Why choose Us?

Birthdays

Choose from the following programs:
Crystal Talk: Get an up close and personal encounter with the nature centers resident Blue and Gold Macaw. (Note: Due to liability no one will be able to touch Crystal).

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: Children will be able to touch the turtles).

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

Gigi Encounter: Birthday boy/girl will have a chance to hold Gigi, our resident box turtle, while learning fun and interesting facts about him. (Note: all children will be able to touch Gigi).

Tortoise Walk: Birthday boy/girl will have a chance to walk Maggie, our resident Gopher Tortoise, around Sandoway Park observing her in her natural habitat. (Note: all children will get a chance to touch and take pictures with Maggie).

Why choose Us?
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: all children will be able to hold the snake but not the lizards).

Shark Tooth Necklace Craft: Kids get a chance to create their own shark tooth necklace. ($4.00 per necklace).

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

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

Alligator Meet and Greet: Children will get to learn about our resident alligator Chomp and have a chance to touch him.

Facility Rental Policies & procedures.

Sandoway’s classroom or outdoor area is available to rent for meetings, birthday parties and special events for up to 30 people. It is a great way to have fun and learn about the local environment at the same time!

We cannot rent our classroom out during the months of June, July and August because it is being used by a traveling shark and ray jaw exhibit. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Rental Procedures:

A group representative must complete and submit a 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 for birthday parties and a $50 non-refundable deposit is due for room rental only. Payment can be made by check, credit card (we do not accept Discover cards) or cash. 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 for birthday parties and a $50 non-refundable deposit is due for room rental only. Payment must be in the form of cash, check or credit card (we do not accept Discover cards). Checks must be payable to: Sandoway Discovery Center. B-DAY Parties: Individual fee payment is due on the day of the party and the cost 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! Room Rental Only (program not included): The cost of the room is $50 per hour. We have no minimum requirement but our maximum capacity is 30 people.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation of more than 10 days in advance shall be refunded the deposit of $100/$50 in full (please allow 3 weeks for reimbursement). Cancellation less than 10 days in advance will not be given a refund, but the group will be allowed to reschedule within 90 days.

Additional Policies:

It is the group’s responsibility to set-up before and clean-up after the event, 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 meeting 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 rental.
The facility only provides the permitted space, 8 tables and 16 chairs. All other items, such as food, decorations, and event 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.

Birthday Party Itinerary.

Tuesdays - Saturdays

9:00 am Set-Up:

One hour before guest arrival

10:00 am Guests Arrive/Program Start time:

Program lasts approximately 1.5 hours (including shark feeding)

12:00 pm Guest Departure:

Includes Clean Up time provided by group

Price:

$10 per person; children and adults (30 maximum) Reserve

Sundays

12:00 pm Set-Up:

One hour before guest arrival

1:00 pm Guests Arrive/Program Start time:

Program lasts approximately 1.5 hours (including shark feeding)

3:00 pm Guest Departure:

Includes Clean Up time provided by group

Price:

$10 per person; children and adults (30 maximum) Reserve

Building Rules

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
No running.
No yelling or disruptive behavior.
No food, drink or gum.
No climbing or standing on the exhibits or railings.
No tapping on animal enclosures or tanks.
Shirts and Shoes are required.

Parking

Parking is located off of Ingraham Ave. on the south-side of the Discovery Center. Please make sure to get a parking pass from the attendant inside center and leave on the dashboard of your car. Free parking is provided for a limited number of cars. Carpooling is highly recommended.