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Birthday Parties

All birthday parties are held at the HPNC Cottage (not the main HPNC building), located at 440 Parkside Drive. This building is small and intimate - perfect for birthday parties!

Our birthday parties are designed for 4 - 10 year olds, and adult family & friends too! The capacity for birthday parties is 25 people in total, with a *maximum of 15 kids. This allows us to provide fun, safe and learner-centered programming. With these maximums in mind, you'll find two options to choose from below, the regular party or the pint-sized party.

Birthday parties are offered from September to June on Saturdays from either 10am - 12pm, or 2:30pm - 4:30pm.

*Please note that children under 4 may be invited to the party, but need to be
accompanied/supervised by an adult. Kids under 4 DO count towards the maximum
number of kids unless they are a "babe in arms".
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Please note we do not run birthday parties in July and August.

Guided Party With Two Nature Interpreters

Ages 4 – 10 years

Have your next birthday party at the High Park Nature Centre, and learn about nature in a fun, interactive way! Nature Centre parties are intimate celebrations for up to 15 kids, and 25 people in total. Engage with hands-on nature-themed activities, play games, and explore High Park.

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 note that our maximums apply to the whole party. You cannot have extra adults staying at the Nature Centre even if they are not participating in the instruction and hike. Children under 4 must be accompanied by an adult and DO count towards the part maximums unless they are a "babe in arms".

Regular-sized Party: $325 for 2 hour guided party (price increase to $350 from Jan 1st, 2020)

A party with a maximum of 15 kids and 10 adults. This option works well for older kids (ages 7-10).

Pint-sized Party: $325 for 2 hour guided party (price increase to $350 from Jan 1st, 2020)

A great option for younger guests (ages 4-6 years old) where more caregivers may wish to join. The maximum number of children is 10; maximum number of adults is 15.

The ratio of adults to children can change, as long as there are no more than 15 children and no more than 25 people in total.

What is included in the rental cost?

Our parties are held at 440 Parkside Drive, the HPNC Cottage.

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

What We Provide

Our birthday parties are held at 440 Parkside Drive (the HPNC Cottage). This building is small and intimate - perfect for birthday parties!

Program Times

Birthday parties are offered on Saturdays from September to June from either 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, or 2:30 – 4:30 pm

Click here for an itinerary for a party from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Click here for an itinerary for a party from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

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!

Art in Nature (year-round)

Act, sing, build- explore nature through art! Create your 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
  • Use loose-parts to create nature art
  • 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, practice being sneaky and stealthy in nature to get as close as possible to animals in their natural settings, learn about the art of tracking, and play games on a nature hike.

Example activities:

  • Believe it or Not! trivia game
  • Use loose-parts to create animal nests and nature art
  • Stretch into animal forms with animal yoga
  • Learn about and create your own animal scat
  • Become a nature detective and discover signs of animal tracks 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. Learn about how these amazing birds survive the cold in High Park, and how their behaviours change through the seasons. Explore a toolkit of five ways that we can learn more about birds: using our sight "what patterns and colours do we see?", paying attention to shape, size, surroundings, and sound.

Example activities:

  • Make pine-cone bird feeders (December to April)
  • Use loose-parts to create birds nests and nature art
  • Learn bird calls
  • Learn about how birds adapt through the seasons
  • Search for chickadees and try to feed them out of your hand (winter)
  • Check out who is active and what bird behaviour they are displaying around the HPNC cottage trails
Beetles, Bugs and Butterflies (May-September)

Go on a birthday bug hunt! Explore the amazing adaptions of one of High Park’s tiniest animals. Craft an insect house with loose-parts, examine insect specimens at the Nature Centre cottage, go on an insect scavenger hunt with a net and collection jar!

Example activities:

  • Dress up an adult like a butterfly and learn about a butterfly's body parts
  • Learn about how some insects transform from a tiny egg into a fully grown adult!
  • learn what makes an insect an insect, and what makes a bug a bug
  • Use loose-parts to create insect homes and nature art
  • Go on a bug hike and collect bugs to examine
  • Visit pollinators in OURSpace, and check out the solitary nesting bee hotels (May - September)
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:

  • Use loose-parts to create animal nests and nature art
  • Stretch into animal forms with animal yoga
  • Learn frog calls
  • Search for signs of reptiles and amphibians in our local ponds
  • Play animal themed games in the forest
High Park Superheroes (April - November)

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

Example activites:

  • Learn about the concept of stewardship (Learn - Share - Do)
  • Make a craft that will help the birds or plants
  • Use loose-parts to create animal nests and nature art
  • Search for decomposers and detritivores, and have a bug race
  • Play games to get to know the superheroes of High Park!

Fall Celebrations (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
  • Use loose-parts to create animal nests and nature art
  • Play squirrel and chipmunk games
  • Learn about and search for some of High Park’s amazing trees
  • Play in the leaves
Winter Adventure (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 and play winter games! This party can happen with or without snow cover.

Example activities (depending on the weather):

  • Build sculptures out of snow
  • Use loose-parts to create animal nests and nature art
  • Slide down natural ice slides
  • Play winter adaptation games
  • Become a nature detective and learn about the art of animal tracking

Getting Here

All birthday parties are held at the HPNC Cottate, located at 440 Parkside Drive.

Deposit Required

All birthday party bookings require a $150 deposit. We charge a $10 administration fee for date changes.

We cannot hold a day and time without a deposit. 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 after the party. We will send you a link with how to pay online.

Cancellation Fee

If cancelled with at least 21 days’ notice of booked party date, a $20 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.

To book a party you will need to fill out a contract and pay the $150 deposit. We cannot hold dates without a contract and deposit.

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

Please note that the Nature Centre is not available for rentals without guided programming.

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