Private Events

private events

Host your next event at Washington, DC’s hands-on hub for play and learning! Whether you’ve been dreaming of an intimate cocktail hour, a large-scale fundraiser, or another special occasion, bring your vision to life with a unique venue that will provide wonder and delight for your guests.

our spaces

The possibilities are endless with our nearly 30,000 square feet of interactive experiences and modern features. Choose the space below according to your event needs and guest count, and check out our digital map for a lay of the land.

entry hall (floor 2)

With high ceilings, a stunning modern lighting display, and a captivating view of the Museum’s iconic Dream Machine exhibit, National Children’s Museum’s Entry Hall adds a touch of whimsy to any event.

availability

wednesday – monday after 5:00 pm

tuesday all day

capacity

max seated capacity: 50

max standing capacity: 150

accessibility

accessible by wheelchair

service animals permitted

Dream Machine with blue uplighting

full Museum (floors 1 + 2)

Enhance your event with an all-access pass to fun and innovative exhibits by renting Floors 1 and 2 of the Museum. With the option to slide down our Dream Machine, hit a grand slam in Engineering Games + Play, or control the weather with a green screen in the Innovation Sandbox, a full Museum rental provides the unique opportunity to tap into your inner child!

availability

wednesday – monday after 5:00 pm

tuesday all day

buyouts during operational hours

capacity

max seated capacity: 100

max standing capacity: 1,000

accessibility

venue + exhibits accessible by wheelchair

elevators connecting all floors

service animals permitted

quiet room available

Two young professionals high-fiving at the Climate Action Heroes flow quiz

pricing

To inquire about private event pricing, please submit an event request form. If you represent a nonprofit or an organization that shares our commitment to inspire children to care about and change the world, you may be eligible for discounted pricing.

Questions? Email [email protected].