Planning Your Party
Please review the following details regarding birthday party policies and offerings.
Your party will take place in the The Learning Pavilion in The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden. This space is visible to the public, but the Pavilion is reserved for partygoers. Visit the Know Before You Go page to help you plan your visit to the Conservatory and The Children’s Garden.
Number of Attendees
Birthday Parties in the Children’s Garden accommodate up to 30 attendees (children and adults). A 10 child minimum is required, and 1 adult must be present for every 5 children.
Booking Your Party
Party must be booked 3 weeks in advance. Payment is made during the confirmation phone call. One and a half hour time slots are available with multiple time slots to choose from. Please note, birthday parties are not considered booked until confirmed by phone and payment is made to the Conservatory.
Food & Refreshments
Catering is available through the Conservatory, so please no outside food or beverages. View Birthday Party Catering Menu here. Outside cake or cupcakes are permissible. Refrigeration is not available at the Learning Pavilion. Paper products, cutlery, tables and chairs are provided upon request, however feel free to bring your own themed items.
Tables and chairs are provided. Tables are uncovered and measure 30″ x 72″ if you would like bring tablecloths.
Convenient, free parking is available for party guests.
Included in Party Fee
- Admission to the Conservatory and Children’s Garden following party
- Educator or facilitator for 30 minute themed educational activity (choose from four different educational themes: insects, gardening, fossils or nature art)
- Gift for the birthday child
We kindly ask for NO taped-on decorations, candles, glitter or balloons.
Parties in the Children’s Garden are held rain or shine. Refunds cannot be issued for missed parties or cancellations less than 7 business days prior to the event date. Cancellations prior to 7 business days will receive a refund minus the 50$ deposit. If the Conservatory needs to cancel your party due to inclement weather, we will work with you to reschedule or issue a refund.
For day-of cancellations, please call security at 614.715.8166.
The Learning Pavilion is a covered outdoor space. Birthday parties are held rain or shine, so we encourage partygoers to dress for the weather. We will do our best to provide an indoor space providing severe inclement weather.
Please plan on arriving 30 minutes prior to your scheduled party time to allow for payment, parking, walking time to Learning Pavilion and for any set-up needs. An educator or facilitator will greet you at the Visitor Center. Guests will need to check in at the Visitor Center and will be directed to the Learning Pavilion for your party.