Birthday Parties

Celebrate with Us!

Whether you like to celebrate outside with a hike in the woods, by sliding and splashing in a pool, or by getting messy or creative with friends, there is a party for you. Click on each facility to find the perfect party.



$130 (1-12 guests), $5 each additional guest, 24 max.
Celebrate your child’s birthday at the Anita Purves Nature Center. Party includes a 45-60 minute program packed with games, activities, and sometimes a live animal. Following the program, use the room to open gifts and eat treats you bring. The birthday child will receive a gift certificate to the Audubon Nature Shop.

To reserve a party, call 217-384-4062 at least two weeks before your desired party date. $75 refundable damage deposit required at the time of booking.


Whoo’s Having a Party? Age 4+
Have a hoot discovering owl adaptations when a live owl visits your party.

Dino-mite Party Age 4+
Dig into the past as you explore the lost world of dinosaurs, uncover fossils, and make your own dinosaur tracks.

Nature Scavenger Hunt Party Age 6+
Search through Busey Woods or the nature center for signs of animals and other wildlife.

Reptilian Party Age 6+
S-s-s-slither into another year with a visit from the center’s live snakes and box turtles. Discover what makes reptiles different from other animals.

Creepy Crawly Party Age 6+
Head into Busey Woods to search for slugs and bugs. Uncover their hiding spots, and catch and release these creepy crawlers. (Available April-October)

Night Hike Birthday Party Age 9+
Explore Busey Woods and its inhabitants at night. Enjoy an interpretive hike, and learn about nocturnal adaptations. (Additional fee of $15 for after-hours)

Campfire Party Age 9+
Learn how to build your own campfire. Then sit back to roast marshmallows while you hear legends and sing songs around the fire. (Available April-October; additional fee of $15 if program is scheduled after regular open hours)

Custom Party All Ages
Perhaps your child has a special nature interest – we can create a party themed with your idea in mind. Add an additional $25 to the regular party fee. At least four weeks notice is required.


$100/2 hours ($35 each additional hour)
Use Urbana Park District athletic equipment and the gym for games and fun, and use the adjacent space to serve treats you supply. Reserve your party at least two weeks in advance by completing an application and making a full payment. There is a two-hour minimum on parties. Call 217-255-8601 for information.


Patio Party Rentals
1–15 participants $125 | Rent either the Boneyard Flats or Rapids areas
All rentals include the use of a patio party area and swimming. An additional $75 damage deposit is due at time of request. Call 217-367-1544 or 217-239-7946 for information about reserving your party. Fifteen minutes of set-up and clean-up is included in the 2-hour time block. The patio party area must be cleaned up and all attendees must exit by your scheduled ending time. Please reserve your party at least three weeks in advance. Please ask for details about having more than 15 participants at your party.


These parties are available September-mid-May and go on vacation during the summer.
1-8 participants $185) | 9-16 participants $250
Choose from available dates and select the theme. We provide invitations, cake, ice cream, drinks, tableware, a large decorated party room, high-quality goody bags, and trained party staff.

Upon approval, a party planner will call you to make final arrangements for your party. On the day of the party, highly-trained staff will lead your group through the entire event so that you are free to sit back and watch, take pictures, and participate if you’d like!

Reserve your party at least two weeks in advance by completing an application and making full payment at the Phillips Recreation Center. Call Erica at 217-367-1544 ext. 276 for additional information.

Pirate Party Ages 4-8
No one will jump ship on this swashbuckling adventure! Little buccaneers will try on pirate gear, play exciting games, and collect serious loot on a hunt for the missing treasure.

Ooze, Gooze, & Fun Ages 4-10
You’d never let them do this at home! Everyone will love making goop, creating messy art projects, and playing crazy sloppy games.

Glamour Kids Ages 4-12
Your beauties make their own beauty products such as body glitter and lip-gloss.Then they can put on make-up, do their nails, and try on our fancy boas before stepping on stage for a fashion show!

A Wizard Adventure Ages 4-8
Once they’ve been sorted into houses, your young wizards will play games, attend wizarding classes, perform transformations, and cast spells to earn a magical reward.

A Birthday to “Dye” for Ages 8-15
Leaders will help everyone create a unique tie-dye T-shirt to take home before making inspired colorful art projects and playing crazy games.

Custom Party Ages 4-15
Let our creative staff custom design a party for your child. The standard party fee of $185 or $250 applies, plus a customization fee of $25. Additional charges may apply and will be determined by the party planner.

Just the Essentials Party
We provide the leaders, activity supplies, decorated room, and tablecloths; you provide the rest. $125 for 1-8 participants and $185 for 9-16 participants.


1-15 participants $125, $6 for each additional guest
All rentals include the use of the party room and swimming. An additional $75 damage deposit is due at time of request. Swim and use the party room for a 2-hour time slot during public swim hours. When calling for reservations, ask about our discount for supervising adults.

Call 217-367-1544 for information about reserving your party. Fifteen minutes of set-up and clean-up is included in the 2-hour time block.