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Robinson Nature Center Birthday Parties

Robinson Nature Center offers both room rentals and birthday party packages. 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.

Birthday Party Room Rentals

Room rentals are $100 per hour for Howard County residents and $125 per hour for non-residents.  Room rentals include:
• Tables and chairs set to your specifications;
• Access to ice machine, refridgerator and freezer; and
• Complimentary admission for you and your guests to nature center exhibits and trails.
The time you need for your set-up and clean-up must be included in your room rental. Rooms are rented in one-hour increments.

Birthday Party Packages

If you are interested in more than just a room rental for your birthday party, the Robinson Nature Center offers eight different birthday party packages.

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 2:30PM – 4:30PM
Sundays  2PM – 4PM

*All options include a $200 security deposit.

Birthday Party FAQ's


How are refunds issued if the birthday child is sick on the day of the party and we have to cancel? Can we reschedule if the birthday child is sick the day of the party?
Written notice of cancellation is due at least 30 days prior to the event. Additional notice may be required for larger events, as determined by the Rental Coordinator. If the reservation is cancelled more than 30 days before event, a 20% administrative fee will be retained. If the event is cancelled less than 30 days prior to the event, the security deposit and rental fee will be retained. You also have the option of rescheduling with no fee penalty.

Can I arrive early to set-up?
- Room rentals must include set-up time within the rental time listed on their permit. Please do not arrive early as we will not be able to accommodate you prior to the time stated on your permit.
- 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?
Room rentals and birthday party packages must include the time needed to clean up within the time listed on their permit. 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?
If you would like to invite more than 40 guests, please consider renting a larger space. If more than 40 guests arrive on the day of your party, please note that, due to fire code, only 40 will be permitted to enter the birthday party room. 

What types of decorations are allowed and who decorates the room? 
You are welcome to decorate the party room as you would like. Please note that helium balloons and hanging things on the wall are not allowed (see below).

- For party packages, 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.
- For room rentals, no decorations are provided. If you would like to decorate, please include the time needed in the time listed on your rental permit.

Can I bring helium balloons?
No, please do not bring in helium balloons as our ceilings are high and helium balloons are difficult to rescue once they escape.

Can I hang things on the walls or from the ceiling?
No, 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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