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Birthday Parties

The Virginia Discovery Museum now offers weekday party rentals Tuesdays through Fridays! Our birthday parties make planning a piece of cake from start to finish, so you can focus on more important things ... like having fun! With packages starting at $150, all birthday parties at the Museum include:

• Easy, hassle-free booking
• Host to help set up, greet guests, and clean
• Exclusive use of our party room
• Access to both Museum galleries
• Flexible, customizable schedule
• Tablecloths and tableware for the children
• Goody bags for each party guest
• 2 hours free parking at Market & Water street garages

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All parties must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.

A $50 deposit is required to reserve a date; this deposit is refundable until two weeks before the party. Reservations made less than two weeks before the requested date are subject to $35 late fee.


Weekday & Saturday Rentals

Enjoy all-day play in the Museum for you and your guests with our popular Saturday party packages or one of our new weekday rentals Tuesdays through Fridays! Due to space restrictions, please limit your guest list to 20 children and 30 total guests, including adult chaperones.

  • Standard Party Rental: $150

    Your Rental Includes:
    ○ 2-Hour Party Time Slot*
    ○ Museum Admission for 10 Children**
    ○ Free Admission for All Adult Chaperones

  • Available Party Times*

    Weekdays (Tuesday-Friday)
    ○ 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

    Saturdays
    ○ 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    ○ 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

  • Member Discounts

    ○ Family-Level: 10% Off Standard Party Rental
    ○ Explorer-Level: 20% Off Standard Party Rental

  • Additional Children

    ○ $5 per Child**

*Party family may arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled start of the party to set up. If more time is needed, an additional 15-minute block of time (up to a total of 30 minutes before the party starts) may be reserved for an extra $20. Member discounts apply.

**All children who participate in the party are counted (children who use paper products and receive a goody bag). Non-participating adults and children who wish to stay at the Museum will need to pay admission at the front desk. Member discounts do not apply to the Additional Children fee.

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Sunday & Evening Rentals

Enjoy the entire Museum to yourselves with our Sunday and evening party packages! We’re closed to the public, so you choose your party time.

  • Standard Museum Rental: $300

    Your Rental Includes:
    ○ 2-Hour Party Time Slot*
    ○ Museum Admission for 10 Children**
    ○ Free Admission for All Adult Chaperones

  • Additional Time

    ○ Standard Museum Rental Rate: $150 per Hour*

  • Member Discounts

    ○ Family-Level: 10% Off Standard Museum Rental Rate
    ○ Explorer-Level: 20% Off Standard Museum Rental Rate

  • Additional Children

    ○ $5 per Child**

*Subject to staff availability. The rental period should include set-up and clean-up times for your event. Additional time spent at the Museum, either before or after the event, will be subject to a $75 charge for each 30-minute block of time. Member discounts apply.

**All children who stay at the Museum during the party period are counted because the Museum is closed to the public. Member discounts do not apply to the Additional Children fee.

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Make It a Theme Party!

Theme parties offer your child a more focused topic catered to his or her interests and include a craft and activity planned and led by your host. Themes can be added to any weekday, Saturday, Sunday, or evening rental.

  • Recommended Ages

    ○ Children 4 to 8

  • Party Theme

    ○ Additional $50*

  • Additional Children

    ○ $8 per Child*

*Member discounts do not apply to the Party Theme or Additional Children fees.

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Theme Choices

  1. Dinosaur
    Dinosaur

    Welcome to the Jurassic Period! Be a junior paleontologist as you celebrate your birthday with us at the Museum. Go on a hunt for dinosaur bones, and put them back together with all of your friends. Become a dinosaur yourself when we make a dinosaur mask. Rawr!

  2. Pirate
    Pirate

    Ahoy there, Matey! Come walk, talk, and dress like a pirate as we embark on our very own treasure hunt. Make a pirate hat and a parrot friend to join ye on yer quest. Arrgghh!

  3. Royal
    Royal

    Cometh all princesses, knights, jesters, and queens! Be dressed in your finest royal attire as you make a craft fit for royalty and work together to make it through the Royal Challenges in order to be knighted and crowned. Hip hip hooray!

  4. Superhero
    Superhero

    Zap! Pow! Wham! The Discovery Museum is calling all wannabe superheroes! Make a mask and complete the Superhero Training Academy. Make sure your superpowers are fully charged!