BIRTHDAY PARTIES AT SANDOWAY

Does your little explorer love sharks and nature? Have their birthday party at Sandoway Discovery Center!

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Rental Procedure:

Birthday parties are hosted weekends, SEPT-MAY only. Parties are approximately 3 hours. No more than a total of 30 individuals are allowed in the party room (this includes adults and children) and we require a minimum of 10 individuals in a party! In addition to the room use, groups are able to select up to four animal activities for their party! (see below)
A group representative must complete and submit a Birthday Party Reservation Form at least 15 days prior to the event. Rentals will be approved on a first-come-first-served basis, depending on availability.
Facility staff will review the request, and contact you as soon as possible. If the day is available a site meeting will be set up.

At the time of the site meeting, a $100 non-refundable deposit is due. Payment can be made by check, credit card or cash. The Facility Rental Policies and Procedures will be reviewed and the Facility User Agreement/Permit will be signed by both parties and issued to the group representative.

Activities

Crystal Talk

Guests will get an up close and personal encounter with the nature centers resident Blue and Gold Macaw. Note: No guests will be able to touch Crystal.)

Maggie Encounter​

Birthday boy/girl will have a chance to feed and walk Maggie, our resident Gopher Tortoise, while guests learn fun and interesting facts about one of Florida’s “Species of Special Concern”. (Note: Guests will be able to touch Maggie.)

Gigi Encounter

Birthday boy/girl will have a chance to feed and walk Gigi, our resident Box Turtle, while guests learn fun and interesting facts about one of Florida’s “Species of Special Concern”. (Note: Guests will be able to touch Gigi.)

Freshwater Turtle Encounter

Birthday boy/girl will have a chance to feed and watch our resident freshwater turtles while learning fun and interesting facts about them. (Note: Guests will be able to touch the turtles.)

Snake and Lizard Encounter​

Birthday boy/girl will get to hold our resident Corn Snake while learning fun and interesting facts about snakes and lizards. (Note: Guests will be able to hold the snake but not the lizards.)

Shark Tooth Necklace Craft

Guests get a chance to create their own shark tooth necklace. (Additional cost: $5.00 per necklace)

Touch Tank

Guests will get an up close and personal experience with some marine invertebrates such as urchins and sea stars. Guests will have the chance to touch the animals.

Shell Talk​

Guests will learn about shells and other things such as mermaids purses, whelk egg cases, etc. found in the ocean.

Stingray Touch Tank

The Sting Ray Touch Tank is currently  off exhibit.

Alligator Meet and Greet​

Guests will get to learn about our resident alligator Chomp and have a chance to touch him. 

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Rental Procedure:

  • A group representative must complete and submit a Facility Rental Reservation Form at least 15 days prior to the event. Rentals will be approved on a first come-first served basis, depending on availability.
  • Facility staff will review the request, and if the requested space is available, a site meeting will be held between the facility manager and the group representative no later than 5 days after the booking.
  • At the time of the site meeting, a $100 non-refundable deposit is due. Payment can be made by check, credit card or cash. The Facility Rental Policies and Procedures will be reviewed and the Facility User Agreement/Permit will be signed by both parties and issued to the group representative.
  • The day of the event after the clean-up is completed, a walk-through with a facility staff member and the representative will be conducted to ensure the facility is left in the condition it was found. The permitee will be required to pay additional fees for any damage or additional cleaning, or if the rental room is not vacated by the end of the permitted rental time.
Cost / payment

A $50 non-refundable deposit is due the day of the site meeting. Payment must be in the form of cash, check or credit card. Checks must be payable to: Sandoway Discovery Center. The cost of the room is $50 per hour. WE have no minimum requirement but our maximum capacity is 30 people.

Parking

Parking is located off of Ingraham Ave. on the south-side of the Center. Please make sure to get a parking pass from the attendant inside the Center to leave on the dashboard of your car. Free parking is provided for a limited number of cars. We only have 10 spaces in our parking lot. Carpooling is highly recommended.

