Birthday Parties

2016.11.13 High Park Small Wonders-039These policies apply to all parties starting September 1, 2016.

Guided Party With a Nature Interpreter
Ages 4 – 10 years

Have your next birthday party at the High Park Nature Centre, and learn about nature in a fun, interactive way! Meet our pets, make nature-themed crafts, play games, and explore High Park.

Regular Party
$300 for 2.5 hour guided party
The original Nature Centre party with a maximum of 15 kids and 6 adults. 

Pint-sized Party
$300 for 2.5 hour guided party
A great option for younger guests whose parents want to join. The maximum number of children is 10; maximum number of adults is 11.

Jumbo Party
$400 for 2.5 hour guided party
Available for ages 6 and up
For the party with a little bit extra! The maximum number of children is 20; maximum number of adults is 10. Jumbo parties have two instructors instead of one.

*Please note that children under 4 may be invited to the party, but need to be accompanied/supervised by an adult.

Buttons

Looking for fun things to put in loot bags?

Ask us about our I *heart* High Park buttons! Buttons are only $2 each, and all proceeds go to supporting environmental education at the Nature Centre.

Additional Guests

To ensure the highest quality of programming offered and to maintain safe instructor-to-guest ratios the maximum number of children and adults attending the party is non-negotiable.  Please book the appropriate sized party for the number of guests invited. Younger siblings 3 and older will be included in the total number of children for the party.

Children under 4

Children under 4 need to be accompanied/supervised by an adult.

Ordering pizza

If you are ordering pizza, we recommend that you set the delivery time to 15 minutes before the time you would like to eat it, as the Nature Centre can be difficult to find and you may need to give directions to the delivery person. 

Parking

Please note that the High Park is a public park and parking lots can be busy on weekends. We recommend and encourage our guests to walk, cycle, or take public transit when possible!

ECHOage

ECHOage your party! Send free invitations, view RSVP’s, and donate to the Nature Centre. For more information, visit ECHOage.com.

To get started, click here for the Nature Centre’s charity page.

What is included in the rental cost?

    • 1 hour & 45 minutes of nature-themed programming with a Nature Interpreter
    • 45 minutes of time for food, cake and presents (after the hike)
    • Additional 30 minutes prior for set-up + 15 minutes after for clean up
    • Use of kitchen facilities: fridge, freezer, microwave, oven, toaster oven, kettle, coffee maker, sink and counter space
    • Water filter for drinking water
    • Use of a complete set of dishes and cutlery (please help reduce waste and do not bring disposable plates and cutlery)
    • After party clean-up by Nature Centre staff
    • Environmentally-friendly decorations

PLEASE NOTE: As the High Park Forest School is a large space, your birthday party may be happening at the same time as a Nature Centre club. You will have:

    • Shared access to the kitchen, bathrooms, cloak room, and pet area
    • Exclusive access to the birthday party section of the main room.  

If you are ordering pizza, we recommend that you set the delivery time to 15 minutes before the time you would like to eat it, as the Nature Centre can be difficult to find and you may need to give directions to the delivery person. 

 

  • Virtual Tour of the Nature Centre
    Photos by Tanguy Coignion

 


 

PROGRAM TIMES

Birthday parties offered from September to June

  • Saturday parties:
    10:30 am – 1:00 pm
    3:00 – 5:30 pm
  • Sunday Parties:
    10:30 am – 1:00 pm
    3:00 – 5:30 pm

Are you booking a party in late April-early May?
This time of year is very busy in the park as the cherry blossom trees are blooming, and parking at the Nature Centre will not be possible. You have the option of booking your party without parking at the Nature Centre, OR we could have your party at our old location (440 Parkside Drive) where parking will be more available. Please contact us to discuss these options.



All times subject to availability. Some morning timeslots may be available- please inquire.

Example itinerary for a party from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm:

  • 10:00-10:30 am: Birthday guest of honour and parents/guardians arrive to set up for the party
  • 10:30-10:45 am: The instructor will introduce the guests to some of the Nature Centre’s pets as they arrive
  • 10:45-11:15 am: The instructor will introduce the theme of the day through pictures, songs, and/or a craft
  • 11:15 am-12:15 pm: The instructor will lead a nature hike into High Park
  • 12:15-1:00 pm: Open time for the birthday host! All guests will be back at the Nature Centre for cake, presents, or whatever the host would like. 
  • 1:00-1:15 pm: Clean-up and time to go home. The instructor will handle the dishes and cleaning up the Nature Centre, so the party hosts just need to gather their things together to bring home.

 

PARTY THEMES

Themes can be adapted for any age group. Birthday party activities within the theme are personalized based on weather conditions, season, and age of children attending the party, and may or may not include example activities given below. If there are specific activities you would like us to do that are within the parameters of the theme, just let us know!

Fairies and Gnomes (Year-round)

Celebrate your birthday with High Park’s fairies and gnomes! Craft a magical object to take home, hike the trails in search of clues from the fairies and gnomes. Build a fairy or gnome home out of natural materials.

