“Parties at the Zoo”

Looking for a unique party experience? America’s Teaching Zoo is the perfect choice for an unforgettable special event. The zoo offers a convenient outdoor picnic area and a fun 40 minute live animal show honoring your birthday child!

Party Animal Package includes:
Admission to the Zoo for birthday family and as many guests as you would like to invite (up to 80 comfortably)
Reserved Picnic area
2 six foot serving tables and 8-eight foot picnic tables
Large commercial sink
40 minute show honoring your birthday child (10:30 show will be a private showing, 2p.m. may include other zoo guests)

All of the above is available for a flat fee of $200. We accept cash or checks only. Sorry, credit cards can not be processed yet…we are working toward being able to do this soon.
Refund Policy: If unforeseen circumstance arise, refunds are as follows: Up to two weeks before your party date a refund minus a $10 handling fee will be issued. Within two weeks of your party date, no refund will be given. All refunds come in the form of a check from Ventura Community College District. To receive a refund, you MUST submit a copy of your cleared bank check to us. Allow 5-7 weeks for your refund.

The zoo offers two party slots every Saturday and Sunday (excluding special event weekends)
10:30 a.m. show (private) the picnic area will be available from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. show. The picnic area will be available from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Booking a Party:
Please call (805) 378-1441 or email

Party Pictures
Click here to view some pictures from previous parties.

“Field Trips and Group Shows”

America’s Teaching Zoo is an excellent location for field trips and group shows!

  • Shows last 40 minutes and are followed by a 30 minute zoo tour.
  • Spring Semester shows are offered at 10:30 a.m. on all weekdays (excluding Wednesdays)
  • Summer Semester shows are offered at 10:00 a.m. on all weekdays (excluding Wednesdays)
  • Fall Semester shows are offered at 10:30 a.m. on all weekdays (excluding Fridays)

Show prices:
$3 per visitor both child and adult.  If the group is smaller than 25 a minimum fee of $75 will be charged.
1 free teacher per class.  Please no children under 2 years of age.
Cash or check only. Sorry, credit cards can not be processed yet…we are working toward being able to do this soon!

Booking a show:
Please call (805) 378-1441 or email

  • Shows are booked on a first come first served basis and are booked several weeks to several months in advance. Multiple groups will be booked in a day if there is space. The theater seating allows for an audience of approximately 300 people.
  • Parking:
    • A convenient bus drop off site is available.
    • If your group is traveling in cars, please allow a minimum of 20 minutes to find parking as the zoo is located on a college campus and can be busy during the week. A $2.00 parking permit will need to be purchased for each personal vehicle. Parking Permit Machines are conveniently located in each parking lot. Click here for directions to the parking permit machines.
  • Since the zoo is closed to the general public during the week we cannot offer a place to stay for lunch or snack. However, there are two local public parks located very nearby that you are welcome to use for a lunch break before returning to your destination.