River Bend Birthday Party Description
River Bend offers a unique birthday experience! Kids will get a chance to explore nature in a fun, educational, and entertaining environment. We have several nature themes that you can choose from. If you have a specific nature theme in mind that you do not see below, just let us know! We can develop activities to match!
Each child will make a headband with antennae and an insect container. They will learn about the characteristics on an insect, and then go on a bug hunt with the Field Guide down on River Bend’s nature trail. After the hunt, children will return to the pavilion for the bug identification. If we have the Madagascar hissing cockroaches, the party guests will have a chance to hold these amazing creatures.
This is similar to the bug hunt, but ladybug style. This bug hibernates during the winter and is fun to find. Children view all stages of the ladybug life cycle. Children make ladybug headbands and play a ladybug game. They head down on the trail with the Field Guide, searching for ladybugs.
Each child will take a walk on the wild side on River Bend’s nature trail. Along the way, children collect leaves for a leaf prints. Children make leaf books and a leaf craft.
Children make a leaping frog craft and play a frog game. They see each stage of the frog’s life cycle. If it is the right time of year, we have live exhibits. Kids head to the pond with the Field Guide to find baby cricket frogs and other aquatic animals.
Seeds, Seeds, Seeds
Children view many different types of seeds and make a seed sorting container. They take a closer look at the inside of a seed, and see various stages of germination. Kids plant seeds in eco-pots. They go on a seed scavenger hunt with the Field Guide on the trail.
Dig for dino bones, make a volcano erupt, go on a dino egg hunt, play hatch the dino eggs and much more!
Children make tool bags for exploring the trail. They take a walk on the wild side on River Bend’s nature trail. Along the way they collect items, such as pine cones, leaves, seeds, bark, and berries. Then after the walk, they return to the pavilion to create a nature collage to take home.
Children learn about many aspects of butterflies, such as senses, defenses, life cycle, and anatomy. We will take a tour through our brand new butterfly exhibit, Peyton’s Place, observing butterflies up close. Children make a butterfly feeder, plant a host plant, and make a caterpillar.
What’s in the Pond
We head down to the pond on River Bend’s nature trail. With nets, containers, and microscopes, we explore the world of the pond. Each child makes a fish craft and a waterscope.
Each child will take a walk on the wild side of the city on River Bend’s nature trail. Along the way, we will identify tracks and other signs of nocturnal animals. We will then return to the pavilion to make a replica-track to take home.
All nature themes are $10 a child, with minimum of 10 kids or $100. There is no charge for children one or under, unless they receive party favor bags. For trail tour birthday parties we require at least one adult, in addition to the field guide, on the trail with the children. Party favor bags will be given to each child in the party. We require that you pay a $45.00 deposit in order to hold your reservation and is refundable based on the state of the facility after you leave. Full payment is due the day of the party. The pavilion can be rented anytime, the exhibit hall is only available after business hours.
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns, please call 940-767-0843.