Birthday Parties at the McLane Center

Party Themes

Hoot of a Party

Celebrate your party with our live barred and screech owls. Learn about the adaptations that make them unique nighttime predators. Practice your owl calls and make your own owl puppet to take home. Older groups have the option of dissecting owl pellets instead of the craft.

Hooray for Hawks

Share the experience of getting up close and personal with our live hawks with your friends and family. The naturalist program includes two live birds and a behind-the scenes look at our raptor mews. Learn about basic raptor natural history and how the birds of NH Audubon are cared for. (Parents, enhance this special experience by supporting our adopt-an-animal program. Find out more at the time of booking.)

Wonderful World of Reptiles

All of our reptile friends are invited to the party! Come get up close and hands on with our snakes and turtles. Party goers will love watching the turtles eat and handling a live snake. Finish off with a reptile craft.

New Hampshire Wildlife

This party is for the wildlife lover. Explore the web of life and discover the interconnected ness of NH’s wildlife. Multiple live animals and mounts are used during the naturalist program to entertain participants while teaching them the important roles each play in our ecosystem.

Turtle Mania

NHA is home to several turtle species. Come learn what they share in common and what makes them unique. Party goers have the opportunity to touch the turtles and maybe watch them eat! See the inside of a turtles shell and make your own turtle craft to take home as a keepsake and a teaching tool.

Snakes Alive!

Ever wanted to touch a snake? This party is for the snake lover in your family. Learn about the important role snakes play in the NH ecosystem and meet the snakes that call NHA home. Test your skills at snake tag and create a slithery craft to take home.

Custom Party Themes

Don’t see a theme that’s right for you? Work with our Education Department to customize a nature-based theme that suits your needs. Examples include outdoor habitat explorations and winter animal tracking.

Party Information

Parties can be tailored to fit the needs of an audience of any age, but are primarily geared towards 4-12 year-olds. The highlight of the party will be the one-hour naturalist program focusing on your selected theme. All naturalist programs include live animal presentations that are sure to engage the audience. Options for naturalist programs can include a nature-based craft or game. Or, how about dissecting an owl pellet?! You provide food, drinks, and any desired decorations and party favors. Kitchens are available for your use. The center will be open 30 minutes prior to party for set-up unless other arrangements are made.

Basic Package

Cost: $165 NHA members/$195 non-members
Download our Birthday Party Brochure

  • One hour with naturalist
  • Exclusive use of party room and kitchen for 2-hour party
  • Party Settings included (reusable plates, bowls, cups, utensils, and tablecloths)

Add Ons

  • Gift Bags: $8 per bag
  • Invitations: $1 per invitation and envelope (Invitations will be mailed to you for distribution.)

Call 603-224-9909 x333 for more information or to book your party.