Birthday Parties

birthday parties

Make your child’s dream come true! Plan your next party at National Children’s Museum for a day full of fun for everyone!

  • Offered on Saturdays and Sundays
  • Two-hour rentals, plus a 30-minute set-up period and a 30-minute take-down period
  • Rental start time: 10:00 am (9:30 am set-up) or 2:00 pm (1:30 pm set-up)
  • Two party spaces and party packages available (see below)
  • Birthday party guests are welcome to play in the Museum during the party rental


party packages

Celebrate your child’s milestones with a view from the top of the Dream Machine, a one-of-a-kind, cloud-inspired climbing structure and slide that spans three floors. Recommended for all ages.

what's included:

  • Two-hour rental of a semi-private lounge area with communal tables, plus a 30-minute set-up period and a 30-minute take-down period
  • Maximum of 22 guests (per fire code capacity)
  • Dedicated party facilitator to greet and escort families
  • Museum admission for guests during party time slot
  • Ability to bring your own snack and birthday treat

Ignite your child’s curiosity and ingenuity with hands-on fun in the Tinkerers Studio, the creative hub of National Children’s Museum. Recommended for ages 5+.

what's included:

  • Two-hour rental of private Tinkerers Studio, plus a 30-minute set-up period and a 30-minute take-down period
  • Maximum of 30 guests (per fire code capacity)
  • Dedicated party facilitator to greet and escort families, as well as lead hands-on activity
  • Special hands-on activity (see options below) with take-away craft for all children
  • Special shirt for birthday child
  • Museum admission for guests during party time slot
  • Ability to bring your own snack and birthday treat


activities (approximately 30 minutes)
Party hosts who select the Tinkerers Treat party package may choose from one of the three birthday activities:

movin’ + groovin’: Make things GO with this car-themed party. Design your own vehicle and compete in an epic race!

little artists: Get creative and hone your artistic talents with a hands-on art activity!

up + away: Explore the way things move through the air with handmade hovercrafts, whirly-gigs, and more!

important details

  • Parties are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Table top decorations only. Nothing may affix to the walls, doors, fixtures, or ceiling.
  • Outside goodie bags are welcomed.
  • Guests are permitted to bring a snack and birthday treat. Please note that there will be no refrigerator in the Museum.
  • Children must be chaperoned at all times. No “drop off” allowed.
  • Party hosts are responsible for their own valuables at all times.