Birthday Parties FAQ

Where do the parties take place?

Most parties are based in our third floor auditorium, but when it is not available another room may be substituted.


What are some of the guided activities that take place out in the museum’s exhibit halls?

We offer both written and pictorial scavenger hunts (depending on age) in the Great Hall of Dinosaurs, the Hall of Minerals, the Connecticut Wildlife Dioramas, or the North American Wildlife Dioramas. The children follow clues and answer questions about what they see. Each exhibit also has a teaching cart available with items to learn about and touch.


What time should we arrive?

You may arrive 20 minutes before the scheduled time of the party. Guests should arrive 5 minutes early – parties must begin on time in order to allow for all scheduled activities. You may stay for 20 minutes after the end of the party for staff-assisted clean up.


What is the schedule of activities?

Activities begin in the party room, with a game and the fossil dig, and then the children and party leaders go out into the chosen area of the museum for the scavenger hunt and exploration of the natural history carts. Our staff will lead the children in planned activities for one hour, and then assist with serving of refreshments for the final half hour.


What about decorations?

We provide a large Happy Birthday banner. You may bring any table decorations you like, and crepe paper may be attached to railings around the room. Helium balloons are NOT permitted.


What should we bring?

We provide all paper goods for each child. You are responsible for the cake, candles, and any serving utensils. We recommend cupcakes to make everything easier! You may bring other snacks for your guests as well.


Can we have pizza delivered to the Museum?

Yes! Several local pizzerias deliver to the Museum. Please ask if you would like more information. We recommend that you have the pizza delivered forty five minutes before the end of your party to be sure there is adequate time.


What if I have additional guests?

Fifteen children are included in the base price; additional children may be added for $10.00 per child (maximum 25). Adults and children age 3 and under accompanying invited party guests will not be charged.  All children age 4 and above attending the party will be considered participants and count toward the total.


When do I need to provide a final headcount?

Final headcount and payment of balance for the total number of children is due by the Wednesday prior to the party.


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