Looking for an awesome Birthday Party idea in Calgary? The Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo is the perfect venue for your kid’s next Birthday bash! What better way to celebrate their big day than with their closest friends and favourite animals too? Best of all, you just need to book and show up! Our Birthday Package has been designed to save you both time and money.



Party Package Details

Availability: Birthday Parties at the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo are available on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year.

Party Times: All Birthday Parties are 1.5 hours in length and start at either 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (pending availability).

Price: $30 per person (same pricing for children & adults; service charge and tax is included).

Birthday Party Package Includes

Admission: All-day Admission tickets

Party Location Rental: choose from one of three indoor locations (pending availability)

Food & Beverage: Birthday Meals for each guest  (includes: meal, side, juice box, cookie, and a small toy)

Birthday Menus – Meals, Sides & Enhancements

Choose a meal and side option for your party guests; please note that you must order a minimum of 10 portions to select that meal or side choice.

Meal Options

  • Black Forest Ham & Swiss Sandwich
  • Cheeseburger
  • Hot Dog
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich
  • Mac n’ Cheese
  • Bowl of Chili (12 oz.)

Side Options

  • Fruit Salad
  • Macaroni Salad
  • Potato Salad
  • Potato Chips
  • Vegetable Sticks (with Dip)
  • Whole Fruit (Apple or Orange)

Party Enhancements

Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo Gift Bags – $15 per gift bag + GST

Gift Bags include a Panda Hat/Scarf, Panda Keychain, and a Grow Aquarium. Note: they must be ordered at least one week in advance of the party.

Face Painter – starting at $150 per hour

Carousel Ride – $5/child for an Unlimited All-day Rider Pass or $3/child for a Single Ride

Desserts & Snacks

  • Cupcakes – $3 per
  • Cotton Candy – $4 per
  • Popcorn – $3 per
  • Fruit Cup – $5.95/cup
  • Veggie Cup with Ranch Dip – $5.95/cup

Display Platters

  • Assorted Wraps – $175
  • Assorted Cheese & Crackers – $175
  • Charcuterie Display – $175
  • Market Fruit Display – $125
  • Vegetables & Hummus – $125
  • Assorted Cookies & Brownies – $75

Thirst Quenchers

  • Soft Drinks (assorted varieties) – $3/can
  • Juices (assorted varieties) – $4/bottle
  • Individual Milk (white or chocolate) – $3/carton
  • Bottled Water – $4/bottle
  • Lemonade – $4/bottle
  • Wild/Ginger Kombucha (380 ml) – $6
  • Happy Planet Juice (325 ml) – $6

Artisan Sandwich Box (includes can of pop, fresh whole fruit, bag of chips, and mini cookie)

Minimum order of 5 sandwiches per selection – $19.95/person

  • Cranberry Turkey Swiss (turkey, lettuce, swiss cheese, cranberry aioli)
  • Alberta Roast Beef and Smoked Cheddar (shaved Alberta beef, lettuce, smoked cheddar, horseradish aioli)
  • Black Forest Ham and Swiss (black forest ham, swiss cheese, honey mustard aioli)
  • Deviled Egg Salad (egg salad, lettuce, onion, celery)
  • Bombay Curry Turkey Wrap (turkey, spring mix, green apple, curry aioli)

Gourmet Sandwich Box (includes can of pop, fresh whole fruit, bag of chips, and mini cookie)

Minimum order of 5 sandwiches per selection – $24.95/person

  • “Bowden Farm” Chicken Pesto (grilled chicken breast, basil pesto, spring mix)
  • Argentinian Steak (Alberta beef fillet mignon, chimichurri, arugula)
  • Mediterranean Vegan Wrap (falafel, sweet garlic aioli, pickled red onions, local “inspired greens”)
  • Artisan Salamis (salami, spicy salami, sundried tomato aioli, arugula)
  • Mexican Bao Bun *served on a traditional steam bao bun (braised pork shoulder, chipotle apricot vinaigrette, carrot and onion escabeche, “Zoo grown” microgreens)

Contact us today for more information on our Zoo Birthday Party Packages!

Phone: (403) 232-7770

Email: [email protected]



Is there a member discount?

Unfortunately, there is no discount for members. Birthday Parties are sold as a group package and the price per person is not affected if some of the guests have passes or memberships.

Does the Birthday Party ‘price per guest’ apply to both children and adults?

Yes, the price applies to any guest ages 3 years and older; children under the age of 3 are free.

Am I required to have a minimum number of adults at the birthday party?

Yes, at parties for children turning ages 3 – 5, we require one adult chaperone for every three children; at parties for children turning ages 6+, we require one adult chaperone for every four children.

Can we bring in our own food?

No outside food is permitted except for a birthday cake or birthday cupcakes.

What about the cake? Do we have to serve our own cake?

You are welcome to bring your own cake or we can provide you with cupcakes (chocolate or vanilla) for a price per person. You are responsible for providing all plates, napkins, cutlery and cutting/serving utensils for your cake.

What is the cancellation policy?

Birthday Parties are non-refundable; however, you may reschedule your party by providing us with at least two weeks’ notice (a new date would be pending availability). There is a $75 Administrative Fee to move the Birthday Party date.

Can we bring in our own decorations?

Yes, you are welcome to bring in your own decorations but none that need to be attached to the walls or ceiling. Please note: due to the safety of the animals, all balloons, piñatas, confetti and balls of any kind are not permitted on Zoo grounds and are therefore not permitted in party locations. We will supply you with some basic birthday party decorations. We are not able to permit early access to the party location so you will need to put up your decorations in the first few minutes of the party.

Where do guests park?

All guests should park in the North Parking lot and enter through the North Entrance. Please note that parking is not included in your Birthday Party. The cost is $13 per vehicle daily. Any attendees with a valid Engage or Inspire membership may use their pass for parking access. (West Gate Parking continues to be closed.)

Can we come in early or stay at the Zoo after the Party?

Yes, your Birthday Party Package includes admission to the zoo for you and your guests. You may enter the Zoo before the party and/or stay after the party to enjoy the Zoo. Please note that you will not be able to access the party location before the party start time and you must take all belongings with you from the room at the end of the party.

How do I confirm my party and make payment?

We book parties on a first-come first-served basis and a party is not confirmed with us until we receive full payment. The booking fee is non-refundable so please be 100% sure of your commitment when you book. One of our Event Sales Coordinators will discuss all of the details with you and accept payment (by credit card) over the phone.

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

Unfortunately, the zoo does not provide any storage areas – all belongings must leave the party location when your party time has ended. We suggest bringing or renting a wagon to help you cart items between your vehicle and the Zoo. Rentals can be arranged at our North Gift Shop.

What if it rains or snows on the day of my party?

If the zoo is open, the party will run as scheduled; there are no refunds or rescheduling due to inclement weather.