Schedule your party

Questions? To find out more information or to book a party, please call our Wildwood party expert, Jenny Clauson, at 847-692-3570.

Wildwood Party Themes

Looking for a ‘wild’ time? You can find it with a party at Wildwood Nature Center! The perfect location for your child's next birthday celebration.

Our fun nature and animal-inspired parties are a unique way to celebrate your next event both indoors and outdoors. Or, choose a party that is not only fun for your guests but also helps to support Wildwood Nature Center.

Choose from any of these "Wild" themes:

Ages 3-4
The animal adventure includes a visit to the animal room to pet and feed our animal friends. Our adventure continues as we create a craft, enjoy an animal story, play games, and go on an outdoor hike.

Capacity: Max 18 children / 35 total people

Fees: 2-hour party, $150 resident / $185 nonresident

Ages 5-10
Have fun at the Furry Friends Animal Party as you and your guests meet two of our furry animals, create a craft, tour the animal room, and explore the pond, prairie and woodland on an outdoor nature hike.

Capacity: Max 25 children / 35 total people

Fees: 2-hour party, $150 resident / $185 nonresident

Ages 5-10
At the Scales and Tails Animal Party slither into the world of reptiles and amphibians. Meet two of our reptilian or amphibian friends, create a craft, tour the animal room, and explore the pond, prairie and woodland on an outdoor nature hike.

Capacity: Max 25 children / 35 total people

Fees: 2-hour party, $150 resident / $185 nonresident

Ages 5-9
Dig into our Dinosaur Party as you excavate bones, explode volcanoes, and create a dinosaur craft. The party also features an outdoor nature hike and a trip to the animal room to see distant dinosaur cousins and more.

Capacity: Max 15 children / 35 total people

Fees: 2-hour party, $150 resident / $185 nonresident

Ages 5-9
Meet Wildwood’s cool and creepy crawlers at the Incredible Insects Party. We’ll arm you and your guests with magnifying glasses and bug catchers as you search the pond and prairie for insects (weather permitting). Back indoors, enjoy a visit from Wildwood’s insects, learn all about our 6 legged friends as you play a fun game, and travel to the animal room to discover the rest of the animal kingdom. Dress for an adventure.

Capacity: Max 25 children / 35 total people

Fees: 2-hour party, $150 resident / $185 nonresident

Ages 7-12
Children will enjoy playing games, hiking around the prairie, pond and woodland, and roasting hotdogs and s’mores around the campfire. Party includes program leaders, firewood, and cooking sticks.

Capacity: Max 25 children / 35 total people

Fees: 2-hour party, $150 resident / $185 nonresident

Availability: Available March through October

Ages 7-12
Have a “reel” good time at your Fishing Birthday Party. You and your guests will learn the parts of a pole, practice casting a line, and try your hand at catching the big one. Fisherpeoples cast, reel, and catch fish for approximately one hour. Fishing poles, equipment, bait, and party leaders to remove the fish from the hook are all included. You and your guests will also enjoy a visit to the animal room, and a hike around the pond and prairie.

Capacity: Max 10 children / 25 total people

Fees: 2-hour party, $150 resident / $185 nonresident

Availability: Available March through October

Ages 7-12
Create, concoct, and explode! Children will enjoy three weird, wacky science experiments such as squishy balls, invisible ink, silly putty, magic goop, fabulous face paint, slime, soda explosions and more. The party also includes a trip to the animal room and an outdoor hike. Please dress for a mess.

Capacity: Max 15 children / 35 total people

Fees: 2-hour party, $150 resident / $185 nonresident

Ages 7-16
Learn about being creative in a GREEN world. Use old clothing and recyclables to create gorgeous works of art and fantastic jewelry! Kids will have the opportunity to make two or three art projects of the birthday boy or girl’s choice to bring home. Our staff is on hand to assist with the technical side of things, but with your creativity, the sky’s the limit! Upcycle belts, pop tabs or old hardware into bracelets, wood, bottle caps and string into artwork, and plastic bottles into mobiles or necklaces. Party includes a trip to the animal room and 2-3 art projects for each child.

Capacity: Max 15 children / 25 total people

Fees: 2-hour party, $150 resident / $185 nonresident

About Your Party Package

  • Parties are held Saturdays from 11:00am to 1:00pm or 2:00pm to 4:00pm, and during available times Monday through Friday. (Availability is dependent on class schedule.) If these times do not match your schedule, please contact us and special arrangements can be made.
  • Parties should be scheduled one month in advance.
  • Party includes room with table, chairs, and hands-on program.
  • You are responsible for refreshments, decorations, and paper products.
  • Party includes a hike and animal interaction so make sure you and your guests are dressed appropriately.
  • We require full payment at time of reservation.

To find out more information or to book a party, please call our Wildwood party expert, Jenny Clauson, at 847-692-3570.