Make your child’s birthday extra special by hosting it at the Stage Nature Center!
Enjoy a unique, stress-free birthday celebration for your child and up to 17 of their friends! Each 2-hour birthday party includes a 60-minute nature program packed with activities, games and an outdoor adventure. After the program, the room is yours for one hour to enjoy any food or cake that you bring in and time to open gifts. For adult parties, please download our complete room rental guide
Each party includes the following:
- A choice between 9 different nature themes. (see list below)
- Standard decorations (balloons, signs, table coverings).
- Nature-themed invitations. (pick up at the SNC office)
- A gift for each child at the close of the party.
- Guided outdoor adventure walk by one of our on-staff naturalists (all seasons).
- Limited refrigerator & freezer space is available.
Party host responsibilities:
- Additional set-up (beyond standard decorations) maximum 15 minutes before the start of the party.
- All paper products, serving utensils, eating utensils, cups, matches, beverages, food, cake or cupcakes & ice cream.
- Clean-up after the party.
Birthday celebrations should be reserved 20 - 30 days prior to the event. (The earlier the better). Party dates are subject to room rental availability. Hosts may arrive 15 minutes before the party to set up food & additional decorations.
Cost of Party:
$150 for 1 to 12 children and $12 for each additional child, with a maximum of 18 children (total). Adults, parent partners, and children under 3 and over 12 are free.
Wrapping up the Party: Room may be used for up to 60 minutes after the nature program is finished for cake & opening of presents.
Food: Outside food and non-alcoholic beverages may be brought on-site however, we ask that you keep it simple - pizza or sandwiches & cake and ice cream work best!
Reservations: Parties should be booked 30 days in advance.
Cancellation Fee: If your event is canceled less than 2 weeks (14 days) from party date, you will be charged a fee of $25.00.
Contact us at 248-688-9703 for details and available dates!
Choose from one of these exciting birthday themes:
Birthday at the Pond (4 - 7 years): Explore the pond to find out which animals live there and how they change as they grow. Frogs and fish are a great subject when the seasons allow.
Making Sense of Nature (4-7 years): Touch, taste, hear, see and feel your way through nature. Learn about animal senses too.
Furs, Feathers, and Fins (4-7 years): Discover special characteristics that animals have with our hands-on animal furs, feathers, shells and more.
Fossils, Mastodons and Dinos (4-9 years): Children will learn all about animals who lived long ago! The activity for this theme is to make a fossil to take home. This theme is mostly indoors and is most appropriate for cold winter months.
Whooooo’s Having a Party? (4 - 10 years): Discover which owls live in the nature center woods and play games to learn how owls survive.
**Ask about a LIVE Owl Party Upgrade!***
Bodacious Bee Birthday (6 - 10 years): Bees are amazing and busy creatures. Children will learn all about bees by exploring our indoor observation bee hive. We will learn about bee habits, search for the queen and learn how to do a waggle dance and have a nectar relay!
Nature Scavenger Hunt Party (6 - 12 years): Discover how observant we are during a hike on the nature preserve. A special mystery with clues may lead us down the "right path".
Secrets of the Forest (8-12 years): Children will search for wildlife like birds, mammals, and reptiles while on a hike in the woods. Roll logs for bugs and play forest games.
Wildlife Trackers (8-12 years): Learn to identify animals by their tracks, scat, and other signs. We will look for track mysteries along the trails.