Schedule your party

To find out more information or to book a party, please complete a Facility/Park Rental Application or contact our Wildwood party expert, Jenny Clauson, at 847-692-3570, or email our party staff.

Party Information and Themes

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

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

Wildwood is currently offering primarily outdoor parties utilizing our covered pavilion, and using our small indoor classroom space for the animal show (select themes) or in the event of inclement weather. In the event of bad weather, we would move indoors to our small classroom space or reschedule the party.

Choose from any of these "Wild" themes:

Ages 3-4
This party adventure includes fun outdoor activities for the preschool age group. The party also features an outdoor nature hike and small group trips (animal room capacity 15) to the animal room. Dress for an adventure.

Capacity: Max 15 children / 35 total people

Fees: 2-hour party, $180 Resident / $215 Non-Resident

Ages 5-10
Have wild fun at the Animal Party as you and your guests meet two of our animals during a mini indoor animal show (with masks on and participants spaced out). The party also features time to eat outdoors in our covered pavilion, an outdoor nature hike and game, and small group trips (animal room capacity 15) to the animal room. Dress for an adventure.

Capacity: Max 15 children / 35 total people

Fees: 2-hour party, $180 Resident / $215 Non-Resident

Ages 4-9
Dig into our Dinosaur Party as you excavate bones and explode volcanoes. The party also features an outdoor nature hike and small group trips (animal room capacity 15) to the animal room to see distant dinosaur cousins and more.

Capacity: Max 15 children / 35 total people

Fees: 2-hour party, $180 Resident / $215 Non-Resident

Ages 5-12
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. Enjoy a visit from Wildwood’s insects and learn all about our 6 legged friends as you play a fun game. The party also features an outdoor nature hike and small group trips (animal room capacity 15) to the animal room. Dress for an adventure.

Capacity: Max 15 children / 35 total people

Fees: 2-hour party, $180 Resident / $215 Non-Resident

Ages 7-12
Children enjoy playing games, hiking around the prairie, pond and woodland, and roasting food around the campfire such as hotdogs and s’mores. Party includes program leaders, firewood, and cooking sticks. Patrons are responsible to provide food to roast around the campfire.

Capacity: Max 15 children / 35 total people

Fees: 2-hour party, $180 Resident / $215 Non-Resident

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. Fisher-friends 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. The party also features an outdoor nature hike and small group trips (animal room capacity 15) to the animal room.

Capacity: Max 10 children / 25 total people

Fees: 2-hour party, $180 Resident / $215 Non-Resident

Availability: Available March through October

Ages 5-12
Create, concoct, and explode! Children enjoy three weird, wacky science experiments such as making sidewalk paint, magic goop, slime, soda explosions, and more. The party also features an outdoor nature hike and small group trips (animal room capacity 15) to the animal room. Please dress for a mess.

Capacity: Max 15 children / 35 total people

Fees: 2-hour party, $180 Resident / $215 Non-Resident

5-12
Have fun discovering what lurks beneath the surface of the pond! Dip and scoop with nets to catch lots of critters and maybe a few tadpoles. Learn all about life in the pond. The party also features an outdoor nature hike and small group trips (animal room capacity 15) to the animal room. Please dress for a mess.

Capacity: Max 15 children / 35 total people

Fees: 2-hour party, $180 Resident / $215 Non-Resident

Availability: Available May through September

5-12
Children enjoy playing field games like modified no-touch Zombie Tag, a game of Clue or Scavenger Hunts for our younger friends, and hiking around the prairie, pond, and woodland. End your celebration around the Campfire Circle (or Pavilion fireplace) roasting food such as hotdogs and s’mores. Party includes program leaders, firewood, and cooking sticks. Patrons are responsible to provide food to roast around the campfire.

Capacity: Max 15 children / 35 total people

Fees: 2-hour party, $180 Resident / $215 Non-Resident

About Your Party Package

  • Parties are typically held Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00am-1:00pm or 2:00pm-4:00pm, and during available times Monday-Friday. If these times do not match your schedule, please contact us and special arrangements can be made.
  • Guests need to wash hands upon arrival, before eating, and after eating. Wildwood has an outdoor handwashing station.
  • You are responsible for refreshments, decorations, and paper products.
  • Parties should be scheduled one month in advance. Full payment is required at time of reservation.

To find out more information or to book a party, please complete a Facility/Park Rental Application or contact our Wildwood party expert, Jenny Clauson, at 847-692-3570 or email our party staff.