Looking for a great way to host a summer birthday party? Make a splash at Cool Zoo for a wild and wet party full of fun. Party guests can playing in the spray of the snake soaker, find adventure in the alligator water slide and float in Gator Run's lazy river. It's officially the hottest way to cool down!
Cool Zoo - Audubon Zoo
Parties are available:
11:00am - 1:00pm
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Party Option Rates:
The Cool Dip
$475.00 - Non-Member
$425.00 - Member
The Splash Bash
$875.00 - Non-Member
$825.00 - Member
Cool Zoo Birthday Party Includes:
- 2 hours of a Semi-Private Cabana
(1 cabana for The Cool Dip, 2 cabanas for The Splash Bash)
- Admission to the Zoo and Cool Zoo for birthday party guests
*Up to 10 adults and 10 children for Cool Dip package; *Up to 20 adults and 20 children for Splash Back package.
- Pizzas (cheese or pepperoni) (2 pizzas included with The Cool Dip Party) (4 pizzas included with The Splash Bash party)
- Unlimited lemonade and ice water, plastic plates, napkins, utensils and cups*
- Additional Guests: $15.00 per person
- Children under 24 months admitted free
Food and Beverage:
- Additional Pizzas: $17.00 per pizza plus tax and service charge
- Pepperoni or Cheese, 16” pizzas must be ordered in advance
- No outside food and beverage is allowed except the Birthday cake, finger sandwiches, fruit trays and vegetable trays
- No sparkler or relighting candles are allowed
- Ice cream and additional beverages available for advance purchase from Audubon
- No ice chests
- Ice cream is not allowed from outside of Audubon
- Single-Ride Carousel Ticket: $1 per ticket
- Unlimited-Use Wristband for Endangered Species Carousel and Swamp Train: $6 per wristband
- Big Squirt Water Toy: $6.50+tax per toy (Minimum of 10 toys)
*In addition to the per guest charge, groups larger than 30 guests per cabana will incur a $50 fee.
*In addition to the per guest charge, groups larger than 35 guests per cabana will incur a $100 fee.
Booking form is required to reserve a date. Reservation is not guaranteed until Credit Card Authorization Form is received and $100 Nonrefundable Deposit is processed. Authorization Form must be received within 48 hours of booking. Final menu item changes to order due a minimum of 5 business days in advance. Both children and adults (zoo members and non-members) are to be counted as guests to a Cool Zoo Birthday. No balloons, confetti, streamers or bubbles. Stroller parking is available. Plastic or vinyl table cloths are welcomed but not provided or required. No outside entertainment allowed. Host may arrive 15 minutes before party start time. Party area must be cleared within 15 minutes of the party end time. No early or extended time in party area. No outside water toys allowed including but not limited to beach balls and water guns. Specific cabanas are not guaranteed. Cabana placement is subject to change. No refunds will be issued for parties cancelled within 14 business days of the party date. If a party is cancelled 14 business days prior to party date, the $100 deposit will not be refunded. Payment due for the final balance including any additional guests upon conclusion of the party. Final balance is due a minimum of 14 business days prior to the event.
How far in advance should I book the party?
A minimum of 10 business days is required; however, advance booking is recommended.
Is there a deposit? If I cancel the party do I get my deposit refunded?
Upon booking a $100 nonrefundable deposit is processed. This $100 is put towards your party’s final balance. If you need to change the date of your party, the deposit can be transferred if the party is moved 14 business days in advance.
What is the difference in the Cool Zoo party packages?
The Cool Dip party package includes 1 semi-private cabana for 2 hours. Admissions for up to 10 adults and 10 children. Includes 2 pizzas and unlimited ice water and lemonade.
The Splash Bash party package includes 2 semi-private cabanas for 2 hours. Admissions for up to 20 adults and 20 children. Includes 4 pizzas and unlimited ice water and lemonade.
Can I bring decorations to the cabana? Are balloons allowed?
Some decorations are allowed. Tabletop decorations are allowed, as well as small banners or posters. Nothing is permitted to be attached to the walls, including banners and personal memorabilia. Please keep in mind that Audubon Zoo does not allow balloons, streamers, confetti, bubbles, straws, or cup lids on zoo grounds.
Can I bring my own plates, napkins, etc? Do I need to bring party favors?
Yes, you can bring your own plates, napkins and cups although we do provide you with clear plastic plates, utensils, and cups. You can bring your own party favors. Also, Audubon Marketplace has a large selection of party favors and bags for your shopping convenience.
Do we have to leave the cabana exactly when our time is up?
Yes. The rental period is for two hours. Often, there is a party before or after yours. We will let you know when you have one hour left and then again when you have 15 minutes left in the cabana. However, you do have access to the Zoo all day long.
Will all my guests have to check in with the Birthday Window? Will party guests who are members have to check in at the Birthday Window or can they utilize their membership?
All guests who are attending an Audubon Birthday party will need to check in at the Birthday Party Window. Everyone, including adults and any children 2 years old and up, will be required to wear a wristband to be in the party cabana. This wristband is not only good for unlimited rides on the Endangered Species Carousel and Swamp Train, but will also act as your admission ticket, allowing you to leave in and out of the Zoo if you choose.
What if I go over my guest limit? Can my guests pay for themselves?
We cannot turn away party guests who arrive during the check in window for your party. If you would like your guests to pay for themselves, please have them bring cash and give the money directly to you. We can only present you with one final bill at the end of the party and are unable to collect payments from each guest. Keep in mind you will incur additional capacity fees once more than 30 or 35 guests per cabana are reached.
What if it rains?
Safety is our top concern at Cool Zoo. We know the value of your experience is important. If severe weather occurs, Cool Zoo may close temporarily until the weather conditions improve. There are NO refunds due to inclement weather. If Cool Zoo closes due to weather for one (1) full hour during your party, then rain checks will be issued in the form of a wristband that includes admissions to Audubon Zoo and Cool Zoo. Rain check bands will be issued at the end of your party based on the number of guests that signed in. Any fees for additional guests will not be waived. The rain check band can be used on any day following your event, but it will expire on the last day of Cool Zoo season.
Rescheduling Policy (48 Hours): We will allow you to reschedule your event with a 48-hour advanced notice one time at no additional cost. Additional fees may apply for parties rescheduled 2 or more times. Parties may not be rescheduled past the last day of the Cool Zoo season. Party dates are subject to availability and requests are processed in the order they are received.
Any other questions?