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Birthday Party Come to Catoctin Creek Park for a birthday party that's full of fun, excitement and learning. The birthday party room will be reserved for 2.5 hours. A nature center host will lead a 1 hour interactive presentation at the beginning of the birthday party. The birthday parents will have the option to select the birthday party theme when they make their birthday party reservation.

24hrs before the party will be taking place a Birthday Party Host will call the birthday party parents to see if the parents have any special requests (i.e. a favorite animal their child would like to meet) and to answer any questions the parents may have about the party.

Decorations
The birthday party family will be responsible for providing all birthday party decorations including: tablecloths, balloons, string piñatas, etc. We ask that no decorations are taped directly to the walls.

Set Up
The birthday party family may arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of the party to decorate the room and set up for the party. You may also reserve the outdoor shelter near the playground for your child’s party. The live animal portion of the party will be held inside the building. Families are welcome to eat outside in the shelter following the live animal presentation. There is a small kitchen available with a refrigerator available upon request.  

Refreshments
Food & drinks are provided by the birthday party family. This can include cake, snacks, drinks, etc. A refrigerator is available upon request to keep some of your beverages or party snacks cold.  Frozen treats including Ice cream are not recommended since we do not have a good way of keeping these items cold.

Times

  • Saturdays:11:00 am - 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Sundays:1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Party organizers are allowed to arrive 30 minutes early to set up.

Fee
$170 for 20 children.
There will be an additional fee of $7 per child over the 20 child limit.
Maximum party size: 30 children and 50 adults

Scheduling a Party & Details

  • Call (301) 600-1646 to schedule
  • Note: A 30-day notice is required

When you call to make the reservation please have the following information available:

  • A couple of dates and times in mind for when you would like to hold the party
  • The Birthday Party Theme Selected
  • Decide if you would like to reserve the covered Shelter for your child's party

If you have any questions about the specific birthday party themes please call the nature center at: 301-600-2051.


Party Themes

Awesome Animals Party    Year Round    All Ages 
Children will have the chance to visit and learn about a wide variety of our nature center animals including our lizard, snakes, turtles, and toads. All participants will also have the chance to feed a few of our nature center animals. 

Campfire Party    March-November    6-10 years old
Would your child enjoy sitting around a campfire with their closest friends? This program includes a campfire sing-a-long and a visit with a few of our live nature center animals. Parents have the option of extending the program time to 1.5 hours to include a mini-hike activity (weather permitting).

Crafty Critters    Year Round    All Ages 
Does your little doodle bug love craft time and meeting with live animals? During this fun filled birthday party, your child will have the chance to choose a nature themed craft to make with their friends and meet several of our live nature center animals up close.

Earth Explorers     Year Round    6-10 years old
Your child will have the chance to be a paleontologist for the day! Activities will include: making your own fossil, a rocks and fossils dig, and a chance to meet some living fossils whose ancestors roamed the Earth in the time of the dinosaurs.

Fairy Friends    Year Round    6-10 years old
Our birthday party host will read a fairy tale, take out live animals for everyone to meet up close and build fairy houses along the nature trail.

Going Buggy    June-September    5-10 years old
Future Entomologist & bug lovers will love searching for butterflies, beetles, millipedes, and more. Our experienced birthday host will lead your child’s friends on a fun filled insect safari through the woods & meadows here at Catoctin Creek Park. All participants will have the chance to meet some of our resident insects here at the nature center.

Slithering Snakes    Year Round    All Ages
We will learn all about snakes in this fun snake themed program including: how they smell, shed their skin, search for food, and many more interesting facts. All participants will have the chance to meet several of our live snakes here at the nature center.

Wild Things     Year Round    6-10 years old
Our birthday party host will read "Where the Wild Things Are", by Maurice Sendak, and take out live animals for everyone to meet up close. Then they will lead the group outside for a wild walk through the woods (weather permitting).