Birthday Party Details
Birthday parties at the Nature Discovery Center include reserved use of our outdoor Pavilion Area (see map) for a 2 hour party with your guests, as well as one party option of your choice (see below). Our party options each last about 30 minutes depending on the age and interest level of party guests. Whether you choose a program with live animals and puppets, or a guided hike, or a Discovery Room Tour, your party option will be scheduled to start 30 minutes after your guests are supposed to arrive to make sure everyone gets to enjoy the experience, even if they arrive a little late.
Effective October 1, 2019, Birthday Parties may only be scheduled by current NDC Members at Wildlife Family level or higher.
Party Scheduling: Pavilions may be reserved for parties from 4 – 6 pm on Fridays or on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am – 12 pm, 1 – 3 pm, or 4 – 6 pm. Your total pavilion reservation time includes 30 minutes before and after your party to allow time for set-up and clean-up. For example, if your party is from 10 am – 12 pm you can arrive to set up at 9:30 am and you can stay to clean up until 12:30 pm. In this example party, your party option would begin at 10:30 am.
Party Cost: $290 Cost includes pavilion reservation AND one Party Option (see list below).
You may add an additional Party Option to the one that comes with your basic party payment for $50. You can select Discovery Room OR Nature Walk as an add on program but not both.
Parties and Party Programs are not confirmed until payment is received.
Note: If you have other party entertainment plans and only want to reserve the Pavilion Area for your party, the cost of your party will remain the same, $290 for Family Level NDC Members and higher, standard Pavilion Area reservation time windows apply.
Live animals, puppets, and specimens from our collection help make our party programs a special experience for your birthday child and their friends and family to enjoy. Suggested age ranges are provided, but all programs can be adapted for kids of all ages.
- Bunny Buddies — Listen to a rabbit tale and visit with a live rabbit. Recommended for ages 2 to 6.
- Join the Insect Club — A fun and interactive puppet show about insects, spiders, and other animals. Recommended for ages 4 to 7.
- Scales and Tails — A program all about reptiles: snakes, lizards, and turtles. Children will be able to touch and investigate live animals and reptile specimens up close. For ages 5 to 9.
- Butterflies & Blooms — Celebrate your child’s birthday at the Nature Discovery Center and enjoy our brand new birthday party program: Butterflies & Blooms! Your child’s party guests will enjoy learning about butterflies and other pollinators in an interactive program with one of our naturalists. Every child will then participate in a hands-on butterfly-friendly activity planting native flowers to take home. We’ll finish this special program with a walk in our flower gardens to look for bees, butterflies, and other local pollinators. (Recommended for March through October birthdays. Limit 25 kids.)
- Discovery Room Tour
Center Staff guide children and parents through our Discovery Rooms. A trained guide will bring out live animals for the children to pet and will help children find age appropriate activities in our exhibits.Note: Please have the children come upstairs with clean hands for our animal’s sake. There is a fire code maximum of 30 people in the rooms at a time.
- Nature Walk
Children and their parents explore Russ Pitman Park’s Habitat Zones with a Staff guide. Limit is 15 kids. If inclement weather prevents an outdoor nature walk, a Discovery Room Tour may be substituted in its place. Recommended for ages 5 and up.
Payment for parties must be made during booking in order to secure your time slot. If you want to reschedule your party, there is a $25.00 rescheduling fee for each reschedule. Rescheduling a party must be done at least 10 days in advance. If given less than 10 days advanced notice to reschedule a party, you must pay a $75.00 rescheduling fee.
If you must cancel for any reason, cancellations made 10 days or more in advance will receive a full refund less a 10% administrative fee. Parties cancelled 6 -9 days in advance will receive a 50% refund by check. Refunds will not be given for parties cancelled with 5 days or fewer cancellation notice.
Memberships are non-refundable.