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The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

Black Hill Discovery Center – Birthday Parties

Black Hill is the place to have your
child’s birthday party…Naturally

Party Themes & Descriptions

Wild Encounter Party

Parks aren’t just for people!  Come meet one of our resident wild ambassadors and learn about what else lives in the park.  Kids will also get to touch furs, antlers, and bones! Offered year-round. Ages 3 to 10.

Scavenger Hike

Let’s go exploring for Nature’s treasures!  Hunts will change seasonally.  Participants should be prepared to hike approximately 1 mile. Offered year-round. Ages 6 to 10.

Insect Bonanza

Lady bugs, spiders, and butterflies- oh my!  Participants will get to examine insect specimens up close and then go out with nets to collect insects in the meadow. Offered April thru October. Ages 6 to 10

Flying WILD Party

Is your birthday child a birder in the making?  Participants will play a game to learn about migration, go for a bird hike, and make a feathery craft.  Offered year-round. Ages 5 to 10.

Pontoon Ride

For a real birthday splash, take a private tour of Little Seneca Lake. You never know what might swim or fly by to spread birthday cheer!  Maximum capacity on the pontoon is 20 people including parents. Offered April thru October. All Ages. Fee: $150 (Seasonal)

General Party Information

A fee of $125, includes a naturalist led program for up to 20 children. Group size, age limits, and party themes on parties are firm and not negotiable.  Please review the party’s description to make sure it is the right fit for your group. A $75 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration. This deposit will be used towards your total party payment, which is due two weeks prior to the party.

What is included?

  • Birthday parties are 1 hour long.
  • Led by a park naturalist with an activity designated by the party’s theme.
  • All supplies for the activities are provided.
  • Due to the current health situation due to Covid 19 we do not have an indoor area for rent.  All activities must take place outside.

Picnic Shelter Rental Information

Picnic Shelters are available for rent for private party time. To rent a picnic shelter call the Parks Permit office at 301-495-2525 or book online at Parks Permit