FAQ - Birthday Parties

Can I book a party for longer than 2 hours?

Yes! Parties include 2 hours here at the farm, but additional time can be added for an extra cost. We must schedule this ahead of time, otherwise we'll likely have another event directly after yours. If you're considering a longer party, be sure to talk with us when booking!

What ages can have a party?

All ages! We most commonly do parties for younger guests, but have done quite a few "Sweet Sixteen" birthdays over the years! If you're not sure a farm party is right for you, give us a call and we'd be happy to help!

Do you book parties year round?

Yes. Parties are available to be booked year round here at the farm. Please realize that our parties are hosted outdoors, so guests will need to dress appropriately for weather.

How do I book the party?

You can book your party over the phone, by text (704-734-0809) or by emailing us: mail@SonRidgeFarm.com Once we've confirmed that we have the date/time you're interested in, the deposit can be placed over the phone or online (we'll email you the link). The deposit is deducted from your total party cost!
Example: Party costs $200, you pay the $50 deposit to book your party and only pay $150 at the event. We prefer cash for the remaining amount due at the party, but can accept Venmo or card if needed.

What type of horse riding is included?

If you have chosen a party that includes horse riding, all guests are welcome to ride. All rides are "lead line", which means each guest will be led when on the horse (regardless of age or experience level). We only use full size horses (NO ponies!) to ensure the best training, & safety for our guests. Using average "full size" horses, means we're able to ride them consistently, and also gives us the ability to have staff ride with a young child! Horses used during our parties are also used in our camps, riding lessons, & events throughout the year.

What can guests do while they're waiting to ride?

All guests are welcome to continue playing with small animals (bunnies, baby goats, or animals in the barn), lead a goat around the farm, zip-line, or play on the ninja line while waiting their turn for the horse (or after they rode). Horse riding is usually started mid-way through the party, it is not available first thing.

What type of animals will we get to see?

Our farm animals include: A mini cow, horses, mini donkeys, alpacas, dairy goats, baby goats, a mini horse, holland lop rabbits, an angora goat (looks like a sheep), a goose, chickens & mini pigs.
We also have cats and dogs at our farm, and our dalmatian is usually the hit of the party!

Do you have a "party" area?

Yes. We have picnic tables set up and available to be used. The "area" is outdoors (in front of our barn), under an area of trees. Tables & chairs available: 6 wooden picnic tables 1 wooden 4ft table 4ft & 6ft plastic tables 5-10 additional chairs You are welcome to bring lawn chairs or additional seating if needed. IF weather is an issue, tables may be moved into the barn aisle.

Can we bring food?

Yes. Most people have (at least) light snacks & cake/cupcakes. Common meals at parties include: Chick-fil-a, sandwiches, pizza, hotdogs/burgers, or crockpot style food. If you're doing food, we highly recommend eating first and then do animal activities afterwards. This will always be our plan, unless you tell us differently.

What is your refund policy? ​

Your $50 deposit books your party. All deposits are NON-REFUNDABLE. The only situation this changes, is if rainy weather will impact the event and a rain-date is unable to be scheduled. (Deposit is only available to be refunded if the decison is made 24 hours BEFORE the event date/time, due to staff already being scheduled)

What about weather?

We do host parties year-round (even in the WINTER & SUMMER!). If a storm is looking likely, you may want to ask about scheduling a rain-date. For light rain, we do provide the option of having the party in the barn. If scheduling a party in the winter, please warn guests to dress properly! (coats & gloves). Parties scheduled in the summer will have access to shade around the farm, but you will need to have coolers with iced drinks available for guests, and forewarn them they will be outdoors in the sun.

How many horses are included for riding?

Parties that include horse riding, will have 1 horse available for rides. This will allow the children to have 1 ride each. If you're wanting children to have longer horse rides, or multiple rides, consider adding an additional horse on. (Ask us for pricing when you're booking the party) An additional horse can also be added as the "birthday horse" and will allow the birthday child to ride for as long as they'd like!

Can we decorate?

Yes. We recommend keeping it simple, though, as parties are fully outdoors here.

Tips for decorating:

  • If you’re doing tablecloths, be sure to bring “clips” (or strong tape) to put around the corners & edges.
  • For tabletop decorations, be sure to use heavy items or something you can weigh down. Light weight or paper type decorations will just fall or blow away.
  • Most parties do tablecloths and a few other decorations. Simple is fine, remember the party is outdoors and the kids will be spending most of the time playing!