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Birthday Parties

Please note: We're no longer offering birthday party programming.





Registration Policies

Please ensure you’ve read and understood our registration policies:

Read Our Registration Policies

To accommodate more nature clubs and foster stronger nature connections between participants and nature at High Park, we have decided to pause our birthday party programming this season. Check out our nature club offerings this season and consider signing up your child for a more holistic, immersive, and educational experience to continue building on their relationship with nature!

COVID-19: Adjustments to programs

We have made adjustments to our programs to make sure that we keep ourselves and our community safe and continue to follow the guidelines of Toronto Public Health. Although we are making efforts to increase health and safety, we cannot guarantee that you or your child will not contract COVID-19 at our programs.

All program participants must complete a COVID-19 screening upon arrival.

HPNC COVID policies are continuing to develop, especially as we hear more from Public Health officials. We may put more policies in place and all birthday party bookings will be subject to these new policies.

You can find our COVID-19 Updates here.

Program Time

Hosts may arrive 15 minutes before the start of the party to complete a COVID-19 questionnaire and put any gear in the Nature Centre. Parties include one hour for intro activities and a hike and a one hour campfire, prefaced by a brief fire safety session, for self-directed time.

Parties will run on Saturdays, with one available timeslot: 10:00am-12:00pm.

Location

Our birthday parties will be entirely outdoors, and the meet-up spot will be our main building, at 375 Colbourne Lodge Drive. In the event of rain, we have a covered verandah where the second hour of the party can take place (instead of the fire). You will have access to indoor washrooms that are thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis (masks are required).

Maximum number of attendees

20 people max, 15 kids max

We can have a maximum of 20 people, with no more than 15 children/youth. Kids 3 and under who are on their feet (not babes in arms) are counted towards the maximum numbers. Children from 0-5 must be accompanied by an adult.

Party Theme

We're going to offer a multi-sensory hike through High Park's 3 ecosystems: black oak savannah, the woodlands, and the wetlands. We'll focus on expanding our nature detective skills! Nature interpreters will connect the experience to animals and plants and other nature happenings of the moment, in the context of the season. The experience will be adapted for different age groups. Activities and games engaged with along the way will adhere to physical distancing requirements.

Cost

$400

Please read our registration policies.

What's Included
  • 15 minutes prior to the start of the party for hosts to complete a COVID-19 questionnaire and drop off gear inside
  • 1 hour of nature-themed programming and a hike with two Nature Interpreters
  • 1 hour of self-guided time around a pre-made campfire, with extra wood and fire safety instruction for the group
  • Folding tables, drinking water, handwashing station, hand sanitizer, large bowls, trays and tongs, napkins and roasting sticks
  • After party clean-up by Nature Centre staff
  • Environmentally friendly decorations
What to Bring / not to Bring

What to Bring

  • Hand sanitizer (if you would like your own - sanitizer is also provided) and masks
  • Reusable water bottles, containers and cutlery - you can ask guests to bring their own
  • Food that can be passed out with tongs, while physically distancing, by hosts / adults
  • Pizza cannot currently be delivered to the door of HPNC (cars not allowed on weekends) - you can meet delivery drivers at Bloor St, OR order the night before and we can reheat in our oven
  • Reusable containers for untouched leftovers
  • Bags and boxes to carry your belongings home

What not to Bring

  • Decorations - we have reusable decorations (bunting)
  • Things that will leave debris on the ground of our garden (e.g., sparkles or confetti)
  • If you are bringing single use items, consider paper plates which can be burned in the fire, and plastic cutlery which can be recycled



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