Enjoy the Moment
We have all been to birthday parties hosted indoors--the blinking lights, the strip mall vibe, the kids bouncing off the walls. The Desert of Maine is a beautiful natural setting that is big enough to contain kids' excitement, allowing adults to relax and enjoy the special moments.
All birthday parties at the Desert include:
Desert Tent - 1 hour rental of our 20'x40' wedding-style tent which overlooks the dunes
Tables, chairs, tablecloths, plates, cups, and plasticware for up to 80 guests
A 120qt cooler with ice
Access to a cart for carrying stuff to the tent
Access to the dunes - Access includes all features and exhibits such as Gemstone Village, the Fossil Dig, the Natural Playground for up to 2 hours
Staff - One staff member will be available to help with setup, serving, and logistics before, during, and after the party
Gems - Kids can find up to 3 gems in Gemstone Village and take them home
Enjoy 18 holes of the newly constructed Hermit's Adventure Golf opening early- to mid-June! This course is fun and engaging for kids--a perfect activity that everyone will remember.
Our sand art activity is a hands-on, guided craft that teaches kids to make a beautiful sand art bottle from naturally-colored Desert sand. Kids can take home their sand art as a keepsake! We do this activity in the Desert Tent after kids are done eating.
Food and Drinks
You have the option of pre-ordering discounted food and drinks from the Oasis Snack Bar:
Grilled hot dogs
Drinks (organic juice boxes, bottled water, or canned beverages)
Scoop ice cream
Our suggested itinerary is as follows:
Organizer arrives 30 minutes before to set up
Kids arrive and play on the playground for the first 15 minutes
Go to Gemstone Village or the Fossil Dig for 30 - 45 minutes
Spend an hour in the Desert Tent eating, opening presents, doing a sand art craft (optional), and socializing
Go back to the playground for parent pick up and departures
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I bring my own food?
Yes! We will even help you move it to the tent and set up
How long can guest stay at the Desert?
2 hours, including the 1 hour rental of the Desert Tent, give or take
What happens if we're rained out?
When you book your party, we will ask you for a rain date. We will do our best to reschedule your party as close to your desired rain date as possible.
What if I'm not sure how many kids will be coming?
Just let us know your best estimate for planning purposes and we can true up the numbers a week before the event when we send the final invoice.
Base package - $300
Access to the dunes, Activity Tent rental for up to 10 children. $15 per each additional child.
Note: Activity Tent rental is a privilege reserved for members. If you are not yet a member, individual memberships can be purchased for as little as $50. Learn more here. Most people upgrade to a Family membership so they can use it after the party!
Mini golf - $8-$9/person
18 holes at our new adventure mini golf course opening in early- to mid-June
Sand art - $5/person
A hands-on, guided craft that kids can take home as a keepsake
Ice cream - $4/person
Small ice cream + 1 topping
Hot dog + potato chips + drinks - $5/person
Grilled hot dog + drink (organic juice box, bottled water, canned beverage)
You can buy hot dogs and drinks for just the kids, or kids and adults!
Ready to Book?
If you are ready to book your party, click the "Book Now" below to fill out our Birthday Party inquiry form and we will follow-up with an invoice for a 50% deposit to secure your date.