Birthday Parties

The Darien Nature Center hosts birthday parties for children 3 years and older. We provide a “party hostess” to work with you to create the party best suited to your child’s age and interests.

What we Offer

We offer Critter Parties, Themed Parties, Home Parties and our all new Ultimate Party (for any child’s occasion). Birthdays are usually booked on Saturdays and Sundays, but after school and evening parties can also be arranged.


Critter Birthday ( for ages 3 and up)

  • Celebrate your child’s special day with a hands on visit of live animals.  The hostess will present your choice of age appropriate animals that will this a party to remember.
  • The children will take an I Spy hike on the trails.  They will search for several different wonders of the woods.  
  • A craft will be substituted in case of inclement weather. 
Critter Parties

1 ~ 12 guests $250
13 ~ 18 guests $300* 
19 ~ 24 guests $325* 

 *13 ~24 guests a $25 additional fee for assistant will be charged.


Critter parties run for 1-1/2 hours. You may come 15 minutes early to set-up the party room. *An assistant fee of $25 in cash is required for parties 13 and over.

Themed Party (ages 7 and up)

Go Fish!
Children will learn to string and bait a fishing pole.  They will fish, use nets and release the fish back to their habitat.  (spring and summer only)
Tent Party
Children will collect wood, build a fire and erect a tent. Knot tying, trail trekking and cooking hot dogs and s’mores over an open fire is the best!! (year round)
Treasure Hunt
Using maps, compasses and clues, children will hunt for hidden treasure. Outdoor games and challenges make for a great outdoor birthday.  (year round)
Nite Hike
Children will use their senses to navigate the trails. A nocturnal animal presentation and campfire cookout are all part of the fun.  (year round weather permitting)
Go Fly A Kite!
Each child will make, decorate and fly his own kite. A kite for the birthday child is signed and decorated by his/her friends. Pray for wind!  (spring, summer, fall)
Letterboxing Birthday
Explore Cherry Lawn Park armed with clues, compasses and stamps. Find the hidden letterbox and add your name and stamp to the list of explorers who’ve been there before you!  (spring, summer, fall)

Theme Parties 1 ~ 12 guests $300 
13 ~ 20 guests $350 
20 + guests additional $10 pr/guest
Themed parties run for 1 hr and 45 min. You may come 15 minutes early to set up. An additional fee of $30 in cash is required on day of party to pay assistant if party is over 12 guests. The maximum # of guests is 24.

The Ultimate Party (ages 5 and up)

The Ultimate Party is not just a birthday party.  Celebrate any special accomplishment or a special day for your child and his/her friends.  The children will enjoy a hike on the trails and around the park.  We will visit the zoo room and learn about the animals.  The children will make and bake pizza, enjoy cake and watch a movie.

The party includes pizza fixings, movie and hostess.  Cake, party favors, etc… will be provided by parents.  The Ultimate Party is a drop off party.

The Ultimate Party                          

$450 (up to 15 guests)  4 hours

 $10 each additional guest up to 20

Home Parties

Home Parties                       

$200 (local Darien)

$300 (out of Darien)

Home parties run for 1 hour.  Room should be available for hostess when he/she arrives with animals.

What to Bring for a party at the Darien Nature Center

  • Parents provide all food, beverages and paper goods for your party, except where specified otherwise.
  • If assistant is needed please bring cash to pay party assistant at the party.
  • No alcoholic beverages may be served.
  • No balloons please.
  • Guests include children, parents, siblings, etc…
  • Please do not use live animals for goodie bags, (fish, frogs, turtles, etc…).

What you Need to Know

  • A $50 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a date.
  • If you are paying the balance of your party with a credit card please do so before the party date.  Hostess can not accept a credit card.
  • Questions? Call Tory (203) 655-7459

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