Tacoma Nature Center party picnic shelter
Tacoma Nature Center party picnic shelter
Discovery Pond at Tacoma Nature Center
Discovery Pond at Tacoma Nature Center

Contact Us

1919 S. Tyler St.
Tacoma, WA 98405

Directions
(253) 404-3930

Capacity:

80

Starting Price:

$75

Parking:

Public Parking

Picnic Shelter

Capacity 50-80
One hour minimum
$75 per hour

  • Additional 1/2 hour increments are acceptable.
  • Sunday shelter reservations are a minimum of 4 hours

The on-site picnic shelter is also available for rental. It seats 50-80 people including 4 wheelchair accessible spots. The shelter is a shade shelter only and is not waterproof.

There are no barbecues allowed and there is no electricity or running water in the shelter. It is open to the public except when reserved.

Reserve a Discovery Pond Birthday Party Package and you will receive 2.5 hours reserved in the picnic shelter and 1 hour of exclusive use of Discovery Pond for only $200. See below for birthday package information.

Picnic Shelter PLUS Discovery Pond

Reserve Discovery Pond for your group
Reservations give you exclusive use of the play area for one hour and the picnic shelter for two and a half hours.

Availability

Monday-Saturday 
$150

  • Picnic Shelter from 10 am-12:30 pm
  • Discovery Pond from 10:30-11:30 am
  • Picnic Shelter from 1-3:30 pm
  • Discovery Pond from 1:30-2:30 pm


Sunday
$200

  • Picnic Shelter from 10 am-12:30 pm
  • Discovery Pond from 10:30-11:30 am
  • Picnic Shelter from 1-3:30 pm
  • Discovery Pond from 1:30-2:30 pm

Birthday Party Packages

Party Package A - Discovery Pond Package

Held in the picnic shelter at Discovery Pond

This party package is available for up to 30 children (ages 3-12), 50 people total.
Available year round.

Pricing
Saturdays $200
10 am – 12:30 pm or 1 pm – 3:30 pm

Sundays (limited availability) $250
10 am – 12:30 pm or 1 pm – 3:30 pm

Package includes:

  • Use of the picnic shelter for 2.5 hours (includes set-up and clean-up time)
  • Indoor space available for inclement weather
  • One-hour exclusive use of Discovery Pond play area (10:30-11:30 or 1:30-2:30) Times are not flexible.
  • Temporary tattoos for each child
  • Special Discovery Pond gift for the birthday child
  • Party Package A pricing
  • Customizable Invitation Open with Adobe Acrobat, fill in the info, save as a PDF or JPG, and email to all your invitees

Party Package B - Preschool Party Package

Held in Party Room

This party package is available for up to 12 children (ages 3-6), 30 people total.
Available year round.

Pricing
Saturdays $200
10 am – 12:30 pm or 1 pm – 3:30 pm

Package includes:

  • Use of the party room for 2.5 hours (includes set-up and clean-up time)
  • A one hour naturalist-led program with age-appropriate activities, short nature walk and craft
  • Themes available: B is for Bug, D is for Duck, R is for Raccoon or T is for Turtle
  • Customizable Invitation Open with Adobe Acrobat, fill in the info, save as a PDF or JPG, and email to all your invitees

Party Package C - Naturalist Party Package

Held in Party Room

This party package is available for up to 15 children (ages 6-10), 30 people total.
Available year round.

Pricing
Saturdays $200
10 am – 12:30 pm or 1 pm – 3:30 pm

Package includes:

  • Use of the party room for 2.5 hours (includes set-up and clean-up time)
  • A one hour naturalist-led program with age-appropriate activities, short nature walk and craft
  • Themes available: Furry Friends, Pond Critters, Reptiles Rule
  • Customizable Invitation Open with Adobe Acrobat, fill in the info, save as a PDF or JPG, and email to all your invitees

Party Package D - Geocaching Adventure Party

Held in Party Room

This party package is available for up to 16 children (ages 8-12), 30 people total.
Available year round.

Pricing
Saturdays $200
10 am – 12:30 pm or 1 pm – 3:30 pm

Package includes:

  • Use of the party room for 2.5 hours (includes set-up and clean-up time)
  • The tools and instructions for a 60-minute geocaching adventure in the park
  • Novice or seasoned levels available
  • Customizable Invitation
    Open with Adobe Acrobat, fill in the info, save as a PDF or JPG, and email to all your invitees

Party Enhancers

Party Enhancers

Birthday Cake or Cupcakes
Made especially for us and themed for a nature party at Snake Lake!

  • Serves up to 24: $25 + tax
  • Serves up to 48: $40 + tax (no cupcake option)

Individual cupcakes or a sheet cake available in vanilla or chocolate cake with vanilla butter cream frosting. Fillings available (cake only): fudge, raspberry, strawberry, cherry, lemon

Cake/cupcakes must be ordered and paid for a minimum of one week before party date

Service Package

Save time and money by using our re-usable dishes! There is less waste and we do the dishes.

  • Service for up to 24: $25
  • Service for up to 48: $35

Re-useable plates, silverware and cups, paper napkins, cake server and beverage pitchers. Must be reserved in advance.

Pre-printed invitations

Set the tone for your special event with Nature Center Discovery Pond party invitations (with envelopes)