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Birthday Party Frequently Asked Questions

How long are the parties?
Gymnastics, Fort, & Sports, Lego, Painting and Dance Parties are 1.5 hours long, Chef & Princess Tea, Pottery and Nature Parties are 2 hours long. Nature Birthday Parties include 30-minutes, at the end, for the birthday child's adult host to supervise serving the cupcakes, opening presents, etc.

Can I add more time to the party?
The parties are scheduled according to space availability and staff, so no additional time can be added to the party. 

How early can I get there to set up?
You can arrive 10-15 minutes before the start of the party.  The party host(s) will be there to assist you; in the case of nature birthday parties, set up must be done by the birthday child's parent/adult. We ask that the party area is packed up within 10 minutes of the party’s completion.

Can I bring my own games/crafts/party favors?
If you let us know in advance what games you would like to play, we can usually accommodate you. If it is a game that requires ‘props’ (i.e., foam noodles) that we do not normally provide and you can supply them for use at the party, we will do our best to incorporate that activity. Nature birthday parties have a specific theme and planned activities for the 90-minute party. Other activities can be conducted by the birthday child's adult host during the 30 minute period at the end; supplies must be provided by the host. 

Can we put up decorations?
The party area can be decorated, but no decorations can hang from the ceiling. Glue, tacks and tape are not permitted on the walls or windows. You can provide balloons that can be tied to a chair or table, or tabletop decorations. Balloons are not allowed during nature birthday parties. If you would like to purchase specific theme-related tablecloths, our tables are 6’ in length.

What kind of cake do we get?
We provide you with a delicious birthday cake from DeEtta’s Bakery. Cake options are cupcakes, a large donut cake, or a chocolate chip cookie cake. Nature birthday parties offer cupcakes only.

Do we need to bring plates, cups, and napkins?
We will provide you with white plates, cups, napkins and utensils. If you would like themed plates, cups, and napkins, you are welcome to provide those.

Can we have a piñata?
The only type of piñata we can allow is the “pull string” piñata. For safety reasons, we will not allow piñatas that require swinging an item to break it open.

Can we bring in food?
You may provide additional small snacks, drinks, or dessert, but no outside catering is permitted.  Aurelio's Pizza can be ordered through the party coordinator for an additional cost (not available for Pottery or Nature Parties). The nature center has a refrigerator to store cold items. Other locations do not have a refrigerator to store cold items. No alcoholic beverages are permitted.

Can parents of guests stay at the party?
Due to space limitations, we ask that only a minimum number of parents stay. In order to ensure a fun and memorable party for the children, parents of guests are welcome to wait in the common areas of the Fort Hill Activity Center, the lounge on the second floor at the 95th St. Center, or in the nature center exhibit area and/or outside in the park.

Can I cancel once I’ve scheduled a party?
The signed contract and party payment are due within seven (7) days of placing the hold. Parties cancelled up to two weeks prior to the party date will receive a 50% refund, or be rescheduled for a fee of $25. Anything less than two weeks’ notice is non-refundable.

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