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Children’s Birthday Parties

 

Birthday Parties for Young Children in Seeds of Wonder
Recommended ages 1- 5


Location
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.

Activities
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.

Children’s Birthday Parties at the San Diego Botanic Garden


Easel painting:
We set up two double-sided easels, washable tempera paint, big brushes and large size paper.

Children’s Birthday Parties at the San Diego Botanic Garden


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.

Children’s Birthday Parties at the San Diego Botanic Garden


Suggestion:
Decorated clay pots with succulent plant may serve as environmentally friendly “goodie bag”.

Bubble Play: Bubble solution and large wands will be available near the rolling hill

Children’s Birthday Parties at the San Diego Botanic Garden


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.

Children’s Birthday Parties at the San Diego Botanic Garden

Children’s Birthday Parties at the San Diego Botanic Garden

Children’s Birthday Parties at the San Diego Botanic Garden

Children’s Birthday Parties at the San Diego Botanic Garden


Party Schedule

Morning party
Party: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

  • A 60 min set-up time for the party is scheduled
    for 9:00 to 10:00 am
  • A 15 min clean-up is scheduled for 12:30 – 12:45 pm.

Afternoon party
Party: 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

  • A 60 min set-up time for the party is scheduled for
    1:00 to 2:00 pm
  • A 15 min clean-up is scheduled for 4:30 pm –4:45 pm.

Mid-day party
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 15 min clean-up is scheduled for 2:00 – 2:15 pm

Table cloth
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.

Parking
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.

Children’s Birthday Parties at the San Diego Botanic Garden

Clean up
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.

Model Train
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.

Children’s Birthday Parties at the San Diego Botanic Garden

Not permitted
We do not allow smoking, balloons, pets, BBQs, open fire, ponies, alcoholic beverages, confetti, individually wrapped straws, and jumpy castles.

Fees (effective July 16, 2018)
2.5 hour rental plus 1 hour set-up and 15 min clean up; craft material, set-up and clean-up of all above mentioned activities, reservation of tables and picnic benches, 50 feet table cloth, parking for guests and reserved parking for host included.

  # Guests  10 am –
12:30 pm
AM Party
2 pm –
4:30 pm
PM Party
11:30 am –
2 pm
Midday Party 
Extended
Party Time ***
           
  Up to 40**
at least 30%
of guests are
under age 10
$495
$455 SDBG members
$595
$535 SDBG members
$645
$580 SDBG members
$100
           
  41 – 50**
at least 12 guests
under age 10
$595
$555 SDBG members
$695
$635 SDBG members
$745
$680 SDBG members
$100
           
  51 – 60**
at least 12 guests
under age 10
$695
$655 SDBG members
$795
$735 SDBG members
$845
$780 SDBG members
$100


Price subject to change

**Children under the age of 3 are not included in the headcount; SDBG members are not included in the head count;
*** 30 additional minutes; not available for PM party

Rainy weather
In case of rainy weather (or an at least 40% chance of rain in the forecast), the party may be canceled by the host 2 to 48 hours before the party. The deposit is 100% refundable, minus a $25 processing fee, in case of rainy weather. Please follow instructions in your contract, regarding rainy weather cancellation.

Cancellation (other reason than rainy weather)
$250, if cancelled at least 15 days prior to the event
$495, if cancelled less than 15 days prior to the event

Questions
For any questions or to book a party please contact:
Susanne Brueckner, Director of Education
Email: SOW@SDBGarden.org

 

Photos: Susanne Brueckner