Birthday Parties

Ever wonder how science makes the coolest parties?

Birthday Parties at Discovery Place Science are explosive, educational and extraordinary! Kids can go nose-to-fin with cool critters, imagine with magic, get glowing with chemistry and much more. With no set up or clean up for the grown-ups, everyone can focus on having fun.

All Inclusive Pricing

Classic Party Package

Includes Museum admission for up to 20 guests (5 adults required), a Partyologist who hosts the party and manages set up and clean up, festive decorations, 1 hour in party room followed by free exploration in the Museum, lemonade and free parking for guests. (Option to add up to 10 guests at $12 per person, depending on availability. Please call for availability.)

Non-Members $235
Members $215

*Plus any applicable sales and use taxes.

Theme Party Package

Includes Museum admission for up to 20 guests (5 adults required), party theme including theme decorations in the party room, a Partyologist who hosts the party and manages set up and clean up, T-shirt for the birthday child, 1.5 hours in party room followed by free exploration in the Museum, lemonade and free parking for guests. (Option to add up to 10 adults at $12 per person for a total of 15 children and 15 adults, depending on availability. Please call for availability.)

Non-Members $315
Members $295

*Plus any applicable sales and use taxes.

Extreme Theme Party Package

Supersize your Theme Party with this package that includes up to 50 guests (20 adults required) and an option to add up to 10 adults at $12 per person.

Non-Members $610
Members $570

*Plus any applicable sales and use taxes.

Add-on Options

Available by request (add to any party package)

Animal Meet ‘n’ Greet $40*

Get up close to a live animal and learn about its natural habitat, diet and unique adaptations. Animals are subject to availability. 

*$80 to add to an Extreme Party.

Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream $40*

Our Partyologist conducts a super-cool experiment that results in ice cream. Choose chocolate or vanilla at the time of booking. 

*$80 to add to an Extreme Party.

Wizarding World $40*

Take any party to Hogwarts with Harry Potter-themed decorations and a washable Dark Mark or lightning bolt stamp for each guest. Guests can don the Sorting Hat to find out whether they belong in Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Slytherin or Ravenclaw.

*$80 to add to an Extreme Party.

Cakes and Catering

Cakes, cupcakes, juice and lunch for your guests may be purchased through Curio City Kitchen at Discovery Place Science. Contact curiocitykitchen@gmail.com or 704.334.0031.

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One-of-a-kind Party Themes

Looking for unique birthday party ideas? Check out our themes for scientifically proven fun!

Expedition Discovery

Meet some of Discovery Place Science’s animal residents and take a tour of the World Alive rainforest habitat. Learn how animals use unique abilities, including camouflage, to survive in their environment.

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Ages 3 & Older

Mermaids & Sharks

Visit the World Alive aquarium for an up-close look at live aquatic species including sea urchins and horseshoe crabs. Create a shark tooth or shell necklace to take home and much more.

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Ages 3 & Older

Watch Me Glow

Lighten up and learn about what makes things glow with ultraviolet light and a combination of chemicals. Make glowing bead bracelets and watch glow worms come to life!

*Not available as an Extreme Party

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Ages 3 & Older

Magic of Science

Don a lab coat and safety goggles as you explore the magic of science! Learn the science behind the best tricks including disappearing water and bubbly reactions.

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Ages 6 & Older

Teddy Bear Clinic

Bring your teddy bear or favorite plush pal for a checkup at Discovery Place Science! Learn about healthcare by conducting an animal wellness exam, taking "x-rays" and playing Pin the Bandage on Teddy. All plush animals will receive a certificate of health at the end of the party. 

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Ages 3 & Older

Spa Scientist

Get gorgeous and learn the science behind beauty products. Make bath bombs, a salt scrub and a lotion to take home. Create all of this while learning key components of chemistry including composition and structure!

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Ages 6 & Older

Superhero Science

Discover the real science behind some of your favorite superheroes. Make magnetic slime, lightning bolts and radioactive worms. 

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Ages 6 & Older

FAQs

  • What days are available for Birthday Parties?

    Birthday Parties are available seven days a week.

  • What times are available for parties?

    On Monday through Friday, parties are available at 3:00 p.m. On Saturdays, parties are available at 9:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. On Sundays, parties are held at 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

  • How do I order lunch or a cake?

    Catering orders should be placed directly with Curio City Kitchen. Download the Birthday Party Catering Menu. Orders must be placed at least 7 days in advance. Contact curiocitykitchen@gmail.com or 704.334.0031.

  • Can I bring my own cake?

    Yes! You are welcome to bring your own cake or cupcakes to celebrate your birthday child. All other food must be provided by Curio City Kitchen. 

    Download the Birthday Party Catering Menu. Orders must be placed at least 7 days in advance. Contact curiocitykitchen@gmail.com or 704.334.0031.

  • Can I bring my own decorations?

    Yes. Theme party rooms are already decorated. If you would like to bring in your own decorations, feel free to bring free-standing table decorations. Please note, nothing can be taped, glued or tacked to the walls and for the safety of our visitors and resident animals, balloons are not allowed in our facility.

  • Can I bring my own entertainment?

    A party at Discovery Place Science is chock-full of hands-on activities and fun. Outside entertainment such as licensed characters, musicians or other contractors are not permitted.

  • What about parking?

    Guests can park in the Discovery Place Science Parking Deck as available. Ask your guests to bring their parking vouchers into the Museum, and we will validate them.

  • What if additional people would like to attend?

    A Theme Party includes a maximum of 20 guests (5 adults required), and a Classic Party includes a maximum of 20 guests. Up to 10 additional adults may be added to either party for $12 per person, depending on the availability of our larger party room. Additional guests beyond these limits may pay regular Museum admission to join you in the Museum, but are not permitted in the party room.

  • What is your payment and cancellation policy?

    Full payment is required at the time of your reservation. Cancellations made with two week’s notice or less are non-refundable. Cancellations with more than two week’s notice are subject to a $100 cancellation fee.

  • How do I book my party?

    Fill out a Party Request Form here or call us at 704.372.6261 x300 Monday - Sunday and one of our Guest Sales representatives will be happy to help you plan a special day for your birthday child. Payment in full is required to book the party and all reservations must be completed by phone.