Children’s Birthday Parties

We are now booking spring 2021 birthday parties!

As part of our updated birthday party rental packages, party hosts and guests will have private access to our Picnic Shelter for an hour and a half, be able to explore the Garden, complete self-guided activities, and so much more!

Pricing for the updated rental package is $100 for members, and $200 for not-yet-members. Pricing includes private access to the Picnic Shelter, admission for all party attendants (up to 25 guests – includes host family), self-guided activities and a goodie bag for the attending children, and paper products for the party (plates, cups, napkins). After the conclusion of the “formal” rental, guests will have access to explore the rest of the Garden.

Email for additional pricing options and schedule availability. Include your name, telephone/email, the name/age of the birthday child, how many guests you expect, and your preferred dates/times.


In compliance with Virginia’s most up-to-date mandates, NBG commits to the following:

  • At this time, we are permitted to host private outdoor rentals with a maximum participant capacity of 25. This count would include the host family and all attending guests.
  • All guests and volunteers ages 5+ are required to wear a protective mask that covers the mouth and nose when entering any NBG building or structure including outdoor restrooms.
  • Our youngest visitors, “Sprouts” over the age of two, are strongly encouraged to wear a mask in compliance with current CDC health and safety recommendations.
  • Guests are asked to bring their own personal facemask. NBG has a very limited supply of disposal masks available upon request at the Guest Services desk in Baker Hall.
  • Face coverings shall also be required when patrons are outdoors if a distance of six feet from other persons, not associated with one household, cannot be maintained.
  • For all updates regarding Norfolk Botanical Garden’s COVID-19 policies and procedures, please visit:


  • Half an hour early arrival before rental time to set-up. A staff person will greet the host family at the Picnic Shelter to deliver the paper products for the party, drop off self-guided activities and goodie bags for the attending children, and answer any/all questions the host family may have. The staff person will return at the end of the party to assist with clean up.
  • Hour and a half private rental of our Picnic Shelter. An additional hour can be added to the rental for $50.00.
  • Self-guided activities and a goodie bag for each attending child.
  • Garden admission for all party attendants.


  • Please remember that you may only bring food (that doesn’t require heating or cooling), dining and serving utensils, and any other “pack in, pack out” items you may need for the party. We will provide paper plates, paper cups, and napkins for the party.
  • If you plan to decorate for the party, please notify staff of what you plan to bring. We will only permit table covers and table decorations.
  • Bluetooth speakers or other small speaker devices are permitted to play music. Outside entertaining is not permitted.
  • Norfolk Botanical Garden does not permit balloons, piñatas, or helium tanks on the property.
  • No public refrigeration is available. A cooler for ice, drinks, and leftover food is recommended.
  • You may bring your own food that can be served at room temperature. Prepared sandwich/veggie/fruit trays are highly recommended. Food and cake deliveries are NOT permitted.
  • Staff do not handle open food, assist with food preparation, nor serve guests.


In an effort to better function as an advocate for environmental stewardship, we ask that all of our birthday parties adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Single-use plastics including, but not limited to: dining utensils, plates, cups, as well as all forms of Styrofoam, are prohibited on campus.
  • Where disposables are necessary, please try to use biodegradable materials only. This includes the use of paper-based plates, cups, and napkins. Biodegradable plastic or wooden flatware is advised.
  • Recycling and trash receptacles are provided in the rental space. Please ensure that your party attendees are using the proper bins when disposing of items.
    • Items that can be recycled: aluminum cans/bakeware/foil, steel and tin cans, clear, brown, or green glass, plastics (clean), cardboard, magazines/newspapers, office paper, paperboard (ex. cereal boxes), and mixed paper.
    • Items that cannot be recycled: used napkins, tissue paper, paper towels, wax paper, wrapping paper, cardboard lined with plastic (i.e. bubble wrap boxes), waxed/waterproof cardboard, metal and cardboard containers, mirror glass, window glass, ceramic, crystal, plastic” baggies”, plastic tableware, Styrofoam containers, and plastic bottle caps.
  • Please let us know if you have any questions about the products that we prefer to be utilized in the Garden.