Birthday Parties

We had a blast! This was such an easy party to host and my daughter and her friends just LOVED it!

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At Merrohawke, we always work with the earth in mind.

Here are some tips on how you might help host a birthday that's good for Mother Earth!

  • Avoid individual plastic water bottles--kids never finish them and they are often wasted. Instead, consider bringing one gallon containers and serve cups of juice or water.
  • If you bring your own plates and cups, please choose recyclable or compostable goods. We also provide washable plastic plates.
  • Skip the goody bags--consider the painted t-shirt as a one-of-a-kind party favor!
  • Skip paper invitations and send e-vites!
  • For snacks, buy local fruits and veggies and serve them on bamboo skewers. Kids love "fruit sticks!"
  • Bake your own cake or cupcakes--it tastes better and uses far less packaging.
  • Encourage guests to use recycled wrapping paper--or make their own from newspapers and art papers sent home from school.
  • Instead of new toys, ask friends to bring gently used books from home and host a book swap. After all, the party is not about the presents but instead playing with friends and celebrating with yummy cake!
  • Merrohawke is a nonprofit charitable organization focused on providing kids with time in nature, to connect to land and sea. In lieu of gifts, some families have asked for guests to make a donation for a scholarship gift to another child in the birthday child's honor!


Location: Merrohawke Nature School, 54 Merrimac St. Newburyport, MA

Ages: All youth welcome, though most parties serve ages 2+ to 9.

Session Length: Two hours

Available Dates:                 
We are available to host parties from October through April.

Time:  Parties typically run in two-hour sessions (90-minute option available) at a mutually agreeable time between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., typically on weekends.

Cost: $250 two hours. $200 for 90-minutes

Class size: We prefer to limit participation to 15-18 kids.

We Provide: Touchtank, games, t-shirt painting, table cloth and dinnerware.

You provide: Food and drink and kids! If you would like to also bring goody bags and a pinata, you may.

Suggested Food Services: Many families order pizza. We suggest Anchor Stone Deck Pizza or Nick's Pizza

Check availability by emailing, our birthday party coordinator.