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Birthday Parties & Special Events

Celebrate your child's birthday with a nature-themed adventure!

Leslie Science & Nature Center offers many different birthday party packages to meet the interests of any child who enjoys exploring nature. From meeting reptiles, amphibians, or birds of prey up close to practicing building a camp fire or discovering animal tracks in the woods, parties include interactive and fun activities that are still educational for your guests.

Plan your Birthday Party at LSNC

Standard Birthday Party Packages

Customizing your Party: Add-on Options, Custom Animal Birthdays, and Adopt-an-Animal Birthdays

Birthday FAQ

Plan your Birthday Party at LSNC

Standard birthday parties at the Leslie Science & Nature Center are two hours long, with one hour and fifteen minutes of themed activities led by LSNC staff and forty five minutes of your own party time inside one of our facilities to celebrate with your group. Parties need to be cleaned up and heading home after this forty five minutes, but we do offer an Extended Time Add-On to lengthen the time of your party. We also offer customized parties to meet the unique interests of every child. LSNC does not restrict what food you bring in for your party time, so you can easily meet the dietary and health needs of your guests.

Birthday parties can be scheduled anytime throughout the year by filling out this form or calling the LSNC Office at 734-997-1553. It is recommended to schedule your party at least one month in advance, as weekend availability fills up quickly.

Standard Birthday Party Packages

Our Standard Birthday Parties are two hours long, with one hour and fifteen minutes of themed activities led by LSNC staff and forty five minutes of your own party time inside one of our facilities to celebrate with your group. Additionally, you will receive a t-shirt for the birthday child (additional shirts are available for purchase) and have access to invitations you can fill out and send to your guests. Standard Birthday Parties cost $200 for members of LSNC and $225 for non-members, and cover up to fifteen children.
Choose your favorite theme below – each party package includes different activities that are designed for the age range listed, so having another party at LSNC is still a unique experience!

Animal Explorers
Appropriate for ages 2-4
Discover how animals use their senses by going out on the trails and asking the animals themselves! Find animal puppets that tell stories, visit the Critter House, and meet an animal up close on your journey to discover why senses are so important.

Teddy Bear Tracking
Appropriate for ages 4-6
Grab your detective hats and get ready to explore! At this party, you’ll follow animal tracks through the woods to find some lovable and adventurous teddy bears and their stuffed animal friends who are having a party of their own. Once you solve the mystery of who has been scampering and slinking down the trail, you’ll meet some live animals up close in the Critter House!

Feathered Fiesta
Appropriate for ages 4-6
Discover the fantastic world of our feathered friends as you explore what makes birds unique! Search for birds in the wild, build a nest of your own, and meet one of LSNC’s resident birds of prey up close during this festive celebration.

Animal Adventure
Appropriate for ages 4-7
Prepare yourself for up-close animal encounters at this exciting party. Your birthday adventure will take you on a search for animals along the trail and on a visit to the Critter House. Whether slimy, scaly, feathered, or furred, you and your fellow explorers will learn about where these incredible animals live, what they eat, and how they survive.

Slimy, Scaly Celebration
Appropriate for ages 4 and up
Hop, slither, and climb through your birthday as you and your guests explore the incredible lives of reptiles and amphibians. You’ll stretch your legs when you go for a hike to explore their wild habitats out on our trails. Then, get ready for a close encounter when you go to the Critter House to observe the unique behaviors of these slimy, scaly creatures.

All About Owls
Appropriate for ages 6 and up
Explore the mysterious world of these nocturnal hunters with a visit from one of our live resident owls. Discover how owls fly silently, see in the dark, and stealthily capture their prey. Spread your own wings on a hike to look for owl habitat out on the trail. You and your guests will even get to dissect owl pellets to look for clues about what LSNC’s owls eat for their dinner.

Radical Raptors
Appropriate for ages 7 and up
Learn all about LSNC’s amazing birds of prey while letting your imagination soar! You’ll have the chance to meet two of our resident raptors up close, and take a hike using binoculars to search for birds in the wild.

Letterbox Quest
Appropriate for ages 8 and up
Calling all treasure hunters with a knack for solving puzzles! With a compass in hand, you and your guests will set off on a wacky treasure hunt in the wild to decipher clues, unravel riddles, and discover a secret treasure box.

Appropriate for ages 9 and up
Challenge your guests to a test of survival skills at this birthday adventure. Practice building your very own fires, learn some survival techniques from our live resident birds of prey, and construct a naturally-made shelter in the woods!

Not seeing the perfect theme to match your child’s interests?

Take a look at our Add-on Options, Custom Animal Parties, and Adopt-an-Animal Birthdays!

Learn more by viewing our Birthday Party FAQ.