School Party Program Policies

The School Party Program features special, limited-capacity amusement park operations reserved for school groups to celebrate the end of the school year. You will be visiting the park alongside other school groups.

Event Dates: The 2023 School Party Program dates are June 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, and 13 only. A limited number of Ride Bracelets are available on each event date and are allocated on a strict first-come, first-served basis.

Event Time: Gates open and check-in begins at 9 AM; do not arrive before 9 AM. The rides operate from 10 AM to 2 PM. Rides will stop promptly at 2 PM regardless of where your students are in line. You must vacate the park promptly when the rides close.

Reservations: Reservation requests must be made through our online request form. Completion of the request form does not guarantee your reservation. You will be contacted by our staff to finalize your reservation. Reservations requested less than 28 days in advance will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of 50% of your estimated total is required to make a reservation.

Credit Card Authorization Form: In order to set your reservation, you must complete and submit a Credit Card Authorization Form to be kept on file through the date of your visit. You may pay using another means, but a valid credit card form to keep on file must be provided even when paying by cash or check, no exceptions. The credit card on file must have an expiration date that falls after the date of your scheduled visit.

Agreement: A signed Event Reservation Form acknowledging your final order is due 7 business days before your scheduled visit.

Payment: The balance of your event fee is due 7 business days before the event date. If another form of payment has not been received by the due date, the card on file will automatically be charged the balance. We no longer accept POs.

Check-in and Bracelet Pick-Up: Only the primary contact or on-site group leader listed on the signed Event Reservation form may check in your group and receive your Ride Bracelets. Once final payment has been received, advance pickup options will be emailed to the primary contact listed on the signed Event Reservation form. You do not have to pick your bracelets up before the event date; you always have the option of picking up your Ride Bracelets when you arrive at the park on the day of your group's visit.

Ride Bracelets: Ride Bracelets include all of the rides for which the wearer meets the height and safety requirements. Rider requirements and restrictions vary by ride; please visit our Ride Guide for details. You are responsible for distributing bracelets to your group. Many rides require an adult to ride with children under a given height; see the Ride Guide for more information. Rides with a maximum height limit of 48" or less may not be available during School Party Program dates. Ride Bracelets are non-refundable and non-transferable, no exceptions. School Party Program Bracelets are valid on the day of your reservation only. School Party Program Bracelets cannot be used on standard operating days. Roller skating, mini golf, games, concessions, and merchandise are not included with Ride Bracelets.

Additional Attractions and Activities: The concession stands, games, mini golf course, and gift shop will be open during the School Party Program; separate fees apply. Mini golf is subject to hourly capacity limitations. Students may only enter the Gift Shop when accompanied by a chaperone and large bags are not allowed in the store. Hours may vary from the ride hours. Long wait times should be expected at the concession stands. The Roller Rink is closed during school parties.

Chaperones: Everyone who is riding must have a Ride Bracelet, including chaperones. Chaperones do not receive free bracelets; bracelets for your chaperones must be included in the bracelet purchase for your group.

Non-riders: Individuals who will not be riding the rides are welcome to enter the park at no charge. The anticipated number of non-riders attending with your group must be included in your signed Event Reservation form.

Student Supervision: You are responsible for supervising your students and ensuring that our park rules are obeyed and our staff and grounds are respected. Students must be chaperoned at all times, regardless of age or perceived independence. Any students who violate our rules and expectations will have their Ride Bracelet confiscated, without refunds, and be remanded to school staff for the remainder of the day. You are responsible for the security of your student's possessions; Oaks Park does not have storage facilities available for backpacks, lunches, etc.

Public Picnic Tables: A limited amount of free first-come, first-served picnic tables are available. The location of the public-use picnic tables can be seen at our map. You must clean up after your students and leave the tables and surrounding grass/pavement free of trash and ready for the next group to use when you are done. All other tables are part of rentable picnic areas and may only be accessed by the group that has contracted and paid for their use. All tents, gazebos, and other structures are part of the rented areas and may not be accessed except by the group that has rented it for the day. Tables on the midway are reserved for guests with concession stand purchases.

Picnic Areas Rentals: A limited number of reservable picnic areas are available (separate fees apply). Rentals must be arranged in advance at the time the reservation is requested. The rentable picnic areas are only available between 9 AM and 2 PM during the School School Party Program. Picnic area rental policies apply.

Food/Beverages: Food provided by your school's Nutrition Services and homemade food are welcome. You may also select a caterer from Oaks Park's preferred caterer list to provide food for your group, or Oaks Park offers meal vouchers and pizza (pre-order only; separate fees apply). Oaks Park's midway concessions will also be open for individuals to make purchases. You are welcome to bring your own non-alcoholic beverages or individual beverages are available for purchase at the concession stands. Bottled beverages are also available to purchase by the case (pre-order only). Outside caterers are not permitted during school parties; any source other than your school's Nutrition Services, a grocery store, a preferred caterer, or homemade food is considered outside catering, even if you are picking it up or having it dropped off. Outside pizza is prohibited. Alcohol is strictly prohibited.

Parking: Parking is available in the first-come, first-served parking lots. Starting in 2023, Oaks Park will charge a nominal fee for parking, payable at self-service parking meters. Complimentary bus parking is available when arranged in advance.

Weather: Oaks Park is open rain or shine. With the exception of the Big Pink Slide, rides operate in the rain. There are no refunds, exchanges, or rain checks due to the weather.

Ride Maintenance: There are no refunds or price reductions if a ride is closed for maintenance during all or part of your visit.

Refunds and Cancellations: Cancellations made more than 7 business days before the reservation date will result in forfeiture of the 50% deposit; funds beyond the deposit are eligible for a refund. There are no refunds within 7 business days of the reservation date.

Guest Guidelines: Our general guest guidelines apply.

Disclaimer: In the case that registration numbers for the selected date fall below the operational threshold, the reservation may be reassigned to an alternate date. If an alternate date cannot be agreed upon, a full refund of the purchase will be available.


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