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Planning the ultimate birthday? Virginia Zoo Birthdays - Now for all ages!

Throw the picture-perfect celebration that combines a birthday bash with a trip to the Zoo!

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You bring the kids and the cake. Weíll supply the fun and activities (and an experienced party host to help with the wrangling). Thereís nothing more fun (or easy) than a birthday party at the Virginia Zoo. We know how to throw a party, and we do it right with a private party room, kid-friendly treats, gift bag and an up-close-and-personal special animal encounter.

Children and parents alike will have an unforgettable (and even educational) time, and the best part is: you donít have to clean up! Just remember: balloons, balls, straws, confetti and animals donít mix.

Itís a party in the Zoo that your child will remember forever.
We offer two kinds of birthday packages with plenty of opportunity to customize your own event. Each party is a 2-hour action-packed experience for up to 15 children ages 1-11 and their parents (30 people maximum).

Parties are held on Saturday and Sundays only, so they book up fast! Please reserve early. Party times are 10 a.m. to noon, 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. 1 to 3 p.m. or 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Parties cannot be extended past the end times; however, all party participants are welcome to spend more time in the Zoo on their own.

Pick a party package. Or design your own.
We have three amazing themed parties that have been designed around specific areas of the Zoo with special animal encounters or you can design your own party theme. Just let us know what your interest is and we will work with you!

  • Party Themes:

Barnyard Boogaloo
Hang out with us for barrels of fun down on the farm! Learn about different animals associated with farm life and meet some personally.

Rainforest Romp
Take a trip through the jungle. Animals here can be found everywhere from the forest floor up to the canopy. Meet some jungle friends and discover why they call this place home.

African Antics
Go on safari and learn how the animals adapt to the heat and meet some African natives.

Each party is available in 2 great packages:

  • Package #1
    Price: $250 for Members, $305 for Nonmembers (includes a 1-year family membership)

    Includes:
    Admission for all guests
    Party Host
    Birthday Zoo t-shirt for the guest of honor (which can be colored by children prior to the party)
    Animal encounter
    Guided tour of theme area in the Zoo Private party room
    3 large pizzas, 3 2-liter bottles of drinks
    Gift bags for children
    Special gift bag for birthday girl or boy

  • Package #2
    Price: $235 for Members, $290 for Non-members (includes a 1-year family membership)

    Includes:
    Admission for all Guests
    Party Host
    Birthday Zoo t-shirt for the guest of honor (which can be colored by children prior to the party)
    Animal encounter
    Guided tour of theme area in the Zoo
    Private party room
    2 bowls of snacks, 3 2-liter bottles of drinks
    Special gift bag for birthday girl or boy

  • Special Zoo Extras
    You can also customize your package with any of these extras:
    Tableware $30
    Make and Take Crafts Activity $35
    Goat Feeding (Barnyard Boogaloo only) $20
    Duck Pond Feeding $20
    Reptile Behind-the-Scenes Visit $25
    Nocturnal Behind-the-Scenes Visit $25
    Framed photograph with favorite encounter animal $10
    Unframed photograph with favorite encounter animal $7

Remember, we prefer advance registration of 4-weeks for custom parties!
No balloons, rubber balls, straws, confetti or ice cream cakes, please.

Make the party an all-nighter with our Overnight Sensations!
Howís this for a one-of-a-kind birthday experience? Spend a wild night of adventure at the Virginia Zoo! Partygoers will see the Zoo from a unique perspective: after the Zoo has closed.

Together with a Zoo Host and lots of interesting animals, learn about wildlife and conservation with up-close and personal encounters with the animal kingdom. This wild (but completely safe) all-night event includes games, crafts, live animal presentations, a night walk around the Zoo and behind-the-scenes tours the following morning. Of course, thereís time for cake and presents, and the Zoo provides a light breakfast in the morning.

$30 per person, minimum age is 6. 1 adult free with every 12 children.

Are you ready to join us?
Contact the Education Office at 757-441-2374, ext. 229
or email judy.totten@norfolk.gov.





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