—choice of vanilla or chocolate, 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. Because of our dedication to the health and safety of our animals, encounters for birthday parties are no longer available.

  • 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.  

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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