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Birthday Parties at Holden Arboretum

Holden Arboretum

Ages 4-12

Make this year the best birthday yet for your little nature lover by hosting a party at The Holden Arboretum. Kids and adults alike will love celebrating on the beautiful arboretum grounds while engaging in active, educational, and creative activities. 

Book your child’s next party with Holden Arboretum

Fill out our Birthday Party request form to reserve your date.

When

Saturdays from 10:30-1:30 or Sundays from 9:30-12:30 or 1:30-4:30. Reservations must be made at least two weeks before the party date. 

Hours

 A 3-hour room rental beginning at the reserved time. This allows for a 30-minute setup/cleanup and a 2-hour party. Guests are welcome to come before their time starting at 9 am or stay after the room rental has expired and enjoy the arboretum until 5 pm, but you may only use the room during your reserved time.  

Capacity

 There is a maximum of 25 participants (including adults) per party. Pricing listed includes up to 15 people with the cost for additional guests listed below. Children under the age of 2 years are welcome free of charge but must be included in the participant count.  

Pricing

$300 (member) $350 (non-member) for up to 15 guests (including adults and children under 2). Each additional guest is $8 per person. Maximum total attendance is 25 people. Children under the age of 2 years are welcome to attend free of charge but must be included in the participant count. There is a $50 non-refundable deposit required at the time of booking. 

What’s included: 

  • A 3-hour room rental beginning at the reserved time. This allows for a 30-minute setup/cleanup and a 2-hour party. Guests are welcome to come before their time starting at 9 am or stay after the room rental has expired and enjoy the arboretum until 5 pm, but you may only use the room during your reserved time. 
  • Admission to the Arboretum for the entire day for all party guests. 
  • A special gift for the birthday child 
  • An hour-long program led by Arboretum staff 
  • Access to the Canopy Walk & Emergent Tower and Buckeye Bud’s Adventure Woods play area 
  • Tables, chairs, & trash receptacles 

What you provide:

Food & Drinks – No refrigeration provided. No alcoholic beverages are permitted 

Utensils & tablecloths (trash receptacles provided) – We encourage sustainability. Please keep single-use plastics to a minimum. 

Decorations – Table decorations are highly encouraged. Please use string/ribbon to attach décor – no adhesives. Absolutely no confetti, glitter, or balloons allow

Example Party Timeline: 

10:30-11:00 am – Party Set Up 

11:00-11:15 am – Guests Arrive 

11:15 am-12:15 pm – Themed Program 

12:15-1:00 pm – Food, Presents, Cake 

1:00-1:30 pm – Party Clean Up 

1:30-anytime until 5 pm – Arboretum Exploration, Canopy Walk & Tower, Buckeye Bud’s Adventure Woods 

Birthday Party FAQ

Let’s get to the root of our most commonly-asked questions.

An age-inclusive nature journal 

The person with the membership must be the one to book the party and make arrangements. 

Yes. If an adult and/or child attends the party (in the room and participates in the activities), they are included in the final count. If they do not attend the party and are members, they may use their membership to enjoy the arboretum while the party takes place. 

No additional entertainment (clowns, magicians, puppeteers, piñatas) is allowed. 

Parties are staged rain or shine. Come dressed for the weather. Staff will assist guests in seeking appropriate shelter in the event of a thunderstorm. Supplemental indoor activities will be provided. Weather cancellations will be decided by Holden Arboretum staff only, and only in extreme conditions such as blizzard or tornado. In cases of extreme weather, parties may be rescheduled or cancelled for a full refund. 

Parties are staged rain or shine. Come dressed for the weather. We will provide a refund minus the $50 deposit for cancellations up to 7 days before the party date. Cancellations within 7 days of the party date will result in a 50% refund. There is no fee to reschedule your party. 

When arriving, please check in with the guest services representative at the gate. Give the name of the party and park in our visitor parking lot. There will be signs outside and inside the Corning Visitor Center directing you and your guests to the party room. If you or your guests cannot find the room, please ask one of our friendly guest services representatives inside the visitor center, and they will be happy to help.

Masks are currently required indoors for all guests (2 & over) regardless of vaccination status. Masks may be not removed during the indoor portions of the birthday party program except when eating/drinking. Weather permitting, access to Reinberger Classroom outdoor patio will be open for birthday party use. Party room is cleaned before and after each party. Access to sanitizer is provided, as well as soap and water in public restrooms. These policies are based on current Holden Forest & Gardens Covid-19 guidelines and are subject to change at any time. Party hosts will be notified of any important changes before the date of the party.

Discounted birthday parties are one of the many benefits of a family membership at The Holden Arboretum. If you are not a member but would like to become one, you can purchase a membership online, in-person when you come to visit, or by calling the Guest Services desk at (440) 946-4400. 

Birthday Party Themes

Forest Fantasy – (year-round) Ages 4-12

Hear the tales of mythical forest creatures and look for signs of their presence on a guided hike around Arboretum grounds. 

Fairies & Gnomes – Explore the arboretum in search of signs of mystical fairies and gnomes while learning about their stories and history. Then, make your very own wand to take home. Costumes encouraged! 

Bug Bash – (April-October) Ages 4-12

Creepy Crawlies Hike the Woodland Trail and go on a bug hunt! Learn about the forest ecosystem while searching for friendly critters who live on the forest floor. Receive your very own hand lens to continue exploration at home!  Brilliant Butterflies We’ll learn all about pollinators and flowers while we explore the beautiful Butterfly Garden and search for our winged friends. Then, decorate a butterfly mask to take home. 

Winter Wonderland (November – March) Ages 7-12

Amazing things happen in the forest during the winter! Join us on a winter hike where we’ll search for animal tracks and homes, spot winter birds, and learn about evergreens. Then, we’ll warm up with some hot cocoa after the chilly adventure. For extra fun, snowshoes are available upon request (weather permitting). 

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