Host Your Event at the Zoo

Business Meetings, Picnics, Reunions, Receptions & More

Sunset Zoo is a great location to host an event. Whether it’s a business meeting, rehearsal dinner, picnic, reunion or reception, you are sure to have a memorable time.

Set up a consultation and tour of the facilities today with the Zoo. Email us  or call 785.587.2737.

Availability & Pricing

The Zoo's rental facilities are available to rent year-round, seven days a week and during most mornings, afternoons and evenings. The Zoo's educational camps and classes also utilize several of the facilities and availability is subject to these needs. Two-week minimum notice required to book to guarantee availability of staff. However, spring and fall weekends book up fairly quickly, so advance notice is highly encouraged. 

Facilities range from $70 to $230 per hour. Additional fees may include a minimal alcohol fee and refundable damage deposit; alcohol is permitted at events when the Zoo is closed to the public. To learn more, contact Jayna using the information above.

Rent the Entire Zoo

Treat your guests to an exclusive visit to the Zoo’s animal collection before or after the gate are closed. Rentals available year-round, are weather dependent and can accommodate up to 300 guests. Contact Jayna Ukrazhenko at the information above to learn more. 


Event rental guests are invited to use any caterer they wish as long as they provide an up-to-date copy of their caterer's license. Additionally, alcohol is permitted at rental events so long as it is in accordance with the Zoo's facility use guidelines, and all city, state and federal laws. To learn more, contact us via email or 785-587-2737.

Event Extras

Consider enhancing your event with a variety of event extras like live animal encounters and face painting. You can even rent out the loop to the primate exhibit building with any after-hours Nature Exploration Center rental.

Rental Venues

The Zoo offers several outdoor locations throughout the grounds as well as the Nature Exploration Center, with capacity for up to 298 people dependent on layout. Learn more about our facilities.

Weddings at the Zoo

Sunset Zoo's 26-acre park and indoor Nature Exploration Center are the perfect backdrop to celebrate your wedding day. We offer a variety of ceremony and reception packages. Learn more about Zoo weddings.

Ask for more information regarding accessibility options during your rental consultation.