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Birthday Parties For Animal, Science and Nature Lovers

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If your kid loves animals or science, there are many locations that can educate them while having a good time too. We have a few museums, a zoo and some state parks that offer party services.

1. The Little Rock Zoo

The Little Rock Zoo has four different party options. Both allow you to explore the zoo after your party. Base party price is for 15 guests, additional guests are extra. Parties come with a visit from at least one ambassador animal, a train/carousel ride, drinks, room rental, a goody bag for all party guests and paper goods.  Additional options are available.
1 Jonesboro Dr
501-666-2406
Price: $246-390, depending on options. Base party price is for 15 guests, additional guests are extra
Cake: Not included.
Duration: 1-2 hour room rental, after the party you're free to roam the zoo
# of guests: 15-30

2. Arkansas Museum of Discovery

Arkansas Museum of Discovery offers several themed parties including mad science, safari and dinosaurs. They have the option of just renting the museum's party room and exploring the museum on your own. Theme parties start at $225 and include drinks, plates, forks, napkins, crafting supplies, free admission to the museum for 16. Room rental starts at $135.
500 President Clinton Ave #150
501-396-7050 ext 112

3. Peabody Park's Ozark Pavilion

Peabody Park is a fun park in downtown Little Rock's Riverfront Park that allows children to explore and invent as they play. The pavilion overlooking many of those open play areas is available for rentals. No amenities are included. Rentals start at $200.
501-371-4770.
Price: $200
Cake: Not provided
Duration: 2 hours
# of guests: No limit

4. Whispering Horse Ranch

Their specialty is bringing ponies to your party. Two ponies are $170/hr plus transportation fees. Prices go up from there. All you get is the pony, you provide the party. They also have goats
501-730-8436.
Price: $170/hr plus transportation
Cake: Not provided
Duration: Charged by the hour
# of guests: No limit

5. Rick's Dive Center Scuba Party

At Rick's Dive they offer several party packages, starting at $150. Their best package ($200) includes a basic scuba lesson, snorkel equipment and the party room. You must provide your own refreshments.
24th & Poplar Street (North Little Rock)
501-753-6004
Price: $150-200
Cake: not provided
Duration: 2+ hours
# of guests: 10

6. State Park System: Pinnacle and Petit Jean

Pinnacle Mountain State Park and Petit Jean State Park both have pavilions you can rent for an outdoor cookout. Rental fees vary (they start at around $40). The parks do not provide birthday party services, but it can be a fun way to spend the day outdoors for an inexpensive cost.
Pinnacle: 501-868-5806
Petit Jean: 501-727-5441
More Pavilions available for rent in Central Arkansas

7. Other Party Ideas: About.com Little Rock Birthday Party Guide

Check out the About.com Little Rock Birthday Party Guide for more party ideas including lots of other fun ideas and places for hosting your child's party. Categories include: creative parties, nature and science parties, just for girls, just for boys, cakes, party supplies and active parties.
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