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Birthday Parties at the Calgary Zoo

It turns out that birthday parties at the Calgary Zoo are actually a lot like going to a nightclub! Stay with me here. This will make sense by the end.


$275 for a Preschool Party or $350 if your child is older and harder to entertain.

That is a lot. But keep in mind:

  • You are buying admission for 20 people.
  • The Zoo is a nonprofit. You don’t want the penguins to go hungry, do you?
  • You get an awesome Program Coordinator like Zack for the length of the party.

  • Also, look right beside Zack’s head. See that green thing? It’s a bird! You guys, there are SECRET ANIMALS in some of these birthday rooms! These rooms are full of crap that the rabble outside don’t get access to!


A minimum of two weeks notice is required, but you should call as early as possible, because everyone lurves the zoo.


  • A private tour
  • Games or activities suited to your child’s age and interests
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Zack or similar
  • Possible secret animals or skeletons!


  • Penguins
  • Big Cats
  • Butterflies
  • Dinosaurs


Basically, having a birthday party at the zoo is like getting access to that awesome VIP room behind the velvet rope at a nightclub. Or at least, it’s how I imagine that would be, since I have never gotten access to the VIP room at a nightclub. In short:

  • You have to spend a lot of money to get in.
  • You get to hang out somewhere most people don’t get to see.
  • There are snacks.
  • You have employees personally waiting on you (bar) or educating you (zoo).
  • Everyone else will be JEALOUS of you.

For pictures of a REAL party at the Calgary Zoo, check out my post on their Penguin Parties!

Disclaimer: Prices and other info are subject to change – check with the zoo before you book!