Birthday Parties FAQs

Q: What is the cost of additional children or adults for my birthday party? 

A: Additional children can be added to your party for $10 each.  Additional adults will not be charged. The suggested number of adults is provided for each party package to make sure guests are comfortable in our room space. We have a 50 person room cap. 

Q: Is the birthday family included in the final head count? 

A: The birthday child does not count towards headcount; however siblings do. The host parents are free.

Q: Are guests with Children's Museum memberships included in the final head count? 

A: Yes - Children's Museum memberships or annual passes are not transferable to birthday parties. 

Q: Does the Children's Museum provide food for the party? 

A: The museum does not provide any food or drink.  However we are not very strict on what you can bring in! Glass, alcohol, hot plates, and/or food warmers with open flames are not allowed.  Please keep in mind though, children will be in and out of your room, and adult supervision may be needed for the items you bring in. 

Q: What do you provide in each room? 

A: Plain plates, cups, napkins, forks, knives, spoons, and colored table cloths of your choice. Orange, blue, green, yellow, pink, red, and purple. Our Richmond location offers a few extra choices. Lime green, coral, black, lavender, and light blue. We also offer a lighter, candles, and a cake cutter in each party room.

Q: What about ice? 

A: We have a small ice maker in the back and our staff members are happy to go and get some for you! However, we can only guarantee enough ice to put into drinks and not enough to fill a cooler.  

Q: Is there a place to store any food or drinks before the party? 

A: Yes! We have a small fridge and freezer in the back.  This is a staff only area and we can’t guarantee space for any party leftovers.

Q: I'm a Patron Level Member - how do I book my free birthday? 

A: Please contact your preferred location:

• Children's Museum - Richmond - (804) 474-7008
• Children's Museum - Short Pump - (804) 474-7070
• Children's Museum - Chesterfield - (804) 474-7075
• Children's Museum - Fredericksburg - (540) 656-2233

Q: Who is considered a party guest? 

A: Anyone under 18 counts as a child in the party count. 

Q: What if I want to extend my party time? 

A: Party times may not be extended past the 90 minute time frame.  You do have 15 minutes prior to your party start time for set-up and 15 minutes after your party for break-down.  And while your party is over you don’t have to leave the Museum! You and your guests enjoy all day admission to all of our Museum locations!

Q: How early can I arrive for my party? 

A: You and your guests will have unlimited playtime in the museum before and after your party. If you would like to bring in food or any other items, your private party room will be available for you 15 minutes prior to the time of your party. 

Q: Can I bring my own decorations? 

A: Yes! We encourage outside decorations. You may not use masking tape, glue, thumb tacks, pins, etc. to hang up wall decorations, and you may not hang anything from the ceiling. We suggest painter's tape.

Q: Can I bring a pinata? 

A: Unfortunately, we don't allow piñatas of any kind. 

Q: Is there anything you do not allow in the party room? 

A: Silly String, Confetti, Hanging Pinatas, Sterno Cans, Hot Plates, Alcohol, Fog Machines, Water Balloons, and Bubbles (Central only for bubbles).

Q: I purchased an Annual Pass after booking my Children's Museum Birthday Party - can I get a refund for the difference between the Annual Pass Holder and Non-Pass Holder prices? 

A: We are more than happy to establish your Annual Pass and schedule your birthday party at the same time. If you purchase an Annual Pass after your party is scheduled, we are not able to refund the difference. We encourage Non-Pass Holders to consider all of the advantages of an Annual Pass!

Q: Are birthday parties available at all four Children's Museum locations? 

A: Yes! - All four Children's Museum locations offer birthday parties. Please allow 48 hours for a response in regards to birthday parties.

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