Zoo Mystery Party for Kids

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An exciting scavenger hunt-style non-murder mystery party game. The game is zoo-themed and for ages 6 and up, 5-8 unique character roles. Invite 5-24 children and get ready to sleuth a fun mystery at the Oceanside Zoo.

The game includes a fun scavenger hunt in round one and ends with an exciting challenge to find Garry Gator - the notorious prankster! This game is ideally hosted at a home, as there are scavenger hunt clues to be found in general home locations (i.e. kitchen, kid's bedroom, etc.) This is the instant download version of the game. No waiting, no shipping fees. Easy to prepare and simple to host.

Note: younger sleuths may need some adult assistance in reading and solving the mysteries in the game.

2 out of 10 difficulty.  This game was updated on 2/8/18. 

Helpful Links:

Host character list
Free, printable invitation
Sample game materials
Boxed version - My Mystery Party staff will prepare your party kit for you!
Direct your guests here - the corresponding invitation site at 'Your Mystery Party'

Mystery Synopsis:

Oh no! Garry Gator is at it again! The prankster escaped from the swamp exhibit last night! He released five zoo animals and hid them in secret locations! After the night of mischief, he’s back in his swampy exhibit, fast asleep and refusing to talk. Before he drifted off to dreamland, he slipped a note under Andie Mall’s door in the main zookeeper office! Garry Gator said there are riddles to solve to figure out which animals are hidden and where! The staff of the Oceanside Zoo needs to hurry and find the animals and get them back in their exhibits before it’s time to open the zoo!

If you wish to host this (or any other) game for profit, you will need a commercial license - click here.

Minimum age:
6 years
Difficulty rating:
Kids - Easy Breezy, 2/10
Gender of character roles:
# of players in main game:
5-8 players
Expansion pack(s):
Not at this time
Expandable team players:
Expands to over 24 players with teams
Date of publication:
February 2019


  • 5
    Awesome kit!

    Posted by Unknown on Sep 20th 2020

    Excellent mystery party kit. Detailed instructions, invitations, clues and name tags!

  • 5
    Zoo Mystery Party for 10 year old Birthday

    Posted by Mandi on Sep 15th 2020

    My daughter and her friends absolutely loved this party. They all had a blast and loved getting the riddles and finding the clues. They decided to work together as a team. It was so fun to hear their different reasonings why it had to be or couldn't be a certain animal. The party took a bit longer than I thought it would but it was super fun, and they were all excited that they got the answers right. The only thing I would change is the charade bonus game. The suggested words and phrases to act out were way to hard for them. I should have read through them and changed them.

  • 5
    Easy to plan, fun for the kids

    Posted by Gretchen on Jun 24th 2020

    Did this for a make shift corona summer camp for the kids on the block.

  • 5
    Memorable Party

    Posted by Sheena on Feb 26th 2019

    The party was fantastic! Everything was well mapped out and explained and there was plenty of extra activities to add to the fun! I found the kids having to write out clues was a bit challenging for some but we got through that part. The kids loved looking for clues and their final treasure. I added one more clue with a code wheel. and made a indiviudal clue for each child so that they could do their own hunt and then sent the code wheel home as a thank you card. Also set up a green screen and took pictures of them in their costumes with a zoo backdrop. Kids had a blast and really got into their character. Was a great time. Thanks for this.