Barnyard Fun! Visiting with our farm a dates and times not listed. You will receive a confirmation email once we receive your reservations; it contains important reminders about your party, as well as an email to send to all invited guests that includes instructions for parking, the required Waiver, and Farm Rules. </p><p>Full payment is due online at the time of reservation: Visa and MasterCard are accepted. </p><p> </p>
In the event of a thunderstorm or extreme weather, parties may be rescheduled for another available day and time. Sorry, there are no refunds.
Important! Please Read Before Reserving Your Party!
For a 12:30 to 2:30 PM party. Please note all times are meant to be approximate! Some days the horse rides may be during the first part of the party; other days they may be during the last hour. We have seventeen animals and things can come up unexpectedly on a farm!
12 Noon: The hostess arrives to set up the cake, drinks, etc.
12:30 to 12:50: Guests arrive and sign waivers.
1:15 to 2:00: Horse Rides in the arena led on a lead rope by our staff, one or two horses at a time. Helmets are required and will be provided.
12:50 to 2:00: Guests may visit with the farm animals, do a craft, eat pizza or snacks you bring, and play in the back pasture. Balls and hula hoops are available. Note: you may want to be prepared to lead the children in simple games in the play pasture, such as Duck-Duck Goose, Mother May I, Simon Says, and so on.
2:00: Sing Happy Birthday and serve cake!
2:15: Paint a Horse! Guests hand paint one of the horses!
2:30: Guests Depart.
2:50: Hostess departs after gathering presents, things she brought
Upon placing your online reservation, you will be sent an email with these items. Please forward them to your guests before the party, so they know what to expect!
Letter to Hostess
Letter to Guest and Waiver
Farm Rules: Parents are to supervise their children and be sure they are following these rules at all times.
Welcome to Magnolia Farm! We are so excited you are here to enjoy our farm and farm animals! As this is a farm, not a playground or your back yard, we have rules that are unique to farms and are very important be followed for everyone’s safety. We care very much about the safety of your children. Of course you, as parents, care even MORE about your child’s safety. Therefore, we know you will be even more vigilant than our staff in ensuring your child, other guests, and you follow our Farm Rules!
About Horses: Horses, and all of our farm animals, are animals of prey. Therefore, they are keenly aware of small movements, especially ones that are new, on the entire property. They are even aware of the "moods,” actions and reactions of people and other animals on the property. A running child or sheep, a ball flying in the air, a waiving balloon, a crying baby, an argumentative adult, any sudden movement, loud noise or yell; or anything unfamiliar could make a horse think there is danger near by. Their response to danger is “fight or flight,” which could be to kick, to make a startled jerk, to rear up, or to gallop away! Horses weigh over 1000 pounds; so while a well trained horse will respond to commands, clearly no adult could control a horse that is spooked. Therefore a spooked horse could put the life of a child, guests or staff members at risk if they are standing near the horse or riding the horse at the time.
Many of our Farm Rules are designed to prevent horses from being spooked. Every farm rule is important for our guests' and staffs' safety while at the farm. All guests are required follow the rules. Parents are to supervise their children at all times. Our staff will remind guests to follow the rules as well. The rules are to be followed on the entire property, including the Parking Pasture! Individuals who are unwilling or unable to follow the rules, or are argumentative or disrespectful to staff, may be asked to leave, without a refund.
We are happy to answer questions about the rules prior to your visit. We also have included a video on Farm Animal Safety, below, for you and your children to watch before your visit. We encourage you to research safety around horses and farm animals on the internet prior to your visit. During your visit, we need all adults present to be supportive of the rules and assist us in enforcing them.
Birthday Party Parents: You will set the tone and example for all your guests; so it is extra important that you follow the rules. It is your responsibility to ensure your guests and their children follow the rules.
In the event that the birthday child’s parents insist on modifying the rules, fail to enforce the rules among guest, or are unsupportive or argumentative with staff regarding the rules or the staffs’ enforcement of the rules before or during a party, the party will be canceled. No refund will be made.
No running on the entire property; including parents running to their car to get their camera! Besides the possibility of spooking a horse, we have large areas of gravel so that trucks may access the barn. Unlike the shavings at a playground, gravel makes it easy to fall and is painful to fall on and can cause cuts or fractures. We also have dry ditches and uneven terrain throughout the property, because we are a farm, not a playground! Adults and children need to watch where they are going and not run. Our terrain may not be suitable for all individuals.
