Zoo-Themed Party Ideas For Kids

If you're looking for a party theme that will appeal to most young kids, you can't go wrong with a zoo-inspired celebration. Many children love visiting zoos and interacting with animals, which makes it the ideal theme for every youngster on your guest list. No matter what type of event venue that you use, such as a friend's backyard, a park, an attraction's rental space, a party tent or even a banquet hall for larger get-gethers, a zoo theme will blend right in. Use a mix of homemade and store-bought items to create a personalized look throughout the venue.

Depending on your event budget, you can either hire a professional party-planning company to handle all of the details for you or you can put the celebration together yourself. As another idea, you can hire a pro for some aspects, such as catering or decor, and handle the rest on your own.

Here are just a few zoo-themed kids' party ideas to get you started:


One of the fastest and easiest ways to transform a boring space into a zoo-themed wonderland is with wall decor. You can simply hang large cut-outs in the shape of zoo animals, including zebras, giraffes, elephants, and parrots on plain walls. You can also use removable decals to create a whimsical zoo scene on one or two walls.

Another simple way to decorate is by topping tables with zoo animal-patterned cloths or runners. If you can only find a plain green or white tablecloth, you can add visual interest with patterned paper plates and napkins.

For younger kids, get colorful, zoo-inspired helium balloons, or balloon animals is also the perfect decor. Guests can even take the balloons home with them as party favors at the end of the day.


Cater to children's tastes by providing zoo-themed snacks, main courses, and desserts. The interesting shapes and designs will make even the healthiest of foods appealing to youngsters. 

Some fun and tasty ideas include:

  • a "hungry hippo dip" consisting of a cheese sauce or ranch dressing
  • cookies decorated to resemble lion or any other animal faces
  • animal crackers
  • chocolate-covered frozen banana "monkey treats"
  • a long sub sandwich arranged to look like a snake and served in smaller segments.

If you'd like to have more fun and less stress when planning a party for your child, consider hiring local party planning services to take care of everything.