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Birthday Parties at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

Host your child's birthday party at our private birthday party room at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. This beautiful party room with an aquatic flair offers a porthole that looks into the Gulf of Mexico exhibit where sharks and stingrays will swim by with a Happy Birthday "hello".

Parties are available Saturdays and Sundays
10:00am – 12:00pm AND 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Send Inquiry   Plan Your Aquarium Party

 

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
Gulf of Mexico Room
Saturdays and Sundays
10:00am – 12:00pm and 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Rate:
$610.00 - Non-Members
$560.00 - Audubon Members

Birthday Party Includes:

  • 2 hours of a temperature controlled private party room
  • Entertainment: Choose from a sting ray experience, penguin feeding “birthday shout out”, group viewing in our state-of-the-art Entergy Giant Screen theatre (show times may vary), or gulf chat on contents of Gulf of Mexico exhibit.
  • Aquarium admission for birthday party guests
  • 3 Pizzas (cheese or pepperoni)
  • Unlimited lemonade and ice water, plastic plates, napkins, utensils and cups for up to 20 children and 20 adults

Additional Guests:

  • $10 per person

Food and Beverage:

  • Additional Pizzas: $18.00 per pizza plus tax and service charge
  • Pepperoni or Cheese, 14” 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
  • Ice Cream is not allowed from outside of Audubon
  • No ice chests

 

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.

Can I see the room prior to the party?
We are happy to set up an appointment time to show you the party room.

Can I bring decorations to the room? Are balloons allowed?
Some decorations are allowed. Tabletop decorations are allowed. Nothing is permitted to be attached to the walls or doors, including banners and personal memorabilia. The room already has a beautiful porthole window for you to view the Gulf of Mexico Exhibit. Please keep in mind that Audubon Aquarium does not allow streamers, sparkler candles, relighting candles, or confetti in facility. Balloons are allowed in the party room ONLY.

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, the Aquarium Gift Shop has a large selection of party favors and bags for your shopping convenience.

Where should I park and advise my guests to park?
We provide one reserved parking spot behind the floodwall for your convenience. For your guests, The Audubon Aquarium does offer discounted parking at both the Badine Lot and Canal Place. Parking ticket MUST be presented at Aquarium to receive discount.

Will all my guests have to check in with the Birthday Party?
Will party guests who are members have to check in with the Birthday Party or can they utilize their membership? All guests who are attending an Audubon Aquarium Birthday Party will need to check in with the Birthday Party. Everyone, including adults and any children 2 years old and up, will be required to wear a wristband to be in the party room. This wristband acts as your admission ticket, allowing you to leave in and out of the Aquarium if you so choose.

Where do my guests check in? How late can my guests check in?
All of the guests will check in at the front gate. Guests will see a sign for Birthdays and enter through the left set of doors at the main entrance of the Audubon Aquarium. A birthday staff member will sign guests in, give them a birthday wristband, and direct the guests to the Gulf Birthday Room. Guests can check in with the birthday party for the first hour of the party. After that hour guests will not be allowed into the Aquarium as part of the party.

Do we have to leave the room 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 room. However, you do have access to the Aquarium for the duration of the day.

Birthday Parties at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

A birthday bash at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium offers a special Centipede Suite party room, a spectacular butterfly garden, an immersion theater to delight all five senses and hands-on bug encounters. Give your child a day they will always remember at one of New Orleans’ most unique party venues! Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium birthday parties can be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Send Inquiry  Plan Your Insectarium Party

 

Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
Centipede Suite
Saturdays and Sundays
10:30am – 12:30pm and 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Rate:
$610.00 - Non-Members
$560.00 - Audubon Members

Birthday Party Includes:

  • 2 hours of a temperature controlled private party room
  • Insectarium admission for birthday party guests
  • A live bug encounter
  • A celebrity chef cooking show
  • 3 Pizzas (cheese or pepperoni)
  • Unlimited lemonade and ice water, plastic plates, napkins, utensils and cups for up to 20 children and 20 adults

Additional Guests:

  • $8 per person (Plus 3% sales tax)

Food and Beverage:

  • Additional Pizzas: $18.00 per pizza plus tax and service charge
  • Pepperoni or Cheese, 14” 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
  • Ice Cream is not allowed from outside of Audubon
  • No ice chests

 

1. How far in advance should I book the party?
A minimum of 10 business days is required; however, advance booking is recommended.

2. 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.

3. Can I bring decorations to the room? Are balloons allowed?
Some decorations are allowed. Tabletop decorations are allowed. Nothing is permitted to be attached to the walls including banners and personal memorabilia. Please keep in mind that Audubon Insectarium does not allow streamers, sparkler candles, relighting candles, or confetti in facility. Balloons are allowed in the party room ONLY.

