The Best Petting Zoos For Kids Birthday Parties

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Want a memorable birthday party that even the fussiest of kids will enjoy? Try hiring a mobile petting zoo! From baby farm animals to native wildlife and fascinating creepy crawlies, there’s a petting zoo out there to suit every kids' personality.

Here are some great Sydney-based options to check out.

Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park

Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park

Invite 2,200 animals to your party at Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park! More than just a petting zoo, this wildlife sanctuary in Sydney's west is home to the largest collection of native animals in the world. They host unique parties packed with wildlife - you can pet and feed the animals, or have an up-close private Animal Encounter. There are three birthday party packages to choose from starting at $595 for up to 10 children including park entry, a private party area, host and catering, kangaroo food and digital invitations.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19 Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park parties are not currently available.

Golden Ridge Animal Farm

Bottle feed a baby goat or feed ducklings in the comfort of your backyard with Golden Ridge Animal Farm. Described as a ‘hands-on farm for children’, Golden Ridge offers two packages: a 2-hour session with 20 to 25 animals including lambs, baby goats, rabbits, ducklings, chickens and a rooster, or a cheaper 1-hour session with a smaller selection of animals. If you’re feeling adventurous, have a real barnyard party by visiting the farm in Dural. The Golden Ridge Farms offers BBQ facilities and a fully catered lunch, as well as pony rides and a jumping castle at extra cost.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19 Golden Ridge Animal Farm parties are not currently available.

Kidz Zoo

Sit back, relax and let the experts do the work for you with Kidz Zoo. This family-owned mobile petting zoo not only brings a selection of hand-raised animals with kind temperaments to your venue (including a rather friendly alpaca!) but also provides a secure enclosure, handwash, weatherproof shelter. and flooring to protect your ground. And Saddle Club fans, you’re in for a treat! Kidz Zoo also provides a pony free of charge with their birthday party package, helmets included!

Shark Party’s

Fancy something a bit different from Old Macdonald? A shark party (yes, you read that right!) might be right up your child’s alley. Shark Party’s offer a petting zoo with a difference, featuring marine creatures such as turtles, eels, crabs, yabbies and an epaulette shark which kids can feed and pat. Staff only take around 15 minutes to set up – all you need to provide is a 4m x 4m space. Birthday party packages with Shark Party's also include an informal 1-hour ‘meet the animals’ session, which is designed to educate kids about each creature and its history.

Kindifarm

Level up your preschooler’s Peppa Pig Party with a real pig, along with a real Rebecca Rabbit and the rest of the gang! As well as the usual farmyard set-up, KindiFarm offers themed petting zoo experiences. Choose from a Mary Had a Little Lamb Party, a Draw An Animal Party (art supplies included) or an Alice In Wonderland Party – complete with a white rabbit, of course! For those entertaining a younger crowd, Kindifarm also runs mini parties where staff help children feed, pat and hold pigs, fluffy Silkie hens and baby chicks of different colours.

Feature Creatures

If cute and cuddly isn’t your child’s style, Feature Creatures may be the mobile petting zoo you’re looking for. Swap fur and feathers for fangs and scales with an interactive reptile, bug and frog party. Creepy crawly birthday party guests include spiders, scorpions, centipedes, bearded dragons, tree frogs, a crocodile, shingleback lizard, turtles and 2 friendly pythons (a small one to warm up the kids before meeting the giant one at the end of the show!). The birthday child is invited behind the scenes to help staff retrieve all the animals, so you can be sure their day will be truly special.

Get Wild

Get kids in touch with their native environment by throwing an Australian Wildlife party, complete with some incredible Aussie animals! Get Wild aim to make wildlife conservation fun and exciting through encouraging kids to see, feel and smell animals up close. A 1-hour Australian Wildlife party features native birds, a baby crocodile, a small python and native frogs, or choose a reptile party presentation with plenty of fascinating creatures to meet. Each birthday party package also includes a free birthday gift and party bags for guests.

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