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Maydale Nature Classroom – Children’s Birthday Parties

Your Child’s Special Day at Maydale Nature Classroom The Natural Way

Let our dedicated staff guide your child and their guests through an enjoyable, unique birthday celebration.

Birthday Party Package

  • Attendance for up to 20 children
  • A 3-hour rental
  • A one-hour nature program with an outdoor component, led by a naturalist
  • One hour is yours to lead an activity, serve food and refreshments, open gifts, and have fun with your friends.
  • A non-refundable payment of $325 is due in full at the time of reservation.

Birthday Party Theme – Happy Habitats

There’s no place like home. Come along on a hike as we learn about the different habitats around the park. Along the way, we will search for animal homes and discover who lives there. The program includes an animal-themed craft to create and take home.

  • Ages: 3+
  • Year-Round

Birthday Party Theme – Insect Extravaganza

Learn what makes an insect an insect. Head to the meadow with nets to search for all things with wings. Make a buggy craft to take home.

  • Ages: 3+
  • April – October 

Birthday Party Theme – Campfire Party

Begin your party with a seasonal hike through the meadow, forest, and waterways. After the hike, sit around the campfire roasting marshmallows with your friends.

  • Ages: 6+
  • Year-Round

Birthday Party Theme – Treasure Hunters Party

Go on a modern-day treasure hunt. With the help of GPS units, children will search for hidden treasure through our meadow, forest, and waterway. With a prize every time, what will your partygoers find?

  • Ages: 6+
  • Year-Round

Birthday Party Theme Animal Skull Hunt and Hike

Make no bones about it. All partygoers are sure to have a fun time. Hike through the meadow, forest, and waterways in search of animal skulls. Using clues, ID each skull to uncover a secrete message and earn a prize. Ages: 6+Year-Round

Birthday Party Theme Sample Party Schedule:

  • 9:30 a.m. – Arrive and set up (may decorate)
  • 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Guests arrive
  • 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Naturalist-led program
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Have a party, eat cake, open presents, and clean up