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Plan a Birthday Party

Nature-themed birthday parties for kids as young as four include:
  • A 30 or 45 minute naturalist-led program featuring hands-on indoor and outdoor experiences with live animals or activities at the pond, insect area, cave, and more.
  • Use of the party room for cake and ice cream, presents, and party games.
  • Use of the Quarry kitchen, connected to the party room. Food and beverages of your choice may be brought in for the party.
  • A maximum of 15 party guests. Additional guests may be added for an additional fee.
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Call 507-328-3950 to book your next birthday party!


9:30 – 11:00 AM

12:30 – 2:00 PM

3:00 – 4:30 PM


12:15 – 1:45 PM

3:00 – 4:30 PM

30 min.



45 min.



Party topics:

All programs are 30 minutes except where noted.

4 Years

Animal Discoveries

The birthday child and guests will experience an up close encounter with a frog, toad or snake (party family chooses) during a fifteen minute program with a Quarry Hill naturalist. Opportunities to touch or hold the animal are offered to party guests. Naturalist led time continues while discovering where the frog, toad or snake make their home in the Quarry Hill Exploration Hall, feeding the fish in the large aquarium and exploring the displays. 

5+ Years

Slimy Critters

Meet some of Quarry Hill’s resident slimy critters and learn what makes them special. Party guests can get up close with a frog, a salamander, and a worm during this 30 minute naturalist led experience. Naturalist time includes feeding the fish in the large aquarium in the Exploration Hall.

Scaly Critters

Meet some of Quarry Hill’s resident scaly critters and learn what makes them special. Participants will get a chance to meet a turtle, a snake, and a fish. Participants will also feed the fish in the large aquarium in the Exploration Hall.


Participants will become more familiar with the physical characteristics of dinosaurs, their lifestyles, and the methods scientists use to study these extinct creatures, including fossils. A hands-on experience, as well as observing Quarry Hill’s Tyrannosaurus Rex model, will be included.

Sensational Snakes

Slithering, scaly, and sensational are all good words to describe this reptile. Learn about what makes a snake so unique and get a chance to meet a couple of our resident hissy friends.

Amazing Amphibians

Gills and lungs, tails and legs. Amphibians go through some amazing changes. We will learn about these changes and some other cool amphibian facts as we look at frogs and toads.

6+ Years

Outdoor Nature Hunt

Participants will be given a page of seasonally appropriate pictures of natural items, plants and animals. The Quarry Hill naturalist will lead the participants on a hike to find the things pictured on the page. Nature items will not be gathered on this hunt, only observed and marked on the page.

Cave Hike (45 minutes)

A Quarry Hill naturalist will guide an 8-10 minute hike to the cave. Participants will be introduced to a brief history of the cave, as well as an explanation of what life might be discovered inside. The naturalist will lead the participants through the cave as a group to explore select parts of the cave.

Animal Olympics

Can you hold your breath as long as a snapping turtle? jump as high as a deer? Here’s your chance to compete against the animals in our version of the Olympics.

Insecting (late Spring-Fall, choice of 30 or 45 minute program )

A Quarry Hill naturalist will lead participants, using nets, on a hike searching for insects. Insects can be put into jars for closer observation, but will be released at the end of the hike.

7+ Years

Birds of Prey

Find out what makes these birds (Eagles, Hawks, Owls, & Falcons) unique. Participants will get the chance to meet a live American Kestrel or an owl.

Ponding (late Spring-Fall, choice of 30 or 45 minute program)

Using dipping nets, party guests will look for critters in the water and mud at the edge of the pond. A Quarry Hill naturalist will help to identify what is found. Kids will get muddy - dress accordingly!

Totally Turtles

Did you know that the number of scutes on a turtle shell is the same number of full moons in a year? Learn more about these reptiles and what makes them so unique.

Creepy Crawlies

Six legs, eight legs, and more! Get up close and personal with some crazy invertebrates. Party guests may even gently hold or touch some of these special critters.

Snowshoeing (Snow-dependent / 45 minutes)

A Quarry Hill naturalist will instruct party children in putting on snowshoes and then lead them on a hike. Winter boots are recommended.

8+ Years

Quarry & Fossil Hike (late Spring-Fall/45 minutes)

Take a hike into the past. After a 10-15 minute hike up to the Quarry, party guests will hunt for some of Quarry Hill’s prehistoric inhabitants. Kids should wear comfortable hiking shoes.

9+ Years

Survival Game (late Spring-Fall/45 minutes)

How well could you survive as an animal? On a giant outdoor game board in the Quarry Hill woods, use your animal instincts to make choices that will help your animal survive for 10 days in the wild. Party guests should wear shoes that can get muddy.

Fishing (late Spring-Fall/45 minutes)

Sunfish in the Quarry Hill pond are experts at taking the bait. With some luck and a fishing stick, see how many fish are in the mood to bite. Corn will be provided as bait.

Rock Climbing (45 minutes)

Reach for the top during this unique and adventurous birthday party!  Party guests will learn the basics of rock climbing and then head up the wall with the help of our climbing instructors. All climbing parties take place at our indoor climbing wall. Birthday groups must provide 2 people over the age of 16 who are willing to belay for the climbers. Climbers should wear athletic shoes.

Custom Party

You may also do a customized program designed by the party parents and Quarry Hill Staff.