Birthday Parties for Young Children in Seeds of Wonder
Recommended 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 “goodie bag”.
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: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Party: 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Party: 11:30 am – 2:00 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.
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 –
|2 pm –
|11:30 am –
Party Time ***
|Up to 40**
at least 30%
of guests are
under age 10
$455 SDBG members
$535 SDBG members
$580 SDBG members
|41 – 50**
at least 12 guests
under age 10
$555 SDBG members
$635 SDBG members
$680 SDBG members
|51 – 60**
at least 12 guests
under age 10
$655 SDBG members
$735 SDBG members
$780 SDBG members
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
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
For any questions or to book a party please contact:
Susanne Brueckner, Director of Education
Photos: Susanne Brueckner