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Party Like an Animal at Tanglewood! 

Covid Policy - Masks do not need to be worn in the auditorium (with doors closed) or lodge, except for when our educator is doing the animal presentation. Our educator will not proceed with the presentation if everyone 2 and older are not masked.  We have disposable masks available.  Masks also need to be worn if exploring the museum. 

Children's Birthday Parties Include

Two hours in the auditorium, 1/2 of the lodge, or pavilion with tables and chairs. Our staff will provide a 20 minute educational program with three animals of your choice! Unfortunately, we do not allow any balloons, confetti or hay in our buildings.

Booking Information

Membership must be active on the date of the party. Partial payment is required within 10 days of scheduling the party and the balance is due prior to the party date. Registration is confirmed upon down payment. 50% of party fees are refundable in cancellation occurs at least 2 weeks prior to the scheduled party, no refunds thereafter. Membership fees are nonrefundable.

Birthday Party Availability

Saturdays only - Saturday bookings tend to fill up quickly, so please book well in advance.  The lodge is not available for birthday parties during the summer camp season.    

Party times are: 10:30am - 12:30pm OR 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Party Pricing 

$85 Members 

$135 Non-Members (includes 1 yr. membership)

Party fees include 10 children and unlimited adults. There is a $2 fee for each extra child three and up.

Party Animals 

The birthday child gets to pick out three animals to meet up close and personal! Animal availability is subject to change. Usually, you can choose from the following: owl, hawk, gecko, frog, toad, turtle, snake, guinea pig, ferret, bunny, bearded dragon, cockroach, tarantula, scorpion. We recommend choosing at least one animal your child can pet - the birds, amphibians, tarantula, and scorpion cannot be touched.  Bernice, our tortoise, cannot make appearances at the lodge in cold weather.

For children 14 and under.

Papa Johns in Big Flats will deliver here.

More information is provided below. Please call or email Deanna with any questions.

Birthday Party Information(PDF)

Party Invitation.pdf (PDF)

Nature Center and Museum location:
443 Coleman Avenue Elmira NY 14903

Phone: (607) 732-6060

Nature Center and Museum hours: OPEN Tuesday-Friday, 9am-4pm, and Saturday 10am-4pm. CLOSED Sunday-Monday. Trails are open dawn to dusk year-round.

Admission to the Nature Center and Museum is FREE to all. Please consider becoming a member of Tanglewood!

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