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Birthday Party Frequently Asked Questions

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How long are the parties?
Gymnastics, Fort, & Sports Parties are 1.5 hours long and theme parties are 2 hours long.


Can I add more time to the party?
The parties are scheduled according to space availability and staff, so no additional time can be added to the party. 


How early can I get there to set up?
You can arrive 10-15 minutes before the start of the party.   The party hosts will be there to assist you. We ask that the party area is packed up within 10 minutes of the party’s completion.


Can I bring my own games/crafts/party favors?
If you let us know in advance what games you would like to play, we can usually accommodate you. If it is a game that requires ‘props’ (i.e., foam noodles) that we do not normally provide and you can supply them for use at the party, we will do our best to incorporate that activity.


Can we put up decorations?
The party area can be decorated, but no decorations can hang from the ceiling. Glue, tacks and tape are not permitted on the walls. You can provide balloons that can be tied to a chair or table, or tabletop decorations. If you would like to purchase specific theme-related tablecloths, our tables are 6’ in length.


What kind of cake do we get?
We provide you with a delicious birthday cake from DeEtta’s Bakery. Cake options include cupcakes, a large donut cake, or a chocolate chip cookie cake.


Do we need to bring plates, cups, and napkins?
We will provide you with white plates, cups, napkins, utensils, and candles. If you would like themed plates, cups, and napkins, you are welcome to provide those.


Can we have a piñata?
The only type of piñata we can allow is the “pull string” piñata. For safety reasons, we will not allow piñatas that require swinging an item to break it open.


Can we bring in food?
You may provide additional small snacks, drinks, or dessert, but no outside catering is permitted.  Aurelio's Pizza can be ordered through the party coordinator for an additional cost (not available for Chef Parties). We do not have a refrigerator to store cold items. No alcoholic beverages are permitted.


Can parents of guests stay at the party?
Due to space limitations, we ask that only a minimum number of parents stay. In order to ensure a fun and memorable party for the children, parents of guests are welcome to wait in the lounge on the second floor at the 95th St Center. For Fort Hill parties, there are viewing areas outside The Fort and Gymnastics Center.


Can I cancel once I’ve scheduled a party?
The signed contract and party payment are due within seven (7) days of placing the hold. Parties cancelled up to two weeks prior to the party date will receive a 50% refund, or be rescheduled. Anything less than two weeks’ notice is non-refundable.


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Funds raised through the Naperville Parks Foundation support the Naperville Park District’s Fee Assistance Program. The Naperville Parks Foundation supports the recreation needs and desires of the residents of Naperville – encouraging health and wellness, fitness, family time, and fun. The Foundation supports the mission of making recreation of all kinds accessible to everyone across the community, regardless of socioeconomic circumstances.

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On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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