| What ages are appropriate for a child’s birthday party?
Birthday parties are best suited for children from age 1 through 7 years.
How do I check for availability?
Call 201-262-2638 x 10 or email us at
. Our Party Coordinator will be glad to discuss availability with you.
What days and times can I schedule my party?
We can accommodate parties seven days a week. Parties during the weekdays generally begin after 2 PM, however, we might be able to accommodate an earlier party if desired. Parties are available on the weekends beginning at 10:00 AM and begin every half hour until 4:00 PM (until 3 PM May 1st-Sept.30). We have 3 large party rooms and 1 smaller room available.
How far in advance should I plan my party?
To obtain the best availability, you should reserve a date and time at least one to two months in advance. This will allow you sufficient time to leave the deposit and invite your guests. We are able to schedule parties within a shorter time period, but it might not be for your desired time or date so it is best to plan ahead.
How can I schedule my party?
Call Party Reservations at 201-262-2638 x 10 or go to our Book your Party Online feature and for availabilities. A non-refundable minimum deposit of $100 cash, check or Visa/Mastercard must be made in person or can be paid using our Book your Party Online feature. You can only pay by Visa/Mastercard online. We do suggest that if you have not visited the museum to make an appointment with Party Reservations Tues-Friday 10-4pm, Saturday & Sunday by appointment only for a tour of the facility. Once a deposit is received you can receive free of charge party invitations. If you book online invitations will only be mailed if selected as an add-on
How much is the required deposit?
Minimum deposit is $100 cash,check or Visa/Mastercard in person. You can only pay by Visa/Mastercard when you book a party using our Book your Party Online feature. The deposit is non-refundable but transferable to a different date if necessary.
What ages of children should I include in my count?
Guests who are 12 months of age through 13 years should be included in your party count.
Is a gratuity for the party hostess included?
Gratuities are not included, however, our hostesses appreciate your thoughtfulness. A gratuity is automatically added to your bill if you have a party of 20 or more children or if you have a theme party.
Can I bring in my own food and beverages for the adults?
You are not permitted to bring in any outside food or beverages except for a birthday cake or other dessert-type item (cookies, brownies, etc.).
Can I bring in my own party favors for the children?
Favors can be purchased through us (several types are available and each include a free return pass for the children) or you can provide your own favors.
Can I bring in balloons and a pinata?
No, we do not permit balloons or pinatas inside the museum, however, you are permitted to bring in other decorations to personalize the party for your child. Centerpieces, banners, party hats and blowers are all acceptable to bring in if desired.
What is the party format?
You and your guests would arrive one half hour before the designated party time. During this period while you wait for all your guests to arrive, the guests will have fun exploring our many interactive exhibits. You will be called back to your party room at the designated party time and your hostess will serve the food to the children and adults and lead the children in singing “Happy Birthday”. All food and beverages will be served during the one hour time allotted for your birthday party.. At the conclusion of your party time, the room will be cleaned and you will not have access to the room again. After dessert, the children and adults will have unlimited playtime in the museum and may participate in any of the special activities that take place throughout the day. All of our exhibits are “hands on” and geared for children up to the age of seven or eight. The children must be accompanied by an adult while exploring the museum. We strongly suggest at least one adult chaperone for every four children (the adults will have a fun time also!).