Party Information


2 and up


Saturday and Sunday (some after school and holidays available)


10 am – 12 noon, 1 - 3 pm, or 4 – 6 pm


$275.00 for up to 15 children
$14.00 for each additional child
maximum of 30 children
$45.00 second instructor fee (required for 20 or more children)

Food and Decorations:

You supply all food, cake, beverages, paper goods, decorations (suggested 5 tablecloths), and goody bags. You may arrive 30 minutes before the party to decorate the room and set up.

Please remember that APEC does not allow balloons, confetti, or soundmakers in the building, due to safety concerns for our animals. Please do not include balloons in your decorations or give-aways.
To The Supervisor at Alley Pond,

Good morning. My daughter’s 4th birthday party was held at Alley Pond Environmental Center this past February. I am writing now to thank all of you and especially the educators that co-lead the group. They were wonderful. All of your staff were so easy going yet guiding for us. No one seemed to get ruffled by the almost 20 4-year-olds running around. The patience they had was amazing. They kept the party moving yet were not rigid. The animal exposure was great.

The teachers explained everything so carefully and at the right level. The hike was wonderful, even given the record amounts of snow we had just the day before. How wonderful that the trail was plowed and shoveled; I never expected that. All in all we had a great experience, and all of my guests have been calling to compliment me on a wonderful party, so I wanted to pass along the thanks. It was a pleasure.


To the Staff at APEC,

I just wanted to thank you and your team for helping us to have a great birthday party today at APEC. [My son] and his friends had a great time making their slithering snake and seeing and touching the animals. [The instructor] that was assigned to our party was very warm, helpful, and courteous.

Thank you once again.



We had my daughter['s] 4th birthday party yesterday at APEC.  I wanted to let you know what a wonderful party it was!!!  All of our guests have been complimenting us and APEC on such a unique learning/party experience and how their children thoroughly enjoyed the hands-on opportunity with the animals.  One of the children at the party even said "Mommy...I'm not scared of bugs anymore....because the teacher said that they help the plants grow"!

[...]our party leader [...] did an AMAZING job!!!  She was friendly, helpful and welcoming to all of our guests.  She kept the pace of the party going yet was relaxed and organized.  She was in full control of the party (& children) at all times!  I really felt that [she] went out of her way to make our party extra special….like taking us all outside so the children could see and feed the large tortoises.  And [she] made my daughter [...] feel very special about being the “birthday girl”.  As a parent, I sincerely appreciate that!  Our party wouldn’t have been the success it was without [the instructor].  I am sure you already know she is an asset to your center!

[The maintenance staff] helped us set up and break down our party, he was wonderful also.  I have some great birthday pictures that I will be sure to forward on to you.

Please pass on our gratitude to [...] everyone that was involved with [my daughter]'s birthday party.  Thank you for a very enriching birthday experience that my daughter and all of our guests will certainly remember!

Kindest regards,


Make your child's birthday joyful and enriching!

Alley Pond Environmental Center's birthday parties are living learning experiences which will be cherished for a lifetime.


Your guests will celebrate your child's nature filled birthday party with a live animal presentation, an interactive activity, and a guided walk on the beautiful APEC nature trails.

On the day of the party, the birthday child gets to choose the animals that will make a special guest appearance at the party.


The program is 2 hours long with 30-40 minutes reserved for refreshments and birthday cake towards the end of the program.
Call to confirm, subject to change.



Log Cabin Blowouts

BRAND NEW Birthday Programs at APEC For older children, teens, and adults held in our scenic log cabin during all seasons.
Come celebrate, relax, and explore!

Designed for Ages 8 & up
Fee: $325 for a maximum of 15 participants

Spa Day

Treat your guests to a relaxing spa-like experience inclusive of calming nature sounds, soothing aromatherapy, and a mini massage lesson. Activities include a scenic nature walk, animal therapy, and more. Natural “spa-ssentials” recipes and samples included to take home.


Survivor Party

Do your friends have the skills to survive in the wild together? Come test it out and learn some valuable wilderness skills along the way. Whether you are a survival expert or total newbie you’ll have a blast learning what it means to build a survival team with your group. Activities include obstacle courses, games, DIY survival recipes, and more. Backpacks and recipes to take home.


Wild Shindig

Join us on a live nature hunt as we track wildlife through NYC’s most eco-diverse park, Alley Pond. Whatever the season fauna can be tracked with binoculars in hand by looking for signs of movement, shelters, tracks, and even scat. Take home guides and DIY craft included. 

Inquire about these programs with Brenda at ext. 208

We are happy to tailor parties to accommodate children with special needs.

Members receive a 10% discount on birthday parties along with discounts on many of our programs. Please note, all memberships are for one year.

To learn more about our membership program, please view our membership brochure.

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