Birthday Parties

Create an unforgettable birthday party at one of our many Park District locations and leave the planning and mess to us! Parties are filled with different activities to suit many ages and interests.


Our Birthday Party Programs are 2.5 hours and consist of 15 minutes for set-up, a 1 hour instructor lead program, 1 hour of "free time" for gifts and cake (not provided) and 15 minutes for cleanup.

Fee: $140 (includes up to 15 participants). Each additional guest will be charged $6 at the time of the party. We kindly request a two week notice. Please call the Nature Center to schedule your party.


If you like dinosaurs and other ancient creatures, then you are going to "dig" this party. You and your guests will discover the facts about dinosaurs with a fossil dig.


Your journey begins where your group will learn about cold-blooded reptiles. Once you think you know it all, we will put you to the test in search of real reptiles and amphibians at the Nature Center and in the "wild" of Veteran Acres.


Butterflies are beautiful and fascinating creatures! Your party will "flutter" with excitement as we make a one-of-a-kind butterfly-themed craft to take home. We will observe real live butterflies in both the wild and in the Nature Center Butterfly Habitat. *seasonal


How do we find animals in the wild? You and your guests will meet some of the Nature Center critters and go on a fun hike through Veteran Acres Park in search of animals and the tracks they leave behind. Age appropriate craft included.


Enjoy the wood crackling campfire with your friends, telling jokes or scary stories. You'll have a "roaring" time followed by a night hike through the woods! * hike seasonal


Some people think insects are creepy, but the staff at the Nature Center think they are incredible. Join us, as we become insects and explore Veteran Acres in search of some of our smallest and most bizarre creatures.


We'll learn secrets about woodland fairies and explore the woods to see if we can find them! Along the way, we will discover a fairy house and other surprises. We'll use what we learn to make an age appropriate fairy craft. * hike seasonal

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Birthday parties may be booked May-September.

Party Time

Party Includes

Fee Per Person

Bogey Party

18 holes of mini golf

$4 per person

Birdie Party

18 holes of mini golf, pizza and bottle of soda or water

$9 per person

Eagle Party

18 holes of mini golf, pizza and bottle of soda or water, a small bucket of balls (clubs also available)

$12 per person

Birthday parties may be booked May-September.

All parties require adult supervision. Parties are held on either of the two mini-golf courses (Sports 'n Courts or Tees 'n Greens.) In the event of bad weather, the party will move inside. Outside decorations are welcome, but no outside food or drink (other than cake) is allowed. Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve your date, please contact us at 815.477.5401.



For 1.5 hours, the historic Colonel Palmer House staff will host you and your guests as we celebrate your birthday Victorian-era style. Luncheon includes seasonal fruit, three finger sandwiches, and three delectable desserts (cake not provided) and of course, tea! Victorian dining etiquette will be presented and lively parlor games will be played. Party times available on Saturdays and Sundays. Maximum 25 guests.

FAIRY BIRTHDAY: Be swept away into a fantasy world of fairies with our short fairy presentation and fairy-themed crafts. Available for children 4 & older.

VICTORIAN BIRTHDAY: Victorian dining etiquette will be presented and parlor games from the 1800s-era will complete the party.

Fee: $25 per person (resident or non-resident)

To reserve your party, please contact the Colonel Palmer House Facility Manager at 815.477.5873 or



Bring your guests to the area's most premier tennis facility. Our newly renovated courts and spacious lounge provides a great backdrop for any celebration. Tennis courts may be reserved indoors or outdoors (weather permitting.) Tennis pros are available to guide fun instruction and games for your party goers. No membership is required.


$10/hour outdoor hard courts

$15/hour outdoor clay courts

$15/hour indoor hard courts

$20/hour lounge fee


Additional PARTY ROOMS

The Crystal Lake Park District maintains many unique rooms to host your special event:

  • Grand Oaks Recreation Center
  • Main Beach Pavilion & Band Shell
  • West Beach Party Room & Patio/Deck
  • Spoerl Park Building
  • Woodscreek Building
  • Rotary Building
  • Oakwoods Lodge