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Children’s Birthday Parties

San Diego Botanic Garden offers two locations for children's birthday parties. Seeds of Wonder is recommended for children ages 1 through 6, and the Hamilton Children's Garden is recommended for children ages 5 through 12.

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Seeds of Wonder

Birthday Parties for Children Ages 1- 6

Location
We reserve the picnic area in Seeds of Wonder for a birthday party. This partially shaded area
has six 6-foot long picnic tables. Three of them have adult heights, and three are child heights.
We can set up additional 6-foot folding tables, if desired.

Your guests are welcome to use all parts of the Seeds of Wonder Garden - however, only the
picnic area will be reserved for your party.

The picnic area is located right next to the garden railroad.

Activities
Plant Potting – next to the picnic area
The children will pot little succulent plants to take home. We provide the plants, pots, soil and shovels.

Easel painting – in the picnic area
The children will paint pictures on easels. We provide two double-sided easels, washable
tempera paint and paper.

Rock painting – set up on one of the picnic tables
The children can paint and decorate pebbles. We provide, paint, brushes, glue, wood shapes,
fabric flowers, glitter pieces, and wiggly eyes for fancy paper weight rocks. The kids will take
their creations home after the party. The same materials can be used to decorate clay pots. We
do not provide clay pots, but the host is welcome to bring them for her/his guests.

Bubble Play – set up near the rolling hill in Seeds of Wonder
The children can make bubbles with large bubble wands and soap solution.

Free play in Seeds of Wonder!

Party Schedule (occasionally, modifications of this schedule might be necessary)
We offer a morning and an afternoon party:

Morning party
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.

Afternoon party
Party: 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
A 60 min set-up time for the party is scheduled for 1:00 to 2:00pm
Party time is scheduled for 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
A 30 min clean-up is scheduled for 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm.

Piñata and more….
We have a good spot to set it up a piñata, if desired.
Clowns, mad scientists, face painters, fairies and princesses are okay – though not necessary.

Table cloth
The host may bring table cloth to cover the desired number of additional 6-foot tables. We will
cover the six picnic tables.

Food and drinks
The host provides all desired snacks, cake and drinks. We have a refrigerator and freezer near
by, which the host is welcome to use to store temperature sensitive food items.
Alcoholic beverages are not permitted. Please no BBQs or chafing dishes in the picnic area.
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. We do not charge party guests for parking.

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.

Train
We will do our best to make sure that our garden rail road will be running during the party. However, technical problems can occur and so we cannot guarantee that the model trains will be in working condition.

Not permitted
We do not allow smoking, balloons, pets, BBQ, open fire, ponies, alcoholic beverages
(unless
served by a professional licensed service), confetti and jumpy castles.

Fees
Fees for non-SDBG members
The fee for a birthday party at Seeds of Wonder is $295. This fee includes the admission for
20 adults and 20 children, age 3 and up.

Two children may be substituted with one adult, or vice versa. SDBG members and children
under the age of 3 will not require any entry fees and are not included in the head count
allowance. Additional guests can be added for regular admission fee to the Gardens
(adults $12; seniors, students, active military $8; children age 3-12 $6).

Fees for SDBG members
The fee for a birthday party at Seeds of Wonder is $265. This fee includes the admission for
20 adults and 20 children, age 3 and up.

Two children may be substituted with one adult, or vice versa. SDBG members and children
under the age of 3 will not require any entry fees and are not included in the head count
allowance. Additional guests can be added for regular admission fee to the Gardens
(adults $12; seniors, students, active military $8; children age 3-12 $6).

Rainy weather
In case of rainy weather, the party may be canceled by the host 1 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.

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.

Questions
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
Email: SOW@SDBGarden.org






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