The Staten Island Zoo is the perfect place to have a roaring good time for your child’s next birthday party!

A party at the zoo is a one of a kind experience that includes meeting animals up close, riding the carousel, and having a pizza party.


Birthday parties at the Zoo are two hours and can be reserved at 11am or 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

A zoo instructor will lead your party from beginning to end! The instructor will lead a craft, present “touchable” animals to the group, take everyone for a ride on the carousel and help serve pizza and juice.

Birthday cake or cupcakes are not provided by the zoo. You must supply your own cake or cupcakes.

The maximum party capacity is 40


32 invitations

Zoo Instructor / Animal Handler for the length of the party

2 hours in the decorated party room

Animal themed paper goods

Animal mask craft for all the children

Conservation Carousel ride

Pizza and juice boxes for 20 children
(additional pizza can be requested at additional cost when you register)


$600.00 for Zoo Members

$650.00 for Non-Members


For more details and to register for your party, click below. Please note that you must be logged into your member account to receive your member discount. Discounts will be applied at checkout. 

Birthday Party Frequently Asked Questions

When do birthday parties take place?

Birthday parties are held year-round on Saturdays and Sundays. We have two different time slots, 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm


How far in advance do I have to schedule a party?

You have to schedule your party no less than three weeks before.


Can I bring my own decorations?

Yes, although balloons are not permitted in the Zoo. Balloons are a hazard to our animals and the environment. You can bring other decorations but you will only have 15 minutes before your party to set up.


What happens if it rains?

The party will still go on unless the Zoo is closed for severe inclement weather meaning State of Emergency.


What is the maximum number of people?

The maximum number of people is 40. It does not have to be 20 children and 20 adults.


What if we have more than 40 people?

The spaces comfortably fit 40 people and more than this will be too crowded. If it is too crowded, the instructor will not be able to show animals. You will be charged $10 for each person over the amount of 40.


How much earlier can we arrive?

You can arrive no more than 15 minutes before the start of your party to the party area.


What is included with the party?

Five cheese pizzas from a local pizzeria, 24 juice boxes, 32 invitations, plates, napkins, forks.

You may bring nonalcoholic beverages for the adults.  You can bring a cooler filled with nonalcoholic beverages with ice. You will need to bring your own cups.


Can I bring my own food?

You can bring snacks, (chips, candy, fruit/vegetable platter), nonalcoholic beverages. You can bring a cooler filled with ice and non-alcoholic beverages. Please note that you will need to bring your own cups. Additionally, you have the option to order extra cheese or pepperoni pies for $17 and $22 respectively.


Can I wait until people RSVP to order pizza?


Yes, you can contact the Zoo up until the Wednesday before your party to order extra pizza.


When is payment due?


We require a $100 non-refundable deposit when scheduling and payment is due three weeks in advance.


What is the cancellation policy?


The $100 deposit in nonrefundable.


Can I bring my own cake?


Yes, we do not provide a cake for the party.


Do you have a refrigerator or freezer for the cake?


No, we do not have a refrigerator or freezer for the cake. Please do not bring an ice cream cake.


Can I choose which animals are presented


The animals are chosen by the instructor the morning of your party based on availability. You can make a request for animals not to be shown if you have a fear or allergy.


What animals are available to be presented?


We have snakes, lizards, turtles, a chinchilla and an armadillo.


What is the itinerary of the party?


Your party comes with an instructor who will do a craft with the children, then present three different animals, everyone in your party gets a ride on the carousel and then return to the party area where you will eat pizza and have cake.