4. 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, Insectarium Flea Market has a large selection of party favors and bags for your shopping convenience.

5. Will all my guest have to check in? Will party guests who are members have to check in or can they utilize their membership?
All guests who are attending an Audubon Birthday party will need to enter through main lobby and go through security. All guests should state they are attending a party and give the birthday child/children’s name to gain access to party area. Everyone, including adults and any children 2 years old and up, will sign in and be hand-stamped once inside of the party room. This stamp will act as your admission ticket, allowing you to leave in and out of the Insectarium if you so choose.

6. How late can my guests check in?
Guests can check in with the birthday party for the first hour of the party. After that hour guests will not be allowed into the Insectarium as part of the party.

7. Do we have to leave the room exactly when our time is up?
Yes. The rental period is for two hours. Often, there is a party before or after yours. Your party host will discuss the party timeline before the event begins. However, you and your guests do have access to the rest of the building all day long.

8. Where should I park and advise my guests to park?
Audubon Insectarium does offer discounted parking at both the Badine Lot and Canal Place. Parking ticket MUST be presented at Insectarium for discount to be given.

9. How do I get my decorations or cake inside the building and to party area?
Before unloading your vehicle please enter the building and let security know you have arrived. The birthday team will be notified and meet you with a utility cart. Please do not leave your vehicle unattended at any time. Audubon is NOT responsible for any city issued parking violations.

Birthday Parties at Cool Zoo

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 is closed for the season and birthday parties are no longer available at this venue for 2018. Visit us in spring 2019!

Send Inquiry  Plan Your Cool Zoo Party

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
    (20 admissions with The Cool Dip, 40 admissions for The Splash Bash)
  • 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

Extras Available:

  • 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. No strollers allowed inside Cool Zoo. Stroller parking is available. Plastic or vinyl table cloths are welcomed but not provided or required. No outside entertainment allowed. Photocopied vouchers will not be accepted. 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 canceled 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.

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. 20 admissions to the Zoo/Cool Zoo for kids and adults. Includes 2 pizzas and unlimited ice water and lemonade.
The Splash Bash party package includes 2 semi-private cabanas for 2 hours, 40 admissions to the Zoo/Cool Zoo for kids and adults. 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 it rains?
Cool Zoo parties have a rain or shine policy. In the case of lightening and/or thunder, guests will be asked to clear the water play area. Guest may remain in the cabana are during this time. If the water remains off for more than 60 minutes of the scheduled party time, a refund will be issued for the amount of the admissions portion of the package.

Any other questions?
Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at the Birthday Sales Office at 504-212-5443.

Birthday Parties at Audubon Zoo

Private birthday party rooms near the Swamp Train Depot and the Gottesman Family Endangered Species Carousel offer charming spaces to celebrate your little one and their special moments.

Send Inquiry  Plan Your Zoo Party

Audubon Zoo
Parties are available:
10:30am - 12:30pm
1:30pm - 3:30pm

Party Venue Rates:
Tropical Cabana or Jungle Hut Parties
$425.00 - Non-Member
$375.00 - Member

Safari Den: 
$550.00 - Non-Member
$500.00 - Member

Zoo Birthday Party Includes:

  • 2 hours of a temperature controlled private party room
  • Zoo admission for birthday party guests
  • Wristband for unlimited rides on Endangered Species Carousel (if operational) and Swamp Train.
  • Pizzas (cheese or pepperoni) (2 pizzas included with Tropical Cabana/Jungle Hut Parties) (3 pizzas included with Safari Den party)
  • Unlimited lemonade and ice water, plastic plates, napkins, utensils and cups*
    (*15 children and 15 adults for Tropical Cabana/Jungle Hut)
    (*20 children and 20 adults for Safari Den)
  • Additional Guests: $8.00 per person

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

Extras Available to Audubon Members Only:

  • Private Carousel Experience 9:00am-10:00am for Members only.
    ADDITIONAL $150.00 
    (Party time would be 9:00am - 12:00pm) 

*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 and Deposit must be received within 48 hours of booking. Final balance is due at time of event, credit card or cash only. Final menu item changes and additions to order are due a minimum of 5 business days in advance. No refunds will be issued for parties canceled within 14 business days of the party. If a party is canceled 14 business days prior to party date, the $100 deposit will not be refunded. Both children and adults are to be counted as guests. Carousel parties have a rain or shine policy. No balloons, streamers, confetti, straws or cup lids allowed on zoo grounds. All entertainment services must be booked through your Audubon Birthday Coordinator. 

