Birthday Parties

Hoppy BirthdaysHost a Hoppy Birthday
in the Children’s Garden!

Your party guests can jump, climb, slide, explore and discover in a unique, safe setting designed to connect kids with the wonders of plants and the great outdoors. Designed for ages 3–12.

Reserve your party online today!
The most up-to-date available party dates and times are listed online.

Cost:
A $200 non-refundable rental fee ($175 for members) gives you:

  • Admission for up to 30 guests (children and adults) to both the Garden and Children’s Garden. Parties are required to have at least 1 adult per 5 children. Regular admission rates for the Garden and Children's Garden apply to additional guests. 
  • Two hours in the Town Hall decorated with a personalized birthday banner
  • A t-shirt for the birthday child (please specify size)
  • An additional $50 cleaning deposit is refundable when the Town Hall is left clean and in good repair when your party is over. The Garden reserves the right to retain the deposit if the Town Hall is left untidy or in disrepair.

Party goers having cake 

Availability:
Birthday parties are available only when the Children’s Garden is open (April through October). Parties are held Saturday and Sunday only, for a two-hour period from 10 a.m. to noon or from 1 to 3 p.m. Advance reservations are required.

Is the date and time I want available?
Check party date and time availability online! Party hosts are encouraged to process their reservation online in order to secure the date and time.
Don't see the date and time you want? Unfortunately that means that slot has already been reserved. Party dates and times that are no longer available are removed from the list of available party slots. 

Certain black-out dates apply for Birthday Parties including:

  • "Meet Me Outdoors in St. Louis" Festival Weekend (April 1–2, 2017)
  • Chinese Culture Days (April 22–23, 2017)
  • Japanese Festival (September 2–3, 2017)
  • Best of Missouri Market (October 7–8, 2017)

Extras:

  • $100: have our frog mascot, Finn, join your party (1 hour)
  • $8 each: additional child-sized (XS–L) birthday t-shirts
  • $5 each: child-sized Children’s Garden water bottles

Chaperones:
Make sure to include adults in your party! The Missouri Botanical Garden requires one adult chaperone for every five children, and the children must be attended by an adult at all times.

Kids playing with puppets

Reservations:

Cancellations:
Birthday Parties in the Children’s Garden Town Hall are held rain or shine, unless the Children’s Garden is closed due to severe weather. Should you choose to cancel your party five business days prior to your party, you will receive a full refund, minus the $50 deposit. Refunds cannot be issued for missed parties or cancellations less than five business days prior to the party. A business day is defined as Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., no Saturdays, Sundays, or federal holidays. If the Missouri Botanical Garden must cancel your party due to inclement weather, we will work to notify you as soon as possible and try to reschedule your party or we will issue you a full refund.

Parking:
Free parking is available on site, subject to availability. Additional free off-street parking is available two blocks west at the corner of Shaw and Vandeventer.

For Your Enjoyment:

  • Plan to arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled party time to allow for parking, checking in with Visitor Services and walking to the Children’s Garden.
  • Feel free to bring a birthday cake and child-friendly beverages (e.g. juice boxes or water). While we prohibit additional food, birthday parties are welcome to enjoy lunch in Sassafras (the Garden’s main restaurant in the Ridgway Visitor Center).
  • Make sure to remember your serving utensils, dishes, plates, cups and table coverings.
  • The Children’s Garden is a unique space requiring special maintenance. Please do not bring additional decorations (no balloons, tape, tacks, stickies or staples of any kind).
  • You may wish to bring a stroller or wagon for transporting gifts and supplies to and from the Children’s Garden. (Sorry, transportation is not available.)
  • Guests are responsible for leaving the Town Hall clean and in good repair.

Can you have candles and matches?
No. The Garden is a National Historic Landmark, therefore there is no smoking on the grounds and matches, candles, and fire are prohibited. Many of our birthday party guests have found creative alternatives to candles, like pinwheels or battery-operated musical candles. We appreciate your understanding!

Download additional details about birthday parties in the Children’s Garden.

Birthday banner signed by guests



“Thank you so much! We had the best time. Everyone was raving on what a great location it was for a party. Many had never been to the Children's Garden. I have a feeling many of our partygoer's are going to book a party there!”
—Past guest

 

Birthdays at the Butterfly House

The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House is another great place to host a children’s birthday party!  Learn more