Designed for children ages 4-9, this party offers guests a chance to celebrate with some of the Zoo’s coolest residents and plenty of opportunities for both independent discovery and group exploration.

Each party meets on the lower level of The Living World/North Entrance building. Once assembled, the group will be invited to explore the world from the perspective of a penguin. The birthday child and guests will embrace their inner penguin as they try to find food, stay warm, build a nest and more at hands-on activity stations. Education staff will then invite all of “the penguins” to waddle over and learn about how other animals cope with the cold. Guests will have the opportunity to touch two classroom animals. Following a short break to wash hands, the group will sit down to enjoy some penguin-themed cupcakes and apple juice. If gifts are a part of your penguin celebration there will be time to open them. We’ll top off the party with a private tour of Penguin & Puffin Coast, where guests can get up close with some of our coolest feathered friends. (Please note that this is not a behind-the-scenes tour.)

Penguin Stations

The Penguin Nest Test

Try out the different nesting techniques used by penguins and attempt to make a penguin nest out of guano (moon sand,) rocks, or your own two feet.

How Tall A Penguin Are You?

Your little penguin can compare their height to the height of several different Penguin species.

Made to Swim

At this station party guests can get their flippers wet and explore the world of the sea with our water table.

Time to Eat

Guests can waddle, toboggan and swim as they try to catch a supper fit for a penguin.

Perfectly Penguin

Discover why penguins are special when you compare how they look and feel to other birds, then make your own model magic penguin or penguin egg to take home.

Live Animal Class

Guests will have the chance to meet two classroom animals and learn about the different adaptations which equip some animals to survive the frigid temperatures. We cannot honor requests to contact specific animals; however we will attempt to honor any requests to avoid contacting certain animals due to allergies, etc. Animals may vary, but will never include live penguins.

Tour

Guests will join Education staff on a private guided tour of the chilly world of Penguin & Puffin Coast -- where four different species of penguins, two types of puffins, and various other water birds make their home in breathtaking rocky cliffs and frigid water. Staff will help guests to identify the different kinds of birds and understand how the Zoo is helping to care for them here and in the wild.

Cost

This package costs $500 for up to 30 guests, which includes adults and children. No additional guests can be accommodated. Each child 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult. We require a minimum 1:4 adult to child ratio. Zoo Members at the Family level or higher receive a discount of $50.

Make a Reservation

This party is offered on select weekends at 2 p.m.

Please call our Birthday Coordinator at (314) 646-4544, #6, or submit an inquiry form. We require a signed agreement and full payment to hold your date. We suggest reserving at least one month in advance. A minimum of three weeks notice is required.

Payment

Full payment is due when you make your reservation.

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