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 room?
  • The Safari Den is the largest room and seats up to 20 children.
  • The Jungle Hut is a large room also, but only seats 15 children.
  • The Tropical Cabana is our smallest and is designed for parties of 15 children or less.

Can I see the room prior to the party?
We are happy to set up an appointment time to show you the party room. Please make an appointment with your party coordinator to see the rooms.

Can I bring decorations to the room? Are balloons allowed?
Some decorations are allowed. Tabletop decorations are allowed, as well as small banners or posters, which can be taped to the doors or metal frames around the doors. 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, 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 room 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 room. 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 room. 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.

Any other questions?
Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at the Birthday Sales Office at 504-212-5443.

Fantastic Birthday Party

Recently had my son's fifth birthday party using the Jungle Hut. It was fantastic. We were running late as usual and the two party hosts helped set up and make everything perfect! They showed up at the right times to ensure pizza and cake were served. I had no worries throughout the day. I would highly recommend the zoo for any parties.

— Lauren, TripAdvisor

Birthday Parties at Audubon Louisiana Nature Center

Go wild with a nature themed birthday party at Audubon Louisiana Nature Center. It's a unique opportunity to host your child’s birthday where kids can enjoy the great outdoors! 

Parties are available Saturdays and Sundays
Nature Center themed birthday activities are designed for children turning 4 years of age or older.
10:00am – 12:00pm
1:00pm – 3:00pm

Location: Audubon Louisiana Nature Center is located adjacent to Joe Brown Park in New Orleans East on 86 acres of hardwood bottomland forest. The street address is 11000 Lake Forest Boulevard.

Rate:

  • $275.00 - Non-Member
  • $225.00 - Members
    *Prices above are for most Nature Center Birthday Party themes. Some themes have different pricing due to programming activities.

Plan Your Nature Center Party


Choose Your Theme:

  • Where the Wild Things Are - Discover nature as a Wild Thing! Make your own masks and learn about the different wild things at our Nature Center. For ages 4-6.
  • Totally Turtles - Did you know that the number of scutes on a turtle shell is the same number of full moons in a year? Learn lots of great facts and meet some nature center turtles. This theme is $250.00 for members/$300.00 for non members.
  • Garden Party - Our greenhouse is a great place to spend hands-on time planting your own flowers or vegetables. Party attendees will enjoy fun activities while learning that food doesn’t grow in supermarkets.
  • Campfire Birthday - Celebrate your birthday around the campfire. Roast marshmallows by the fire and then enjoy a nature walk with our naturalist. Offered October-March for ages 6 and up. This theme is $275.00 for members/$325.00 for non members.
  • Woodland Fairies - The forest is full of fungi and small creatures. Make your own fairy house using natural building materials.
  • Critter Scene Investigations - Be a C.S.I. and learn how to identify skulls, tracks, and signs to help solve mysteries taking place in our woods. For ages 6 and up.

Party Information:

  • Birthday parties include the rental space and a themed program (see list above) for 15 children. $10.00 per additional child (25 children maximum).
  • A down payment of $100.00 is required at booking and the balance is due two weeks prior to the party date.
  • Registration is confirmed upon down payment.
  • Birthday parties are 2 hours long.
  • The first 30-45 minutes is led by an Audubon Louisiana Nature Center Naturalist and includes a program and activity related to the program.
  • The remaining time is yours to lead other activities, serve cake and refreshments, and enjoy the presence of friends.
  • You will have 30 minutes before the party to set-up and 30 minutes after the party to clean up.
  • Helium balloons, confetti, and alcoholic beverages are not allowed at the Nature Center.
  • Cancellations less than one week from program will be charged a $100.00 cancellation fee.
  • Programs are held rain or shine, hot or cold. In case of severe weather, indoor activities will take place.

Additional Options:

  • Green Birthday - $25.00
    Enjoy a green birthday with an environmentally-friendly party that reduces unnecessary waste, saves money, and keeps items out of landfills. Includes recycled napkins and reusable plates, cups, bowls, and silverware. We will wash them up for you!
  • Animal Guest - $25.00
    A special animal guest will visit, birthday child gets small stuffed version.
  • Planetarium Show - $100.00
    Party guests can enjoy a show at our new planetarium.

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About Audubon Nature Institute

Audubon Nature Institute is a 501(c)3 not for profit that operates a family of ten museums and parks dedicated to nature. We serve our visitors, our community and our world as an educational resource, an environmental guardian, a leader in economic development and a venue for family entertainment.

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