How far in advance should I book the party? What if it rains on my party date?
A minimum of 3 weeks is required; however, advance booking is recommended. Audubon Zoo Birthday Parties have a rain or shine policy. Parties may be rescheduled if notified more than 14 business days in advance.
Is there a deposit?
Payment is due in full upon booking your Audubon Birthday event.
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 secured with blue painter’s tape or command strips. The rooms already have beautiful, hand-made, metal animal sculptures on all the walls. Please keep in mind that Audubon Zoo does not allow balloons, bubbles, 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 may bring your own plates, napkins and cups as long as they are paper. Single use plastic is not allowed, though we do provide you with plates, utensils, napkins, and cups. You may bring your own party favors, but we encourage you to purchase with the Audubon Gift Shop. No live animals are allowed to be brought to the party as favors.
Do we have to leave the room exactly when our time is up?
Yes. The rental period is for three hours.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 entire Zoo all day long.
Will all my guests have to check in at the Birthday Window? Will party guests who are members have to check in at the Birthday Party Window or can they utilize their membership?
All guests who are attending an Audubon Birthday party, whether member or not, 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 stamp or wristband to be in the party room. Last check in time is 1 PM.
What if I go over my guest limit? Will my guests be able to pay for themselves?
We cannot turn away party guests who arrive during the check in time 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. Each additional guest is $15 (+tax).
Will my party have a Private Carousel during my party?
The carousel is currently out of commission. We are working on getting it back as soon as possible. When in commission, the carousel is on a first come first serves basis and not private to parties. With purchase of the necessary wristbands, unlimited rides are available for the duration of the party date.