Phone  (219) 873-1510

April 1 - Memorial Day
10 am - 4 pm
Memorial - Labor Day
10 am - 5 pm
Labor Day - October 31
10 am - 4 pm
November 1 - March 31
Closed for winter
* Last entry 1 hour before closing

Phone
(219) 873-1510
Address
115 Lakeshore Drive
Michigan City, IN 46360

April 1 - Memorial Day
10 am - 4 pm
Memorial - Labor Day
10 am - 5 pm
Labor Day - October 31
10 am - 4 pm
* Last entry 1 hour before closing

Private Parties

Host Your Next Event at the Zoo

wallaby enrichment

 

Washington Park Zoo would love to host your next event!

Experience a true Zoo animal adventure for your next birthday party at the Washington Park Zoo!  Pick the party options that works best for you to make your experience even more memorable!

NOTE: Rentals are for 2 hours only unless an additional hour is paid for (3 hour maximum)

Rental includes admission for up to 25 guests Price Number    
2 hour decorated room rental $150.00      
Additional hour $50.00      
Gift for birthday child $10.00      
15-minute animal presentation $35.00      
15-minute costume mascot visit $30.00      
Instant photo - individual $5.00      
Instant photo - group $15.00      
Hot dog, juice and chip meals each $5.00      
Each additional guest   limit: 35 indoor room $5.00      
Each additional guest   limit: 60 outdoor deck $5.00      

We require a signed agreement and full payment to hold a date. Our calendar fills up very quickly, so it is best to call at least 1 month in advance to reserve your birthday party date.

Click here  for the rental agreement form
                 
WPZoo Birthday Party FAQs
 

How early can I get into my party area to setup?

You may arrive to your party area no earlier than 15 minutes prior to your party.

Time to set up and you will be given 15 minutes after your party to clean up. We cannot allot extra time for late arrivals, so please make sure you are prepared and arrive on time.

 

Is there a place I can store my items prior to or after my party?

We DO NOT have any storage facilities for your items before or after your event.

You can borrow a wagon to help you transport your items to the party area if there one is available or you can bring in your own wagon.

 

Can I bring in my own food?

Yes, you may bring in any food to your party area as long as it does not require

any on site preparation. We DO NOT allow any outside grills inside the zoo. You can

have your food delivered to the zoo, but you will have to wait for your deliveries

outside the zoo gates. There is NO alcohol or smoking permitted on zoo grounds.

Parties found with alcohol will result in shut down of the party and will result in the loss of your payment.

 

May we bring in decorations?

Yes, you may bring in your own party decorations. However, we DO NOT allow

any balloons, confetti, or any other inflatable decorations inside the zoo.

Can a Zoo employee help unload and/or cart items to and from my party area?

Zoo staff will NOT be available to help carry/transport any items to your party

area. You will be responsible for loading and unloading your own items to and

from the party area. It can be a long walk to your party area so we recommend

either bringing in your own wagon, or borrowing a wagon if we have one available.

Golf cart transportation can NOT be made available.

 

Will there be a host or zoo staff member in the party area during my party?

We do not provide any host present in the party area during your party. Staff will check in

with you at the beginning of your party to answer any questions and will come and go throughout the remainder of your party.

 

What if I have questions during my event?

Please stop by the gift shop or ask a staff member if you have any questions or requests during your event.

 

Can I bring music to my party?

Yes, you may have music in your party area as long as it’s not loud. The party must be respectful to other zoo visitors and for the safety and comfort of our animals, we require that all music and sound levels be conscientiously obeyed.

 

What is the minimum and maximum number of guests?

There is no minimum but due to the size of the room there are maximum numbers of guest depending on the area that you are renting and an admission count is made for anyone over the age of 2 years.

 

Are there any electrical outlets?

Yes, there is electric in the party room.

 

When do I pay for the party?

The complete fee must be made at the time of the reservation.

 

Where do my guests check in?

Your guest will check in at the front office and you do not need to leave a list of names of all your guests. Your guests will simply let the staff know that they are here for your party and the staff will keep a count of all your guests. Children under 2 get in for free; therefore, they are not counted as part of your guest count. ALL adults and children over 2yrs who enter the gates are issued wristbands and are counted as part of your "included" 25 guest allowance.  Arrangements must be made with the office for if you have anymore than the given guest allowance.   

 

What happens if I end up with more guests?

The rental includes 25 admissions over the age of 2 years, if you have extra party goers, then you will need to make arrangements prior to the party on how you wish to cover their admission, either we can charge the attendees after 25 or you can pay for them after the party is complete by cash or check. If you do not wish to pay for the extra guest then we request that you have an assigned “guest list” person at the gate to handle entries, so as to prevent any issues with our office attendants. If no arrangements are made then all guest after the 25 will have to pay the full admission cost to enter the zoo.

 

Are Zoo members counted as part of my guest count?

Guest who are Zoo members are counted as part of your guest count, since the space is rented for the fee and the admissions are granted into that fee.

 

Can I pick the animals that visit us in the encounter experience?

Due to the nature of live animals and other scheduled programs, Zoo cannot guarantee which animals are at any program.