Children’s Birthday Parties
San Diego Botanic Garden offers two locations for children's birthday parties.
Birthday parties in the Hamilton Children's Garden are
temporarily unavailable due to construction.
The Hamilton Children's Garden is open.
Seeds of Wonder
Birthday Parties for Children Ages 1- 5
We reserve the picnic area in Seeds of Wonder for a birthday party. This partially shaded area
has two 18 feet long rows of picnic tables. One row is regular heights and the other row is very
low for younger children to comfortably be seated. Two additional 6-foot folding tables will be
set up for food and drinks.
Party guests are welcome to explore all parts of the San Diego Botanic Garden - however, only
the picnic area will be reserved for the party.
Plant Potting: We provide all materials necessary for a plant potting activity, so each child can
pot a succulent plant into a biodegradable Jiffy pot to take home.
Easel painting : We set up two double-sided easels, washable tempera paint, big brushes and
large size paper.
Rock painting: We provide pebbles, paint, brushes, glue, wood shapes, glitter pieces, and wiggly
eyes for fancy paper weight rocks. The same materials may be used to decorate clay pots. We do
not provide clay pots, but the host is welcome to bring them (4-inch diameter) for her/his guests.
Suggestion: Decorated clay pots with succulent plant may serve as environmentally friendly
Bubble Play: Bubble solution and large wands will be available near the rolling hill
Piñata and more….: We have a good spot to set up a piñata, if desired.
Clowns, mad scientists, face painters, fairies, and princesses are permitted, however they are
required to provide liability paperwork several days before the party.
Party guests are welcome to explore all areas of Seeds of Wonder, including the dinosaur sand
dig, the secret garden, the playhouse, the model train, and the water play area.
Party: 10:00am – 12:30pm
A 60 min set-up time for the party is scheduled for 9:00 to 10:00 am
A 30 min clean-up is scheduled for 12:30 – 1:00 pm.
Party: 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
A 60 min set-up time for the party is scheduled for 1:00 to 2:00pm
A 30 min clean-up is scheduled for 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm.
Occasionally a mid-day party is available
Party: 11:30 am – 2:00 pm
A 60 min set-up time for the party is scheduled for 10:30 – 11:30 am
A 30 min clean-up is scheduled for 2:00 – 2:30 pm
We will cover all picnic tables and two 6-foot folding tables.
Food and drinks
The host provides all desired snacks, cake and drinks. Please do not bring juice containers with
individually wrapped straws.
Alcoholic beverages, BBQs and chafing dishes are not permitted.
Catering is okay. If you are planning on setting up a professional food cart, please let us know
ahead of time so we can reserve a black-top area next to the Seeds of Wonder picnic area.
We reserve two parking spots on our staff parking lot, right next to Seeds of Wonder, to make
loading and unloading easier for the host. Party guests are asked to park on the main parking
lot. Parking is free for the host and party guests.
We will clean up after your party. The host just loads all of her/his belongings back into her/his car. We provide regular trash cans and recycling bins for paper, glass and plastic.
We will do our best to ensure that our garden rail road will be running during the party.
However, technical problems may occur and so we cannot guarantee that the model train will be
in working condition throughout the party. It is the host’s responsibility to make sure that party
guests will not throw objects on the train tracks, enter the fenced off train area, or in any other
way disrupt or damage the train.
We do not allow smoking, balloons, pets, BBQs, open fire, ponies, alcoholic beverages,
confetti, individually wrapped straws, and jumpy castles.
The fee for a birthday party at Seeds of Wonder is $395. This fee includes material, set-up and
clean-up of all above mentioned activities, reservation of tables and picnic benches, 50 feet table
cloth, admission to the garden for 20 adults and 20 children, parking for guests and reserved
parking for the host. SDBG members and children under the age of 3 are not included in the head
count allowance. Additional guests may be permitted against an extra fee. SDBG members
receive a 10% discount on the birthday party package fee.
In case of rainy weather, the party may be canceled by the host 2 to 48 hours before the party.
The deposit is 100% refundable in case of rainy weather. Please follow instructions in your
contract, regarding rainy weather cancellation.
If the party is canceled for any other reason than rainy weather, cancellation charges are 50% of
the total fee if canceled 15 days prior to the event. No refund is due if event is canceled 14 days
or less prior to the event.
For any questions please contact:
Susanne Brueckner, Seeds of Wonder Garden Manager, and Birthday Party Coordinator
Phone: 760/ 436 3036 x222
Fax: 760/ 632 0917