Get Outdoors and Celebrate!
May 23, 2014

There are so many ways to incorporate your child’s love of the outdoors into his or her next birthday party. Here are some ideas to make your child’s next outdoor birthday party a memorable one!

Home-based party ideas

Choosing to have a home-based party will not only save a lot of money, but it can also be loads of fun since your options are almost limitless. Your guests will have a blast with a nature scavenger hunt, building forts, and sitting around a campfire or fire pit—if your neighborhood allows it. Instead of sending kids home with goodie bags of toys or candy, have your guests make bird feeders, paint bird houses, or decorate pots and plant seeds that kids can grow at home. For older kids, consider hosting a campout in your back yard. They are sure to have a great time!

Hiking trails, parks, or beaches

No decorations will be needed if you have your party at a hiking trail, park, or beach! For these types of parties, consider keeping the number of guests you choose to invite on the lower side unless parents will be accompanying their children to help out. Favors could include a reusable water bottle and yummy treats like trail mix for their journey. Bring binoculars and magnifying glasses along so that kids can get a close-up look at wildlife and their surroundings. Consider giving your little explorers containers for them to pick up interesting objects like rocks, sticks, or feathers that they may find along the way. Kids can play show-and-tell while stopping to take a rest. Keep in mind that, for some of your guests, it may be their first experience with hiking or the outdoors, so keep the itinerary light and fun.

Outdoor Party Venues

Most local environmental education centers, farms, and arboretums, offer really neat birthday party packages. Costs vary, but your child and their guests are sure to have a fantastic time! Most of these packages include an hour with a naturalist and fun activities. Usually there are all sorts of themed parties to choose from ranging from frogs and reptiles, to butterflies, to fairy parties, and more. Silver Lake Nature Center, located in Bucks County even offers kayak parties and night hike parties for older children.

Here are some great choices for venues in the Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia area for holding your child’s outdoor birthday party. 

Silver Lake Nature Center, Bucks County

Briar Bush Nature Center, Montgomery County

Churchville Nature Center, Bucks County

Norristown Farm Park, Montgomery County

Peace Valley Nature Center, Bucks County

Tyler Memorial Arboretum, Delaware County

Burnside Plantation, Northampton County

Wildlands Conservancy, Lehigh County

Lehigh Valley Zoo, Lehigh County 

No matter what type of outdoor party your child chooses to have, it is sure to be a huge hit for everyone! 


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