How much does a party cost?

Parties cost $350 for non-members, and $325 for Peabody members and Yale ID holders. A $100 deposit is required to reserve your party (deposit will be applied to final party balance).


How much do additional guests cost?

15 children are included in a party. You may add additional children for $10 per child (up to a maximum of 20 children). Children under 3 years and parents are free of charge.


What activities are included in a party?

Pick a themed party by visiting the “Pick a Party” tab. Themes include dinosaurs, rocks & minerals, and wildlife.


What add-on activities can I include in my party?

Let us take care of your goody bags! Also visit the “Deluxe Options” tab to see other add-on activities for your party, such as having your child crack a geode!


What age are Peabody parties good for?

Our parties are appropriate for ages 4-10. We will provide age-appropriate themed activities for your party.


When are parties held?

Birthday parties are available most Saturdays at 10:30am, 12:45pm, and 3:00pm and Sundays at 12:45pm and 3:00pm. Museum-wide events may preclude parties from being scheduled.  Parties include exclusive use of a private room for 2 hours (1.5 hours for the party, and 15 minutes before and after for staff assisted set-up and clean-up). For example, for a 10:30am party, you may come at 10:15am for set-up, the party will run 10:30am-12:00pm, and clean-up will occur 12:00-12:15pm.


Can I come early to set up?

You may come 15 minutes before your scheduled time to set up. Staff members will be available to assist.


How do I reserve my party?

Click here to book your party date and activities. A $100.00 deposit is required to reserve your party date and time. Your deposit will be applied to your final party balance.


Can parents attend my child’s party?

Party Lab capacity is 25 people, including children and parents, so we encourage parents to drop off their children, and then explore the museum, including the Discovery Room and SciCORPS-led activity carts.  Parents are discouraged from standing in the hallway outside the Party Lab.  


Where do parents park and drop off their children?

Parents may park in the Peabody Museum parking lot (parking is free on the weekends). They should bring their children into the museum and tell the front desk they are here for a party. The museum staff will direct them to the party room.


Can I bring party decorations?

Any table decorations are allowed. The five tables in the room are 6' long if you would like to bring table cloths.  We cannot hang anything from the walls or ceiling.

***Balloons are not allowed in the Peabody Museum.


Can I bring my own food and cake?

You provide all food and beverages for your party. We recommend cupcakes (instead of a large birthday cake) as it is easier to distribute to guests, and leaves more time for party activities! If having food delivered, please arrange to have it here 45 minutes prior to the end of the party.

***You must order your pizza before coming to the Peabody at your scheduled party time. It usually takes about 1 hour for restaurants to fill orders.


Do you provide food and beverage supplies?

We do not provide refreshment supplies. Please bring any cups/plates/forks/napkins/etc. that you will need.