Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Walney Visitor Center Winter hours: Mon & Wed-Sun 11-4pm. Closed Tuesdays. The park's trails, picnic tables and grounds are open dawn to dusk.

TTY 711

5040 Walney Road
Chantilly, Virginia

John Shafer,

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Ellanor C. Lawrence Park Birthday Parties


Sully Woodlands Stewardship Education Center Construction Begins

Active construction is anticipated to be completed by summer 2023. Residents should expect occasional construction traffic entering and exiting the Ellanor C. Lawrence Park/Cabell’s Mill entrance. The park is located at 5235 Walney Road in Centerville, VA.

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Spend time outside and celebrate your child’s special day with a Wild, History or Campfire Birthday Party for anyone ages four to 12.

Ellanor C. Lawrence Park also has a Picnic Shelter, Amphitheater and Cabell's Mill available for rent.

Reservations & Refunds

Wild and History Parties

  • Held at the pavilion with five picnic tables, access to a refrigerator, outside outlets and a sink.
  • All set up, decorating and clean up needs to be completed during this time.

Campfire Parties

  • Held at the campfire ring behind the Walney Visitor Center, with three picnic tables and three benches.
  • Restrooms are available inside the visitor center.

Wild Birthday Party Themes

Reptiles and Amphibians Party

Learn about the life cycles of amphibians and reptiles. Take a hike to explore where they live with a stop at the visitor center to see them up close. 

Insect Investigation Party

Find out what characteristics bees, butterflies, ants and dragonflies share as insects. Choose your favorite bug for a theme and we will hike the yard and trails looking for them. 

Birds in your Backyard Party

Use your eyes and ears to see the colors and hear the songs of the birds around us. Look through binoculars to see them up close on a hike. Learn what birds eat. 

Into the Wilds Party

Discover the native wild animals that share the park with us. Take a wildlife adventure hike to explore their habitats. How many can you find? Hike will end at the visitor center to meet our display animals. 

Dinosaur Dig Party

Become a junior paleontologist and examine real fossil casts. Explore dinosaurs by digging for puzzle pieces to build a dinosaur and play fun games.

History Birthday Party Theme

Sweet History – ice cream making

History never tasted so sweet! Learn what life was like in the 1850s when the Machens lived here. Hike to the 1850s icehouse and race back carrying blocks of ice. Then explore the dairy where milk was stored. End your sweet and special day making your own vanilla ice cream.

Campfire Birthday Party Theme

Nocturnal Animals

As day turns into night, owls, bats and moths are some of our nocturnal creatures flying through the night skies. See if you can see or hear them on a night hike. Then return to the campfire to cook turkey hot dogs.

Rental Use

  • All decorating, setup and cleanup must be completed within the scheduled party time.
  • Refrigerator space is available for use by party guests.
  • Indoor classroom space is for the naturalist-led program portion of parties only and may not be decorated. Exceptions for indoor use may be made at the naturalist's discretion during inclement weather.
  • All decorations and signs must be removed completely at party’s end, including tape, strings and ribbon.
  • Decorations and signs may not be stapled, tacked or nailed to park property, signs or trees. Helium balloons are discouraged.
  • Balloons are not permitted to be released.
  • There is no vehicular access to party locations. Supplies and gifts must be transported from the parking lot at Walney Visitor Center.
  • Grills and barbecues, DJs, moon bounces, petting zoos, pony rides and amplified sound/music are prohibited.
  • Carry out your trash when you leave. There are no dumpsters at Walney Visitor Center.
  • All Fairfax County Park Authority rules and regulations apply.
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