Birthday Parties

Discover Your Perfect Party Spot

Forget the stress and mess … birthday parties at the Virginia Discovery Museum are as easy as 1-2-3! The Museum's open galleries, bright colors, and interactive exhibits provide a safe and playful atmosphere for your child's big day, and our great location on Charlottesville's Downtown Mall offers proximity to several food and catering options, as well as local shops to help you find a gift that’s just right. With packages starting at $175 and both weekend and after-hours time slots available, discover why VDM is your perfect party spot!

Before You Book  |  Choose Your Party  |  Choose Add-Ons  |  Book a Date


At Least 2 Weeks in Advance
($50 Deposit Required)

Late Booking:
Less Than 2 Weeks Out
(Additional $35 Late Fee)


Morning: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Afternoon: 2:00-4:00 p.m.

After-Hours & Sundays
Minimum 2 Hours
(Subject to Staff Availability)

Questions? Visit the Rules & FAQS page, call (434) 977-1025 x106, or email

1) Choose Your Party

The Museum offers 4 base party types to help you create your perfect party package: our Classic Parties for all ages, our Pint-Sized Picassos and STEM parties for ages 2-7+, and our after-hours Night at the Museum parties for ages 7+.

a) Compare Party Types

b) Select a Corresponding Activity

*StarLab: After-Hours and Sundays only. Night at the Museum: After-Hours on Fridays and Saturdays only.

2) Choose Add-Ons

The Museum offers 3 add-on options: Additional Children, Goody Bags, and Additional Time. Some add-ons are only available for certain party types or days as noted below.


Classic Party:
$5/Child (Up to 8)

Pint-Sized Picassos:
$10/Child (Up to 4)

STEM Party:
$10/Child (Up to 4)

Night at
the Museum:

$10/Child (Up to 4)


Classic Party:
Not Available

Pint-Sized Picassos:
$3/Child (Craft Kits)

STEM Party:
$3/Child (STEM Kits)

Night at
the Museum:



Not Available

$50 per Half Hour

$50 per Half Hour

3) Book a Date

To book your Birthday Party, call the Museum at (434) 977-1025 x106.
Please have the following information ready when you call:

  • Contact Name & Information
  • Birthday Child’s Name & Age
  • Desired Date & Time
  • Alternate Date & Time
  • Party Type & Activity (If Applicable)
  • Add-On Options