Kids Animal-Themed Birthday Parties To Remember

Would your child like to spend time with animals on their birthday? Helen Woodward Animal Center offers fun-filled educational animal-themed birthday parties that are sure to provide everyone with unforgettable memories! Our animal-themed birthday parties offer HANDS-ON animal interactions (chosen by the birthday child!), private use of our outdoor, covered pavilion area, and more (depending on which package you choose)

Available Birthday Party Times

We have weekend and weekday animal-themed birthday parties available. Please note, weekend times fill up quickly, so schedule your time now!

Saturday & Sunday (All Inclusive & Custom): 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. or 2 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday (Ultimate): 10 a.m.–1 p.m. or 2 p.m.–5 p.m.

Weekday times are available

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Party Packages Ultimate All Inclusive Custom
All packages include a party pro to lead the festivities.




Party Length

3 hours

2.5 hours

2.5 hours

Included Guests*
Hands-on animal encounters (chosen by the birthday child)
5 Includes 1 Animal Feeding Encounter
Private use of the outdoor covered pavilion and picnic tables.
Access to outdoor toys – life-size fiberglass horse, play house, hula hoops, and more!
Face painting
Themed decorations (You can add your own too!)
Themed invite and thank you note templates.
Themed paper goods (plates, utensils, napkins, cups)
Themed party favors
Party set up and clean up
*Guest count includes children and adults. The birthday child is free. Additional guests are $10 each.

We Make Planning Your Party Easy!

If purchasing the All Inclusive or Ultimate Party Package, you and your guests will take a walk on the wild side with included jungle-themed décor, tableware, and goody bags. You and your fellow party animals are sure to have a roarin’ good time alongside a backdrop of green, gold, and white hues, as well as fun animal print patterns.

Animal Choices:


Miniature horse


Madagascar hissing cockroach


Guinea pig




Bearded dragon lizard
Blue tongue skink lizard
Leopard gecko lizard
Ball python snake
Rosy boa snake

*Species may vary depending on animal health and availability. Must be at least 5-years-old to pet reptiles.


*Denotes animals that cannot be pet, other interactions may be possible depending on species

  • Themed paper plates, napkins, forks, and cups are included in the Ultimate and All Inclusive party packages. Themed paper goods can be purchased separately for the Custom party package.
  • Face painting will be done by one of our Instructors using professional face painting materials. Choose from a premade design or one of your own! Face painting can be purchased separately for the Custom party package.
  • All party packages include access to two 6-foot long tables for items such as food or other decorations. Ultimate and All Inclusive party packages include themed tablecloths.
  • You and your guests will have access to our large, private covered Pavilion. Guests will have access to various large toys as well as smaller toys such as balls, bean bags, and hula hoops.
  • Ultimate and All Inclusive party packages include themed center pieces. Themed centerpieces can be purchased separately for the Custom party package.
  • All party packages include access to eleven 10-foot long picnic tables. These tables do not include tablecloths but you are able to bring them if you choose.

Birthday Parties FAQs

Your party will begin in the pavilion area where we allow approximately 30 minutes for guests to arrive, children to play, parents to socialize, and the party pro to perform face painting (if included). Your party pro will take your guests on an excursion to meet the animals chosen by the birthday child. Following the animal presentations, your group will be escorted back to the pavilion area for food, cake and or presents. The party pro will be available to assist during all activities.


We ask the birthday child to select the animals from the above list in advance as much as possible. If your child has an absolutely favorite animal, let us know and we’ll do all we can to make sure one is included in the party. Please be aware that animals are selected for the party based on their health and how much they have been used in the previous week. Since animals are unpredictable, we cannot promise any particular animal for your event. In the event your pre-selected animal is not available, we will ask for an alternate on the day of the party.
We provide as many petting opportunities as possible for children of all ages, but do follow strict CDC guidelines. Our policy is that children under the age of 5 cannot pet our reptiles. We do have a few animals such as frogs, parrots, and hermit crabs, which are used for interactive activities but do not include touching the animal, such as having a parrot sit on children’s toes. Larger animals like the sheep, mini horse, and alpacas are great for younger children.


Because Adoptions is open to the public, you can visit them during their hours of operation before or after the program! The adoptable animals cannot be pet.


Unfortunately there are no horses available for riding. The large horses at the Center are hospital patients, or specifically for our Therapeutic Riding program. Our smaller Education horses are never ridden.


Parties are held under a large pavilion that allows for events regardless of weather conditions. Most animal presentations are indoors, so there will still be the ability to meet and pet a variety of animals. Due to muddy conditions if it does rain, farm animals cannot be guaranteed.


It is not necessary to bring your own decorations; however, we do ask that you are sure to take any decorations you do bring when you leave. Some people put table cloths on the picnic tables, but bring tape to hold them down. Please note that the following items are prohibited: balloons, piñatas, alcohol, confetti, and straw/hay bales.


We currently do not offer an option to extend the time of parties. Starting 15 minutes after the party’s ending time, a $50 fee will be charged for every 30 minutes the attendees remain in the party area.


Each party favor bag includes a themed pencil, themed notepad, and a silly straw. You may also bring additional items to include in the bag!

Your program fee helps support all of our adoptable animals, as well as the many human and animal services Helen Woodward Animal Center provides.

Please contact us at education@animalcenter.org or 858-756-4117 ext. 318
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