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Planning Guidelines

Here are some things to keep in mind when planning a birthday party at Lebanon Hills Visitor Center.

Food
Party food and drinks are the responsibility of the party organizer. Bring a cooler to store beverages, ice cream, cake, etc. (A refrigerator/freezer is not available.) There will be time after the park naturalist’s activity for refreshments; please no eating/drinking during the activity. Waste reduction tip: Buy snack food in bulk to reduce packaging and use reusable containers for food.

Decorations
The Lebanon Hills Visitor Center is a beautiful building with large windows that provide an exquisite view of the natural surroundings. Party decorations are optional. If you choose to use decorations, consider using decorations that minimize waste and prevent damage to the environment whenever possible.

Waste reduction tip: Make cookies with holes and tie them up with string or yarn, ask guests to bring along a small stuffed animal to add to the nature theme or make garland of berries and popcorn in advance (garland can be used as food for wildlife after the party).

Please note the following are not allowed: throwing confetti or rice; using tape on the walls, tables or chairs; or, tethering or releasing balloons outdoors.

Dress appropriately
Parties include inside and outside activities. To make your party most enjoyable, all participants (including chaperones) should dress for the weather including: hiking boots or sturdy shoes (no open-toed sandals or dress shoes) rain gear, hats, etc.

Chaperones
Up to 15 children are allowed. Adult chaperones at the ratio of 1 adult per 10 children are required. Group leaders or chaperones may be asked to help with party preparation, logistics and supervision. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Arrival
You may arrive for set-up up to one-half hour before your party.

Gifts
You may store gifts in a private area during your party. Dakota County staff is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.

Waste reduction tip: Make gift wrap out of old posters, maps, comics, home sewn cloth bags, magazine or catalog pages, handkerchiefs, T-shirts or other clothing item that can double as part of the gift.

Organizer responsibilities
The party organizer is responsible for refreshments, favors, gifts and decorations. In addition, the party organizer is responsible for returning the Discovery Room to its original condition immediately following the party. An additional cleaning fee will be assessed to the party organizer if cleaning is not completed.

Last updated: 1/14/2014 7:33 AM