Give your child, spouse or friend an experience they've probably never had - like touching a sloth, armadillo, or alligator - by having a party at The Creature Conservancy!
Birthday events begin with an hour-long interactive presentation of live animals followed by your party in our reception room. You get to choose the animals! Our presentation room comfortably accommodates 25-30 people for your celebration program. The adjoining reception room is a great place to host party games and serve refreshments after the program.
Please see the FAQ list at the bottom of the page for more information on hosting your party with us, and submit an inquiry to get started planning the party!
Parties are held in our Special Events Building at
4940 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(Click on a thumbnail to see full photo and the name and species of each animal. Please note that there are also photos of our Special Events facilities following the animal photos.)
What age range are your programs appropriate for? Whether you're six or 60, we have the program for you. With the appropriate selection of animals and by adjusting the depth of information, our presenters can tailor programs to be appropriate for 1st graders through seniors.
Are programs available for children under the age of 6? For the safety of our audiences and our animals, and in the interest of presenting quality educational programs, we cannot do presentations for children under the age of six. more...
What days and times are available for parties? We try to accommodate your preference, but in general weekday evenings and Saturday afternoons are most likely to be available for these events.
How do I reserve the date for my party? Payment in full is required to reserve your date. If you cancel more than three weeks before the date of the party, you will receive a full refund. If you cancel within three weeks of the party you will receive a 50% refund.
Is the facility easy to find? Yes, we are kitty-corner from the Saline Fairgrounds (a.k.a. the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds) on the northwest corner of Ann Arbor-Saline Road and Pleasant Lake Road. Birthday parties are held in our Special Events Building, the one that looks like a farmhouse at the end of the paved parking lot. The address is 4940 Ann Arbor-Saline Road.
Can we bring food? Certainly. Our kitchenette has a refrigerator, freezer, microwave, and ample counter space to spread out food and to plug in hot plates or crock pots.
What is the reception room like? The reception room is a warm, inviting space that adjoins the presentation room. We'll set up tables and chairs for your group. Have a look at the photos in the gallery above to see both the presentation and reception rooms.
Can we decorate the room? Yes, you can have access to the room a half-hour before your presentation if you would like to decorate: tablecloths, table decorations, streamers, etc. No wall decorations or balloons, please.
Can we see the facilities before the day of the program? Yes, please email us to arrange a time to stop by and take a brief tour.
How long can our party last? You will have full use of the facility for an hour after the animal presentation. Subject to availability, arrangements can be made to use the space for longer.
Are there restrooms available? Yes, a men's and a women's room that are both handicap accessible.
Is parking available? Yes, there is ample parking right in front of the building.
Is the building handicap accessible? Yes it is. The presentation rooms are on the ground floor and the sidewalk is ramped from the parking lot to the door.
How quickly can I get my party organized? We typically schedule programs 4-6 weeks in advance. The sooner you get in touch, the better the chance that we'll be able to accommodate your date/time preferences.
What is the cost for a party? The fees charged depend on the animals you choose! There is a minimum fee of $200 per party, but your total will vary depending on your choice of animals - see the list when you get started with the Party Planner.
How do I get started? Click on the Party Planner to give us your details and make some initial choices, and we'll help you plan the big event!