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10 Woodside Lane Westport, CT 06880   203-557-4400 Earthplace Preschool: 203-557-3638

Birthday Parties

Celebrate your child’s next birthday at Earthplace! You and your guests will have a private room as your party headquarters, a naturalist-led program of your choice, and access to all of Earthplace, including Animal Hall, Natureplace, the playground, and the trails.

 

We offer nature- and science-themed programs for children turning 3 and older. All birthday parties include a three-hour room rental.

 

Call 203-557-4400 ext. 101 Tuesday-Friday 9:30-5:00 pm or email info@earthplace.org to book your party today!

 

How it works: 

Pick a day: Saturday 9:30am - 12:30pm or 1:00 - 4:00pm or Sunday 1:00 - 4:00pm only

 

 

Parties for children turning 3 and 4 
Birthday party and naturalist program fee $325 for non-members, $275 for members.
Program lasts 30 minutes.

Programs are limited to 20 children per program. If you would like to hold a party for more than 20 children, please schedule two naturalist programs. Any additional program(s) will be held one after the other (not simultaneously). For each additional set of 20 children, the program price increases by $50.

Critter Encounter – This party is all about getting up close with animals. You’ll get to meet with an Earthplace naturalist before your party to decide which animals you would like to see. Once your guests arrive you’ll learn all about your chosen animals, and everyone will get a chance to pet them. For our Critter Encounters we have a large and wonderful collection of teaching animals including: Rabbits, doves, ferrets, snakes, turtles, lizards, frogs, salamanders, hissing cockroaches, and guinea pigs. Animals not available to visit the classroom for a Critter Encounter include the birds of prey (eagles, owls, and falcons), crow, raven, bats, or small song birds. 

Marvelous Mammals – Learn all about the furry, friendly mammals of Earthplace. You and your guests will read a story and meet a few of the mammals from Earthplace Animal Hall.

Rockin’ Reptiles – Do you love snakes, turtles, and lizards? During our reptile party you’ll meet a few of our resident reptiles and read a story all about reptiles. 


Parties for children turning 5 and older
Birthday party and naturalist program fee for Critter Encounter or Safari is $325 for non-members $275 for members.
Young Scientists fee is $350 for non-members, $300 for members.
Programs last 50 minutes.


Programs are limited to 20 children per program. If you would like to hold a party for more than 20 children please schedule two naturalist programs (you can choose the same program twice). Any additional program(s) will be held one after the other (not simultaneously). For each additional set of 20 children, the program price increases by $50 ($75 for Young Scientists).

Critter Encounter – This party is all about getting up close with the animals. You’ll get to meet with an Earthplace naturalist before your party to decide which animals you would like to see. Once your guests arrive you’ll get to learn all about your chosen animals, and everyone will get a chance to pat them. For our Critter Encounters we have a large and wonderful collection of teaching animals including: Rabbits, doves, ferrets, snakes, turtles, lizards, frogs, salamanders, hissing cockroaches, and guinea pigs. Animals not available to visit the classroom for a Critter Encounter include the birds of prey (eagles, owls, and falcons), crow, raven, bats, or small song birds. 

Safari – Go on a scavenger hunt through Animal Hall and the Connecticut Birds of Prey Exhibit in search of critters of all kinds. Can you find the bird that’s 30 years old? An animal without any bones? Or a mammal that eats only insects? At the end of your search you’ll get to meet and learn about three different animals. 

Young Scientists  – This party is great for young scientists looking to do some hands-on experiments. We’ll have fun making slime, building bubbly rockets, and inflating a balloon without blowing - all while learning a bit about the physics and chemistry in our everyday lives. Activities will vary by age.


Parties for children turning 8 and older
Birthday party and naturalist program fee for Pond Study and Survival Shelter Building is $350 for non-members,
$300 for members.
Programs last 50 minutes.

Programs are limited to 20 children per program. If you would like to hold a party for more than 20 children please schedule two naturalist programs (you can choose the same program twice). Any additional program(s) will be held one after the other (not simultaneously). For each additional set of 20 children, the program price increases by $50 ($75 for Young Scientists).

Pond StudyWe will head on down to the pond. There, we will put on waders, grab a net, and start digging in the pond. We will spend a half hour using our nets to catch things like frogs and tadpoles, dragonfly nymphs and much more. After exploring with the nets we will take a look at what we found with magnifying glasses and identify the organisms. We will return all the animals to the pond, take off the waders and return to the building. This program is not eligible for an add-on. 

Survival Shelter Building - We will learn the survival rule of three - how long we can go without air, water, food, and shelter. We will brainstorm on how many different ways that we can use a bandana.  Then we will head to the forest and discuss factors that should be considered when building a survival shelter. After discussion the kids can work together to build their own shelter.


ADD-ONS
Can’t decide which theme to choose for your party? Pick two! For children turning 5 and older you may choose to add on an additional 30 minutes of naturalist-led programming to your party. 
All add-ons are $30. Program length is 20 minutes. 

Add-on themes:
Critter Encounter – Meet two of the animals from Animal Hall.
Safari – Go on a scavenger hunt in Animal Hall and the Birds of Prey Exhibit.
Young Scientists – Participate in two science-themed activities.
Nature Walk – Take a hike around the Swamp Loop Trail, stopping to look for animals at the pond and stream.

Birthday party rental information:

Earthplace provides:
  • A private space for your party.
  • A naturalist-led program (if applicable).
  • Tables and chairs (four 2.5' x 5' tables, two 2.5' x 3.5' tables, two 2.5' x 8' tables, 40 chairs; additional tables and chairs available upon request)
  • Trash bins and cleaning supplies for tidying up after the party is over.
Payment and refunds: 
  • Full payment is required at time of booking.
  • You may reschedule your party to another available date at any time prior to your scheduled party time.
  • You may request a refund of the total party fee, minus $100, at any time prior to your scheduled party time. 
Party policies:
  • All children must be under the direct supervision of an adult at all times, including during the naturalist-led program.
  • No more than 20 children may attend each naturalist-led program. Children younger than 2 are not included in this total. If you would like to hold a party for more than 20 children please schedule two programs. Any additional program(s) will be held after the first (not simultaneously). 
  • All food and beverages must remain in the party room.
  • No alcoholic beverages may be served at your party.
  • If you choose to hang decorations on the walls, please use masking tape or Velcro. Do not use tacks, duct tape, or other materials that may damage the walls. No balloons please! Please return the party room to the state in which you found it. We ask all groups to remove any decorations, wipe down the tables, sweep the floor, bag their trash, and leave it by the door. Cleaning supplies will be clearly labeled and stored in the kitchen. NO BALLOONS PLEASE! 
  • Your party time includes set-up and clean-up time. Please do not arrive before your scheduled time. Party groups still occupying a room more than 20 minutes after the end of their party will be charged for an additional hour of room rental ($75).
  • Birthday party groups using the rooms are responsible for any loss or damage to the facility or its equipment.  Any group or user violating the above policies may be asked to leave and/or denied future use of room space.