Birthday Parties

Birthday Party Rental Package

Celebrate your child's birthday with the Hutchinson Zoo! Book a birthday party with us for a day you won't forget.

  • $60 for nonmembers, $40 for members
  • 2-hour room rental (Education/Event Center)
    • 30 minutes for setup and 30 minutes for cleanup
  • 10 fish food tickets
  • 20 tickets for the Prairie Thunder Railroad (train runs on a seasonal, weather-dependent basis but tickets never expire)

Birthday Party Add-ons:

These add-ons are additional experiences you can bundle with your birthday party for a discounted rate! These will be charged to your account after booking.

  • $10 Animal Painting: Get a small painting made by one of our exhibit animals.
  • $15 Animal Encounter: Meet one of our education animals up close. Animal will be brought to our event center to meet your party guests.
  • $25 Private Mini-farm Feeding: Have the mini-farm open for party guests to feed our farm animals!
  • $40 Private Animal Encounters:These are available for one group of 5 people and can be done during or after birthday parties. This experience include a one-on-one with the animal and their keeper.
    • All participants must be 5 years old or older. All children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
    • Animal Encounters are based upon keeper availability that day however possible encounters include: herps, pelicans, otters, beavers, and bison.


Party reservations must be made at least 2 weeks in advance and payment is due at the time of making the reservation. Add-on activity payment is due before the date of the party.

Birthday party rentals are not available weekdays in June-July (due to summer camps) and all of October-December (due to our end-of-year events). Instead consider a birthday outreach visit where we can bring the zoo to you!

Book your party here!

Zoo Birthday Party

Please see below for our off-grounds birthday party options!

Outreach Party

Outreach Package

Want to bring the zoo to you instead? Book a birthday party outreach visit with us for a day you won't forget! Birthday party outreaches are available year-round.

Our birthday party outreach package includes:

  • 2 live animal ambassadors
  • 30-45 minute program with zoo staff
  • Touch opportunities with Animal Ambassadors (species dependent)
  • Skulls and pelts relating to the program

Outreach Party Pricing:

  • Up to 30 individuals: $50
  • 31-60 individuals:  $75
  • 61-99 individuals: $100
  • Travel Fees
    • Reno County: no additional cost
    • Rice, McPherson, Harvey, Sedgwick, Kingman, Pratt, and Stafford Counties: $30 travel fee
    • Other Counties: call for pricing
  • Party Extra: animal artwork, $10 per painting
    • With this add on, zoo staff will bring a piece of animal artwork for the birthday child! This is a great way to remember the fun animals that came to celebrate their special day!


Party reservations must be made at least 2 weeks in advance and payment is due at the time of making the reservation. 

For outreach questions email Sierra.

Book your birthday party outreach here!

Additional Details

Animal Encounter Choice

We are limiting the selection 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. Request options include mammal or reptile.

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 geese on grounds, or thrown in the small pond by the gift shop. 

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.

Kids on Train