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birthday party FAQs

1. When can I schedule a birthday party at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center?
Scheduling is open between four (4) to six (6) months beyond the current date.

2. When do you hold birthday parties?
We hold birthday parties in several pre-selected timeslots on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays, depending on room availability. Other days/times may be requested and will be considered depending on availability.

3. What is included in my birthday party package?
The birthday party package includes a two (2) hour room rental; an Animal or Planetarium program and a 15% discount at the Wild Birds Unlimited Store located here in the Center.

4. How many people can I bring?
The maximum number of people in the room is forty (40).  We request a 1 to 4 ratio of adults to children.

5. What is the cost for my birthday party?
The cost is $300 and available to Center members only. Memberships can be purchased at the time of party registration for $60.

6. When do I pay for my birthday party?
Payment in full is due at time of scheduling.

7. What if I need to cancel my birthday party?
Party fees will be refunded, minus a $25 Service Fee, only if the Center is notified at least TWO WEEKS prior to the scheduled date of the birthday party.

8. Can I bring food?
Yes, you may. You will have access to a kitchen that includes a refrigerator and freezer (for ice or ice cream). The kitchen also has a sink, counter space for storage and prep and a SMALL microwave.

9. What else do I need to bring?
In addition to food, you may supply any favors, cake, candles, decorations (table top only), party supplies, beverages, ice, etc.

10. How will the room be setup?
Three tables with vinyl coverings and 24 chairs are set up down the center of the room.  There are two tables on the left side of the room by the kitchen (also covered with vinyl table coverings) that are ideal for food, placement of crafts or birthday presents.

11. What do I do when I come to the Center on the day of my event?
You will check-in with the Welcome Desk upon arrival. Your host(ess) will show you your room and the kitchen, answer any questions and assist you in your preparations. Your host(ess) will help you determine the timing of your Animal or Planetarium program.

12. Can I get into the room early or leave late?
The room rental time is set at two (2) hours. You may access the room 30 minutes prior to your assigned timeslot. The Center will assess a fee of $25 for each additional 15 minutes of room use after the scheduled departure time.  Depending on availability, you may extend your reserved timeslot at the above rate – please speak with your host(ess) prior to the date of the Party to schedule extended time for your Party.

13. What do I do during the birthday party?
You can play games, make a craft, open presents, eat or other activities. You are welcome to tour your guests around the Center to both the indoor Exhibit Hall and the outdoor Wildlife Garden but we ask that you be courteous of all our Center visitors (we ask that all food and beverage items stay within the party room while your guests are enjoying the Center amenities). We also have a selection of games, scavenger hunts, coloring pages and additional fun activities available for you to use during your party - these can be found here - just print what you need and bring them with you on the day!

14. What do I have to clean up?
Please remove all debris from the tables and floor, clean the kitchen and dispose of all items into the garbage cans.  If there is a mess on the floor, please ask your host(ess) for a vacuum cleaner. Your host(ess) will remove all garbage from the garbage cans. Please leave the room exactly as you found it.

15. Will I receive any paperwork after I schedule my party?
You will receive a Birthday Party Agreement form by mail.  Please return a copy to us to confirm your party booking no less than 2 weeks prior to your party. Unsigned or unreturned agreements result in canceled parties, regardless of payment made.

16. How do I schedule my birthday party?
After reading the Birthday Party FAQ’s, please call us at 440-871-2900.

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