Birthday Parties

Let the Hutchinson Zoo help host your child’s birthday party! We have two birthday packages to chose from when planning your child’s party:

 Basic Party Package

  • $60 for nonmembers, $40 for members
  • Includes: 
    • 2 hour rental of the Education Building
    • 20 train tickets (train runs on a seasonal, weather-dependent basis)
    • Pail of fish food (Pail should be picked up and returned to the gift shop)

Deluxe Party Package

  • $75 for nonmembers, $50 for members
  • Includes:
    •  all features of Basic Party Package
    • 10 to 15 minute educational Keeper Chat


Party reservations must be made at least 2 weeks in advance and payment is due at the time of making the reservation. This is done to ensure date, time, and room are available and no one else can reserve them. View the full list of birthday party rental rules.

For party questions or booking email Hannah

Additional Details

Animal Encounter Choice

Due to Covid-19 The Hutchinson Zoo is offering Keeper Chats in place of animal encounters. The animal used for the chat is selected by Educator or Zookeeper based on weather and party size. 

Fish Food

The Fish food is for feeding the koi at the pond near the Biomes Building. Fish food may not be fed to the Mini Farm animals, the Education Aquarium, or thrown in the small pond by the gift shop. The fish food pail must be brought back to the gift shop prior to leaving the zoo.

Prairie Thunder Railroad

The Prairie Thunder Railroad is run on a volunteer basis. The zoo staff will do everything they can to ensure a volunteer is able to drive the train; however, it is not guaranteed. If the train is not operating due to weather, no volunteer, or any other reason, the tickets will still need to be picked up. These tickets can be used at a later date, so feel free to give them to guests as party favors.