Children's Birthday Parties
The Deering Estate at Cutler provides a unique environment where children, ages 6-15, can enjoy a party with their friends and family and experience all the Estate and South Florida has to offer.
Five themed packages to choose from: Archaeology Adventure, Bayside Bash, Small Wonders, Night Hike, or TEEN option: Team Building
Archaeology Adventure - Come get your hands dirty with our “mock archeological adventure.” This birthday party program introduces young minds to the wonder of archaeology through the adventure of hands-on activities. Using tools an archaeologists would, young archaeologists search for artifacts in our demonstration archeology sites – salted for each activity with pieces typically left by Native Americans and Settlers that would have inhabited the Estate grounds long ago. Artifact Tracker: Follow a natural trail to look for clues that will lead you to historic treasures.
Bayside Bash - An excellent way to see what lives in and around Biscayne Bay, guests wade in the shallow bay and safely catch marine critters. Sea Turtle Survivor: Go on a mock “sea turtle egg hunt,” learn about their survival and which one of the hatchlings will live to nest again.
Small Wonders - Explore the magnificent world of insects, birds and reptiles while on a creature crawl in our natural areas. Explorers will use magnifying glasses, field guides and nets to collect many small wonders and learn about their habitats, adaptations and behaviors. Imaginary bird: Using clay, stakes, leaves found on the Estate, you will create your own imaginary bird.
Nite Hike - This hike offers guests a rare opportunity to view the woods and it’s wildlife as it comes to life at night! A Deering Education and Interpretive Staff Member will guide you through the trail to the Tequesta burial mound where they will provide interesting facts about the Tequesta Indians. Listen for great horned owls and eastern screech-owls along the way. After the Nite Hike, gather under the stars around a crackling fire by the bay and enjoy complementary s’mores!
TEEN option: Team Building - Our Team building program is all about learning how to work cooperatively and understanding what is most important to the team. Individual efforts lead to team success and that is a result everyone can share.
Each Party Package Features
Each birthday package costs $450 and includes admission for up to 20 party guests of any age, for three hours (children aged two or younger are admitted free). Each additional hour is $100.
The cost for any additional guest is $9.50 per person. Maximum number of guests under this Birthday Party Package rate structure is 60 guests. Applicable sales tax is charged (presently 7%).
Birthday Party Packages are designed for groups of up to 60 guests in total (adults and youth). Additional Special Event Rental Rates apply for birthday parties exceeding 60 guests. Please contact the Special Event Coordinator for large parties.
The TOTAL Birthday Party Program Fee (BP Program Fee, Additional Guest Fee and Applicable Sales Tax) is due at time of reservation to ensure date and times are secured.
Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted as payment. All payments should be made to “Miami-Dade County.” Any payments made within 72 hours prior to the event must be made via cashier’s check or credit card.
Cancellations may be made up to 72 hours prior to the event. Refund requests must be made in writing. Your Birthday Party Program payment will be refunded within 6 weeks less an administrative fee of $20. For cancellations made less than 72 hours in advance of the Birthday Party Program date, refunds will not be granted.
Dates and times are subject to availability. Guests must call ahead to check availability with Education and Interpretive Staff. Birthday parties shall take place during regular park hours only and during an AM or PM pre-scheduled time period. Birthday parties are generally scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm or from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.
On-site decorations are provided by the Deering Estate at Cutler. Rice, confetti, glitter, balloons, etc. are not permitted on the Estate. Piñatas need to be ribbon pull and filled with candy or toys only. No stick hitting is allowed. No kites, bikes, balloons, balls, scooters, Frisbees, pets, remote controlled boats or cars, roller blades or skates permitted. Deering Estate at Cutler staff will set up the themed decorations in advance. Guests will have access to the designated area no more than 30 minutes prior the event. Clean-up will take place no more than 30 minutes after the event.
No alcohol is permitted as part of the Birthday Party Program. Guests are responsible for birthday cake, plates, utensils, food and beverages for guests. Cooking is not permitted; food must be brought in pre-cooked.
For parties of up to 60 guests, please call 305-235-1668 ext. 242. For parties exceeding 60 guests, contact the Special Event Coordinator at (305) 235-1668 ext. 236.