Additional policies
  • It is the group’s responsibility to set-up before and clean-up after the facility rental, during the permitted rental time.
  • Due to limited space, groups will not be allowed to store items for the event at the facility prior to or after the event.
  • Food/Drink is allowed ONLY in the permitted room.
  • Groups may not nail, staple, or alter any walls, doors or any area of the facility. Please report any damaged equipment prior to start of birthday party.
  • The facility only provides the permitted space, (8) 6”x2.5” tables and (30) chairs. All other items, such as food, decorations, and supplies, must be provided by the user. Sorry, the facility does not have a kitchenette or items such as tape, utensils, copy machine, cooler, etc. available for use.
Cancellation policy

Cancellation of a facility rental more than 10 days in advance shall be refunded the $50 deposit in full (please allow 3 weeks for reimbursement). Cancellation of a facility rental less than 10 days in advance will not be given a refund, but will be allowed to reschedule within 90 days.

Directions from the north:

I-95 to Atlantic Ave.

East on Atlantic to A1A (S. Ocean Blvd.)

South (right) on A1A, 2 blocks past Sandoway Park sign.

Then right onto Ingraham Ave and turn right into lot.

Direction from the south:

I-95 to Linton Blvd.

East on Linton to A1A (S. Ocean Blvd.)

North (left) on A1A to Ingraham Ave.

Make a left onto Ingraham Ave. and immediately turn right into our lot.

Building rules
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • No running
  • No yelling or disruptive behavior
  • No gum anywhere in the building
  • No climbing or standing on the exhibits or railings
  • No tapping on animal enclosure or tanks
  • Shirt and shoes required

Sandoway Discovery Center Birthday Party Rental Policies and Procedures

Birthday Party Procedure:

  • A group representative must complete and submit a Birthday Party Reservation Form at least 15 days prior to the event. Birthday parties will be approved on a first come-first served basis, depending on availability.
  • Facility staff will review the request, and if the requested space is available, a site meeting will be held between the facility manager and the group representative no later than 5 days after the booking.
  • At the time of the site meeting, a $100 non-refundable deposit is due. Payment can be made by check, credit card or cash. The Birthday Party Rental Policies and Procedures will be reviewed and the Facility User Agreement/Permit will be signed by both parties and issued to the group representative.
  • The day of the event after the clean-up is completed, a walk-through with a facility staff member and the representative will be conducted to ensure the facility is left in the condition it was found. The permitee will be required to pay additional fees for any damage or additional cleaning, or if the rental room is not vacated by the end of the permitted rental time.
Cost / payment

A $100 non-refundable deposit is due the day of the site meeting. Payment must be in the form of cash, check or credit card. Checks must be payable to: Sandoway Discovery Center. Individual fee payment is due on the day of the party and is $10 per person. We require a minimum of 10 individuals in a party group and our maximum is 30 people which includes children and adults!

Parking

Parking is located off of Ingraham Ave. on the south-side of the Center. Please make sure to get a parking pass from the attendant inside the Center to leave on the dashboard of your car. Free parking is provided for a limited number of cars. We only have 10 spaces in our parking lot. Carpooling is highly recommended.

Direction from the south:

I-95 to Linton Blvd.

East on Linton to A1A (S. Ocean Blvd.)

North (left) on A1A to Ingraham Ave.

Make a left onto Ingraham Ave. and immediately turn right into our lot.

Directions from the north:

I-95 to Atlantic Ave.

East on Atlantic to A1A (S. Ocean Blvd.)

South (right) on A1A, 2 blocks past Sandoway Park sign.

Then right onto Ingraham Ave and turn right into lot.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation of a party more than 10 days in advance shall be refunded the $100 deposit in full (please allow 3 weeks for reimbursement). Cancellation of a party less than 10 days in advance will not be given a refund, but the group will be allowed to reschedule within 90 days.

Building rules
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • No running
  • No yelling or disruptive behavior
  • No gum anywhere in the building
  • No climbing or standing on the exhibits or railings
  • No tapping on animal enclosure or tanks
  • Shirt and shoes required
Additional policies

It is the group’s responsibility to set-up before and clean-up after the party, during the permitted rental time.

  • Due to limited space, groups will not be allowed to store items for the event at the facility prior to or after the event.
  • Food/Drink is allowed ONLY in the permitted room.
  • Groups may not nail, staple, or alter any walls, doors or any area of the facility. Please report any damaged equipment prior to start of birthday party.
  • The facility only provides the permitted space, (8) 6”x2.5” tables and (30) chairs. All other items, such as food, decorations, and party supplies, must be provided by the user. Sorry, the facility does not have a kitchenette or items such as tape, utensils, copy machine, cooler, etc. available for use.