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Robinson Nature Center Birthday Parties

Robinson Nature Center offers both room rentals and birthday party packages. For room rental information, see our Rentals page. For birthday party package information, see below. Both options can accommodate up to 20 children and up to 40 guests total. For more information, call 410-313-0400 or download the Birthday Party brochure by clicking here .

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Birthday Party Packages

Robinson Nature Center offers eight different birthday party packages. Nature packages utilize classroom space and trails. NatureSphere packages utilize classroom and planetarium spaces.

 

The price of each Nature program package includes:

• Tables and chairs set to your specifications;
• Access to refrigerator, freezer and ice machine;
• Complimentary admission for guests to Robinson Nature Center exhibits and trails;
• A 2-hour room rental that includes
- a 30 minute program led by a staff naturalist,
- 1 hour and 15 minutes for your desired party activities, and
- 15 minutes for clean up
• A complimentary half-hour prior to your rental’s start time to set-up;
• Invitations for twenty guests; and
• Balloons, birthday banner and table coverings.
Package themes, age recommendations and prices are included in the Robinson Nature Center Birthday Party brochure.

 

The price of each NatureSphere planetarium package includes:
• Tables and chairs set to your specifications;
• Access to refrigerator, freezer and ice machine;
• Complimentary admission for guests to Robinson Nature Center exhibits and trails;
• A 2-hour room rental that includes
- a 30 minute program led by a staff naturalist that includes a show in the NatureSphere planetarium,
- 1 hour and 15 minutes for your desired party activities, and
- 15 minutes for clean up
• A complimentary half-hour prior to your rental’s start time to set-up;
• Invitations for twenty guests; and
• Balloons, birthday banner and table coverings.
Package themes, age recommendations and prices are included in the Robinson Nature Center Birthday Party brochure

 

To preview your NatureSphere planetarium show choices, click here.

 

Scheduling Birthday Parties

Birthday parties are scheduled on the weekends during the following time slots.
Saturdays  10AM – 12PM or 2PM – 4PM
Sundays  2PM – 4PM

*All options include a $200 security deposit.

Birthday Party FAQ's


By when do I need to sign the permit for my birthday party?
We request that you sign and return your permit one week from the date you book the party. You MUST sign and return your permit no later than 30 days in advance of the party. If we do not receive the signed permit 30 days in advance, the permit will be cancelled. If booking a party less than 30 days in advance of the event, your permit will need to be signed at the time you book the party. You may drop off, fax, mail or scan & email your signed permit. Fax to 410-313-0409 and call 410-313-0400 to confirm the fax was received.

What is your rescheduling policy?
You may reschedule one time prior to 30 days in advance of the event with no penalty. Rescheduling less than 30 days in advance of the event is considered a cancellation.

What is your cancellation policy?
If you cancel your party more than 30 days in advance of the event, you will be refunded your deposit and payment minus a 20% administrative fee. If you cancel your party or need to reschedule the party less than 30 days in advance of the event, no refunds will be issued. If you are rescheduling the party, Robinson can transfer your deposit to the new date. You will be responsible for paying the price of the birthday party package or room rental for the new date.

Can I arrive early to set-up? 
Birthday party packages provide a complimentary half-hour prior to the rental time listed on the permit. You may arrive a half-hour early to set-up, but please do not arrive earlier as we will not be able to accommodate your set-up any earlier.

Can I stay later than the time listed on my permit to clean up?
Time for cleanup is included in your 2 hour rental. If you must stay later than the time listed on your permit, you will need to pay for the additional time or it will be taken out of your deposit.

If I have more than 40 guests, what do I do?
Please note that maximum occupancy of the birthday rooms (40 people) is set and enforced by the Office of the Fire Marshal. Any violations could result in fines. If you would like to invite more than 40 guests, please speak to the Rental Coordinator about renting a larger space. If more than 40 guests arrive on the day of your party, only 40 will be permitted to enter the birthday party room.

What types of decorations are allowed and who decorates the room? 
We decorate the room with non-helium balloons and a birthday banner before you arrive. If you would like additional decorations, you are welcome to set them up during your complimentary half-hour set-up time. However, hanging decorations from the walls or ceiling is not permitted. No helium balloons.

Why can't I bring helium balloons?
Please do not bring helium balloons as our ceilings are high and helium balloons are difficult to rescue once they escape. 

Why can't I hang things on the walls or from the ceiling?
Please do not hang things on the wall or from the ceilings. Tape from decorations can strip paint and the ceiling tiles can be easily damaged.

What am I required to do for clean-up? 
You must complete your clean-up by the end time listed on your permit. Before you leave, you must ensure all trash from the party is in the trash or recycling bin, the floors have been swept and the tables have been wiped down. Broom and paper towels are provided. We will take the trash out to the dumpsters.

 

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