Birthday Parties

Ever wonder how to make every guest a party animal?

From cakes to snakes, Birthday Parties at Discovery Place Nature are wild by nature! Kids can go nose-to-snout with cool critters, flutter by with forest fairies, unearth natural treasures and much more. With no set up or clean up for the grown-ups, everyone can focus on having fun and getting a little wild

All Inclusive Packages

Go Wild Party Package

Includes Museum admission for up to 35 guests (maximum of 15 children and 20 adults), party theme with festive decorations, T-shirt for the birthday child, a Party Pal who hosts the party and manages set-up and clean-up, 1.5 hours in party room and a guided tour through the Museum, lemonade and party tableware.

Only for ages 3-9. At least five adults must be present at all times.

Non-Members $295
Members $275

*Plus any applicable sales and use taxes.

Go Natural Party Package

Includes Museum admission for up to 20 guests (maximum of 10 children and 10 adults), festive decorations, a Party Pal who manages set-up and clean-up, 1.5 hours in party room, lemonade and party tableware.

Non-Members $215
Members $195

*Plus any applicable sales and use taxes.

Premium Party Package

Includes private Museum access for you and 50 guests (children and adults) for 2 hours, birthday decorations in the party rooms, T-shirt for the birthday child and a Birthday Buddy who hosts the party and manages the set-up and clean-up. Birthday child can be celebrated to sing Happy Birthday with all of their friends and family.

Non-Members/Members $550

*Plus any applicable sales and use taxes **Premium Parties must be booked after hours or before the Museum opens on Sunday

Add-on Options

Available by request (add to any of the above parties)

Cupcakes - $15 per dozen

Must be ordered in dozens

Planetarium Show - $30

Explore the moon, stars and beyond in our digital dome planetarium. Choose from a multimedia or star show for your party.

*For a Premium Party, add-on fee is $50 and includes two 15-minute shows

Animal Encounter - $30

Meet ‘n greet a live animal and learn about its natural habitat, diet and unique adaptations.

*subject to availability. Only available for parties with children ages 3+.

Discovery Place Nature Goody Backpacks - $5 each

Let us take care of the party favors!

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One-of-a-kind Party Themes

Looking for unique birthday party ideas? Check out our themes for fun that's wild by nature.


Animal Parade

Get close to cool critters that call the Museum home. Then dress up as your favorite animal for a parade through the Museum.

Ages 3-7

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Forts & Fairies

Build a fort or fairy house in our woodland garden along with a Naturalist and your birthday buddies

Ages 3-7

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Reptile Party

From scales to tails, get an up-close look at some of our many reptile friends.

Ages 3-7


Junior Curator

Bring your friends and experience life as a Discovery Place Nature curator. Learn about and feed some of the animals and get to know the Museum behind-the-scenes.

Ages 6-9


Party With the Stars

Take off into space with a party that is out of this world! Get starry-eyed with astronomy activities and watch a cool space movie in our planetarium.

Ages 6-9


  • What days are available for Birthday Parties?

    Birthday Parties are available Tuesday - Sunday during regular Museum operating hours. Weekday parties are dependent on staff and space availability.

  • What times are available for parties?

    On Tuesday through Friday, parties are available at 3:00 p.m. On Saturdays, parties are available at 9:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. On Sundays, parties are held at 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

  • What ages are appropriate?

    Parties are available to ages 3 - 9 for the health and safety of our animals.

  • Can I bring my own cake and refreshments?

    Yes, you are welcome to supply your own cake, snacks and drinks for your guests. Please note that we will supply environmentally-friendly utensils and paper products.

  • Can I bring a smash cake?

    No, Discovery Place Nature does not allow smash cakes inside the Museum.

  • Can I bring my own decorations?

    Yes. Theme party rooms are already decorated. If you would like to bring in your own decorations, feel free to bring free-standing table decorations. Please note, nothing can be taped, glued or tacked to the walls and for the safety of our visitors and resident animals, balloons are not allowed in our facility.

  • What if additional people would like to attend?

    The Go Wild party accommodates a maximum of 35 guests and the Go Natural party accommodates a maximum of 20 guests. The guest limitations are due to the size our party rooms. Additional guests can pay regular Museum admission to join you in the Museum, but are not permitted in the party room.

  • What is your payment and cancellation policy?

    Full payment is required at the time of your reservation. Cancellations made with two week’s notice or less are non-refundable. Cancellations with more than two week’s notice are subject to a $100 cancellation fee.

  • How do I book a party?

    Call us at 704.372.6261 x300. One of our Guest Sales representatives will be happy to help you plan a fun-filled party for your birthday child. Payment in full is required at the time of booking, and all reservations must be completed by phone.