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Meadowside Nature Center – Birthday Parties

Host Your Party at Meadowside Nature Center

At this time, we are unable to host birthday parties.
The Meadowside Nature Center building is currently closed for renovations.

Review our Birthday Party Guidelines

Please review our Party Guidelines to ensure that Meadowside Nature Center is the right place to host your party.

General Party Guidelines
Campfire Party Guidelines (pdf)

When Are Parties Available?

Parties are held only on Saturdays and only at the following times.

Morning birthday: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Afternoon birthday: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Pick a Party Theme 

We offer five different themes to meet the interests of your child. Party themes include:

  • Birds of Prey
    Explore the world of owls, hawks, and eagles. Visit our resident birds of prey and learn about their feeding habits through an owl pellet dissection! Ages 5+
  • Bugs Rule!
    Explore insects and bugs by meeting some of Meadowside’s live bugs, take a hike, and make a buggy craft. Ages 3+
  • Campfire Birthday
    Who doesn’t love a good campfire? Celebrate your special day with campfire fun! We will roast marshmallows, play games, and enjoy campfire stories. Ages: 5+
  • Snakes, Turtles & Frogs – Oh My!
    Meet some of our resident creatures, search outside for slimy and scaly friends, and make a crafty critter. Ages 3+
  • Wiggly Worms
    They wiggle, they crawl, and they live in the dirt! Explore what makes worms wonderful and even get a chance to hunt for them outside. Ages 3+

Fee: $300 includes a Naturalist-led program, a craft, and all guests receive a special gift from Meadowside.

nonrefundable payment in full is expected at the time of reservation. Credit cards are accepted.

Sample Party Schedule

  • 9:30 a.m. – Arrive and set up (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 party, eat cake, open presents, explore the Nature Center, and clean up