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Nature-Themed Birthday Parties

Does your child love nature and animals?

Then choose a nature-themed birthday party at Knoch Knolls Nature Center! 

  • Offered Saturday & Sunday (not available on Sundays in Dec/Jan/Feb)
  • Most parties are for children ages 6-12 years old; see party descriptions for specific ages.
  • The two-hour party starts with a 90-minute guided program, led by a naturalist, with the remaining 30 minutes reserved for the cupcakes, other food and presents.
  • Parents/hosts are responsible for the last 30 minutes of the party, including serving food and supervising children.
  • We provide themed invitations, vanilla and/or chocolate cupcakes from DeEtta's Bakery, white paper products, utensils, candles, and one themed party favor for each child.
  • You may provide additional small snacks, drinks, or dessert, but no outside restaurant food/catering is permitted. Aurelio's Pizza can be ordered through nature center staff for an additional cost.
  • Party cost is $279(R)/$309(NR).
  • Up to 12 guests/children, including the birthday child.
  • Up to 4 adults allowed per party.
  • The party area may be decorated, but no glue, tacks or tape are permitted on the walls or windows. Balloons are not allowed during nature birthday parties. If you would like to purchase specific theme-related tablecloths, our round tables (2) and rectangular tables (2) are 5’ in length.
  • Online registration is not available. Please call 630-864-3965 to book your child’s nature birthday party or fill out the form using the Party Request Form link below.
  • Parties must be reserved a minimum of two weeks in advance.
  • Dates and times are subject to availability. Some parties are only available seasonally. See descriptions below for more details.

 

Get Your Party Started - Fill Out the Party Request Form - CLICK HERE

 

All About Owls 

Owls are awesome! They live everywhere – in deserts, mountains, wetlands, forests, prairies, and even the arctic tundra. Learn about the owls that live here year round and some that might visit in the winter, touch owl feathers, play owl games, dissect an owl pellet and make a cool owl craft. Offered year-round.

Party includes:

  • Owl themed invitations included
  • 12 guests/children including the birthday child
  • Up to 4 adults allowed
  • Owl craft
  • A themed party favor for each child
  • One naturalist that leads the first 90 minutes of activities
  • Parents/hosts are responsible for the last 30 minutes of the party, including serving food and supervising children.
  • White paper plates, napkins, utensils, and candles
  • 12 Cupcakes included

Age: 6-12 year olds (guests must be no younger than 5)
Length: 2 hours
Location: Knoch Knolls Nature Center
Times: Year round
March – NovemberSaturday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm & Sunday 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

December - February: Saturday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Price: $279 (R)/$309 (NR) - For 12 guests including the guest of honor; up to 4 adults. Due to space limitations, we ask that only a minimum number of parents stay.
In order to ensure a fun and memorable party for the children, parents are welcome to wait in the nature center exhibit area or parents can pick up their children within 10 minutes of the conclusion of the party.


Diggin’ Dinosaurs 

Dinosaurs were some of the largest land animals to ever live, ruling the earth for 150 million years!  About 65 million years ago they disappeared and left nothing but fossils behind. Investigate how a paleontologist finds evidence of dinosaurs and which dinosaur is biggest. Then "dig" for your own dinosaur fossil and play a predator/prey dinosaur game. Offered year-round.

Party includes:

  • Dinosaur themed invitations included
  • 12 guests/children including the birthday child
  • Up to 4 adults allowed
  • Dinosaur craft
  • A themed party favor for each child
  • One naturalist that leads the first 90 minutes of activities
  • Parents/hosts are responsible for the last 30 minutes of the party, including serving food and supervising children. 
  • White paper plates, napkins, utensils, and candles
  • 12 Cupcakes included

Age: 6-8 year olds (guests must be no younger than 5)
Length: 2 hours

Location: Knoch Knolls Nature Center
Times: Year round

March – November: Saturday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm & Sunday 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

December - February: Saturday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Price: $279 (R)/$309 (NR) - For 12 guests including the guest of honor; up to 4 adults. Due to space limitations, we ask that only a minimum number of parents stay.
In order to ensure a fun and memorable party for the children, parents are welcome to wait in the nature center exhibit area or parents can pick up their children within 10 minutes of the conclusion of the party.

 

Flowers, Butterflies and Bees 

Enter the colorful and sweet smelling world of flowers and their friends, the butterflies and bees! Insects are necessary for pollination of most flowers; without their pollination services our world would be less colorful and delicious (think fruits and vegetables)! Search for native flowers and their insect partners, play pollination games and create a flowery craft.  Offered May – September.

Party includes:

  • Flower/butterfly/bee themed invitations
  • 12 guests/children including the birthday child
  • Up to 4 adults allowed
  • Flower craft
  • A themed party favor for each child
  • One naturalist that leads the first 90 minutes of activities
  • Parents/hosts are responsible for the last 30 minutes of the party, including serving food and supervising children. 
  • White paper plates, napkins, utensils, and candles
  • 12 Cupcakes included

Age: 6-12 year olds (guests must be no younger than 5)
Length: 2 hours
Location: Knoch Knolls Nature Center
Times: May - September only: Saturday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm & Sunday, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Price: $279 (R)/$309 (NR) - For 12 guests including the guest of honor; up to 4 adults. Due to space limitations, we ask that only a minimum number of parents stay.
In order to ensure a fun and memorable party for the children, parents are welcome to wait in the nature center exhibit area or parents can pick up their children within 10 minutes of the conclusion of the party.


