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Birthday Parties

Hidden Oaks Nature Center
[ 7701 Royce Street Annandale, VA 22003 ]   [ 703-941-1065 ]

Wild Birthday Parties
at Hidden Oaks Nature Center

Birthday Parties

Party Particulars

For morning parties, families will have the classroom to set up their party food and decorations starting at 9:30 am. The exhibit discovery room with the costumes and tree house is open at 9:30 am - 11:45 am for party participants. Additional party times may be available in the afternoon or evening. Supervision of children in the exhibit area and straightening up post-party is the party host's responsibility.

The $250 fee covers 16 or fewer children. Parties are for ages 3-12 years. An additional $12 fee is assessed per child over 16, up to a maximum of 24 children. Siblings ages 12 years and under count as party participants. A maximum of 30 adults may be in the room. The children will be seated for refreshments, provided by the family, at two tables. Food and beverages may only be consumed at the tables.

Party participants enjoy a 45 minute naturalist-led presentation including at least one live animal, a craft and a nature walk. Themes may be adapted or enhanced based on the birthday child's interests. The recommended party time is 10-11:30 am. with the naturalist-led portion beginning at 10:15 a.m. The party hosts must clean up and exit the classroom by 11:45 am. The nature center opens to the public at noon (and at 11 am from December-February).

To Book a Party:

1. Call the nature center at 703-941-1065 to check availability for your desired date or dates. You will receive a party agreement form via email or when you visit.

2. Upon receiving the notice of your party date acceptance, complete and return the party agreement form with the full fee. Cancellations made more than two weeks from the party date receive full refunds minus a nonrefundable $25 administrative fee. No refunds are made for cancellations within two weeks from the party date. Staff will review the program outline with you upon request.

3. Bring your party food and supplies to Hidden Oaks at 9:30 am (morning parties) on the day of your party. Small amounts of Ice cream and beverages may be stored in our refrigerator. Red beverages and alcoholic beverages are not permitted.

4. While you are welcome to bring decorations, they are really not necessary as the party room will be decorated for your theme. We prefer that no balloons be used. You may wish to bring 2 rectangular tablecloths for the refreshment tables. Review our green party checklist for details on rewards for hosting a "green" birthday party! Should you wish to host a party for a child less than 3 years of age or just want to have the party at Hidden Oaks but not have a themed event or a naturalist, please check the Room Rental information on our webpage.

Celebrate your child's special day in style at their Hidden Oaks nature-themed birthday party! Choose your party topic -- dinosaurs, insects, reptiles, mammals, sea critters, or Eastern Woodland Indians -- and prepare for a memorable experience!

Naturalist-led programs include:

Sea Turtle
Under the Sea
Reptiles and Amphibians
Indian Child
Eastern Woodland
Indian: A Child's Life

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