Birthday Parties



Make birthday wishes come true! Choose the Thanksgiving Point party venue that best suits your guest of honor's unique interests. Guests will learn and play together from paleontology to fancy tea parties, from investigating nature to farming festivities. Explore the possibilities!


In our current "low risk phase" we are happy to work with households up to 10 people to still celebrate in a modified way. Please call Learning and Engagement Reservations for details. We look forward to celebrating with you soon!


All Parties Include: 

  • Household parties with a maximum of 10 people
  • Private 2-hour themed party room reservation from one of the following: Dino Detective, Ranch Wrangler, Nature Explorer, or Insect Investigator.
  • Personal party host(s) leading theme-based activities
  • Venue admission for attending party guests on the day of the party
  • Themed party favors for all child guests
  • Paper plates, cups, and napkins as well as table cloths (Available upon request, food not included)
  • Set-up and Clean-up
  • Outside food and beverage allowed dependent on the venue 

Booking a Party


  • All adults and children ages 2 and older are included in the total headcount
  • $200 for up to 10 people in the same household
  • A $100.00 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve room. The deposit is applied toward the final payment which will be made at the venue after the party is over based on the final headcount.
  • 2 Dozen Thanksgiving Point bakery cupcakes are available for an additional $25.


Birthday parties are available at several preset times of your choosing:

  • Fridays, 5-7pm
  • Saturdays, 10:30am-12:30pm, or 2pm-4pm 

Parties must be booked at least two weeks in advance. 

*certain seasons, holidays, or events may affect birthday date and time availability.

Member Info

  • The party parent will receive a 10% discount off the total for the party.
  • Member must be present at the final payment to receive the discount.
  • All guests over the age of 2 are included in the final headcount.
  • Guests with Thanksgiving Point memberships do NOT have free admission to the party. Birthday parties are a private event that includes venue admission. If any guest wants to come through the venue with the group before or after the party, they are welcome to use their membership to do so but it does not include free admission to the birthday party.

Choose Your Venue

Ranch Wrangler Party

Ever wonder what happens at the farm? Join us on adventure where we will feed the animals, get an up-close encounter, and see what plants are growing. Children will get the chance to ride the ponies and all guests can enjoy a wagon ride. Before you go, paint a pot and plant a seed to watch grow at home. Our animals cannot wait to wish a happy birthday to moo!  

This party includes:

-One pony ride for each child

-Wagon ride for the household

-One pot to paint for each child


*Maximum of 10 guests



Dino Detective Party

Celebrate your birthday by becoming a paleontologist. Learn the tools of the trade as you unearth your own dinosaur and make a plaster cast based on a real specimen. Discover what one of the world’s largest museums has to offer as you get up close with our dinosaurs. Our party-saurs cannot wait to see you!  

This party includes:

-Fossil molding and casting activity

-Tour of the museum

-Mammoth Movie Theater add-on available for $6 per person


*Maximum of 10 guests


Nature Explorer Party

Enjoy a party in the great outdoors. Make your own nature journal and let the discoveries begin. Tackle challenges and learn survival skills as you explore a cave, the woods, and even a pond. Get up close with plants, insects, and maybe even a party animal.   

-Take this party to new heights by adding adding a High Ropes Course ticket ($7 per person)

*Maximum of 10 guests



Insect Investigator Party

Can you help our entomologists solve a critter mystery? Explore the biosphere as we investigate our favorite critters. Once the mystery is solved take what you have learned to make your own bug terrarium. End your celebration with a custom bug show as our critters wish you a happy bug-day.  

Enhance your conservatory experience with an optional butterfly release ($3 per release) 

*Maximum of 10 guests



Frequently Asked Questions

Book a birthday party online HERE or call 801.768.4971.

We strongly recommend inquiring about a specific date and time as early as possible, as dates and times may book out weeks in advance.


A household is defined by people living in the same space.

We ask that you limit guests to those in your household you are comfortable being within 6ft of. If you want others to join, we ask that they purchase venue tickets to meet you in the venue after the party.  

Employees temperatures are checked upon arrival. Employees are required to wear masks and are provided gloves as necessary. Guests are encouraged to wear masks and asked not to come if they are showing any symptoms. Sanitation practices are increased across property including rooms will be cleaned thoroughly before every birthday party. Additionally, gloves will be worn as necessary and guests will be provided individual supplies for any party projects.

Current Thanksgiving Point members receive a 10 percent discount off of the total party package price

After booking your party, Thanksgiving Point will contact you within 3-5 business days by email or phone to gather additional details for your party. 

Once the party details have been provided, Thanksgiving Point will send you the birthday party contract confirmation one week before your party date. 

A $100.00 non-refundable deposit is required to book a date and time. The balance is due the day of the party at the conclusion of the party. Payment is taken at the admission desk of the venue where the party takes place.

A transfer of date, time or venue may be made up to two weeks in advance of the requested date, depending on availability, for a $20.00 processing fee.

Cancellations forfeit the deposit and any transfer fee.

We require at least 1 adult per party.

Parents are welcome to drop their children off at the chosen venue. However, if the parent(s) of your invited guests stay for the party, yes, they are included in the party count.

Yes! You may bring your own themed party cake. Other food only accepted at specific venues with prior notice.

The rooms are pre-decorated, but you may bring other decorations, if desired, such as table decorations, banners, etc. Farm Country does have room for a pinata.

Any type of balloons are NOT allowed at Farm Country due to the safety/comfort of the animals.

Helium balloons are NOT allowed at the Museum of Ancient Life, the Museum of Natural Curiosity or the Butterfly Biosphere due to the issues of balloons floating to the ceiling/landing on exhibits.

The party room space can be rented for 2 hours at the Museum of Ancient Life, based on availability for $200. Call 801-768-4971 to inquire or book a time.

Organized birthday parties are not allowed on Thanksgiving Point Property unless part of the Thanksgiving Point Birthday Party program, which must be booked in advance.


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