Birthday Parties

                   

Spend your special day at the zoo!

Birthday party packages include:
45 minutes with the Zoo's animal ambassadors and our party host
45 minutes in a private room for cake/food, drinks and opening presents

Adopt-A-Critter plush package for the birthday child
Zoo Admission for the numbers listed in your package

*Optional:
You can add on pizza and beverage service when booking
30 minute self-guided Zoo Scavenger hunt sticker activity for each party child over 3
The scavenger hunt is a self-guided activity. You can choose to do this scavenger hunt activity before or after the program (check Zoo hours) or you can just give it out to each child at the end of the party.

Additional adults' entry fee can be paid at the admissions window.

Parties are currently available for children ages 3 to 12. Parties run year-round on most Saturdays and Sundays from (A) 12:00 - 1:30 pm, (B) 2:30 - 4:00 pm, and (C - available May - August) 5:00 - 6:30 pm. We offer two party packages: Basic and Plus - see the details below. In the event you want more children (up to a maximum of 30), you must contact the Saskatoon Zoo Society directly.

Please note that attendees must wear a mask during the animal part of the program.

See the Frequently Asked Questions below for more details and information

When you're ready, click "Book Your Party Now"
. You will be brought to a different booking website to select your date. We post available dates 3 months in advance - if you're date isn't yet posted, check back again or give us a call at 306-975-3395.

         

 

Basic Package

$250 + PST

Party for 4 adults and up to 10 children (including birthday child)

Plus Package

$275+PST

Party for 6 adults and up to 15 children
(including birthday child)

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the birthday party program held?

All parties will be held at the Affinity Learning Centre.

This is located inside the Forestry Farm Park & Zoo – come to the Zoo parking lot. The ALC is right next to the Zoo entrance and the Administration building.  The Affinity Learning Centre is clearly labeled.

I am having a family birthday party and would like to bring in more adults than children. Is this allowable?

Zoo Admission is included for the exact number limit on the party packages. We can not go over the child limit. However, if you are bringing additional adults, they will have to pay their own Zoo fees at the Admissions window upon Zoo entry. Zoo admission rates in effect from April 1st to October 31st of each year (subject to change). 

Can we arrive early for set-up?

The door is always locked to the Affinity Learning Centre. A Saskatoon Zoo Society staff member will be waiting for your group 15 minutes prior to your program to allow you access to the room and set-up your presents, etc.

We are not able to provide earlier access to the room due to our busy schedule. This will not give much time for an elaborate set-up, so we don’t recommend bringing additional decorations. Remember – the room is already decorated with a birthday banner and personalized for your child.

If there are additional decorations, they should be very minimal (remember – no balloons, glitter, or confetti and nothing can be put up on the walls or hung up anywhere).

Can we bring in decorations?

The Saskatoon Zoo Society will have a Happy Birthday banner in the cake room. 

We do not recommend bringing any additional decorations – there is very little time for set-up, you cannot hang things on the wall, and for the safety of our animals, balloons, glitter and confetti are not allowed.

How long do we have in the private room area?

You will have approximately 45 minutes of private room rental to have cake, food &/or beverages, play a game and/or open presents (as applicable).

Can we order in food other than cake to eat during our program?

You can order pizza directly through your party package to have food served during your party program. No other outside food is allowed in the party room (with the exception of cake/cupcakes).

You are welcome to bring outside drinks (non-alcoholic) or can choose to add our beverage service (coffee & juice).

Other food options:

  • Order from the Buckeye Café and eat at the concession before or after your program. Buckeye is open seasonally (April 1st to October 31st each year)- you can pre-order food by calling 306-649-8001. Please note: Buckeye Cafe will be closed after September 30th of this year (2022) for exterior renovations . Buckeye serves hot food (burgers, hot-dogs, etc.), snacks (popcorn, chips), hot and cold drinks, and frozen treats (ice-cream, slushies).
  • Hold a barbecue or a picnic in the park. There are campfire pits and picnic areas in the Forestry Farm Park. These spots are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Do you offer birthday parties for children under age 3?

For safety of both the children and our animals, we do not offer programs for children younger than 3. 

Do you offer birthday parties for children over age 12?

This is a possibility. The regular birthday program is designed to be engaging for younger children.

Please call us (306-975-3395) during office hours to inquire what we could arrange for older children, teens, or even adult birthday parties.  

Do we have to clean up the room after the program?

We ask that you assist with putting items into recycling receptacles and garbage in the garbage bins. Also, please wipe up any spills that may occur while you are in the room. Our staff will wipe down the tables and do a more thorough clean when you leave. 

What’s an Adopt-A-Critter?

