Party on the Playscape

Having a party? The Arboretum’s new Nature Playscape is a safe, outdoor gathering space for your children to celebrate their birthday. Inspired by nature, exciting new play features invite guests to use their imagination as they explore, climb, crawl, balance, and connect with the natural world.

Celebrate your child’s birthday with one of the following packages:

A Family Tree Membership or above is required to book a party. Click here to become a Member today.

Package A

  • Party for up to 20 children and 20 adults
  • 2-hour private rental of the Shady Grove portion of the Nature Playscape
  • Use of two 6-foot tables for food and gifts
  • Cost: $400

Package B

  • Party for up to 20 children and 20 adults
  • 2-hour private rental of the Shady Grove portion of the Nature Playscape
  • A guided nature walk hunt led by a naturalist
  • Use of four 6-foot tables for food and gifts
  • Cost: $500

Package C

  • Party for up to 40 children and 40 adults
  • 2-hour private rental of the entire Nature Playscape
  • A guided nature walk led by a naturalist
  • Use of five 6-foot tables for food and gifts
  • Cost: $1,200

Please note that ONLY Package C includes a private rental of the entire Nature Playscape.

Availability and Booking

Shady Grove rentals (Package A & B) are available Saturdays and Sundays from 9 – 11 am and from 2 – 4 pm.

Full Playscape rentals (Package C) are available Saturdays and Sundays from 9 – 11 am.

Parties must be reserved at least two weeks in advance and booked by the birthday party coordinator. A party is not considered reserved unless a non-refundable 50% deposit is paid. The remainder of the balance must be paid at least 10 days before the party date.

To book a party, please email Liz Landry at llandry@houstonarboretum.org.

Want more fun? Add one of these activities!

Animal Encounter – $150
Extends party by 30 minutes. Animals used for parties are at the discretion of the naturalist and may be presented at the Nature Center Building. Examples of animal ambassadors are bearded dragon, box turtles, or a snake. We cannot guarantee any specific animal.

More Play Time – $150/hour
Additional time on the Nature Playscape can be rented.

Craft – $100 for up to 20 children, $200 for 40
Supplies and guided lesson will be provided for the craft. Extends length of party by 20 minutes. Choice of either a beaded coral snake keychain or a clay animal track. 

Greeter – $200.
We will provide a greeter to welcome your guests, assist with unpacking your things, and handing out wristbands and parking passes. Must be paid for in advance.

Paid Parking – $100/20 passes
You can purchase parking passes for your guests.

COVID-19 Considerations

The health and safety of our guests and staff is our top priority. We will be updating our safety and health procedures as we are informed by current recommendations from local, state, and federal health officials, agencies and authorities. COVID-19 modifications include:

  • The entire party will take place outdoors. Dress for the weather.
  • Tables will be spaced out throughout the Nature Playscape so that appropriate social distancing can occur while eating/drinking. Tables will be sanitized by Arboretum staff prior to use.
  • No blowing out of candles on a birthday cake or cupcakes.
  • Guests will be expected to wash hands at our outdoor hand-washing stations prior to using the restroom or entering the Nature Center Building.
  • Groups of children will not be allowed in the Discovery Room as part of the party. Guests can individually visit the Discovery Room before or after the party with their parent. Visitors to the Discovery Room must sanitize hands prior to entry.

Rules & Regulations

  • We are an environmentally friendly environment. Absolutely NO balloons, glitter, pinatas, inflatables, glass bottles, streamers, confetti, or silly string.
  • Any decorating for the party must fall within your time allotment.
  • Alcohol is strictly prohibited.
  • You are welcome to bring your own food or have it delivered. NO hot plates, crockpots, chafing dishes, sparkler candles or any other heating or warming device. There is no electrical connection in the Nature Playscape. 
  • Children are allowed to be dropped off for the party, but you are required to have enough chaperones for monitoring the children during the party. We require at least 1 adult to every 5 children.
  • Pets are prohibited on the Playscape.
  • Bikes, scooters, and skateboards are prohibited.
  • You are expected to clean up your own trash. We will provide trash bins for clean-up. A $75 fee will be charged if any trash is left on the Nature Playscape.
  • You will need to provide your own party supplies such as food, drinks, table coverings, plates, napkins, and cutlery.

Cancellation Policy

In the event of extreme inclement weather, a refund or rescheduling of your party will be issued. Please ask guests to dress for the weather. Due to COVID-19 health and safety precautions, we are unable to offer an equivalent indoor program. If cancellation is necessary due to extreme weather conditions, rescheduling may not be possible due to our tight calendar, but every attempt will be made to do so.