The John Janzen Nature Centre is remaining closed until the winter of 2021. The facility is undergoing a refresh in partnership with the Edmonton Nature Centres Foundation. All visits and programs are currently suspended, including birthday parties, school and group programs, drop-in activities and day camps. Check MoveLearnPlay and this website for updated information as we get closer to reopening this winter.

Celebrate your child's birthday with a nature adventure at the John Janzen Nature Centre. 

Year-Round Parties

Bug Mania Party (Ages 6-11)

Our friendly Nature Centre bugs are throwing a party and you’re invited! We’ll go exploring to find out who lives nearby, create our own critter to take home and meet some bug eating animals while we’re at it.

Program Length:

  • 1.5 hours plus 1 hour room rental ($235)
  • Maximum group size is 26 children (including siblings) plus 4 parents (a minimum of 4 parents must stay during program)
Nature Play Party (Ages 3-5 & Adults)

Get ready to play! We’ll use our senses to discover what life is like for nature’s smallest creatures. We’ll peek inside a beehive, search for bugs and create a critter of our own to take home. This program includes up to 45 minutes of playtime in our nature-themed indoor playground.

Program Length:

  • 1.25 hours plus 1 hour room rental ($235)
  • Maximum group size is 15 children (including siblings) plus 15 adults (a minimum of 4 adults must stay during program). Adults must stay with children during the program.
Fairy and Folklore Party (Ages 4-8)

Let’s jump in and explore the myths of the forest! Try on a pair of magical wings and discover which plants and animals are a fairy’s best friend. We’ll go on nature walk to look for signs of fairies and nature sprites, make a craft to bring home and have a whimsical time playing games.

Program Length:

  • 1.5 hours plus 1 hour room rental ($235)
  • Maximum group size is 26 children (including siblings) plus 4 parents (a minimum of 4 parents must stay during program)
Dinosaur Adventure Party (Ages 4-8)

Welcome to your dino-mite birthday party! We’ll have a roaring good time as we handle real fossils, make a craft with our own claws and solve some gigantic mysteries about our prehistoric pals.

Program Length:

  • 1.5 hours plus 1 hour room rental ($235)
  • Maximum group size is 26 children (including siblings) plus 4 parents (a minimum of 4 parents must stay during program)

Party Booking Information

  • The minimum number of adults required for each party must stay with the group at all times to assist with supervision.
  • Additional guests above the maximum number of adults or children will be required to pay applicable admissions costs and will not be able to participate in the program activities.  
  • All fees must be reserved and paid in full at the time of booking. No refunds will be accepted once the booking has been placed.
  • Program dates and times cannot be booked or held until payment is received.
  • Birthday parties must be pre-booked. No drop-in birthday parties will be permitted in the facility or the grounds surrounding the Nature Centre.

Book Your Party

Birthday parties are available year round, but space is limited. We recommend parties be booked at least 6 weeks in advance. Book early to avoid disappointment! Payment for the program must be made at the time of booking.

If you have any questions about our birthdays, call 780-496-2926 or email: artsattractionsbookings@edmonton.ca.

Cancellation Policy

  • You are required to provide written notice of cancellation of the birthday party via email at artsattractionsbookings@edmonton.ca.
  • Programs cancelled with 30 days notice or more will not be charged the program fee or cancellation fee.
  • Programs cancelled with 8-29 days notice are subject to be charged 50% of the program fee.
  • Programs cancelled with 7 days notice or less, the full program fee will be charged.
  • Programs run rain or shine. In the event of poor weather, you must call 780-496-2926 or email artsattractionsbookings@edmonton.ca if you are not coming.