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Birthday Parties

Boston Children’s Museum is a great place to host your child’s special day! We offer bright party rooms, educational and fun activities, and three floors on which you and your guests can discover the power of play.

Planning your child’s birthday with us is a piece of (Birthday) cake!



WInner Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston® 2017 - Best Birthday Party Location, Kids!

Contact our Birthday Party Senior Coordinator

(617) 426-6500 x380 or (617) 986-3659 (Thursday-Monday 9am-5pm)

Party Packages

Green Party Room - capacity: 40 guests (15 children max.)

Blue Party Room - capacity: 60 guests (25 children max.)

  • Bronze Party Package

    Room rental for 2 hours, free Museum admission for the day for you and all party guests, and a Birthday Party Coordinator to assist you the day of the event.

    Green Party Room: $400

    Blue Party Room: $475

  • Silver Party Package

    Bronze Party Package + papergoods (available in green, red, hot pink, blue, yellow, and purple).

    Green Party Room: $450

    Blue Party Room: $525

  • Gold Party Package

    Silver Party Package + a Boston Children's Museum T-shirt for the Birthday child, a 15% off Museum Shop coupon for the party host, and face painting.

    Green Party Room: $525

    Blue Party Room: $600

Add On: Face Painting
You may add a staff face painter for your birthday party who will be in the room for the first hour of the party. There is a $100 flat rate for the face painter. This service must be requested no later than two weeks prior to your party.

Food Options

We want your Boston Children's Museum birthday party to be a wonderful experience. As such, we offer several approved vendors from which you may select the one that best suits your party.

Au Bon Pain (617) 542-0412, Au Bon Pain Party Food Options
Flour Bakery + Café (617) 338-4333
Pizzeria Regina’s (617) 261-6600

You are also welcome to provide your own cake, either from home or from a bakery of your choice.

The Museum does not allow food heating devices and prohibits the consumption of alcohol. All food and cake must be consumed in the party room.



Gifts, Favors, and Goodie Bags

The Shop at Boston Children's Museum
The Shop at Boston Children's Museum offers Birthday party hosts many options for goodie bags, favors, and gifts. Please visit the "Shop" section of our website for more details.

Have you thought about donating your child's gifts or having your guests make a donation in lieu of a gift? Below are some organizations which gladly accept:

Room to Grow
http://www.roomtogrow.org/
Accepts monetary donations as well as brand new clothing and toys for children ages 0-3
 
Birthday Wishes
http://www.birthdaywishes.org/
Accepts monetary donations as well as brand new children's toys and party supplies
 
Cradles to Crayons
http://cradlestocrayons.org/boston
Accepts monetary donations as well as brand new clothing and toys for children ages 0-12



FAQs

OUTSIDE ENTERTAINMENT:
We do not allow outside entertainers.

How far in advance should I book my party and do I have to pay when I book?
To ensure availability, we recommend you book 2-3 months in advance. Upon booking, you will be required to pay 50% of your Birthday Party package. This payment is 50% refundable up to 30 days prior to your party date. Cancellations made less than 30 days prior to your party will not receive a refund.

I am a Museum member. Do I get any discount on Museum parties?
Museum members receive a 10% discount. Please note that this discount is on the party package only, and does not apply to any add-ons

What if I need to cancel my party?
We understand that emergencies, illness, and other issues can sometimes interfere with party plans. If you need to reschedule your party, rather than cancel it, please work with our Birthday Party Senior Coordinator at 617-426-6500 x380 (Thursday-Monday 9am-5pm) or email birthdays@bostonchildrensmuseum.org.

What time can I have my child's birthday party?
Parties are offered on Fridays 2-4pm or 5-7pm and Saturdays & Sundays 11-1pm or 2-4pm.

Who is included in the total number of guests?
All guests, both children and adults, are included in the total number of guest, except for children under the age of 1. Birthday guests who are Museum Members cannot be excluded from your total number of guests. Even though they are Members, they should check in at the Admissions Desk like all other guests.

Am I allowed to have extra guests?
Because of the room capacities we encourage you to reserve a larger room if you anticipate having additional guests. In the case that you do have additional guests you will be charged half price general admission per person. Please note this does not increase the maximum number of children. Maximum Extra Guests Per Room are as follows:

Green Party Room: 5 Extra Guests Maximum
Blue Party Room: 10 Extra Guests Maximum

Is parking included?
The Museum does not have private or dedicated parking. Please contact the Birthday Party Senior Coordinator for a list of discounted parking in the immediate area.

Can the party be for two children at the same time?
Yes. However, the total guest count does not increase with an additional child. 

Can I decorate the room?
Yes. Decorations must remain in the room and cannot be hung outside the room, in the lobby, etc. If you need to hang anything on the wall, you must use blue painter's tape. Masking tape and tacks are not permitted, as they can cause damage to the walls. Any balloons must be Mylar, as Latex balloons are not permitted in the Museum due to choking and allergy concerns. We also do not allow helium tanks in the building.

What is the role of the Party Coordinator?
Every party comes with a Party Coordinator to help with set up and clean up. Your coordinator will also collect all presents, leftover food, and any other supplies you wish to take home. The Party Coordinator is not there to cut the cake or serve the food. She/he is there to assist you with any questions or concerns, as well as provide our add-on activities. We want you to be able to have a fun and relaxing party. While the Coordinator is there to help, please remember that we always defer to a parent for behavior correction, timing, etc.

What are the rooms' amenities?
  • Blue Party Room—Our big, festive Blue room is ideal for a larger crowd. The room is equipped with a bathroom, tables & chairs, and a CD/MP3 player.
  • Green Party Room—Our brightly-colored, festive Green room is equipped with a refrigerator, sink, tables and chairs, a blackboard, and a CD/MP3 player.

Do you provide invitations?
Yes, you can download this Birthday party invitation template and print out as many as you need: Invitations

Can I have a piñata?
Yes, however we require the pinatas to have pull strings as we do not allow bats or sticks to break them open.

What if I need to contact someone the day of my party?
Please call the Museum’s Information Desk (617-426-6500) and they will put you in contact with the party coordinator. Our coordinators are rarely in the office on the weekends as they are usually in one of the party rooms.