Insect Investigations 

Some scientists estimate there are 200 million insects for each person on earth! Become an entomologist for the day as you search for insects under rocks, in the trees and flying though the air. Learn about insect body parts and their life cycles, play buggy games and make an insect craft. Offered  May – September.

Party includes:

  • Insect themed invitations included
  • 12 guests/children including the birthday child
  • Up to 4 adults allowed
  • Insect craft
  • A themed party favor for each child
  • One naturalist that leads the first 90 minutes of activities
  • Parents/hosts are responsible for the last 30 minutes of the party, including serving food and supervising children. 
  • White paper plates, napkins, utensils, and candles
  • 12 Cupcakes included

Age: 6-12 year olds (guestsmust be no younger than 5)
Length: 2 hours
Location: Knoch Knolls Nature Center
Times: May - September only: Satuday, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm & Sunday, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Price: $279 (R)/$309 (NR) - For 12 guests including the guest of honor; up to 4 adults. Due to space limitations, we ask that only a minimum number of parents stay. In order to ensure a fun and memorable party for the children, parents are welcome to wait in the nature center exhibit area or parents can pick up their children within 10 minutes of the conclusion of the party.


Meet the Animals 

Meet the nature center animals up close and personal! During this party you’ll learn all about the nature center’s fish, reptiles and amphibians. Discover which animals lead two lives – one in water and one on land and compare the features of each animal group. Go on animal scavenger hunt, watch the fish being fed, touch the snake or the turtle, and observe one of our amphibians eating. Wrap up the party by making an animal craft to remember your experience. Offered year-round.

Party includes:

  • Animal themed invitations included
  • 12 guests/children including the birthday child
  • Up to 4 adults allowed
  • Animal craft
  • A themed party favor for each child
  • One naturalist that leads the first 90 minutes of activities
  • Parents/hosts are responsible for the last 30 minutes of the party, including serving food and supervising children. 
  • White paper plates, napkins, utensils, and candles
  • 12 Cupcakes included

Age: 6-12 year olds (guests must be no younger than 5)
Length: 2 hours
Location: Knoch Knolls Nature Center
Times: Year round

March – November: Saturday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm; Sunday 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

December - FebruarySaturday 10 am - 12 pm or 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Price: $279 (R)/$309(N) - For 12 guests including the guest of honor; up to 4 adults. Due to space limitations, we ask that only a minimum number of parents stay.
In order to ensure a fun and memorable party for the children, parents are welcome to wait in the nature center exhibit area or parents can pick up their children within 10 minutes of the conclusion of the party.


Pond Explorations 

Get ready to get wet! Collect animals and plants from the pond or creek using scientific tools like plankton, dip, or seine nets. Observe the animals and plants using a magnifying glass and check out the freshwater fish in our aquarium as they are being fed. Offered  May – September.

Party includes:

  • Pond themed invitations included
  • 12 guests/children including the birthday child
  • Up to 4 adults allowed
  • Pair of rubber boots for each child to use during the program; guests are welcome to wear their own boots
  • Pond craft
  • A themed party favor for each child
  • One naturalist that leads the first 90 minutes of activities
  • Parents/hosts are responsible for the last 30 minutes of the party, including serving food and supervising children. 
  • White paper plates, napkins, utensils, and candles
  • 12 Cupcakes included

Age: 7-12 year olds (guests must be no younger than 5)
Length: 2 hours
Location: Knoch Knolls Nature Center
Times: May - September: Saturday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm & Sunday, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Price: $279 (R)/$309 (NR) - For 12 guests including the guest of honor ; up to 4 adults. Due to space limitations, we ask that only a minimum number of parents stay.
In order to ensure a fun and memorable party for the children, parents are welcome to wait in the nature center exhibit area or parents can pick up their children within 10 minutes of the conclusion of the party.


Something’s Fishy 

Freshwater fish come in amazing colors, shapes and sizes! Learn about the fish living in the DuPage River, play a fun fishing game, create a fish print, and watch the nature center fish being fed. Offered year-round.

Party includes:

  • Fish themed invitations
  • 12 guests/children including the birthday child
  • Up to 4 adults allowed
  • Fish craft
  • A themed party favor for each child
  • One naturalist that leads the first 90 minutes of activities
  • Parents/hosts are responsible for the last 30 minutes of the party, including serving food and supervising children. 
  • White paper plates, napkins, utensils, and candles
  • 12 Cupcakes included

Age: 6-12 year olds (guests must be no younger than 5)
Length: 2 hours
Location: Knoch Knolls Nature Center
Times: Year round

March – November: Saturday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm & Sunday 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

December - February: Saturday 10 am - 12 pm or 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Price: $279 (R)/$309 (NR) - For 12 guests including the guest of honor ; up to 4 adults. Due to space limitations, we ask that only a minimum number of parents stay.
In order to ensure a fun and memorable party for the children, parents are welcome to wait in the nature center exhibit area or parents can pick up their children within 10 minutes of the conclusion of the party.



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Get Your Party Started - Fill Out the Party Request Form - CLICK HERE