No-Stress Birthday Bashes That Are A Crazy Good Time: Part 1

We are just going to cut to the chase here: A kids' birthday party that doesn't require you to clean your house or go grocery shopping is a beautiful thing.

Pizza and cake in the nearest park is simple and sweet, but we did a little investigating on the interwebs and found some seriously amazing, no-fuss options across Southwest Michigan, for your consideration.

Plus, did we mention that you won't have to clean your house?

NATURE CENTERS

DEGRAAF NATURE CENTER

270 S River Ave, Holland, MI | 616-355-1057

Fee

$95 for up to 12 children ($65 for members) | $25 non-refundable deposit required

Includes

  • Free admission to the nature center

  • Hour-long program with a trail exploration

  • Use of party room for one additional hour

  • Reusable cups, plates and silverware (bring own refreshments and games)

Program Themes

Reptile Roundup

Insect Investigations

Michigan Wildlife

Winter Wonders (ages 5+)

SARETT NATURE CENTER

2300 Benton Center Rd, Benton Harbor, MI 49022 | 269-927-4832

Fee

$100 for 90-minute rental up to 10 children ($10/child for additional guests) | for ages 4+

Includes

  • Half-hour program and Discovery Room visit

  • Tables, chairs and trash bins/removal provided ( bring own paper products and refreshments)

Program Themes Wildlife Wonders

Reptile Roundup

Snowshoeing

Cross-country Skiing

Scavenger Hunt

Butterfly House (May 15-Sep 15)

Wilderness Survival

Pond Exploration

OUTDOOR DISCOVER CENTER

4214 56th St, Holland, MI 49423 | 616-393-9453

Fee

$150 for up to 15 children and 10 accompanying adults ($10/child and $5/adults for additional guests) | $50 refundable deposit required

Includes

  • Hour-long program

  • Use of indoor classroom or outdoor pavilion with picnic tables

  • Bring own decorations (no tape, glue or string allowed) and refreshments

  • Renters are responsible for decorating/cleanup

Program Themes

Birds of Prey (recommended for ages 5+)

Fishing

Snowshoeing (recommended for ages 8+)

Insect Safari

Feathers, Fur, Scales & Slime

Owls

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Wetlands

ZOOS/ANIMALS

CRITTER BARN

9275 Adams St, Zeeland, MI |616-748-1110

Fee

$125 for up to 8 children and 2 accompanying adults ($10 per extra child/$5 per extra adult)

Other options: Rent the farm: $250 | Bring the farm to you: $450

Includes

  • 90 minutes of animal interaction

  • Donkey or pony rides (for groups of 15 or few children)

  • T-shirt for the birthday kid

  • Use of lunchroom for refreshments, cake and gift opening (bring own food)

SPRING CREEK EQUESTRIAN

16771 Pardee Rd, Three Oaks, MI | 269-756-3894

Party Options

Individual (1 child per horse)

Group Riding (2-3 children per horse)

Fee

Individual: $40/rider | Group: $150 for 4-7 kids or $200 for 8-10 kids (50% deposit required at booking)

Includes

  • 90 minutes of horse rides and other interaction

  • Use of bounce house, trampoline, fishing pond, swing set, hiking trails and facilities (bring own refreshments and paper products)

  • Feed turtles and fish at the pond

  • Pet rabbit, goats, dogs, cats and ducks

JOHN BALL ZOO

Party Options

Zoo-It-Yourself (you choose the time and spot in the zoo)

Safari Party (full-service party; three time slots available)

Overnight Adventure (for ages 7+; 5:30 pm-9 am)

Fee

ZIY: $80 for up to 10 people | $100 for up to 20 people | $120 for up to 30 people

Safari: $350 for up to 20 people | $450 for up to 30 people | $550 for up to 40 people

Overnight: $550 for up to 12 people; additional guests are $45 per person

Includes

ZIY:

  • Free zoo admission for birthday kid

  • Zoo-themed games and cupcakes, paper products, lemonade and water with souvenir cups, party favors, a special gift and budgie/camel ride experience gift card for the birthday kid

  • 25% off coupon for Monkey Island Cafe and 20% off coupon for Gifts of the Wild

  • Invitations, "Zoovenirs" or gift cards available for purchase

Safari:

  • 1.5 hours of private rental space

  • Zoo-themed games and special appearances by two animal ambassadors

  • Zoo admission for whole group

  • Setup/cleanup by staff

  • Zoo-themed cupcakes and paper products, party favors, a special gift and budgie/camel ride experience gift card for the birthday kid

  • 25% off coupon for Monkey Island Cafe and 20% off coupon for Gifts of the Wild

  • Invitations, "Zoovenirs" or gift cards available for purchase

Overnight:

  • Animal demonstrations, hands-on activities and visits with nocturnal animals

  • Cupcakes and juice

  • Special gift for birthday kid

  • Bedtime snack, breakfast, souvenir and next-day admission to the zoo

  • Bring own sleeping bags for camping overnight in the Chimp Day Room

BINDER PARK ZOO

Party Options

In-Season (Apr 13-Oct 30): Zoo, Petting Zoo, African Savanna or Zoo Boo

Off-Season (Oct 31-Apr 15): Jungle or Carousel

Fee

In-Season: $250-$350 for 15-20 individuals ($10 per additional guest)

Off-Season: $175-$275 for 30-40 individuals ($5 per additional guest)

Includes

  • Zoo admission for guests during in-season

  • 2-hour use of private party room (bring own cake; confetti and balloons are prohibited)

  • Animal encounters

  • 3 self-guided games or activities

  • 1 token per guest for giraffe feeding, train or carousel ride (in-season)

Add-Ons

  • Additional tokens: $2 each

  • Table service for up to 20 people: $15 ($.75 per additional person)

  • Large cheese/pepperoni pizza (in season only): $12Pitcher of soda: $4

Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3!

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