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Birthday Parties

To schedule a ZOOper birthday party, please email or call (605) 367-8313 x233.

Birthday Package includes:

  • A reserved outdoor location for 60 minutes at the Great Plains Zoo. (At this time, only outdoor locations are available for Birthday Parties)

  • Two table cloths.

  • A bucket of food for the Hy-Vee Face-to-Face Farm

  • Admission, cupcakes, and party favor bags as listed below.

Party Package Rates

Guest count includes everyone ages 2 and up, including the client and the birthday child.

12-person Party: $225

    12 wristbands for Zoo admission

    12 cupcakes and 12 juice drinks

    Plates, napkins, and forks for 12

    10 party favor bags

 18-person Party: $325

  18 wristbands for Zoo admission

  18 cupcakes and 18 juice drinks

  Plates, napkins, and forks for 18

  16 party favor bags

 24-person Party: $425

  24 wristbands for Zoo admission

  24 cupcakes and 24 juice drinks

  Plates, napkins, and forks for 24

  22 party favor bags

 30-person Party: $525

  30 wristbands for Zoo admission

  30 cupcakes and 30 juice drinks

  Plates, napkins, and forks for 30

  28 party favor bags


Party Add-Ons

  • Ambassador Animal Encounter (one animal, 10 minutes): $25
  • Attractions Tickets (good for one Train or Carrousel ride each): $1.85 each

Available ZOOper Birthday Party Area Times:
*Each party slot lasts for one hour.

10:30 am                   1:30 pm            
11:00 am                    3:00 pm
1:00 pm                      3:30 pm


  • Reservations must be made at least 2 weeks in advance to receive the birthday package.
  • A signed contract and a $50 non-refundable deposit are due at least 7 days before the party.  Final payment is due 24 hours before the party.
  • It is the responsibility of the client to distribute admissions wristbands to their guests.  Wristbands must be picked up at least 24 hours before the party.
  • Cake, food, and beverages are allowed to be brought in.  
  • Adult supervision is required at all times.
  • Birthday party packages cannot be combined with any other offer, discount, or promotion.
  • Memberships cannot be used towards admissions price for birthday packages.
  • Love this zoo! Great place to get a walk in and the animals are everywhere! The museum/indoor part is very educational too. Has a lot of shade for when it's hot out. Very clean. Friendly staff.

    Taylor F.
  • We love to visit the zoo. They have great outdoor exhibits and lots to do inside as well. Great for kids and adults.

    Robin A.
  • Lots of great exhibits and animals to see! Fun gift shop and learning center.

    Stephanie N.
  • The museum gives you a break from the sun on hot summer days and has a great selection of animal exhibits from around the world. ¬†The zoo keeps growing and adding new animal habitats or improving existing ones. ¬†Membership offers reciprocal benefits to other zoos around the country.

    Bill T.