Birthday Parties 2017-08-31T20:43:34+00:00
Cosley Zoo is a great place to celebrate a birthday!

Cosley Zoo is a great place to celebrate a birthday!

Birthday Parties

Celebrate a birthday at Cosley Zoo in one of three unique settings. You can “Build a Birthday” that fits your needs.

The following information includes the various spaces, fees, amenities, and additional information for you to “Build a Birthday” at Cosley Zoo. Your guests receive FREE zoo admission and are welcome to tour the zoo at any time during normal zoo hours on the day of your party.

Party Spaces

Parties can be hosted in the following locations between 9A-5P.

The outdoor amphitheater Capacity: 35

Rental Rates: $150.00 for 2 hours; $50.00 for each additional hour

The outdoor amphitheater offers a shaded space for up to 35 people. Included in the fee are the following:

  • Free admission for all your guests
  • 8 ft. table – 1
  • Dark green table covering – optional
  • Bench seating for up to 35 (no chairs)
  • A raised stage
  • 30 minutes set-up time prior to the reserved party time
  • 30 minute break-down following the reserved party time
The Duck Pond Pavilion Capacity: 50

Rates: $295.00 for 2 hours; $95.00 per hour for each additional hour

The Duck Pond Pavilion is a casual outdoor covered pavilion for up to 50 people. Included in the fee are the following:

  • Free admission for all your guests
  • 6 ft. tables – up to 4
  • 8 ft. tables – up to 6
  • Dark green table coverings – optional
  • Chairs – up to 50
  • 30 minutes set-up time prior to the reserved party time
  • 30 minute break-down following the reserved party time
The Kiebler Room Capacity: 100

Rental Rates: $450.00 for 2 hours; $125.00 per hour for each additional hour

The Kiebler Room is a second floor room that can accommodate up to 100 people; it is climate controlled, has private washrooms, and is accessible only by stairs. Included in the fee are the following:
Free admission for all your guests

  • 8 ft. tables – up to 13
  • Dark green table coverings – optional
  • Chairs – up to 100
  • 6 ft. toddler tables and chairs – maximum 2 tables and 18 chairs
  • 30 minutes set-up time prior to reserved party time
  • 30 minute break-down following the reserved party time

The following amenities and services can be provided for an additional fee:

  • Live Animal Encounter (3 animal visit) – $79.00
  • Duck Feeding Pass (offered 10-10:30A and 3-3:30P mid-April through mid-October) – $1.00 per serving
  • Chicken Feeding Pass (offered 11:30-11:45A and 1:30-1:45P mid-April through October) – $1.00 per serving
  • Small Plush Animal (horse, bobcat, turtle, or owl) – $9.95 each
  • Ice Cream Novelties (available seasonally) – Starting at $2.50 each
  • Pitchers of Soda (includes cups) – $8.00 each
  • Water Service(includes pitchers or cooler of ice water and cups) – $.85 per person
  • Pizza (cheese, sausage or pepperoni) 16” thin crust. Serves 4-5 people (includes plates and napkins) – $25.00 each
  • Catered Food and Beverage, Upgraded Tables, Chairs, or Linens – Please see our preferred vendor list for more information

Party Procedures

Reservations & Payments

To make a reservation, please contact Tami at 630.510.5040 or tromejko@wheatonparks.org.

To complete a reservation, a non-refundable deposit is required along with a signed rental agreement. Your deposit is then credited towards the balance due. Deposit fees are 50% of the base rental fee.

Deposits are due within one (1) week of making the reservation and can be paid by cash, check or credit card: Visa, MasterCard or Discover.

The final balance is due two weeks prior to the rental date. Reservations made within three weeks of the event date are required to pay in full within one (1) week of making the reservation.

Deposits and balances can be paid in any of the following ways:

  1. In person at Cosley Zoo’s Wild Side Gift Shop
  2. Mail a check payable to Cosley Zoo, 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton IL 60187
  3. Call 630-665-5534 and pay with credit card

Cosley Zoo Members

Wild Bunch Plus and Keeper Club Member levels receive a 10% discount off any base rental fee if the renter is an active member at the time of reservation or if a membership is purchased before final payment is due. Discount does not apply to rental add-ons. Discount may not be used in conjunction with any other offers.

Rental Coordinator/Rental Greeter

Your rental coordinator will assist you with any questions throughout your planning process up until the day of your party. On the day of your party, your rental greeter will meet you upon your arrival and check-in with you 1-2 times during your event. You are responsible for all unloading, set-up, and clean-up of your supplies. Cosley Zoo does not provide a team member to assist with this.

Animal Encounter (Additional Fee)

Animal Visit A Cosley Zoo team member will bring 3 live animals to visit your party. Your guests will get to see the animals up close and have an opportunity to touch them. An animal encounter lasts approximately 20-25 minutes and must be requested at least two weeks in advance of the party date. Animals available for visits include: chicken, rabbit, turtle, snake, Madagascar Hissing Cockroach, walking stick, Blue-tongued skink (lizard), and hedgehog. We will make every effort to accommodate your requests. However, we do reserve the right to substitute an animal should it be unavailable for some reason on the day of your event.

Pets/outside animals are not allowed on zoo grounds.

Set-up /Decorating

Thirty minutes of set-up time is included in the party fee. If the renter needs additional time for set-up, the renter must book this with the rental coordinator in advance and will be charged based on the hourly rate.

Free standing and table top decorations are recommended. Thumbtacks, tape, or nails are not permitted on walls, ceilings, buildings or trees.

For the safety of our animals, Cosley Zoo does not allow:

  • Balloons
  • Confetti
  • Piñatas
  • Open flame (other than birthday candles)

Clean-up

Thirty minutes for clean-up is included in the rental fee. If you need additional time for clean-up, this must be scheduled with the rental coordinator in advance and will be charged based on the hourly rate.

Food & Caterers

There are several food options when hosting your party at Cosley Zoo. You can choose anything from pizza delivery to full-service catering for your event. Cosley Zoo offers a preferred vendor list for those looking to have a caterer on-site during their event. Please ask your rental coordinator for more information. You may also choose to bring in your own food and non-alcoholic beverages.

Alcoholic Beverages

Alcoholic beverages are not allowed. If you are interested in having beer and wine at your event, please see our evening rental option.

Entertainment

Music and entertainment (face painter, magicians, etc.) are permitted with the approval of the zoo and may need to provide a certificate of insurance naming Cosley Zoo as additionally insured.

Parking

Cosley Zoo has limited public parking. We ask that you encourage your guests to carpool when possible. If parking is a concern, additional parking may be available depending on when your party is scheduled. Please contact the rental coordinator for additional information.

Inclement Weather

Cosley Zoo remains open regardless of weather. If cancellation is requested due to inclement weather, the zoo will work with you to reschedule your party. Deposits are nonrefundable, but can be credited towards another date within 12 months of the cancellation. Party deposits may only be used towards another party or rental not towards other zoo amenities (gift shop purchases, programs, admissions, membership, etc.)