Bowmanville059Is your company considering having an employee appreciation day, picnic or barbecue ?

Why not have it at the Bowmanville Zoo?!

Reserve our large event tent for your company picnic or barbecue. You can choose to have the Zoo’s Restaurant cater your event (basic burgers, hot dogs, fries and fountain drinks) or upgrade to our exclusive caterer to provide food which may be ordered at an additional cost. Contact the Zoo for menu and pricing.

The Event Tent is set up to provide your group with some shade on a hot day.  We have plenty of picnic tables for your group to spread out on. The playground and Funland rides are located in close proximity to the Group event tent.

Bowmanville Zoo is widely known for our famous Camel Rides, which you can include in your event for $5/person. Our Zoo also has a Splash Pad (open July/August) with a capacity of 100 people, which is a great and fun way for families and their children to splash the day away and cool off!


  Our Animatheatre is the place to be for an up close and personal experience with some of the world’s most intriguing and interesting animals. It seats 450 guests and is wheelchair accessible.  Shows run at 12 pm, 2 pm and 4 pm daily and we’ll reserve seats for your group.

  $350.00 base cost for 1-10 individuals and an additional cost of $17.00 per additional guest. Taxes are extra.

  Rain Day Guarantee: Should your event day get rained out we will reschedule your event at no cost.

  Methods of Payment: We accept Visa, MasterCard, Cash & Debit.

Cancellations and Refunds: Cancellations made less than 10 days prior to the event will receive a refund minus a $25.00 cancellation processing fee.

Park Policies
Picnic lunches and coolers are fine to bring into the zoo, however we ask that you not bring in BBQ’s, any sort of plastic (includes sandwich bags, snack packaging, straws, etc.) or alcohol. Food from other establishments is not allowed.

Safety Notes
Because of possible harm to the animals, balloons, straws and plastic bags, baggies or plastic wrap are not allowed.  We have a strict No Plastics rule.
As with any outdoor setting, flying insects may be present.  Plan ahead for a comfortable visit.

What’s The Schedule?
Week-ends in June and daily during July & August.
May, September and October weekends only – programs will need to be modified.
Slots for the Reserved Picnic Area are scheduled at 10:00 am,  12:00 pm, and 2:00 pm.
Our scheduled show times are 12:00 pm,  2:00 pm, and 4:00 pm.
Animal Rides are scheduled after the AnimaTheatre Shows at 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4:30 pm for $5.00 ea when booked as part of a Company Event.
Shows and schedules may be cancelled due to weather.  Rain Date option suggested.

Upgrade Options:
Available at additional cost and must be booked in advance to arrange Special Pricing for your group.
Additional options not listed can be arranged on a case-by-case basis, so please let us know if you have something special in mind!

  • Camel Rides: group rate $5 ea – per person, per ride.
  • Private Animal Encounters: $100 per encounter (groups of 4-6 people at a time)
    – Better for smaller groups, book private encounters where your group can split up and take turns spending 30 minutes with an animal and one of our Keepers who will tell you all about them!  Participants get to touch, pet and interact with the animal during the private encounters.
  • Group Meet & Greet Encounter: $150 (included in price for groups under 25)
    – Better for larger groups, book a Meet & Greet with one of our Keepers and an animal.  We’ll have your group assemble in a large circle in a private area and bring a animal out to visit and walk around!  A keeper will tell you stories and facts about the animal and answer questions during this 30 minute session.  Participants may not be permitted to touch, pet or interact with the animal in this scenario – however (depending on numbers) we may allow the children of the group to line up at the end to touch or pet the animal, one at a time.
  • Private Animal Encounters or Meet & Greets are booked 45 mins before shows, at 11:15 am, 1:15 pm, and 3:15 pm.
  • Catering options by the Zoo Cafe:
    – Hot dog, Fries & Small Fountain Drink $6.00 ea
    – Hamburger, Fries & Small Fountain Drink $7.00 ea
    – Fries & Small Fountain Drink $3.50 ea

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