Birthday Parties

Zoo Knoxville offers a variety of options to make your  birthday celebration special!  

All birthday party packages include the following party essentials:  

  • Party Space with Safari Leader and Party Host  
  • Eco Friendly Zoo Themed Paper Products and Table Covers
  • Soft Drinks, Juice and Water 
  • Zoo Animal Party Visors 
  • Happy Birthday Sign at the Zoo’s Front Entrance 
  • All Day Zoo Knoxville Admission and Parking for 40 no Knoxville Zoo member guests (ages 4 and up) 

Kids Cove Party Room 

All party essentials included, plus the following:  

  • Party Room Accommodations for Up to 40 Guests* 
  • 1 Hour in Kids Cove Party Room with Access to all Kids Cove Amenities: Play Cabin, Sandbox and Play Stream  
  • Half Hour Safari Excursion 

Available Everyday 

March – September 

9:30 – 11:00 a.m., 11:00 – 12:30 p.m.,  12:30 – 2:00 p.m., 2:00 – 3:30 p.m., and  3:30 – 5:00 p.m. 

October – February 

9:30 – 11:00 a.m., 11:00 – 12:30 p.m.,  12:30 – 2:00 p.m., 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Zoo Knoxville Members: $400.00 (Zoo Knoxville membership must be provided at booking.) 

Non Zoo Knoxville Members: $450.00 

Book Monday – Thursday party and save $50.00 

*Additional admission for non-member guests above the included 40 is $10.00 per person. 

After-Hours Birthday Party 

All party essentials included, plus the following:  

  • Party Room Accommodations for Up to 50 Guests* 
  • 2 Hours at Clayton Safari Splash & Aldo’s Grill Patio Seating with Giraffe Chat  (May-September and Weather Permitting) 

-OR 

  • 2 Hours in Wee Play Adventure with Reptile Chat 

Available Every Evening 

March – September 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. 

October – February 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. 

Zoo Knoxville Member: $500.00 

(Zoo Knoxville membership must be provided at booking.) 

Non Zoo Knoxville Member: $550.00 

Book Monday – Thursday party and save $50.00 

*Additional admission for non-member guests above the included 40 is $10.00 per person.  

After-Hours Sunset Safari Birthday Party 

All party essentials included, plus the following:  

  • Party Room Accommodations for Up to 50 Guests* 
  • 1 Hour at Tiger Forest for Party Time 

Private Guided Sunset Safari Through Zoo Knoxville Grounds 

Available Every Evening 

March – September 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. 

October – February 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. 

Zoo Knoxville Annual Passholder: $500.00 

(Zoo Knoxville Annual Pass must be provided at booking.) 

Non-Annual Passholders: $550.00 

Book Monday – Thursday party and save $50.00 

*Additional admission for non-member guests above the included 40 is $10.00 per person. 

Zoorific Birthday Party  

Add-ons 

Pizza Party 

Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza Provided by  Papa John’s. (8 large slices or 16 small  slices): $9.00 per pizza 

Animal Amabassador 

Choose from a list of animal friends to  come visit your party: $50.00 

Goody Bags $3.00 per bag 

Carousel Tokens Ride the Carousel! $2.00 per token 

Zoo Costume Character  $75.00 

Face Painter $200.00 

Experience Wristband-Unlimited Carousel and Train Rides  (seasonal availability): $8.00 each 

Example of a Kids Cove  General Party Timeline 

9:00 – 9:00 a.m. Guests Arrive to Party Room and  Group Craft 

9:10 – 9:20 a.m. Welcome Games 

9:20 – 9:30 a.m. Food and Snacks 

9:30 – 9:45 a.m. Cake 

9:45 – 10:00 a.m Open Presents 

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Safari Excursion and Carousel Ride with  Safari Leader 

10:30 a.m. Guests Explore Zoo Knoxville  on their own

Booking Details 

Reservations and a non-refundable $50.00 deposit are REQUIRED. The final payment is  due the Friday before the party. Please note all parties booked within eight (8) days of  party date will be charged an additional $50.00. 

Additional birthday children are $25.00 per child.  

Need a bigger space for your guest list? Ask about the availability of the Lee Congleton  Conference Center or Kids Cove Tent.  

To schedule your birthday celebration, please visit zooknoxville.org, email  [email protected] or call 865-637-5331 option 6. 

Party Venues

Kids Cove Party Room

  • $450 ($400 for Zoo Knoxville members)
  • Available daily
  • Accommodates up to 40 guests

Clayton Safari Splash Water Play Area

  • $550 ($500 for Zoo Knoxville members)
  • Available May through September
  • Available evenings from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Accommodates up to 60 guests

Wee Play Adventure Indoor Play Area

  • $550 ($500 for Zoo Knoxville members)
  • Available evenings from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Accommodates up to 60 guests

Sunset Safari Tiger Forest

  • $550 ($500 for Zoo Knoxville members)
  • Available evenings from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Accommodates up to 50 guests