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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 $200 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
($100 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.

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

Questions? Visit Party Rules & FAQS, call (434) 977-1025 x102, or email

1) Choose Your Party

The Museum offers 3 base party types to help you create your perfect party package: Classic parties for all ages and Art and STEM parties for ages 2 and older. All party types are available for Saturday or Sunday/After-Hours rentals.

a) Compare Party Types

b) Select a Corresponding Activity
c) Community Discounts
Vita Nova

10% Off Pizza & Free Delivery
(Saturday Rentals Only)

Partner Website

Call: (434) 977-0162

Paradox Pastry

10% Off Birthday Cake Order
(Sunday Pickups Unavailable)

Partner Website

Call: (434) 245-2253

2) Choose Add-Ons

The Museum offers 2 add-on options: Additional Children and Additional Time. Add-ons may be capped or unavailable for certain party and rental types as noted below.

Additional Children

Classic Party: $5/Child
+8 Maximum for Saturday Rentals

Art Party: $10/Child
+8 Maximum for All Rentals

STEM Party: $10/Child
+8 Maximum for All Rentals

Additional Time

Saturday Rentals:
Not Available

Sunday Rentals:
$50 per Half Hour

After-Hours Rentals:
$50 per Half Hour

3) Book a Date

To book your Birthday Party, call the Museum at (434) 977-1025 x102.
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