BIRTHDAY PARTY THEMES

Please choose your child’s favorite theme from the list below.  Each of the activities are in the order of occurance during the first hour of your party.  The second hour is your time to have cake, open presents and let the kids free play in and around the Avery House Nature Center. After you make your choice you can fill out our online form. to schedule your party!  We will then contact you to discuss and finalize the details.

Slither and Slime! (ages 2-10)

  1. Animal anatomy/handling/interaction:
    • Handle our live animal resident amphibians: frogs & newts
  2. Interactive Games/Activities/Outside time: 
    • Discover amphibian metamorphosis!; Sing our Froggy Song (ages 2-4); Lizard Camouflage Hunt or Snake Walk (younger children will sort and count lizards found)
  3. Art Project included: 
    • Bullfrog Mask or Paper Lizard
  4. More Animal interaction:
    • Handle our live animal resident reptiles: lizards and turtles
  5. Additional Art options ($2/per child):
    • Make slime
    • Creative Turtle Shells with fabric or foam
    • Paint “moving” wooden snakes

*We can also focus your party on your child’s favorite amphibian or reptile!

Creepy Creatures that Crawl or Slither! (ages 2-5)

  1. Animal anatomy/handling/interaction: 
    • Handle our live animal residents: worms & mealworms
  2. Interactive Games/Activities/Outside time: 
    • Learn how these creatures differ- count legs on toy animals;
    • Creepy Creature Hunts  (seasonal dependent)
      • Fall and Winter – Peek under tree stumps and leaf litter
      • Winter and Spring – Net for aquatic species in park wetland
      • Summer – Look on and around flowers in the garden and under logs
      • Late Summer and Fall – Find grasshoppers and spiders in the meadow
  3. Art Project included:
    • Build an invertebrate with beads and pipecleaners (walking stick, spider, butterfly or choose one of the options below)
  4. More Animal Interaction:
    • Handle our live animal residents: walking sticks, millipedes and/or tarantulas
  5. Additional Art options ($2/per child):
    • Make a bug catcher viewing box (before hunt)
    • Create a clay creature

Amazing Arthropods! (ages 4-10)

  1. Animal anatomy/handling/interaction:
    • Handle our live animal residents: mealworms, walking sticks, spiders, hermit crabs, crayfish, or millipedes
  2. Interactive Games/Activities/Outside time:
    • Insect Anatomy Circle & Life Cycle: sing songs, build an insect or bug bingo (age dependent)
    • View and demonstrate metamorphosis through a fun game
    • Arthropod Hunt  (seasonal dependent)
      • Fall and Winter – Peek under tree stumps and leaf litter
      • Winter and Spring – Seek out aquatic species in park wetland
      • Summer – Look on and around flowers in the garden and under logs
      • Late Summer and Fall – Find grasshoppers and spiders in the meadow
    • View, race, handle or investigate species found
  3. Art Project included:
    • Invent an arthropod-made from egg cartons & pipe cleaners
  4. Additional charge Art options (please choose one):
    • $1/per child:
      • Make a special invertebrate with beads and pipecleaners (walking stick, spider, butterfly)
      • Make a spider and spider web on a stick
    • $2/per child:
      • Make a bug catcher viewing box (before hunt)
      • Invent a clay creature with 3 adaptations

Butterflies are Beautiful! (ages 3-7)

  1. Interactive Games/Activities/Outside time:
    • Caterpillar to butterfly circle
    • Ages 3-4:
      • Act out a puppet show: I am a little caterpillar!
    • Ages 5-7:
      • Build a butterfly and caterpillar
    • Insect life cycles and metamorphosis Game
    • Be a butterfly Pollinator Game
  2. Art Project included:
    • Make an Endangered butterfly clip with painted wings and beaded body

Butterflies and Bees! (ages 3-10)

  1. Animal anatomy/handling/interaction:
    • Handle live walking sticks – observe body parts and shapes
  2. Interactive Games/Activities/Outside time:
    • Build a bee or butterfly
    • Insect life cycles and metamorphosis game
    • View a bee Hive – season dependent but most of the year the hive is active
    • Team Pollination Relay game: be a pollinator
  3. Art Project (no charge):
    • Make a Bee or Butterfly clip with bead body and wings

*if desired this option can have more of a bee focus

Going Batty! (ages 4-10)

  1. Animal anatomy/handling/interaction: 
    • Handle bat skeletons
  2. Interactive Games/Activities/Outside time: 
    • Bat Anatomy Active Game: How does a bat compare to me? (size, weight, fingers and wings)
  3. Art Project Included: 
    • Draw a Bat with directed bat anatomy sketching
  4. More Interactive Games/Activities/Outside time: 
    • Echolocation game – Fun Bat an Moth Game
  5. Additional Art Project Option:
    • Make a bat mask ($2/child)

Awesome Owls! (ages 5-10)

  1. Animal anatomy/handling/interaction: 
    • Hands on with taxidermy: Investigate mounted Barn owl and feather collection
  2. Interactive Games/Activities/Outside time:
    • Local Owl hunt with binoculars
  3. Animal interaction:
    • Handle live mice
  4. Art Project Included:
    • Owl food chain bookmark
  5. Additional Art Project Option:
    • Make a felt Owl Mask – decorate with sharpies & glue on items ($2/child)

*if desired this option can incorporate a Harry Potter theme

Baby Birds (ages 3-10)

  1. Animal anatomy/handling/interaction:
    • Investigate local Birds species with feathers and bird bones
    • View and handle local nest collection
  2. Interactive Games/Activities/Outside time: 
    • Baby bird Activity
    • Go on a bird hunt outside (includes binoculars for older students)
  3. Art Project Included: 
    • Build a bird nest with mud, sticks, moss grasses (no charge)
  4. Additional Art Project Option:
    • Design and build your own clay egg ($2/child)