Yes, we are open Labor Day!

Utica Zoo is open on Labor Day from 10am to 4:45pm. (We only close on Thanksgiving and Christmas).

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Utica Zoo Birthday Parties


Celebrate your birthday at the wildest place in town!

We offer multiple Birthday Party packages and extras to fit your budget.



Available Party Packages:

Basic Parties

Zoofari Party


  • A dedicated party host
  • Use of the Auditorium for two hours
  • Admission to the Zoo for all party guests (a guest is considered 1 child + 1 adult)
  • A personal animal encounter with two education animals of your choice
  • A gift for the birthday child

Cost: $160 for up to 25 guests

* Available most Saturdays and Sundays (10-12 or 2-4)

For an additional fee, you can chose one of the following themes with fun party extras!

  • Farmyard Fun – $160 (Basic Party price) + $2.50/child

Basic Party Plus:

  • Decorations
  • Red Bandanas
  • Zoo cups with animal feed


  • Reptile Rampage – $160 + $2.00/child

Basic Party Plus:

  • Decorations
  • Snake masks
  • Reptile game with prizes


  • Wild Winter – $160 + $2.00/child

Basic Party plus:

  • Decorations
  • Winter themed craft
  • An animal track card and a guided tour


Deluxe Parties

Ultimate Zoofari Safari

Basic Party plus:

  • Use of the auditorium for three hours
  • Decorations & covers for the tables
  • A guided tour of African Alley
  • A safari hat & pass for each child
  • A personal animal encounter with three education animals of your choice

Cost: $225 for up to 25 guests

 * Available most Saturdays and Sundays (10-1 or 1-4)


Nocturnal Expedition

Basic Party plus:

  • Use of the auditorium for two and half hours
  • Decorations
  • A Nocturnal Adventure on North Trek Trail or Children’s Zoo & Playground

Cost: $250 for up to 25 guests

* Available most Fridays and Saturdays (5:30-8:00pm), April to October only!


The birthday child plus parents and siblings are free and not included in the guest count. One adult is free with every invited child. Extra adults over the allotted 25 guests will be charged the group rate of $4.25.


Wild Party Extras:

  • Additional hour in the Auditorium        $25.00
  • Guided Tour                                        $20.00
  • Additional animal for encounter           $15.00
  • Goody Bags                                         $4.00 each
    • Goody bags include a free child’s pass plus age appropriate zoo related toys.
  • Paper products may also be available (includes: cups, plates, napkins, and cutlery.) Contact the zoo for more information.

Please give us at least two weeks notice if you would like to include any extras in your birthday party package.

 Since space is limited, we recommend you reserve your party far in advance (at least 3 or 4 weeks), especially during Spring and Summer. For more information or to book a birthday party, contact the Education Department at 315-738-0472 ext 34 or e-mail