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 birthday will include a walk through the conservatory, a visit to the butterflies in Peyton’s Place and a live animal presentation!

*All parties will include age-appropriate activities.



Each child will get up close and personal with some of our resident RBNC snakes and learn some interesting snake facts. The children will make a striking snake craft and play a fun snake game!

Dino Digdino

Dig for dino bones, make a volcano erupt, go on a dino egg hunt, play “hatch the dino eggs” and much more!

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Nature Detective

Children construct detective kits 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 or make a casting of an animal track with playdoh.

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Children learn about many aspects of butterflies, such as senses, defenses, life cycle, and anatomy. We will take a tour through our butterfly exhibit, Peyton’s Place, observing butterflies up close. Children make antenna headband and a beautiful painted butterfly that illustrates symmetry or a coffee filter butterfly.

 Junior Engineer

Children learn about many aspects of engineering by creating a structure with marshmallows and toothpicks or build awesome penny boats! They will build their own mini-catapult and launch them into a target bowl!

Out of this World Birthday!

Children learn about our wonderful solar system with an interesting space-related craft, such as a cool straw rocket. Your young astronauts will play an out of this world space game!





What does it cost?

The cost for non-members is $150 for 10 children; each additional child is $10.00. The cost for RBNC members is $125 for 10 children, each additional child is $10.00. Become a member here.

How much is it for children ages 1 and under?

There is no charge for children ages 1 and under, unless they participate in activities.

How many adults should I bring?

In addition to the field guide, trail tour birthday parties require parental or guardian accompaniment on the trail. Parents are expected to supervise their children. Field guides will be present in each party area.

Where will the party take place?

Birthday party rentals scheduled Monday through Friday during business hours are set up in the pavilion or in the back meeting space. After hours rentals can be set up in the pavilion or exhibit hall.

Birthday party rentals scheduled Saturday and Sundayduring business hours can be set up in the back meeting space or in the pavilion. After hours they can be in the exhibit hall or pavilion.

Business hours are as follows: Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.  We are closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, Easter, and Independence Day.

How long are parties?

Birthday parties are 2.5 hours long. Generally, the first 15 minutes are used for set up. The party includes an hour-long program, an hour for food, cake, and ice-cream, and 15 minutes for clean up. Please do not arrive early; your rental time includes set-up, event time, and break down time.

How much is the deposit?

We require that you pay a $50.00 deposit in order to hold your reservation and rental time. This deposit will also ensure that your group leaves the rental space clean. If you cancel your birthday party, your deposit will not be refunded. All cancellations must be done in person. Rescheduling is considered a cancellation and your deposit will not be refunded. There will be a $2.00 convenience fee if you choose to pay your deposit with a credit card.

Payment is due at the conclusion of your party. Your deposit does not go toward your party payment.  You will receive your deposit back by mail soon after the party has taken place.

When is the payment for the party due?

Full payment for the party is due at the conclusion of the party. The cost for non-members is minimum $150 for 10 children, each additional child is $10.00. The cost for RBNC members is $125 for 10 children, and each additional child is $10.00.

Does RBNC decorate?

RBNC does not decorate, but we do provide tables, chairs, goody bags, and entertainment. Please do not decorate with glitter, table scatter, or confetti. If using helium balloons, please attach extra long strings. Balloon releases are not permitted.

Does RBNC provide goody bags?

River Bend does provide goody bags to participating children.

What kind of birthday activities are included with a party?

Activities are tailored to each party and will be adjusted according to the age group of the party. Please see the birthday party themes at:

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns, please call 940-767-0843.

Click Here to Download the RBNC Birthday Brochure.