Party on the Playscape

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

New Birthday Party pricing and locations coming in 2023!

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.

Shady Grove Rental

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

Nature Playscape Rental

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

Availability and Booking

Rentals are available Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am – 12 pm and from 2 – 4 pm.

Please note that only one full Nature Playscape Rental is available per weekend.

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!

Guided Nature Walk – $100
Extends party by 30 minutes. In our Guided Nature Walk we teach your guests how to become Nature Detectives. Nature Detectives move through nature quietly and slowly to look for signs or clues that animals leave behind. An Arboretum Facilitator will teach you how to look for those clues and how to identify the animal that left them behind. A checklist will be provided to keep track of the signs or animals spotted on your walk.

Animal Encounter – $150
Extends party by 30 minutes. Your party will get to meet and learn about an animal of your choosing. Learn about the animal’s natural history, where it lives, what it eats, and how it survives in the wild. Animals may be presented in the Nature Center building. Please understand that we will do our best to accommodate your choice, but cannot guarantee any specific animal.   

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

Birthday Party Assistant – $200
In addition to regular Birthday Party Facilitator duties, a Birthday Party Assistant will meet you at your vehicle with a rolling cart, help you unload, and assist in setting up the party. When your party ends they will assist in tearing down and loading up any left-overs and presents that need to be taken back to your vehicle.

Paid Parking – $100/20 passes
Parking passes will be emailed when the deposit has been paid. Parking passes are in PDF form and will need to be printed and placed on to the vehicle’s dashboard. They will need to be distributed to the guests before the party.  We will have extras on hand the day of the party in case any guest forgets their copy, but the guest will be responsible for putting the pass on their dashboard. 

More Play Time – $150/hour
Additional time on the Nature Playscape can be rented. Limit 2 extra hours.

Additional Tables – $10/table
Limit 2 extra tables.

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.
  • Guests will need to sign a Waiver of Liability before entering the Playscape.

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.