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Birthday Parties

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.

Base Package

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
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Mini Golf

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.

Sand Art

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)
  • Chips
  • Scoop ice cream

Suggested Itinerary

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.

Pricing

Base Package

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!

Additional Options

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 (minimum 10 children)

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.
Questions before you book? Email us at events@desertofmaine.com