WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
We are located in Helena, Alabama. Approximately 20 miles south of Birmingham and centralized to Montevallo, Calera, Alabaster, Pelham, Hoover and other surrounding areas. We are conveniently just on the outskirts of the main drag in Helena directly on Highway 17, approximately a mile and a half past Publix and Walmart Marketplace.
HOW MUCH DOES A PARTY COST?
A party is an all-inclusive $300. This means you show up with your food, cake, and paper products and the rest is done for you! Venue, entertainment, AND decorations!
CAN I DECORATE ON MY OWN?
You do not have to use our decorations at all. You are more than welcome to use our decorations as a base and add to them with your own personalized touches, or you can arrive to a bare barn and start from scratch. Your preference!
HOW LONG DOES A PARTY LAST?
As long as you'd like! Although we advertise in 2-hour time slots, a party can be booked for longer increments at the rate of $100 per additional hour. *Should you decide to book our middle of the day time slot, adding additional time will result in purchasing two full reservations. However time may be added to the beginning of a 10:00-12:00 slot or the end of a 5:00-7:00 slot for the additional $100 per hour.
IS THERE A LIMIT ON NUMBER OF GUESTS?
No! Did you hear that? No limit on kids and no additional cost for adding a few more! For weddings, we like to stay under 300 people and for birthday parties surpassing this number is rarely an issue.
WHAT KIND OF SEATING DO YOU OFFER?
We currently have four 6-seater picnic tables (which can host at least 8-10 small children each) that are included in your decoration package, 8 6-seater picnic tables (hosting 10-12 children each) and 3 stand-around bar height wooden round tables with no chairs. There are also 3 wooden 12-ft benches surrounding the firepit.
For serving purposes, we offer a bar style table.
CAN I ARRIVE EARLY TO SET UP MY THINGS?
Yes you can! We allow each party to arrive 30 minutes before set party time and don't require them to leave until 30 minutes after their party has ended. This means that if you book a 10-12 time slot, the farm is technically reserved for your use from 9:30-12:30.
*We do ask that ONLY the hosting family arrive early, as the animals will not be supervised by a Griffin Farms employee until party start time.
WHAT IS A PARTY AT HELENA HOLLOW LIKE?
A party at our farm is exactly like giving your children and his or her friends a taste of what it's like to grow up on a farm. The only portion of a Helena Hollow Farm party that is monitored and directed by our staff is the feeding of the animals...which is done whenever you are ready!
There is no schedule and no set series of events. The animals are stalled and remain present and accessible for the entire 2-hour duration. Children can run freely in the grassy barnyard area and play with any of our several yard games.
WHAT ENTERTAINMENT IS OFFERED?
Our animals are our most important entertainment. Feeding the animals takes approximately 10-15 minutes. Petting them and enjoying them can take as long as you'd like.
We also offer a Jumbo Jenga set, a barn ball toss, jumbo tic-tac-toe, and a ring around the horsey game.
DO YOU DO EVENTS OTHER THAN BIRTHDAY PARTIES?
Absolutely! We do all sorts of events here at the farm. No celebration is out of the question. We've hosted baby showers, wedding showers, family reunions, corporate events, meet & greets, concerts, and the list goes on! *However, as of 2020 we no longer do actual wedding ceremonies.
WHAT DOES THE VENUE LOOK LIKE?
Our venue is a 3,000 square foot pole barn. Please realize 3,000 is bigger than most 3 bedroom/ 2 bath garden homes. It's BIG! All 4 sides are enclosed and protected from the elements, however the barn does host 4 12-foot sliding barn doors and 8 large windows so nice weather can be enjoyed under the shade of our tin roof. 8 ceiling fans keep the barn a significant amount cooler in the summer, and 4 electric heaters plus 4 patio heaters and fire pit keep things nice and cozy in the winter months. Both animals and guests are contained under a barn roof, so even in less than perfect weather, parties must go on!
WHAT DO I DO IF THE WEATHER DOESN'T COOPERATE?
As mentioned in the question above, everyone and everything we offer can be housed under a roof. However, should there be snow, storms or unbearable heat in the forecast and you decide conditions aren't up to par, we allow cancellation with no additional monies owed up until 10 days before your scheduled event and don't mind applying your original $150 deposit towards a different date for the future, but it is not refundable.
IS THERE A RESTROOM?
Of course there is! Located conveniently beside the barn.
DOES THE BARN HAVE ELECTRICITY?
Yes! The barn is very well lit with 9 internal lights and Christmas lights lining its entire perimeter. There are 3 separate outlet locations for your use as well.