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.
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.
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.
Party organizers are allowed to arrive 30 minutes early to set up.
$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
When you call to make the reservation please have the following information available:
If you have any questions about the specific birthday party themes please call the nature center at: 301-600-2051.
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).