No chasing or causing the sheep, pigs or goats to run.
No yelling or loud noise, including parents yelling for children to be quiet, because this could spook a horse.
Gates are to be kept closed immediately after passing through. Guests won't have much fun with the horses and farm animals if they have all run away:) Host or hostesses that do now want to close the gate after driving their car through will need to park in the field and carry items to the barn. Hosts/Hostesses may bring their car to the barn area thirty minutes before the start time of their party, but must return it to the Parking Pasture 10 minutes before guests arrive so children are not in the drive at the same time as the car is moving. The hostess may bring her car back to the barn area after all the children have left.
No feeding the animals, as they are on special diets.
No hand feeding the animals, as fingers can look like a carrot!
No climbing on fences or trees.
No throwing rocks or carrying sticks, as this too could spook a horse. Balls may be thrown in the Playing Pasture, behind the barns; NOT in sight of the arena while the horses are being ridden.
Goat Petting Area: Parents are to accompany their child into the goat petting area. Please turn off your cell phone, stay close to your child and pay attention! All of our animals have teeth; and our goats have horns. That said, the goats love to be brushed, but parents need to be watchful, especially with children age 3 and under.
Sheep and Pigs: Are very shy. If they run away, it means you are too close. Children that repeatedly make them run will need to leave the petting area.
Bunnies: Are kept in a cage inside a stall in the Creativity Barn. How to enter: Parents will need to assist young children, and make sure older children are following this procedure: Outer stall door is to be opened; two children enter. Stall door is closed and locked. The two children unlock the inside pen/enter the inside pen/lock the inside pen. The process is reversed to exit. The bunnies are NOT to be let loose in the stall!
Parents are to be sure their child washes their hands after touching all animals and before eating.
Restricted Areas: The Main Barn: guests are not allowed in the main barn unless accompanied by staff. The area right behind the main barn: staff only.
The port a potty is located on the creek side of the barn.
The following items are not permitted: Alcohol, smoking or tobacco, weapons, fires, fireworks or sparklers, trick candles, balloons, kites, glass or pets. Candles and matches are to be extinguished in a cup of water. The shavings and hay that are throughout the guest area are highly flammable.
Proper dress attire: Closed toe shoes are to be worn by all guests.
Additional Rules not mentioned here presented by staff are to be followed.
While horses are in the arena, the area from the arena to the barn is not a playing area. Guests are not permitted in this area, except to access the port a potty. The "waiting area" near the arena and the barn is for the current rider and their family only. The riding order will be assigned and posted on a list, so there is no need for anyone to sit close to the arena in "line", as there is no line! Please enjoy the many other activities on the farm until we call your child to approach the arena.
Guests and children should be extra still and quiet near the arena as not to spook the horses, which is part of the reason only the rider and their family is allowed in this area.
Climbing on the arena gate or fence, kicking the sand in front or inside of the arena is not permitted.
Riding attire: Closed toe shoes with a heal. Long pants. Nothing dangling. Helmet (we will provide.)
Children should wait to enter the arena until instructed by staff. Helmets are provided and required to be worn.
Parents are not permitted in the arena, except in rare cases for very young children or those with special needs. Staff shall determine which parents may enter. Staff’s decisions are final.
No picture taking or cell phone use is allowed inside the arena by guests.
Each rider will have a “photo opportunity” in which we will stop the horse close to the parent’s so a great picture may be taken.
Crying, upset children, or upset, argumentative, or angry adults are not permitted in the arena waiting area, as they may spook the horse. Upset children, and adults! should go to the Playing Pasture behind the barn until they can compose themselves.
Please watch this video on Livestock Safety with your child before your visit; and be sure to share it, along with our Farm Rules, with other guests! Thank you for doing your part to make everyone's visit to our farm as safe as possible by knowing and enforcing our Farm Rules among your children and guests!
Warning: Under Georgia law, an equine activity sponsor or professional is not liable for an injury to or the death of a participant in equine activities resulting from the inherent risks of equine activities, pursuant to Chapter 12 of Title 4 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated.