Making a Reservation
- A minimum of 3 weeks notice is required.
- To book your party, please call (402) 738-2005.
What You Need To Know
- Birthday child must be turning a minimum of 4 years old.
- Birthday parties can be scheduled up to six months in advance.
- A non-refundable $50 deposit is due when the party is booked.
- The signed contract and a payment of $200 are due two weeks after making your reservation.
The minimum base payment of $250 and contract are due no later than
three weeks prior to the date of the party to keep your reservation.
- The MAXIMUM number of people for a birthday party is 25 (children and adults).
Close Encounters! - Guests are sure to enjoy an up close
encounter with one of Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium's own residents! We
provide all of your basic party needs plus an animal visit! Cost is
$250.00 for 12 people ($16.50 for each additional child or adult). The
birthday child and two adults are free and do not count toward the
- 10 - 11:30 a.m. (Monday - Saturday only)
- 1 - 2:30 p.m. (Monday - Sunday)
- 3 - 4:30 p.m. (Monday - Sunday)
- 1 1/2 hour room rental
- Dedicated party host
- Fun craft and animal tattoos (washable)
- Animal-themed activity
- Animal visit
- Bio-fact information (animal facts with furs)
- Birthday cake, ice cream and orange beverage
- Group photo
- Plus: Members of the private party receive full admission to Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
Party Favor Bags: $4 each (includes one train ticket and age appropriate items such as stamps, stickers and pencils)
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I have a party for two children together?
We do allow combined parties for two children. Please note that all of
the same rules and features apply.
What kind of animal will you bring or can I
pick the animal?
The health and well being of the animals at our Zoo is extremely
important. Therefore, the Animal Ambassadors that we use for these types
of programs are on a schedule so that they do not become overused and
stressed. Because of this, guests are not allowed to choose the animal
and we can never guarantee that a specific animal will come to your
My child is not four or older. Can we still have a birthday party at the Zoo?
The Birthday Program is geared toward children ages 4 and up.
Unfortunately, we can not accommodate parties for younger children.
However, you may rent one of our facilities and purchase food and
beverage items through our TreeTops Catering Department. You may bring
in your own cake. Contact the Events Department for more details.
Can we rent the room for an extended length of time?
No, the Zoo schedules parties back to back with a brief time in between to prepare for the next party.
What is the Zoo's cancellation policy?
A written cancellation notice must be received by the Zoo at least
three weeks prior to the date of the scheduled event. The remainder
minus a $50.00 administration fee will be refunded. If notice is not
received within this time, the entire fee will not be refunded. If you
would like to reschedule, you must reschedule in one month to retain use
of the rental fee.
What if it rains or snows the day of my party?
The Zoo rarely closes due to inclement weather. If the Zoo is open, the
party will run as scheduled. There are no refunds or rescheduling due to
inclement weather. All activities are held indoors.
Some of my guests have Zoo memberships. Do I still have to pay extra for them if I go over the guest limit?
Birthday parties include Zoo admission and more. The fee covers the
cost of the program. Parents and siblings of your guests (member or
non-member) are more than welcome to enjoy the Zoo during the party free
of charge; however, everyone that is present for the duration of the
party is considered a guest.
When is my final balance and contract due?
The minimum base payment of $250 and contract are due no later
than three weeks prior to the date of the party to keep your
reservation. If the balance is not paid in full three weeks prior to
the party, the party will be cancelled.
When will I receive the invitations? What if I need more?
Invitations will be mailed out once we receive the minimum base
payment for the party. The base payment is due within two weeks after
selecting your date. We provide 12 invites; however, extras may be
purchased for $1 each.
When is my guest count due?
If the total number of people at your party will exceed
15 (including the birthday child, any adults and children), please
notify us no later than 1 week prior to your party.
Can I choose the cake?
All of our cakes come from Olsen Bake Shop. They are a 1/4 sheet in size
(1/2 sheet will be ordered for larger parties) and are available in
vanilla, marble or chocolate. The cake is decorated with an animal of
your choice, drawn with frosting and says, "Happy Birthday [child's name]".
What should I expect during the party?
You and your guests may get into the birthday facility 10 minutes prior
to your party. A birthday host will begin by giving each of the children
a washable animal tattoo and a craft to work on. Party guests will then
get to meet one of the Zoo’s very own residents. A Zookeeper will share
exciting information about an animal from our collection then follow up
with questions and answers. After the animal visit, guests are invited
to learn about animal biofacts and take a group photo. Next, guests will
participate in an animal-themed activity followed by cake, ice cream
and the opening of presents.
Can we store food or presents?
The Zoo does not provide any storage areas. We suggest bringing a
wagon to help you cart items between the Zoo and your vehicle.
Can I bring my own decorations?
Yes. However, we do not allow balloons, straws, confetti or pinatas for
the safety of the animals. Also, we ask that any decorations be hung
with removable tape only.
Can I bring food to the party?
outside food may not be brought to the party. However, if you would
like to have food provided during the party, you may place an order with
the Events Department to be prepared by our TreeTops Catering
Department. Please be aware that this may cut into the time allowed for
other party activities. If you do choose to order food, please notify
the Events Department at least two weeks before the party. You are also
welcome to take your guests to any of the concessions stands or the Tree
Tops Restaurant to eat before or after the party.
If you have any other questions, please call (402) 738-2005 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.