THE SECRET TEA ROOM is on a short summer break and will be returning Wednesday, August 28! New dates will be added to the calendar soon.

Children's Birthday Parties

Birthday parties are held in the Stackhouse Education Center at Reeves-Reed Arboretum and are a privilege of membership at the Family Level or above.

Cost: $300
Time: 1.5 hours
Limit: 16 children

Please include any participating siblings when calculating the guest limits. See individual party package descriptions for ages.

Each party begins with a brief introduction by a staff member, followed by the entertainment of your choice. The first hour is entirely Educator-led; the last half hour of the party is led by the birthday parents – to serve cake and/or other party food that you supply. The space is available to you 30 minutes before your scheduled time slot for setup and decorating, and 30 minutes afterwards for cleanup.

Click “Book Now” at the top of this page to view our scheduling website and request a party.

For more information, contact Linda Cerceau, Environmental Educator, at

Please click here for Birthday Party Contract and Waiver.

Paint-a-Pot (ages 4 and up)

At this art and planting party, each guest will decorate a terra-cotta pot that they will fill with a beautiful plant. After decorating, we’ll take a short hike on the grounds and visit the greenhouse. The children will take home their masterpieces as a lasting memory of a wonderful experience.

Arboretum Explorers (ages 6 and up)

Children will borrow one of our Explorer backpacks to look at the natural world one small square at a time. They will have an opportunity to examine insects up close, learn to identify birds with their binoculars, and go on a Nature Quest in search of some of the Arboretum's little treasures! The program part of this party is held almost entirely outdoors. Limit: 14 children.

Terrific Terrariums (ages 6 and up)

Guests at this party will learn about the water cycle and how plants grow as they construct their own "mini greenhouses" to take home after the party. We start with a fun and interactive game outside, take a short hike, then head into the greenhouse to create our miniature terrariums.

For Animal Lovers (ages 4 and up)

If your child is an animal lover, you may choose to have a live animal presenter for your entertainment. Choose Snakes-n-Scales for reptiles and amphibians, or Wallaby Tales for mammals. We provide the contact information, and you book and pay for the arrangements directly with the presenter after confirming a date with us.
Cost: $190 to Reeves-Reed Arboretum (Does not include the cost of the presenter.)

More Information for Animal Lovers - Click Here

Additional Party Information & Answers to FAQ’s:

  • A non-refundable $50 deposit is required to book a party. The remainder of the payment is due 2 weeks before the party.
  • If for some reason you need to cancel, please let us know as early as possible, but no later than 1 week before the party. Cancellations made after that will result in full forfeiture of party fees.
  • Birthday parties are held rain or shine. Please dress for the weather, including good walking shoes and rain jackets if needed.
  • The renters are responsible for set-up, clean-up, food, tablecloths, decorations, and party favors.
  • Alcohol, balloons, sports equipment/balls, and pinatas are NOT permitted.
  • Before leaving the premises, the renters must clean the floor and all surfaces used, remove all belongings and decorations, and remove all garbage from the premises.
  • The rental is limited to the classroom only. Renters may not set up on the Arboretum grounds.
  • Arboretum Educators are only responsible for supervision during one hour of the rental period, and there must be at least one other chaperone during this time.
  • Program times cannot be adjusted for late-arriving guests.
  • Due to limited space in the classroom, we recommend you select a few chaperones and encourage most parents to drop off their children.

What RRA Provides:

  • Private use of the Education Center for 2.5 hours
  • One-hour nature program led by an Arboretum Educator
  • Tables and chairs (two 6-ft tables, arranged banquet-style for eating)
  • Sink & microwave
  • Cleaning supplies (broom, dustpan, disinfecting wipes, and mop)
  • 2 bathrooms

What You Provide:

  • Food, drinks, and ice
  • Tablecloths, paper goods, utensils, and garbage bags
  • Decorations and party favors
  • Supervision of your guests
  • Set-up and clean-up