Celebrate your birthday with the Missoula Butterfly House & Insectarium!

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Do you have a young bug enthusiast celebrating a birthday soon? Maybe a bug enthusiast who is just young-at-heart? Then their birthday party won’t be complete without a visit from the Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium and our friendly bug ambassadors!

Cost: $120 for up to 15 kids
Length of Party: 45 – 60 minutes

Includes:

  • One-on-one time with our friendly bug ambassadors
  • Predator feeding demonstration
  • Theme-related activities facilitated by the birthday coordinator
  • Travel to/from the birthday location within a 20 mile radius of Missoula (further travel is charged according to the standard state reimbursement rate)

Add-ons

For an additional $30, party guests may have their faces painted! Face painting adds an additional 15-30 minutes to the party itinerary depending on the number of guests.

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Program Descriptions

Arthropod Artistry

Tap into your inner artist when we combine art and arthropods for this birthday celebration! We will start by holding our friendly bug ambassadors and making observations about them; color, number of legs, do they have wings, etc. Then, we will dive into crafting and creating our own bugs based on our observations. We will cap of the program with an exciting predator feeding demonstration! This party option can be tailored to any age group.

Predator Party

Scorpions, Centipedes, Spiders, oh my! If your young entomologist has a love of the creepiest of crawlies then this birthday is perfect! We’ll start by holding some of our friendly bug ambassadors before we observe some of our more fierce predators (eyes only!). This program includes a discussion of how our predators use different mechanisms to capture their prey and multiple demonstrations of those mechanisms in action! Guests will also get to test their knowledge of our 8-legged friends during Spider Trivia! This party is another great option for any age group.

Camouflage and Animal Weapons

Does your birthday kid have a knack for science and observation? During this birthday celebration, we will be exploring some of the same questions that professional scientists are asking about the bug world! What influences the length of a rhinoceros beetle horn? What is “crypsis” and how do insects use it? We will begin by holding and observing some of the same animals scientists use to study these questions, and then we’ll move into a creative craft utilizing the knowledge we gain! The party will conclude with a predator feeding demonstration. This party is a great option for older kids who have an interest in science and natural history!

Payment and Cancellation Policy
We require parents to pay for the base cost of the birthday program ($120) to solidify their reservation.  This payment is fully refundable if the party is cancelled at least 2 weeks prior to scheduled date. If the party is cancelled less than 2 weeks before the party date your payment will be refunded minus a $50 cancellation fee. A link to pay for the party will be sent once a date and time are set for your party. Fees for any additional party add-ons will be assessed on the day of the party.

If you have any further questions please contact our bug birthday coordinator, Brenna Shea, at brenna@missoulabutterflyhouse.org for more information or fill out our birthday inquiry form below.

Birthday Party Inquiry

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    Face painting is optional and costs an additional $30. Limited to 10 party-goers.
  • Bug birthdays are limited to 15 participants; additional guests may be accommodated at an additional cost.