Looking for an easy, fun, and affordable option for your child’s birthday party? Look no further than Irvine Nature Center! Our Nature Birthday Parties provide exciting party themes, space to play, animals to meet, and eco-friendly options that are good for our planet. Booking your child’s birthday at Irvine is as easy as 1-2-3!

THEMES FOR AGE 3 AND UP

ANIMAL SUPER HEROES
Ages 3+ up | Offered year-round
What animal super powers would you like to have? In this super party, participants learn about animal movement and the adaptations that animals use to survive. Meet animals, wear animal-inspired capes and practice our new super moves.

WE DIG DINOSAURS
Ages 3+ up | Offered year-round
Are the dinosaurs really gone? Participants meet two live animals that have a lot in common with dino ancestors. Search for dinosaurs on the trail and make fossils!

WILD THINGS
Ages 3+ up | Offered year-round
What is a wild animal? How is it different from a pet? ‘Roar your terrible roars’ as we read a classic animal tale and meet three live animals from Irvine’s own wild exhibits. Outdoor games and trail activities included.

OCEAN ADVENTURES!
Ages 3+ up | Offered year-round
Party-goers will discover the wonderful world of the ocean as they take a “dive” into the deep blue!  Meet two live aquatic animals, comb for seashells, and create your own fish art project.

WOODLAND FAIRIES
Ages 3+ up | Offered year-round
Search for fairies and the trails they
leave behind, build fairy shelters on the trail and meet live animals who live among the fairies.

WINTER WONDERLAND
Ages 3+ up | Offered seasonally; December – March
Winter fun in snow or sun!  Participants uncover tall tales and winter myths as they discover real habits of animals in winter. Play outdoor games, read stories, meet animals and search for signs of the season!

AHOY MATEY!
Ages 3+ up | Offered year-round
Ready for a pirate adventure? Head out on the trails for a nature treasure hunt; learn about the wonders of water and the Chesapeake Bay – all while in search of the ultimate pirate treasure!

THEMES FOR AGE 7 AND UP

ECO-SPA DAY
Ages 7+ up | Offered year-round
Spend the day indulging in all-natural body products like lip gloss, scrub and face masks. Explore Irvine’s nature trails to learn about native plants used in beauty products. Take the spa home with you when you make your very own natural body products!
* This party has an additional $50 fee.

FEEDING TIME
Ages 7+ up  | Offered year-round
Here’s a rare chance for animal-lovers to care for live animals! Learn about the important job of an animal keeper and help tend to our resident critters!

SUPER SLEUTHS HUNT & HIKE
Ages 7+ up  | Offered year-round
Search for clues on the trail to find a hidden treasure! Swap out your party shoes for hiking boots and set foot on our headwaters trail. We’ll hike to the meadow with a naturalist tour guide, but you must solve the clues to reveal a surprise!

CAMPFIRE CHEFS
Ages 7+ up  | Offered year-round
Forget hot dogs on a stick, we’re talking pita pizzas and cinnamon-sugar dough! We’ll take a nature walk around Irvine’s beautiful property and explore edible plants along the way. Once back at our “campsite” we will learn about campfire safety, cook two tasty treats, and make fresh squeezed orange juice.

CAMPFIRE CIRCLE
Ages 7+ up  | Offered April – October
Huddle around the campfire, listen to stories and sing songs to celebrate your birthday! Seek out nocturnal creatures, and develop your night vision during a night hike. When it comes time, party-goers will assist with fire building, and of course, put their s’more making skills to the test!

ON-SITE PARTIES AT IRVINE
Our parties are naturally fun! No matter which theme you choose, your child’s party is bound to be a happy, hands-on experience. On-site parties last two hours with one hour of leader-directed activities, both indoors and out.
$350 (Members $275)*

OFF-SITE PARTIES
Our leaders bring the party to you!
This program runs for one hour at your desired location. The leader presents three live animals, as well as other natural items.
$300 (Members $225)*

AVAILABLE PARTY TIMES: 
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

* Birthday boy/girl receives a free Irvine T-shirt!

ECO-FRIENDLY GOODY BAGS – $7 per bag
Includes tree pencil, recycled crayon, locally harvested honey sticks, plantable seed paper cutouts and nature stickers.

REUSABLE PARTY WARE – $50 total
Includes plates, cups, napkins, tablecloths, utensils and lemonade.

VISIT FROM HOOT THE OWL – $50 total
Irvine’s mascot, Hoot the Owl, visits during the second hour of the party to sing “Happy Birthday” and take photos with guests.

SPONSOR AN ANIMAL DONATION – varies
In lieu of gifts, have your guests make a small, charitable donation to Irvine to support our Animal Ambassadors! All donors receive a personalized “thank you” from our animals in recognition for their gift.

SCHEDULE YOUR PARTY TODAY!

Contact Tara Lilley at LilleyT@ExploreNature.org or 443-738-9211.

The Nitty Gritty Information & Policies:

  • Age: Birthday parties are offered for children ages three (3) years and up.
  • Scheduling: Parties must be scheduled in advance. However our parties do tend to book quickly. We advise you to give us as much prior notice as possible.
  • Group Size: Maximum group size is 20 children, including siblings, for both on- and off-site parties. Due to facility limitations, the on-site party attendance maximum, including adults, is 50.
  • Balloons: Irvine strongly discourages balloons at birthday parties because of their damage to the environment. Want some great alternatives? Read our whole policy on balloons.
  • Cancellation & Refund Information: If you must reschedule your party, we will do our best to find an alternative date. However, if rescheduling is not possible, the cancellation policy will apply (below)
Cancellation Timeline Refund Amount *
More than 30 days notice 100% refund
14 – 30 days notice 50% refund
Less than 14 days notice NO REFUND

*Less non-refundable $75 deposit.

$75 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration. This deposit will be used towards your total party payment, which is due two weeks later. All cancellation fees apply.