Birthday Parties

Birthday Parties

Birthday Parties

Have a wild birthday at the Zoo! A minimum of three weeks is required to book your party. Contact our Events Department at (402) 738-2088 or to make a reservation today.

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Choose Your Own Adventure

Available June 1 - Labor Day. Dip your hands in the shallow waters of Stingray Beach with cownose rays or experience the magical charm and nostalgia of Sue's Wildlife Carousel. When you're done with your excursion, venture over to Alaskan Adventure and play in the water with life-sized bronze sculptures of orcas, puffins, a humpback whale and more. *The Carousel Party Area is included in rental for cake cutting and gift opening.

Option 1: $400 (2 hours)

  • 5:30 - 6 p.m. at Stingray Beach or Sue's Wildlife Carousel
  • 6 - 7 p.m. at Alaskan Adventure
  • 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Carousel Party Area

Option 2: $350 (2 hours)

  • 5:30 - 6 p.m. at Carousel Picnic Pavilion
  • 6 - 7:30 p.m. at Alaskan Adventure

Option 3: $300 (1.5 hours)

  • 6 - 7:30 p.m. at Alaskan Adventure and Carousel Picnic Pavilion

Close Encounters Package

Available year-round. Guests will be sure to enjoy an up-close encounter with one of the Zoo's very own residents. We provide all of your basic party needs plus an animal visit! Cost is $300 for Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members and $325 for non-member. Cost covers 30 people. Each additional child or adult is $17.50.

Times Offered
  • 10 - 11:30 a.m.
  • 1 - 2:30 p.m.
  • 3:30 - 5 p.m.

Party Features

  • Admission tickets
  • 1 1/2 hour room rental
  • Dedicated party host
  • Fun craft and animal tattoos (washable)
  • Animal-themed activity
  • Animal visit
  • $10 in Doorly Dollars for the birthday child
  • Ice cream cup and juice box
  • Attendees of the private party receive full admission to the Zoo

Party Add-ons

  • $50 - 30 additional minutes in the party room

Food Add-ons

  • $3.50 each - Box of popcorn
  • $30 - 1/4 animal-themed sheet cake
  • $40 - 1/2 animal-themed sheet cake
  • $19.95 each - 16-inch single-topping pizza

Drink Add-ons

  • $2.25 each - Canned soda
  • $3.50 each - Bottled water

Attraction Add-ons

  • $2 each - Stingray Beach, Sue's Wildlife Carousel
  • $2 each - One-way train ride, one-way Skyfari ride, round-trip tram ride
  • $6 each - Round-trip train ride, round-trip Skyfari ride
  • $13 each - Wagon rental
  • $21.95 each - All-day rides pass

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 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 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 the day of my party?
If there is lightning or inclement weather the day of your party, you can reschedule based on availability. The decision to reschedule must be made the day of the party by 12:00pm.

When is my final balance and contract due?
A $50 non-refundable deposit is required upon booking. The signed contract and remaining payment are due two weeks after making your reservation. The minimum base payment and contract are due no later than three weeks prior to the date of the party to keep your reservation. If your party date is three weeks from the date of booking, full payment must be made to secure your reservation.

Are admission tickets included with this package?
No, this package takes place after Zoo hours, so your guests will not need admission tickets to enter the Zoo.

Which entrance do we use to enter the Zoo?
You and your guests will enter through our North Entrance. The event captain will meet you at the entrance and let you in.

When is my guest count due?
Your final guest count is due 2 weeks before the party.

What about the cake?
You are welcome to bring your own or we will order it for you. You have the option of either a 1/4 sheet or a 1/2 sheet. The flavors available are 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 may enter the Zoo 10 minutes prior to your party. There will be an event captain present for the duration of your event. Depending on the package, you will follow the itinerary according to the option you choose. The “Choose Your Own Adventure” and “Lozier Giant Screen Theater Gaming Package” do not include a birthday host. You will be responsible for any extra activities outside of what is listed in the package options.

Can we store food or presents?
The Zoo does not provide any storage areas. We suggest bringing or renting 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?
No outside food or beverages may not be brought to the party. However, if you would like to have food add-ons provided during the party, you may place an order with the Events Department to be prepared by our TreeTops Catering Department. Please notify the Events Department no later than 2 weeks before the party.

Lozier Giant Screen Theater Gaming Package

Birthday Packages

Lozier Giant Screen Theater Gaming Package

Experience a birthday of giant proportions. Featuring a 41-feet-tall by 75-feet-wide screen, a state-of-the-art surround sound system and digital projection in up to 4K high definition, your favorite games will never be this intense!

Cost: $300 (2 hours)

Party Features:

•  You provide your favorite gaming system and games. Any system will work. Some restrictions on games will apply.
•  Up to 40 guests can hang out in the comfort of the theater while taking their turn dominating the games
•  The price is the same regardless of day of week. Evening start times are flexible to best fit the celebration
•  Two hours not enough time? Add what you need for only $100 per hour
•  Food and beverage options can be added; talk to your event coordinator for more information