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Birthday Parties

Virginia Discovery Museum 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 & clean
  • Exclusive use of our party room
  • Access to both Museum galleries
  • Flexible, customizable schedule
  • Tablecloths & tableware for the children
  • Goody bags for each party guest
  • 2 hours free parking at the public garages

A Few Things to Know  |  Weekdays & Saturdays  |  Sundays & Evenings  |  Theme Parties



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 a $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 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.

Available September-May Only

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

Available Year-Round


Member Discounts:

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


Additional Children:

○ $5 per Child**


Check Availability

*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.

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


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 (Evening Rentals May not Start before 5:30 p.m.)*
○ 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**


Check Availability

*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.


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 Themes:

○ Additional $50*
○ Available Themes:

Journey back in time to the Jurassic Period! Become a junior paleontologist as you hunt for dinosaur bones and piece them back together with your expedition team, then transform into a dinosaur yourself as you make a dinosaur mask. Rawr!

Ahoy thar, matey! Become a true buccaneer as ye make a pirate hat ’n a trusty parrot companion to join ye on yar quest, then set sail wit’ yar crew as ye follow the clues in search o’ the Museum’s buried treasure! Arrgghh!

Cometh all princesses, knights, jesters, and queens! Dress in your finest attire as you make a craft fit for royalty, then join your court to complete the Royal Challenges and be knighted and crowned. Hip hip hooray!

Calling all superheroes! Calling all superheroes! Create your own mask, then charge your superpowers as you complete the Museum’s Training Academy. Zap! Pow! Wham! Now you’re ready to save the day!


Additional Children:

○ $8 per Child*


Check Availability

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