Due to the current heatwave Bergen County is experiencing, The Lakes at Darlington County Park have opened for daily operation ahead of schedule. Effective immediately, The Lakes are open for swimming 10am-6pm, daily.
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Birthday Parties

Program Information

  • Parties may be scheduled 10:30am-12pm or 2pm-3:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays year-round.
  • Parties last 90 minutes total. This includes a 45-minute education component, followed by 45 minutes for the party host to serve food or do other activities.
  • The Bergen County Zoo will provide:
    • Private indoor party space
    • Live animal demonstration with biofacts pertaining to the chosen theme
    • Admission tickets to the zoo (20 children, 22 adults)
    • Canvas bag decorating for 20 children
Party Cost

Bergen County Resident or Zoo Member

Non-Bergen County Resident
Party Theme
Zoo parties include an education program with live animals and biofacts. The available themes are:
Animal Habitats - Explore habitats and the different animals that live there!
Reptiles/Amphibians -Take a look at our slimy and scaly friends!
Animal Adaptations - Discover how animals survive in the wild!

Train Add-on

May–October only
40 tickets

Carousel Add-on
May–October only
20 tickets

Bear Factory Add-on
Available year-round
$15 per child
Birthday child gets their plush for free! A minimum of 10 plus animals must be purchased.
*Please note that this add-on requires a separate check.

The Bear Factory is an interactive concept of building your own plus animal. Guests chosen between 5-6 plush animals within a specific chosen package. During the park, a Bear Factory staff member will help bring the plushies to life and your guests can take their newly-stuffed animals home with them!

*The animals within separate packages are not interchangeable.


A permit is required for groups of 10 or more to use picnic areas in Van Saun County Park. Groups of less than 10 may use unoccupied picnic areas on a first come, first serve basis. Picnic permits can be acquired at www.co.bergen.nj.us/permits.

Contact Us

 Bergen County Zoo

Phone: 201-634-3100

 Bergen County Department of Parks

One Bergen County Plaza • 4th Floor • Hackensack, NJ 07601-7076

Phone: 201-336-7275