Birthday FAQs
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Birthday FAQs

Birthday Party FAQs

Do your packages come with anything else not listed? Like food or a party attendant?

No. What you see listed is all we include in our packages. However, there will be staff onsite that can help you if you have forgotten or need anything.

Where is the Education Building?

The Fort Worth Zoo Education Building shares the main parking lot with the Zoo itself. The building is located on the right side of the parking lot, toward the ticket booth. Look for a thatch-roofed cabana with a sign for Adventure Base Camp and follow the ramp on its right-hand side. From there, a bridge leads directly to the Education Building.

What days do you have available?

You can click on the green “book your party” button to view a calendar of available days (green means there is plenty of availability, yellow means there is limited availability, red means that day is sold out, and grey means that day is unavailable for parties).

What about parking?

If your package includes a parking pass, it will be mailed to you with your Zoo tickets. You will need to remind your guests about the $5 parking fee, we do not sell additional parking passes.

What do I need to bring on the day of my party?

Our rooms are all purpose classrooms and come with plenty of chairs, three rectangular tables (that measure about 8 feet long), and a countertop along the back wall with a sink. You are welcome to bring decorations such as tablecloths and birthday banners, we just ask that you do not damage our walls and remove all decorations at the end of your party.

What is an animal presentation?

It is a 20-minute live animal presentation in your party room! Our keepers bring in three different animals (a variety of birds, mammals, reptiles all native or exotic), tell you a little bit about them and answer any questions you may have! Unfortunately, we cannot tell you which animals you will see, and you cannot choose certain animals, due to animal schedules and behaviors. If you’d like to request a certain kind of animals (maybe the birthday child loves birds! We’d love to introduce them to some of ours!) or you can request to NOT have a certain kind of animal (maybe the birthday child is afraid of birds, we do not want any party guest to be nervous or afraid during the presentation).

Are we allowed to bring food?

Yes! We do not provide food for any of our party packages, but you are welcome to bring your own! Many parties choose to have pizza delivered or bring in sandwich trays. We do not have a refrigerator to store food. We also do not allow external heating sources (burners, microwaves etc.)

Are we allowed to decorate?

Yes! We always suggest to at least bring tablecloths (you’ll need three rectangular ones) since this will make clean up easier. Balloons and candles are not allowed. We have magnetic whiteboards on one wall, which is a great space to hang a birthday banner. You can also hang anything on our walls if it doesn’t damage them or remove paint.

Can I store my gifts, food, décor etc. in the building while we are in the Zoo?

No. Our staff will be unavailable until 30 minutes prior to your party starting.

Will there be someone in the party room to assist me? Such as a party host?

No. There will be a staff person at the front desk who will be happy to answer questions or assist you, but they will not be available to be in your party room for the entire duration of your party.

What do people usually do for the 1.5 hours in the party room?

It is entirely up to you! What we normally see our party families do is provide food, perhaps a quick easy game or craft (if you are thinking of a craft, we suggest something simple and easy to clean up), open presents, look at the exhibits in the hallway, and have their animal presentation. 


How do the giraffe feeding vouchers work?

You will get these vouchers when you receive your tickets. They can be redeemed anytime during the day of your party. Take them to the cashier to exchange them for your lettuce leaves.

Do I get time to set up/break down my party?

Yes. You get 15 minutes prior to your party time to set up, and 15 minutes after your party to break down.

For more information, contact the education department:
Fort Worth Zoo
1989 Colonial Parkway
Fort Worth, TX 76110
phone: 817-759-7200
fax: 817-759-7201