Birthday Parties

UPDATE: We are booking current and future events. Future events will be subject to mitigation measures and state restrictions at the time of the event. 

Virtual Birthday Parties

Celebrate your child’s special day with a virtual party! Invite your friends and family to join us online for special activities and memorable birthday fun!

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Wildlife Adventure Birthday Party at The Grove

Looking for a truly different and memorable birthday party experience for your 5-12 year old child?  This is it! Lead by a trained animal handler and naturalist, participants will be introduced to some unique animal residents of The Grove’s Interpretive Center- maybe a creepy crawly, a slithering snake, or even an adorable turtle- while learning the importance of the world’s most amazing creatures in their natural environment. This 1.5 hour program includes an entertaining and informative trail hike.  The fee is $125 for your party of up to 12.  Please note: the maximum number of participants is 12- this number includes our birthday child and any adults in attendance.  We will not allow any group to exceed the maximum number of 12. Wildlife Adventure Birthdays can be reserved Tuesday-Sunday 2:30-4 pm or 5-6:30 pm. Please call 224-521-2114 to reserve a date and time for your party.        

  • Safety requirements- everyone is required to wear a mask at all times, use hand sanitizer when arriving at The Grove and periodically throughout the program.
  • Participants will be required to maintain a distance of 6 feet.
  • No one is allowed to touch any of the exhibits or animals at The Grove or in any building.
  • Party meets in The Grove Program Barn. The Grove decorates using animal posters and happy birthday banners. No Additional Decorations will be allowed.  No balloons, piñatas, confetti, noisemakers, or chewing gum allowed.
  • Individual cupcakes and drinks are permitted, but no birthday cake or other shared food.
  • Goodie bags may be handed out only as children leave the party.
  • Party will be 1.5 hours long.
  • Scheduling will be Tuesday-Sunday 2:30-4pm or 5-6:30pm.
  • Cost is $125 for 12 total participants, including birthday child and all adults.
  • In the event of severe weather, trail hike will be replaced with an alternative, age appropriate activity indoors.

Birthday Parties at The Grove (Note: the below list of birthday parties are unavailable at this time).

For a Truly Different Celebration

Have your children ever wondered what it would be like to be a pioneer, a Native American Indian or a naturalist? Now they can find out for themselves at one of our very special birthday celebrations at The Grove. All parties are two hours long. Programs will be led by trained staff with approximately 45 minutes allowed for the opening of gifts and treats. 

Where: The Grove Interpretive Center, 1421 Milwaukee Ave.
Boys and girls, ages 4-12 yrs.
For more information, including fees and availability, please call the Program Coordinator at 224-521-2114.

Letterboxing 101

Ages: 6-12 years

Combine hiking and treasure hunting to find The Grove’s hidden letterboxes. Be ready for outdoor fun on the trails, following the clues to the hidden boxes and stamping your journals. Each participant takes home a journal and the know-how to do letterboxing with their families.


Wildlife Adventure

Ages: 4-10 years

Have a party that’s truly different from all others by including a snake or turtle as one of your guests. Party activities include hands-on experiences with animals and artifacts, an animal talk and a trail walk.

Discovering Dinosaurs

Ages: 4-10 years

Travel back in time to meet some dinosaurs. What makes a dinosaur a dinosaur and how do we know about them? Find out how huge these animals really were. Return to the present and see their modern relatives. Children get a close-up look at live turtles, snakes and birds.


Stamp It Up

Ages: 5-10 years

Rubber stamping is fun and creative for everyone! Children will make three projects to take home using rubber stamps and markers. They can also use special stamps, markers and washable ink to tattoo themselves or a friend.

Tea Party for You

Ages: 6-12 years

Every little girl likes to play Tea Party and now she can celebrate her birthday by having one with her friends. Girls can dress up in party clothes and we’ll provide the fancy hats, decorations and dishes. Games, stories and activities have a tea party theme. (Available February-October)


“Buggy” Birthday

Ages: 4-10 years

Bugs and insects are the stars of this party where partygoers will discover these creepy crawlers in their natural habitats. Use what you learn to design your own insect. Games and a trail walk are included. (Available April-September)

Native American Party

Ages: 4-12 years

Invite your friends to attend your birthday party at The Grove’s Native American Longhouse. You and your guests will experience the culture of local tribes that once lived in the area through dance, games, tools and artifacts.


Log Cabin Party

Ages: 4-10 years

Come to our little cabin to experience the life of a pioneer. Step back in time when chores and daily tasks were done by hand. Find out how pioneers entertained themselves and guests with wooden toys and games.