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Birthdays at Oxbow Meadows

Oxbow birthday parties are a great way to schedule a unique experience your family and friends.  We offer animal encounters, science experiments, nature crafting and more!  Our parties can book up to a month in advance, so hurry and reserve your spot today!

Scheduling a Birthday Party

Our birthday parties are very popular and schedule fast!  To schedule a birthday party, please follow the instructions below:

1. Select Your Birthday Time

Birthdays parties are available in two-hour sessions on Friday and Saturdays. Parties can be reserved for the following times:

Friday Night:

  • 6:oo pm – 8:00 pm
  • This time slot is an additional $150 because Oxbow would be closed to the public

Saturday:

  • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

2. Call and reserve your birthday day and time slot.

Call 706-507-8550 to schedule and confirm a birthday party date and time slot.  All birthday parties must be scheduled at least 2 weeks in advance and require a $50 deposit.   

3. Deposit and Payment

  • All birthday parties require a $50 non-refundable deposit.
  • The remainder of the balance is due before the scheduled date of the birthday.
  • Payment can be made over the phone or in person.
  • Complete an Oxbow Program Waiver (PDF).  This MUST be completed by the adult scheduling the birthday party.

4. Birthday Party Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be received 48 hours in advance to receive a refund minus a $50 administrative fee.  We are unable to make cancellations/changes (including a date change) for anything less than 48 hours.  To cancel please call (706) 507-8550.

Please note that if you rescheduling your birthday party, please follow the similar 2 weeks birthday party scheduling policy.  

Ready to schedule your child’s next birthday party with Oxbow? Just call 706-507-8550!

Birthday Party Base Package

Check our pictures from our birthday party room and upgrades!

What is included:

  • 3-Hour Rental
  • One Theme of Your Choice
  • T-Shirt for the Birthday Boy or Girl
    • Additional t-shirts can be purchased for $10 each
  • Pre-Printed Photos for Your Guests
  • 36 chairs, 16 tables for guests, and two tables for food and presents provided

Pricing:

  • $200 for a maximum of 20 children.
  • Any additional child can be added for an additional $5 a child.
    • Max. 10 additional children
  • Maximum attendance is 60 people

Birthday Party Theme:

  • All birthdays come with one theme of your choice
  • You can add on an additional theme or activity for $75

Birthday Party Upgrades

Upgrade One:
Eco-Friendly Party

What is included:

  • Nature-themes, personalized decorations, already set up for you
  • Plates, napkins, cups, and flatware provided
    • 25 settings
  • 36 chairs, 16 tables for guests, and two tables for food and presents provided

Upgrade for $75

Upgrade Two:
Swag Bag

What is included:

  • Birthday party invitations from Oxbow
  • Gift bags for the children
  • Surprise gift for the birthday child from Oxbow

Upgrade for $75

Upgrade Three:
The Oxbow Ultimate!

What is included:

  • Base Party Package
  • Upgrade 1
  • Upgrade 2
  • Additional Activity of Your Choice

Total of $400 

Save $25 when you schedule the Oxbow Ultimate

Birthday Party Themes

1. The Oxbow Classic

  • Interactive live reptile show about snakes, alligators, and turtles
  • Opportunity to pet and take pictures with reptiles

2. Slithering Snakes

  • Interactive reptile show featuring several snakes
  • Opportunity to touch and take pictures of snakes

3. Ninja Tortoises and Turtles

  • Interactive reptile show with several species of turtles
  • Opportunity to touch and take pictures of turtles and tortoises

4. Artsy with Nature

  • Guided nature hike
  • Nature crafts with found objects from hike
  • Binocular rental

5. Walking with Dinosaurs

  • Fossil craft!  Make your own fossil with found objects using “fossil dough”
  • Dinosaur egg hunt!  Let your guests get their dinosaurs out of their eggs

6. Mad Scientist Party

  • A “mad Oxbow staff member” to play the scientist’s role
  • A CRAZY scientific experiment!

Choose one of our exciting experiments:

  • Lava Lamps
  • Slime
  • Bouncy Balls

Choose two experiments for an additional $75

7. Nature Pirates

  • A “pirate” tour guide
  • Map for and compass for the birthday child
  • Treasure hunt along Oxbow’s trails

8. Wacky Water

  • Cool down with this water themed birthday party
  • Get wet while learning about some of Oxbow’s water habitats

9. Outdoor Challenge

(ages 10 and up)

  • Take your guests on a team-based outdoor challenge
  • Encounter obstacles that will exercise your brain as well as your body.

10. Wizards and Witches

(Children ages 8 and up)

  • Make colorful potions and perform exciting experiments in this magical party!
  • Guests will participate in several experiments including making their own mystery color potion and casting crazy spells!
  • It’s basically science class with a magical twist!

11. Owl Prowl

(Friday Night Birthdays Only)

  • Explore the outdoors and search for owls in a guided hike
  • Owl activity, based on the birthday age
    • Owl pellet dissection activity for children 8 years and older
    • Owl mask activity for children 7 years and younger

12. Night Hike

(Friday Night Birthdays Only)

  • Explore the trails at Oxbow with a guided night hike, filled with activities, stories, and maybe a song or two
  • Learn about different nocturnal animals with games and outdoor explorations

Birthday Party Add-ons

Jazz up your party with these amazing add-ons!

You can choose any additional theme or one of these awesome activities for an additional $75!

Snake skin craft: Paint with snake skin to make amazing designs or choose to make snake skin bracelets for everyone to take home!

Turtle craft: In this amazing craft, decorate your own turtle to take home.

Scavenger hunt: A scavenger hunt led by Oxbow Staff Member, which is tailored to your age group.

Bug Hike: Take your guests on a exciting bug hike! Only offered April through October.

Binoculars or Spyglass craft: Make your own binoculars or spyglasses!

All About Tracks: Discover the animals of Oxbow as we explore their tracks. Each guest will get to create their own track print to take home.

Magic Wands: Make your own magic wand to cast spells!

Birthday Party Policies

Set Up

  • A signed copy of the Oxbow Program Waiver must be turned into Party Attendant.  All children participating in the birthday activity must have a signed Waiver.
  • Please arrive 30 minutes before the start of your birthday party to set up. No more than 30 minutes will be allotted to set up your party.
  • Oxbow Meadows will only provide plates, cups, napkins, etc. in select packages.
  • There is no place to refrigerate a cake or drinks. You may bring a cooler and ice to Oxbow Meadows to store these items.
  • Balloons of any type are NOT permitted.  This is due to the welfare of animals, both housed at Oxbow and for those in the native environment.
  • Banners, streamers, and other decorations are permitted; however please use only blue painters tape to avoid leaving sticky residue on walls.
  • Please park in the main parking lot.  If you need assistance bringing items into the building please let the birthday party staff know and they will show where to unload your vehicle before parking your vehicle in the main parking lot.  Guests are not allowed to park in staff parking lot.

Clean Up

  • You are responsible for cleaning up within 30 minutes after the conclusion of your scheduled birthday party.
  • Please dispose of all trash and place all recyclable items in proper bins.
  • All banners, streamers, decorations, and helium balloons must be removed at the conclusion of the birthday party.
  • A $35 charge will be applied to your final bill in the event that this requirement is not fulfilled.

More Party Details

  • Supervision of birthday party attendees is the responsibility of parents, not Oxbow staff. Please make sure that children are attended at all times.
  • Please remind party guests to dress for outdoor related activities.   Many of our activities take place outside, rain or shine.  In the event of inclement weather our programs will take place inside.