Plan a Party

Looking for a unique and exotic venue for your next function? Look no further. Potter Park Zoo features some of the area's best sites to host your next meeting, party or family gathering.

For more information on reserving space in the zoo, the Discovery Center, or one of the Potter Park pavilions for your private event, please contact Jen Rostar,, (517) 342-2709


Zoo Birthday Parties

With hundreds of wild animals from around the world, Potter Park Zoo is the perfect place to hold your child’s next birthday party. With lots of different options available, no matter what you choose, your birthday celebration at the Zoo will be one to remember!

For more information or to book a party, please contact Potter Park Zoological Society, at (517) 342-2713. Minimum two weeks advance reservation required.

Please note pricing includes up to 20 individuals (adults and children), additional guests may be added at $7.00 per person.  Children ages 2 and younger are not charged.

Birthday Party  Basic Package

Pricing: Zoo Society Members $175.00; non-members $200.00
This package includes:

  • Zoo admission for guests
  • Two hours in a party room in the Discovery Center
  • Hostess to set-up and clean-up, and be available if needed
  • Animal Crackers, Juice Boxes, and ice water for guests
  • Table covers
  • 1-hour Animal presentation by the Education Department


 Party Add-Ons

  • Goody Bag - $5.00 per child
  • Birthday Cake - $25.00 (serves up to 20 guests)
  • Rainforest Sundae Bar – a "build your own" sundae bar $3.50 per person
  • Large 1 Topping Pizza - $12 each
  • Veggie Tray with dip- $35.00
  • Fruit Tray with dip- $40.00
  • Ice Cream Cups - $1.50 each 
  • Pony Rides (seasonally) - $3.00 per child
  • Train Rides (seasonally) - $3.00 per person
  • Wings Down Under Seed Sticks (seasonally) - $1.00 per person

Please note that outside food or drink (with the exception of birthday cake/cupcakes) is not permitted at Potter Park Zoo birthday parties.

Reservation Information

Parties must be scheduled at least two (2) weeks in advance by calling 517-342-2713. A nonrefundable deposit equal to the base party price ($175 members, $200 non-members) is required at time of booking. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. The balance for any add-ons is due at time of order, and additional guests will be invoiced after your party if not paid for in advance and is due upon receipt. Please note that the price includes Zoo admission for guests but does not include parking. For more information on parking fees please click here.