Zoo Theme Party

zoo theme party ideas

Wild about zoo animals? Host a zoo theme birthday party guaranteed to be a roarrr-ing good time! Here are some of our favorite ideas for invitations, decorations, activities, and favors.

Zoo Theme Invitations

Great invitations can help set the tone for your event before it even starts. Here are some invitation ideas sure to get your celebration off on the right paw…

Animal Cracker Invitations — Write up your party information on a decorative tag and attach it with ribbon to a box of animal crackers. Hand deliver these yummy invites to your guests’ front doorsteps.

Animal Art Invitations — Is your guest of honor an artist? Take his or her favorite drawing of a zoo animal and scan it into your computer. Then design your zoo party invitation using the artwork as the focal point of your invitation. For an extra touch, print these invites on scrapbooking paper with a colorful zoo themed border.

Photo Invitations — Take a picture of the birthday child dressed up as a zoo animal. Make frames for your photos out of gray construction paper or translucent white vellum paper that look like animal cages. Glue these to your photos and attach to the front of a fold over card. Write your party information inside.

Zoo Party Invitation Wording — Looking for some clever zoo theme invitation wording? Here are a few options:

  • Go Wild at _________’s Zoo Birthday!
  • Time to Monkey Around at __________’s Zoo Party!
  • For a Roarr-ing Good Time, Join Us at _________’s Zoo Birthday Party!


**General Invitation Tips**— If you choose to make your own invitations, don’t forget to include the date, location, and time of your party. It is also helpful to put the host’s name, RSVP by date, and either your phone number or email.

You can always find lots of great online party invitations with a free RSVP manager at Evite,


Here are some invitations that would be perfect for a zoo theme party:

Jungle Animals Photo Cards
Jungle Animals Photo Invites
Jungle Buddies Personalized Invitations
Jungle Buddies Invitations
Jungle Buddies Personalized Photo Cards
Jungle Buddies Photo Invites


Zoo Theme Party Decorations

Animal Tracks — Welcome your guests to your party by making different animal foorprints (paw prints, hoof prints, bird tracks, etc.) out of sidewalk chalk or construction paper. Create a trail of animal tracks in a path to your front door.

Zoo Sign — Hang a banner on your front door that says, “The _________ Family Zoo! All Wild Things Welcome!”

Refrigerator Box Cages — Cut openings into large cardboard boxes to look like animal cages. Paint your cages gray or black. Leave the flap part open in the back so that your wild animal party guests can crawl inside. Be sure to have your camera ready!

Welcome to the Jungle — To create the jungle feel, hang a mixture of brown, light green, and dark green streamers around your home. You could also hang balloons in these colors. Further the effect by cutting out tropical leaves, scattering them on tabletops, and hanging them from your streamers to look like leafy vines.

Zoo Animal Centerpieces — Arrange toy animals on your tabletop as a zoo themed centerpiece. Add a zoo keeper pith helmet for an extra touch. You might also make a sign reading, “Please Feed the Animals!”, glue it to a wooden dowel, and position it so it looks like one of your centerpiece animals is holding it up.

Here are some zoo theme party supplies that we really like:

Jungle Buddies Deluxe Party Pack For 8
Jungle Buddies Party Supplies

Party Animals Party Supplies
Funfari™ - Fun Safari Jungle - Birthday Party 16 Big Dot Bundle
Funfari Party Supplies


** The zoo theme also makes a great idea for a 1st birthday party.

Zoo Theme Party Activities

Animal Hands Temporary Tattoos
Let the fun begin! A great idea for a zoo theme party is to visit your local zoo. Alternatively, you could hire a zoo keeper or local animal handler to come to your party and bring some animals for your guests to experience first hand. If those choices aren’t an option, you can still have a fun party in your home. Here are some ideas to keep your little animals busy!

Face Painting — Set up a face painting station and let your guests choose which zoo animal they would like to be for a day.

Balloon Animals — Do a little research before your party about making balloon animals. Then impress your guests by making each child an animal to take home.

The Roar of the Jungle Patterned Reading PlayClick Here for a great patterned reading script where the children at your party become noisy jungle animals as you read their names aloud in this fun Reader’s Theater play.

Monkey Knot –Have your group stand in a large circle. Have everyone reach out their right hand and grab the right hand of someone else (preferably not the person next to them). Now have everyone reach out their left hand and grab the left hand of someone new. Your group will be in a tangled monkey knot! Have them work together to untangle themselves without letting go of anyone’s hand.

What Animal am I? — Write the names of different zoo animals on index cards and tape a card to each child’s back (without them seeing what animal they are). Have them go around to the other party guests and ask yes or no questions to try and figure out what animal they are.

Animal Tail Tag — Give each child a “tail” made from a sock, a piece of fabric, or a long strip of construction paper. Have them stick these into the back of the waistband of their pants to look like a tail. The goal of this game is to grab the other players’ tails without losing your own. The last animal with a tail is the winner.

Elephant Race — Divide your zoo party guests into two relay teams. Put half of each team on one end of your race course and the other half on the other. Have your first elephant race to her teammate. She should put her arm between her legs to make a trunk. The teammate should stand behind her and grab the end of her trunk. Together these two elephants should then race back to their next teammate, who should grab the second player’s trunk to form an elephant chain of three. Keep going until all teammates are conneted. The team who has all its members back to the starting line (without ever breaking their chain) is the winner.

Find the Escaped Zoo Animals — Before your party, hide a number of small plastic zoo animals around your yard or party area (enough for every child to find at least three). Tell your guests that the animals have escaped from the zoo and it is their job to find them all. Then send them off on a zoo animal scavenger hunt.

Play a Zoo Animal Movie — You might choose to quiet things down by showing a zoo theme movie such as Madagascar, The Wild, or The Lion King. You could also run a movie as a background scene setter to your event.


The Lion King

The Wild


Party Favors

Send your guests off with a special memory of the event. Here are some ideas for zoo party favors:


If you enjoyed these zoo party ideas, you might also enjoy these parties:

jungle theme party
Jungle Party
carnival theme party
Carnival Party
monkey birthday party
Monkey Party


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