Kids at a Burn

So, a Burn sounds like your thing, but you aren’t sure if it’s something to which you can bring your five year old. You’ve got questions. Well, we’ve got answers.

Parents of children under age 12 are the primary target audience for this FAQ.

Can I bring along my little one?

Children are allowed at Mosaic; however, this is NOT a child-oriented event. You are your child's parent, no one else. We don't know your standards for what you do or don't want your child to see, so we can't tell you that a Burn is or isn't the place for your little ball of energy. If you have been to other burns, or to Burning Man, you have some idea of the sort of things to which your child could be exposed. If not, it may be a good idea to come alone for your first burn, rather than pay for a non-refundable ticket and then leave halfway through when junior asks "Mommy, what's a candy-flip?" Additionally, you can ask parents who have brought their children to past Burns what the experience was like for them.

Are you prepared to be responsible for your child 24/7? Failure to adequately supervise minors in your care will result in immediate ejection without exception or recourse. This includes a 5 year old climbing the effigy alone at 4am, a 16 year old in an age restricted theme camp, or a 7 year old who helps themselves to someones cooler.

Will there be kiddie-focused events there?

Only if you make it happen. As with everything else at a No Spectators event, that's up to you. There is no Kids' Camp, nor are there activities specifically designed for children, unless YOU want them and make them happen.

Will my kids be safe?

The waiver can be summarized as “you might die”. There are going to be lots of fires at various times during the weekend, and there are several acres of land and forest in which an unsupervised child could get lost. Keeping your child safe is your responsibility. Again, if you've never been to a Burn, it may be best to come alone to your first so that you can know what you're getting into.

Can I leave my kids in my tent at night while I whoop it up with y'all till sunrise?

This is another question that you must answer for yourself. How would your child react to waking up in a strange place alone? Would they go wandering off in search of the bathroom and risk getting lost? Would they know you were right over there with the people in the cool costumes? Do you feel comfortable leaving your child alone in your home overnight unsupervised? Because the only supervision your child will receive during the weekend is that which you provide.

Is there babysitting?

Only if you make it happen. Day Care Camp does not exist. If you think it should, make it.

What do you mean, all kids must be on leashes?

Just making sure you're still reading this.

I hear certain things happen at Burning Man that I don't want my child to see. Will they happen here?

Because each event is a unique product of the vision and energy of the community, it's impossible to say what will or won't happen at a Burn. If you're worried your child will see something you don't want them to see, you'd be safest assuming they will see it if they come, and act accordingly.

My kid is scared of (insert random practice here). Can you guarantee that no one will do this?

Nope. As a matter of fact, it is safer to assume that practice will happen.

I'm not sure my kids will like it if there aren't Disney movies, Oreos, and gumdrops; will these be provided?

Say it with me: Only if you make it happen.

If we come, and then we have to leave Friday night because my kids don't like it, can we get a refund?

Ticket sales are non-refundable. If you aren't willing to risk having to leave early, it would probably be better if you came alone.

My 14-year old kid wants to learn to spin fire cuz it looks cool. He's pretty coordinated; can he take lessons?

Your child is your responsibility, so it's between you, him, and the person you find who is willing to teach him.

So what you're saying is that my child can come along, but that I'm still their parent so they’re my responsibility. That's cool. So how much is it to bring kids along?

Depends on the age of the kid. See below.


  • Adult tickets (13 years and older): $75 + service fees, on sale until June 11th
  • Adult tickets (13 years and older): $85 + service fees, Tier II sales begin June 12th
  • Child tickets (12 and under): No cost, as a gift to the community.*

(With Special thanks to Playa Del Fuego for providing the Framework)