Example activities:

  • Learn about the fairies and gnomes of High Park
  • Make your own gnome door or fairy 
  • Hike the forest looking for signs of fairies and gnomes 
  • Build fairy and gnome homes

Art in Nature (Year-round)

Act, sing, build- explore nature through art!  Create you own art while exploring the beauty of High Park. Look for patterns in nature, learn animal calls, design a nature sculpture, and more!

Example activities:

  • Use watercolours to create a birch tree painting 
  • Make an orchestra out of bird songs 
  • Act as an animal in our nature charade game 
  • Create a natural sculpture in the forest

Animals of High Park (Year-round)

Get grossed out, amazed and stumped by weird and wonderful animal adaptations! This party is all about the animals that live in High Park. Discover the neat things that they do and eat, visit interesting animal homes, and play games on a nature hike.

Example activities:

  • Believe it or Not! trivia game
  • Learn about and create your own animal scat
  • Become a scientist and discover signs of animals in the park
  • Play animal themed games in the forest

Have a Happy Bird-day Party (Year-round)

Happy Bird-day! Create a pine cone bird feeder and hike in search of a flock of chickadees, nuthatches and woodpeckers. Try to hand-feed chickadees and learn how these amazing birds survive the cold in High Park.

Example activities:

  • Make pine-cone bird feeders
  • Learn bird calls
  • Search for chickadees and try to feed them out of your hand (winter)
  • Check out who is coming to the feeders near the Nature Centre

NEW! Woodland Wizard Party (Year round)

Turn into a wizard and have a magical birthday in High Park! Learn about the magical creatures that live in the park, including owls, coyotes, frogs, bats and spiders. Search for clues to make your own magical potion at the mystical Hemlock Grove.

Example Activities:  

  • Design your own magical wand to take home
  • Dissect an owl pellet
  • Turn into a bat and learn how to use echolocation
  • Search the park for clues to create a magical potion

Beetles, Bugs, & Butterflies (May – September)

Go on a birthday bug hunt! Explore the amazing adaptions of one of High Park’s tiniest animals. Craft your own insect to take home, examine insect specimens at the Nature Centre and then go on an insect scavenger hunt with a net and collection jar!

Example activities:

  • Dress up as an insect and learn what makes an insect and insect and what makes a bug a bug
  • Create your own bug to take home
  • Go on a bug hike and collect bugs to examine

NEW! Turtles, Frogs, and Pollywogs (May- September)

Discover the amazing reptiles and amphibians that live in High Park! Search for turtles, salamanders and frogs in High Park’s Retention Ponds and wetlands. Learn about some of their amazing survival adaptions through fun games.  

Example Activities:

  • Create your own herpetile to take home
  • Learn frog calls
  • Meet and hold the Nature Centre’s own reptiles
  • Search for signs of reptiles and amphibians in our local ponds

High Park Superheroes (April – November)

Learn about the “superheroes” that live in High Park, and how you can become a superhero yourself!

Example activites:

  • Make a craft that will help the birds or plants
  • Search for decomposers and have a bug race
  • Pick (and eat) some invasive species
  • Play games to get to know the superheroes of High Park!

Fall Celebration (October – November)

Enjoy a birthday hike along trails carpeted with beautiful fall leaves.  Search for chipmunks and squirrels and learn about the amazing ways that animals and plants prepare for the winter.

Example activites:

  • Create leaf rubbings or prints 
  • Play squirrel and chipmunk games
  • Learn about and search for some of High Park’s amazing trees
  • Play in the leaves

Winter Adventures (Late December – March)

Discover the excitement of winter! Winter Adventurers will learn why we love winter so much. Play in the snow, slide on the ice, try out some snowshoes and play winter games! This party can happen with or without snow cover.

Example activities (depending on the weather):

  • Build sculptures out of snow
  • Slide down natural ice slides
  • Play winter adaptation games

Deposit Required

All Birthday Party bookings require a $150 deposit.  We also charge a $10.00 administrative fee for date changes.

Your deposit does two things. It holds your date and time and covers any damage to the Nature Centre or NC property during the party. Should no damage occur, the deposit will be used to pay part of the balance of the party fee.  Should damage occur, your deposit will be used to pay for repairs and additional charges may apply, depending on the extent of the damage.

The balance of the total fee for your party is due on the day of the party and at the end of the party, with no exceptions.  The balance can be paid by cash or cheque.

Cancellation Fee

We cannot hold a day and time without a deposit. We charge a $10.00 administrative fee for date changes. If cancelled with at least 21 days’ notice of booked party date, a $10 
administration fee will be charged and the rest of your deposit will be returned. For all late 
cancellations and no-shows, your deposit will not be refunded.

Interested in Booking a Party?

Call 416-392-1748 or email naturecentre@highpark.org if you have questions or would like to book a party. When booking, please have an idea of which party theme you are interested in and a list of possible dates before contacting us.

Bookings must be finalized and confirmed 3 weeks prior to the party date.

Please note that the Nature Centre is no longer available for rentals without guided programming.



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