Birthday Parties at Sunset Zoo

Zoorific Party Packages

For Children Turning 2 Years & Up

A year of adventure begins with a Sunset Zoo birthday party. You bring the guests and the presents and let Sunset Zoo do the rest. Parties are for two age levels: children turning 2 to 4 years old or children turning 5 years and up. Please specify age level when booking your party.

Want to host a birthday party but not interested in a Zoorific party package?
Book a Zoo event facility.

What's Included

Your host leads 30 party guests through a fun and educational animal-themed birthday party. Your party lasts 2 hours and includes:

  • Enrichment Activity for Zoo Animals - enrichment keeps Zoo animals active and healthy; birthday party guests will create enrichment for a Zoo resident and deliver to the animal's keeper. Animal choices (limit 1): chimpanzees, hyenas, maned wolf, otters, gibbons, Amur leopard or cheetah.
  • Live Animal Encounters with the Zoo's educational animal ambassadors
  • Interactive Zoo Training Experience with one of the Zoo's education animal ambassadors 
  • Mini Guided Zoo Tour to a favorite Zoo animal
  • 30 Hy-Vee Cupcakes - cake flavors (choose 1): white, chocolate, carrot, lemon, strawberry or red velvet. All cakes come with buttercream frosting.
  • Party Supplies and Decor - up to 30 invitations, Zoo-themed decorations and punch. Parties do not include favors or goody bags for guests.


$195 includes admission and party package for 30 guests (adults and/or children). $15 off for Friends of Sunset Zoo members. Additional guests are $3 each; maximum capacity is 36 people per party.

Availability & Reservations

Birthday parties are available year-round and based out of the Zoo's Nature Exploration Center (an indoor venue). Parties are scheduled from 10:00am - Noon or 1:30 - 3:30pm. Two week advance notice is required to schedule, dependent on availability. Advance payment is required to reserve a party date; this advance payment is a non-refundable deposit.

To inquire about a date,

contact Courtney Dehn by emailing
or call 785-587-2737.

Overnight Zoorific Birthday Party

Celebrate your a special birthday with a Slumber Zzzoofari Party, an overnight adventure in the wild of Sunset Zoo.

Behind the Scenes Encounters

Interested in options for a smaller group?  Are you looking for a more personalized experience to celebrate your a special birthday?  Check out Sunset Zoo's Behind the Scenes Encounters for your birthday party celebration.