Does you child have a soft spot for the fluffy and furry? Maybe even the slimy or scaly? Then cater to his or her wild side and plan the ultimate birthday celebration with some REAL party animals!

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

7340 Butler Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 665-3640 or (800) 474-4966

What better place to throw a birthday party for a child who loves animals than the zoo? The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is home to thousands of amazing animals representing more than four hundred species, including 22 threatened or endangered species. The birthday boy or girl and all of his or her friends can spend the whole day at the zoo getting up close and personal with their favorite wild animals. Don’t forget about the zoo-themed birthday cake and favors for each guest!

Animal Friends

Pet Adoption & Resource Center
562 Camp Horne Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
(412) 847-7000

Calling all pet lovers! There’s a new way to spend your special day and support a good cause at the same time! Allow Animal Friends Pet Adoption & Resource Center to host you child’s next birthday party. Choose from a Canine Bash or a Feline Blowout. The birthday boy or girl and their party guests will enjoy a special visit from some shelter residents while enjoying a Bruster’s ice cream cake and punch. After a pet-themed game, he or she can open gifts, along with a special present from Animal Friends. And best of all, the cost of the party goes towards supporting Animal Friends!

Pony Party at Soergel Orchards

2573 Brandt School Road
Wexford, PA
(724) 935-1743

Try something new this year and have your child’s birthday party at the farm! Soergel’s Orchards hosts pony parties for your little cowgirl or cowboy. Along with games like pin the tail on the donkey and a bean bag toss, children will love panning for gems just like they learned about in school. Don’t forget about all the farm animals that love to make new friends. Make sure to bring some extra quarters to buy them some treats! Then take a trip over to Tiny Town. A general store, hotel and even a jailhouse offer a great opportunity for kids to use their imaginations. And for an extra cost, a balloon chase is always fun and a hayride can round out the perfect day.

Rolling Hills Ranch

677 Hickory Grade Road
Bridgeville, PA 15017
(412) 221-9926

For the true cowpokes who love to lounge in the saddle…. mosey on out to Rolling Hills Ranch in Bridgeville. From the urbanized beginners to the experienced cowboys, Rolling Hills has the horses, trails, and staff to ensure that you have a safe and memorable experience while you are…”INCREASING YOUR HORSEPOWER!” For a truly unforgettable experience, sign up for a moonlight ride which also includes a catered dinner by the camp fire and a hayride to the meal site. But hold on to your horses… this event is for buckaroos eight years old and up.

The National Aviary

700 Arch Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 323-7235

Located on Pittsburgh’s North Side, The National Aviary is the great place for a “Bird-Day Party.” The Aviary features 600 birds from all over the world! Spend the day with your fellow birdbrains learning all there is to know about our winged friends. Come see a show at the Aviary’s brand new FliteZone Theatre… the nation’s first indoor educational theatre built to incorporate free-flight bird demonstrations. There are many options to customize your child’s special day as well. For example… there’s the opportunity to hand-feed nectar to the friendly lorikeets – or to come nose-to-beak with a penguin. And what birthday would be complete without singing “Happy Birthday?” Make the birthday memorable by having the Aviary’s resident singing parrot “Max” sing “Happy Birthday” to the birthday child!


Living Treasures Animal Park

288 State Route 711
Jones Mills, PA 15646
(724) 593-8300

268 Fox Rd.
New Castle, PA 16101
(724) 924-9571

For a party packed with petting zoos, pony rides, camel rides and educational programs, head out to Living Treasures Animal Park in Donegal or Moraine – or have them bring the party to you! Traveling exhibits are available! Both parks are designed to allow our visitors to get face to face with all types of animals for interaction opportunities not available at other zoos. In many cases, feeding and contact with the animals is encouraged which even further enhances your animal experience! From barnyard animals to endangered lions, Living Treasures Animal Parks offers a unique experience for any child’s birthday party.

– Amanda Harle