Let the Hutchinson Zoo help host your child’s birthday party! We have two birthday packages to chose from when planning your party:
Basic Party Package
$60 for nonmembers, $40 for members
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)
30 minutes for set up and 30 minutes for cleanup
Deluxe Party Package
$75 for nonmembers, $50 for members
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. Your party cannot be held without a deposit.
You can place a reservation request online. Your request is not guaranteed until confirmed by a staff member.
Due to our end-of-year event schedule Birthday Parties close for the year on October 28th.
Animal Encounter Choice
We a limiting selections of animals for birthday parties at this time. Please feel free to make an animal request; we reserve the right to use a different animal if the need arises.
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 geese on grounds, 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 runs 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 do not expire, so feel free to give them to guests as party favors.