Birthday Parties

Spend your special day at the zoo!

Update: Due to COVID-19 restrictions on indoor facilities at the Zoo, we cannot predict when we will be able to resume birthday parties. We will post updates as soon as we know more. We look forward to returning to our birthday party programs as soon as it is safe to do so.

Spend your special day with a few of your friends and some of the Zoo’s animal ambassadors! Have fun playing a game or two and meeting two or three of the Zoo’s animals. Then, enjoy a space all to yourself for cake, drinks, and opening presents!

Birthday party packages include a one hour program by our staff, 30 minutes to enjoy a space all to yourself, an Adopt-a-Critter with a plush animal for the birthday child, and Zoo Admission!

Parties are currently available for children ages 3 to 12. Parties run on most Saturdays and Sundays from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. OR 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. except for on holidays and long weekends. You can choose to visit the Zoo before OR after your party time.

Please consult Zoo hours so you know when the Zoo is open.

Basic Package

235.00

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

Includes Zoo admission

Adopt-a-Critter package with plush animal for the birthday child

Basic+ Package

260.00

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

Includes Zoo admission

Adopt-a-Critter package with plush animal for the birthday child

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the birthday party program held?

All parties will be held at the Affinity Learning Centre which is located right next to the Zoo entrance. The building is clearly labelled on the front. 

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

Please contact the Saskatoon Zoo Society Monday to Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at 
306-975-3395 and we will evaluate exceptions on a case by case basis. 

What should we know about bringing cake and beverages?

The Saskatoon Zoo Society has a standard fridge on-site that can be used for cake and drinks. The freezer space is small. You are welcome to use the fridge for your cake and drinks. Please inform your guide that you wish to use the fridge as you enter. You are welcome to use our coffee maker (has filters) and the sugar provided if you’d like to make coffee for your adults. You must supply the coffee and creamer  for your guests. 
Acceptable drinks: non-alcoholic beverages 
Plates and cups: The Saskatoon Zoo Society will provide plates, cutlery and cups for your guests. Please place in the grey bus bin when you are finished. 

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. We are not able to provide early access to the room due to our busy schedule. 

Can we bring in decorations?

No, for the safety of our animals, decorations (Including balloons) are not allowed. The Saskatoon Zoo Society will put up a Happy Birthday banner in the cake room. 

How long do we have the room for cake and presents?

You will have 30 minutes to have cake, beverages and time for presents if applicable. 

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

No. The room time is only for cake and non-alcoholic beverages. No other outside food is available at this time as we need to stick to a time schedule for other programs. You are welcome to eat in the park or pre-order food from Buckeye Cafe (306-649-8001) and eat at the concession either before or after your program time. Note: Buckeye Cafe operates April 1st to October 31st each year. We will re-evaluate this request in the near future. 

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. Please call us (306-975-3395) to inquire what we could arrange for older children. 

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. 

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

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. 

Do we have to have all four parents stay for the Basic Program?

No, our numbers are the maximum allowed for the program. 

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 numbers we anticipate. 

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

If the additional parents/kids are not part of your total adult/kid count, then additional parents and children are welcome to pay facility admission (during regular operating hours) and tour the facility on their own during the program.  They are welcome to re-join the group after the program. 

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 and she will then issue you a receipt for the donation at the end of 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 $3.50 charge (subject to change) for all vehicles from May to the September long weekend. For anyone dropping off their children and then exiting the facility, they can provide the name of the birthday party child’s first and last name and they will be able to enter and then leave the premises. They must say the child’s name again upon return. 

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

The season’s pass is operated by the City of Saskatoon and not the Saskatoon Zoo Society and therefore we cannot offer discounts. 

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

The birthday party is completely indoors, so weather will not affect our ability to run the program. 

What is your cancellation policy?

There is a non-refundable charge of $25 for each cancelled program. Programs cancelled with less than 3 weeks notice are NON-REFUNDABLE. If cancelled with more than 3 weeks notice, your fee will be refunded less $25. 
In the event the Saskatoon Zoo Society has to cancel (only under extreme circumstances), your fee will be fully refunded. 

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

Not at this time, but we will re-evaluate this at a later date.