The birthday child will receive an Adopt-A-Critter package. This is a symbolic adoption for the species of their choice. It comes with a plush animal, as well as information on the species, a magnet and a certificate.

You can select from any of the species currently available in our Adopt-A-Critter store –https://saskatoonzoosociety.ca/shop/

Do all parents have to stay for the Birthday Program?

We request that a minimum of two adults stay for the program to supervise the children (especially when working with the animals). Remember your party includes either 4 or 6 adults. Additional adults are subject to Zoo admission fees.

If I have less adults, can I add more children?

No, our numbers are the maximum that you can have for the safety of our animals and to ensure we have adequate supplies for the party.

What if additional parents/kids wish to stay instead of just dropping off their children to the party?

If the additional parents are not part of your total party package adult/kid count, then they will not be able to take part in the birthday party program with the animals. They are welcome to stay in the private room area while the participants and the allowed adult numbers move to the animal room.

We ask that you strictly adhere to our child numbers (exception: if a parent has a child under 3 with them, they are welcome to stay in the private room)

Additional parents and children are welcome to tour the zoo or park on their own while you do the Birthday Party program.  They can pay facility admission if visiting the zoo (during regular operating hours) and then rejoin your group.

In lieu of gifts, can we collect donations for the Saskatoon Zoo Society’s environmental education programs?

Certainly! Please inform our staff of your intention or make a note when you book your party. We can issue you a charitable receipt for donations (over $20) after your program. 

Some of my guests have limited mobility. Does your facility accommodate this?

Yes, the Affinity Learning Centre is wheelchair accessible and all on one level. Please enter any information you think we should know at the time of booking to ensure we are aware of any special needs that you believe will require extra consideration from our staff. 

Is parking included in the birthday party package?

No, parking is not included. There is a $4.00 charge (2022 rate, subject to change) per vehicle charged when entering the park from May to the September long weekend.

For anyone dropping off their children and then exiting the facility, they can provide the birthday party child’s first and last name and they will be able to enter and then leave the premises without a charge. They must say the child’s name again upon return to pick up their child. 

Do we get a discount if we have a season’s pass?

There is not a discount for season pass holders.  The season’s pass is operated by the City of Saskatoon and not the Saskatoon Zoo Society.

What if the weather is bad on the day we’re booked?

The Birthday Party program is completely indoors, so weather will not affect our ability to host your birthday.  

Please travel safely – if you are running late due to weather/road conditions, please contact us at 306-975-3395 and leave a message in case our party host is busy. We’ll do our best to adjust.

What is your cancellation policy?

There is a non-refundable charge of $50 for each cancelled Birthday Party.

Birthday Parties cancelled with less than 10 days notice are NON-REFUNDABLE, but re-scheduling options may be available. If cancelled with more than 10 days notice, your fee will be refunded less $50. 


In the event the Saskatoon Zoo Society has to cancel your BIrthday Party (only under extreme circumstances), your fee will be fully refunded. 

If you do need to cancel your Birthday Party, please contact info@saskatoonzoosociety.ca or phone 306-975-3395.

Are gift bags available for purchase with the birthday party package?

No, but we do provide a scavenger hunt sticker book for each child.

What should we know about bringing our own cake and/or beverages?

FOOD:

The Saskatoon Zoo Society has a standard fridge on-site that can be used for cake or cupcakes. The freezer space is small. Please inform your guide that you wish to use the fridge as you enter for the party. We have plates, cutlery and cups available for your use. No other outside food is allowed.

If you order food with your Birthday Party Package through the Saskatoon Zoo Society, plates, cutlery and cups will be provided for you.

DRINKS:

You are welcome to use our coffee maker (has filters) to make coffee for your adults. You must supply the coffee grounds, sugar and creamer for your guests. No Alcohol is allowed at the zoo.

You are welcome to bring beverages (e.g. juice boxes, cans of pop) or to use our juice jug (bring your own powdered drink crystals). There are recycling bins in the room. There is also a sink for tap water in the room if participants bring water bottles.

If you add beverage service to your Birthday Party package, coffee and cream/sugar will be prepared and provided, as will juice and cups.

Can we choose which animals our child gets to visit with during the program?

You can make special requests but we cannot guarantee which animal will be present. Our animals are selected each day based on their overall health and the amount of time they have already been out in any given week. For these reasons, we reserve the right to choose which animals come out for the party.

COVID – Are Masks are Required?

Masks are required during the animal ambassador portion of your program. This is because we have some animals that are susceptible to COVID and we want to do our best to protect them. If you are not wearing a mask you will not be able to participate in the animal part of the program – please ensure your guests are aware of this in advance. Masks are not required while touring the zoo.

How do I know if my date is available on the Book Now site?

