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's Event Sales Coordinator, Courtney Dehn. Email her at dehn@cityofmhk.com 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 $50 to $175 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 Courtney 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 Courtney Dehn at the information above to learn more. 

Catering


Event rental guests are invited to use any caterer they wish, provided they are on the Zoo's approved caterer list. This list simply requires the caterer to register with our Event Sales Coordinator and 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 Courtney at dehn@cityofmhk.com or 785-587-2737.

Event Extras 
Consider enhancing your event with a variety of event extras like live animal roamers, face painting and more. 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 newly-opened indoor facility, 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.