Birthday Parties

Celebrate your child’s birthday with family and friends at the Nature Discovery Center. Picnic tables in the Pavilion area are reserved for your festivities. We offer a variety of nature themed party programs, from Nature Walks to fun with rabbits.  

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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 to 45 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.

Party Scheduling: Pavilions may be reserved for parties 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: Members at Wildlife Family level or above $225 / Nonmembers $290  (Cost includes pavilion reservation and one party option.)
An additional party option may be added for $50. You can select Discovery Room OR Nature Walk as an add on program but not both.

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, $225 for Members and $290 for Nonmembers, standard Pavilion Area reservation time windows apply.

Party Options

Party Programs

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 — You and your guests will learn all about rabbits while visiting with a live rabbit and listening to a rabbit tale. For ages 2 to 4*.
  • Join the Insect Club — A fun and interactive puppet show about insects, spiders, and other animals. For ages 4 to 7*.
  • Scales and Tails — A program all about reptiles: snakes, lizards, turtles, etc. Children will be able to touch and investigate live animals and reptile specimens up close. For ages 5 to 11*.

*Suggested age ranges are provided, but programs can be adapted for kids of all ages upon request.

Guided Tours

  • Discovery Room Tour
    Center Staff guide children and parents through our Discovery Rooms. Your guide will bring out live animals for the children to pet and will help children find age appropriate activities in our exhibits. Note: It is better to have the children come upstairs BEFORE refreshments (cleaner hands).
    For our animal’s sake as well as fire codes, there is a maximum of 30 children and parents in the rooms at a time.
  • Nature Walk
    Party guests and their parents explore Russ Pitman Park with Center Staff. Group limit is 15 kids; this option is reserved for smaller parties.


Party Guidelines

• Food and drinks are allowed in the pavilion area only.
• A MAXIMUM of 30 people (children and parents) are allowed in the Discovery Rooms at one time.
• Leave party areas as clean as you found them.

Outside Vendors (bounce houses, etc.):
• You must receive permission from the business office prior to booking an outside vendor.
• You must submit proof of liability insurance for an outside vendor to the business office at least 2 full business days before your party.
• Driving stakes into the ground to secure a bounce house is prohibited due to our underground irrigation system. Sand bags should be used instead.

The following are prohibited:
• Petting zoos or pony rides
• Balloons of any kind
• Alcohol, by City of Bellaire ordinance
• Dogs, by City of Bellaire ordinance
• Disturbing or feeding animals in enclosures

Birthday Parties Off-Site

We’ll happily take our Birthday Party Programs on the road to your home, at a park, or at another facility. Select from the party programs listed and call the Center at 713.667.6550 to check booking availability.
Rates depend on the party location and vary between $100 and $200.

Birthday Party Inquiry Form

Payment Policies

Parties must be paid for when 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 not given 10 days advanced notice to reschedule a party, you must pay the $25.00 rescheduling fee and an additional $150.00 to reserve the new date.

If you must cancel for any reason, cancellations made 10 days or more in advance will receive a full refund less a $25.00 administrative fee. Refunds will be made by check. The check will be mailed to the address you provide as part of your cancellation request. Parties cancelled less than 10 days in advance will receive a 50% refund by check.

Memberships are non-refundable.