We use an online booking platform called Active. You can click “Book my Party Now” to be taken to the site and see if your dates are available.

Birthdays are available year-round.

We post birthday dates on Active about three months before.

If your date is more than three months away, please come back at a later time to book.

If your date is within three months and shown as “Wait List Only” this means someone has already booked that date. You can sign up for the wait list if you would like AND or choose another date close to your preferred date. You can sign up for as many waitlists as you want.

If your date is within three months but not available on the calendar, this means birthday bookings aren’t available that day (other programs are using our classroom/party spaces, or staff holidays). Please choose another date close to your preferred date.

Please call if you have any issues 306-975-3395. We are available Monday to Friday from 9-4

What is the Scavenger Hunt Sticker Activity Add-on?

The activity is a “Zoo-Venture” Sticker and Activity booklet.

It is designed to have some fun while exploring the zoo. It should take about 30-40 minutes and will take you to many areas of the zoo. You can do this activity either BEFORE or AFTER your Birthday Party program with the Saskatoon Zoo Society. NOTE: The Zoo closes at 4:00 p.m. from the day after Labour Day until April 30th. During these months you only have the choice of BEFORE your program IF you select the 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. birthday party time slot.

You will receive detailed instructions and all of the supplies. Basically, each child receives a sticker booklet and the adult gets the corresponding stickers and instructions. The booklet has eight mystery animals – there are riddles that will lead you to their different animal enclosures (e.g. We’re on the prowl, this animal likes to howl). Have the children guess and then go to that enclosure. If they’re correct, the adult gives each child the corresponding animal sticker (e.g. wolf) and helps them apply it to their booklets.

There are other fun facts, games and puzzles in the booklet and it will provide a keepsake for each child from the party if you wish to purchase this add-on. 

What can I expect? What happens at the party program?

Your Birthday at the Zoo Program

  • Your birthday party program is booked for 1.5 hours. (either: (A) 12:00 – 1:30 pm, (B) 2:30 – 4:00 pm, or (C) 5:00 – 6:30 pm).
  • The party host will be ready for you at the ALC 15 minutes before your program.
  • In your 1.5 hours, you’ll:
    • be greeted and welcomed to the ALC by the Party Host and shown to your party room where everyone can leave their jackets, presents, etc. 
    • be brought to the animal classroom. There you’ll have an approx. 45 minute program hosted by our SZS interpreter and get to meet and learn about several of our live, animal ambassadors.
    • then, you’ll go back to your private party room and have approximately 45 minutes for your own party program (games, opening gifts, eating cake, etc). If you have ordered food service, it will be served during this time. 
    • at the end of your time, your party host will help you tidy up the room, then you can gather your things and either head home or head into the zoo. 
  • You will receive an Adopt-A-Critter birthday gift package for the animal you’ve chosen for the birthday child. 
  • You will receive the Scavenger Hunt Sticker activity for each child birthday attendee. This is designed to complement your birthday program and provide an activity while touring the outdoor zoo exhibits, but can also be sent home with the children.
  • If you are visiting the zoo before the program, go to the admissions window when you arrive to receive your Scavenger Hunt Sticker activity package and be allowed in to the zoo. Note: If your birthday party is during a time when the Zoo admission window is closed (Nov.1- Mar.31), we will have another arrangement for picking up your Scavenger Hunt Sticker activity. Please call us at 306-975-3395 to see where and how you can pick up this package.
  • If you’re visiting the zoo after your program, the Party Host will give you the Scavenger Hunt Sticker activity and let you into the zoo. Reminder Zoo hours are 10am to 4pm from the day after the Labour Day long weekend until March 31st. Later hours are in effect from May 1st to the Labour Day long weekend. Please make sure you have checked this with your scheduled date.

What’s an Animal Ambassador? What Animals will we meet?

Animal Ambassadors are our socialized animals that participate in classroom and public interpretation programming. They are used to being handled and can be brought in to the classroom from their enclosures. These are the animals that you can meet in your programs.

Examples of our animal ambassadors include a ferret, hedgehog, porcupine, salamander, corn snake, royal/ball python, schneider’s skink, blue-tongued skink, hognose snake, garter snake, and a sand boa. New animals are added as they become socialized.

You can see and visit the larger animals while touring the zoo before or after the program. The exhibit animals (wolf, bears, dingoes, snow leopard), are not animal ambassadors involved directly in classroom programming.

I want to invite my child’s whole class. Is this possible?

Any parties over 15 children (to a maximum of 30) may be allowed IF the Saskatoon Zoo Society has another interpreter available. You need to contact the Saskatoon Zoo Society directly in this case. Please email us at info@saskatoonzoosociety.ca or call us at 306-975-3395 to see if this is possible.