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.



$138 (1-15 guests), $5 each additional guest, 24 max.

Available September - May (not available during summer camp season)

Celebrate a birthday at the Anita Purves Nature Center with a themed program! Parties include a 45-60 minute kids' program packed with games, activities, and sometimes a live animal. Following the program, use the room to open gifts and eat treats you bring. Standard party length is 2 hours total. The birthday child will receive a gift certificate to the Nature Shop.

To request a party, fill out the Birthday Party Request Form or call 217-384-4062 at least three weeks before your desired party date. $100 refundable damage deposit required at the time of booking.

Wish you could have more party time? Add more rental time at a discounted rate!

Mud Kitchen Party Age 4+
Venture outside to the Friendship Grove Nature Playscape to make mud pies, mud stew, and nature art. Remind your guests to dress for mess! (Available April-October, weather permitting)

Reptiles Party Age 4+
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.

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

Creepy Crawly Party Age 4+
Head into Busey Woods to search for slugs and bugs. Uncover their hiding spots, and catch and release these creepy crawlers. (Available April-October, weather permitting)

Owls Party Age 5+
Have a hoot discovering owl adaptations when a live owl visits your party.

Nature Scavenger Hunt Party Age 5+
Explore the nature playscape, Busey Woods or the nature center in search of wildlife and more!

Going Batty Party Age 6+
Delight in crafts and games that reveal the special lives of bats, the only flying mammal!

Campfire Party Age 9+
Learn how to build your own campfire, then sit back to roast marshmallows as you learn about nocturnal animals. (Available April-October, weather permitting; additional fees apply for after-hours)

Custom Party All Ages
Perhaps your child has a special nature interest – we can create a party themed with your idea in mind. Additional fees apply, and at least four weeks' notice is required.


$100/2 hours ($35 each additional hour) | $250 deposit for scoreboard use
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 more information.


Patio Party Rentals
1–15 participants | $128 for 2-hour party + $100 damage deposit
All rentals include the use of a patio party area and swimming. A $100 damage deposit is due at time of request. Email 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.


1-8 participants: $125 - $185 | 9-16 participants: $185 - $250

Fill out a request form with your choice of date, time, theme, and package for your celebration. Upon approval, a party planner will call you to make final arrangements for your party. On the day of the party, 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!

Essentials Package

  • Includes activities, party leaders, and decorations
  • $125 for up to 8 children
    $185 for 9-16 children

Complete Package

  • Includes Basic Package plus cake, ice cream, drinks, tableware, and goody bags
  • $185 for up to 8 children
    $250 for 9-16 children

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

Pirate Party - Ages 6-8

Ooze, Gooze, & Fun - Ages 6-10

A Birthday to “Dye” - Ages 8-15

Glamour Kids - Ages 4-8

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 $50. Additional charges may apply and will be determined by the party planner.


1 Pool: $72 - $100 per hour | 2 Pools: $116 - $154 per hour

All rentals include private use of the entire facility. However, if only 1 pool is selected, only 1 will be staffed and the other will be off limits. No exceptions can be made.

Fill out a request form with your choice of date and time. Your rental is not approved until you receive confirmation from the Aquatics Coordinator. A $100 damage deposit is due at time of request.

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