Pet World Lawrence

Birthday Parties

Pet World offers Birthday Parties! Fun and educational!

Every Pet World birthday party is packed full of fun, safe animal experiences while learning about various reptiles, small mammals, birds and even fish if you're visiting our store! Your kids will remember this experience for years to come!


Pet World Comes To You!

This party option is where Pet World comes out to you! If you already have a party planned at your place this is perfect for you. We will bring out animals and teach kids about reptiles, small mammals and birds while letting them pet and hold various animals. You can snap unimited pictures of your party kids with some of these animals and take away the experience of getting to meet these awesome creatures up close.

Off site presentations are available anywhere inside the city limits of Lawrence!


  • kids ages 2-4
  • 20-30 minute presentation
  • two small mammals, two reptiles, one tortoise, one bird
  • $175 up to five children, $195 up to 10 children


  • two small mammals, two reptiles, one tortoise, one amphibian, one arachnid, one bird
  • kids of all ages
  • 20-30 minute presentation
  • $225 up to five children, $250 up to 10 children, $300 11-25 children


Parties at Pet World

This party option is where your party comes to Pet World! You get exclusive use of our Education Room where we can get out just about any animal your party wants! We learn about, pet, and hold animals in a more private area of the store so your party has all of the animals' attention. These parties can be scheduled anytime we have staff available Mon-Sat 10am-6:30pm, and Sun 11am-4pm. We provide tables, chairs, and a kitchen area. The first 30-45 minutes are for your family to do your personal, traditional birthday activities (cake, treats, presents, or any other activity you would like to do) and we will provide a custom, interactive, live animal presentation the second half of the party, up to 45 minutes long!

Pet World does not provide any food or drinks but please feel free to bring your own and use our kitchen area to serve. Parents are welcome to arrive 15 minutes early to set up.


  • kids ages 2-4
  • 60 minutes
  • 20-30 minute presentation
  • $150 up to five children, $175 up to 10 children


  • kids of all ages
  • 60-90 minutes
  • 30-45 minute presentation
  • $175 up to ten children, $200 11-14 children, $250 15-20 children


A Private Animals After Dark!

This party option is where we host a private Animals After Dark just for your group! The program is very similar to the normal AAD program but less expensive than buying out $600 worth of registrations. Plus we add birthday activities and the birthday parents get to join in! The kids will get lights on experiences with the animals as well as lights off experiences with flashlights! Plus, we'll play hide and seek for the last part of the party (sometimes their favorite part!). Birthday parents don't have to stay the entire time but are invited to stay all evening as registered guests. This party is three hours long with dinner, two hours without dinner, and definitely one kids will never forget!

7:00-7:15pm Drop Off, Playtime
The Deluxe with Dinner AAD party begins at 7:00pm. Kids gather in the Education Room with the birthday parents and then proceed to Playtime! Kids have optional stations with live animals while waiting for all guests to arrive.

7:15pm Dinner Time
Deluxe with Dinner AAD parties have pizza delivered to the store at 7:15pm. Pet World provides two slices of cheese pizza for each registered party guest (kids, plus up to four registered adult guests). Soda is not included - sorry - only water. Other adult guests are welcome to order their own food. Parents can choose to do presents and other traditional party activities while we eat, or after we eat. Whichever you choose!

7:30-8:00 Drop Off for Standard AAD Party (no dinner)
The Standard AAD party (no dinner) begins at 7:30pm. Kids gather in the Education Room with the birthday parents and then proceed to Playtime! Kids have optional stations with live animals while waiting for all guests to arrive.

8:00 Party Time!
The party gets rolling with cupcakes or birthday cake (provided by parents), the Happy Birthday song, and time for presents (optional). After the traditional party activities we bring in the pets! Birthday kids choose their favorite animals from a long list including hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, chinchillas, birds, lizards, tortoises, snakes, and even tarantulas! Birthday kids often request animal shelter donations instead of gifts to allow more time for live animal interactions before the After Dark portion.

9:00-9:25 After Dark Time!
When everyone is ready, the adult guests settle into the education room for grown-up chat and party clean up, the non-party PW employees leave to go home, and the pet store lights go out! For the party kids it’s time to explore! Armed with our flashlights, we venture out through the pet store to see what the animals do while Pet World is closed and everyone else is sleeping. We play games and explore all the secret places at Pet World where no one else can go! During this portion of the party registered adult party guests are welcome to explore with the group but all other adults are asked to remain in the Education Room for safety reasons. Usually only the parents of the birthday child attend the party, especially after 8pm. Most other parents drop off and return to pick up at 9:30.

9:30 Parent Pick Up
At the end of the party, we turn on the lights and bring the kids to the front door for parent pick up. Parents can all park out front and know when the lights go back on the party is over and it’s safe to enter.

STANDARD AAD Party 7:30pm-9:30pm

  • The typical choice for most AAD parties. No dinner but plenty of time for all the usual birthday party traditions as well as the complete animal experience. Please remember, adult guest spots are limited to a max of four, sometimes only two.
  • $295 up to 8 kids & 2 adults, $350 9-14 kids & 2-4 adults, $395 15-18 kids & 2 adults

DELUXE AAD Party with Dinner 7:00pm-9:30pm

  • The ultimate Animals After Dark party experience! Pizza from the local pizza parlor, lots of time for birthday party traditions with the complete animal experience! Please remember, adult guest spots are limited to a max of four, sometimes only two.
  • $350 up to 8 kids & 2 adults, $395 9-14 kids & 2-4 adults, $450 15-18 kids & 2 adults

All dates are scheduled on a first come, first served basis, and require payment in full to hold the date.


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Birthday Party Request Form

We will try to respond via email within three days of submitting your request. For best results please give us as much time as possible to schedule your birthday party. Due to popular demand, dates/times are not officially reserved until paid in full, available on a first come, first served basis.

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Location & Hours

Pet World
711 W 23rd Street
Lawrence, KS 66046

Phone: 785-841-7476

Mon - Fri: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

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