Pack a picnic lunch and a blanket and you are all set to join Once Upon a Dream Performances for our summer fun! Each picnic date has different princesses! Enjoy live entertainment and visits from your favorite royalty while you eat. Good old-fashioned summer fun for the family! Choose just one date, or attend them all!
General reservations are only $15 for each person 3 and older. Reservations will open on May 5th. At the door pricing will be higher. In the case of event cancellation due to rain or inclement weather such as a high heat index, reservations are fully transferable to another date. An additional rain date will be added if needed. No refunds will be offered.
Each picnic date will take place inside the "Children's Garden" at Klehm Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 2715 S. Main St. Rockford, IL 61102. Please park by the "Fountain Garden" and follow the signs to find us.
Make your General Admission Reservations, and then choose your add-on packages for even more magical memories!
General Admission ($15 per person 3 years and older) Includes: -11am-1pm or 6-8pm (depending on your chosen date) "Picnic with a Princess Event" -All day access to Klehm Arboretum
Ultimate Family Experience! ($200 best value) Includes: -4 General Admission tickets to one "Picnic with a Princess" event -Pretty as a Picnic reserved seating -1 Princess and Me Photo Shoot reservation with a free 8x10 print -2 Bubbles and Butterflies Packages
Princess and Me Photo Shoot ($35 per child or family) Includes: -Admission to the "Princess and Me" Photo Shoot one hour before event start time. -1 picture with the group of princesses at the event, taken by our professional photographer -free digital download of the picture -Limited reservation available! Please note: This package does not include reservations to the actual event. Those must be purchased in addition to the photo package. You may use this photo shoot as a family or individual shoot. If a family or siblings wishes to be together for the group princess picture, it is is only $35. If you want each child or family member to get their own picture with the group of princesses, then you will need to purchase a reservation for each child.
Princess and Me 8x10 Keepsake Photo ($5) includes: -1 8x10 Keepsake photo of the picture taken at the Princess and Me Photo Session. *This is an add on package. "Princess and Me Photo Session" Package must also be purchased in order to use this.
Pretty as a Picnic Seating ($65) includes: -Reserved ground seating for up to 4 people. -Fit for royalty! Picture a beautiful lace or gingham throw on the grass, with real china for your use, vintage decor, and fun cloth drapings to section off your area. *Does not include admission to the event. This is an add on package.
Butterflies and Bubbles ($30 per child) includes: -1 beautiful child size set of costume butterfly wings in either pink or purple. These flow beautifully in the wind and are controlled by your child's arms! -1 fun butterfly bubble trumpet with extra bubbles for blowing. Make the garden area an enchanted fairyland with your child's bubble magic! *You get to keep these items! Yay! *This is an add on package. Does not include admission to the event.
Children's Boxed Lunch ($10) Catered by Penguin Foods. Not available on Memorial Day. Includes: Heart shaped ham and cheese sandwich on white bread Fruit Wand Cupcake with princess decoration Cup with goldfish crackers Mayo/Mustard Packets Clear Container wrapped with ribbon Utensils
Adult Box Lunch ($15) Catered by Penguin Foods. Not available on Memorial Day. Includes: Turkey Sandwich on Bun with lettuce and cheese Fruit Salad Potato Salad Carrots/Celery Dessert Mayo/Mustard Packets White Box Container Utensils
Princess Tent Rental ($55) includes: Rental of a magical castle tent for your little princess! Setup and tear down of tent taken care of by our royal staff. Can fit up to 3 children.
Here is the line-up for our "Picnic with a Princess" series: - Memorial Day (May 29th) from 11-1pm: Polynesian Princess, Tinker Fairy, Snow Princess, Cinderella and Snow Queen - Thursday, June 29th from 6-8pm: Polynesian Princess, Woman of Wonder, Snow Queen, Snow Princess, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White and Tinker Fairy
Please be advised that there are minimal picnic tables available. Most of the seating is grass seating. Feel free to bring your own chairs if ground seating is not preferred. Alcohol is prohibited.
General Admission check in begins at 11. Check in at 10am begins for those who purchase the Princess and Me Photo Shoot.
Directions: Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden - 2715 S. Main St., Rockford, IL 61102 - From I-90 and U.S. Business 20 (E. State St.), west on Business 20 to downtown Rockford. After crossing the Rock River, turn left on Church St., IL 2. Follow IL 2, which will join S. Main St. to the Arboretum on the right at Clifton Ave. From the south and west: follow U.S. Bypass 20 to S. Main (IL 2); go north on S. Main to the Arboretum on the left at Clifton.