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Birthday Parties

Due to COVID-19 our birthday party program is on hiatus until further notice. 

Celebrate Your Child's Birthday at the Museum

Science-themed birthday parties for kids turning 4–10 years old held in our private party room allows party guests to enjoy the galleries and exhibits.

Take the Stress Out of Birthday Party Planning

Holding your child's birthday party at NHMU is cool for kids and easy for you. Let us take care of the details while you and the children experience a truly memorable event. 

  • Choose from one of the four science and nature related themes below--we do the rest! 
  • We provide:
    • a private decorated room, hands-on take-home activities, tableware for your refreshments, goody bags for each child, and knowledgeable party hosts. Plus, day-of admission to the Museum for your guests.
  • You bring the refreshments  -- and the kids, of course!

Request your party date today! Call 801.585.3948 or email us.

Choose a Birthday Party Theme: 

Dinosaur Detectives (Ages 4-7) | No bones about it, this is a great party for dinosaur lovers! Learn more about these amazing creatures while making a fossil cast, creating a dinosaur mask and excavating a mini-quarry. Plus, participants will tour aspects of our Past Worlds gallery. 

Creepy Crawlers (Ages 4-7) | Slither and crawl through fun facts about snails, millipedes, worms and more. Discover what makes an insect an insect, create a terrarium, investigate worms and snails, make insect-inspired art, and end the party interacting with live specimens. 

Geology ROCKS (Ages 7 - 9) | Calling all rock hounds--get ready to dig into geology in this rockin' party! We'll investigate rock types, erupt volcanoes, create pet rocks and uncover gems. Plus, start your own rock collection! 

Mad Lab Party (Ages 7-10) | Unleash the scientist in your child! Our Mad Lab Party is bubbling over with fizzing and oozing hands-on fun. Create slime, investigate dry ice, make annoying noises, and experiment with chemical reactions. Test our hypothesis that your scientists will have a blast at this party. 


Birthday Party Planning Details:

When are Birthday Parties offered? 

  • Friday afternoon: 3:30 - 5:00 pm  (available September through May)
  • Saturday & Sunday Morning: 10:30 am - Noon 
  • Saturday & Sunday Afternoon: 2:00 - 3:30 pm

What is included in the price?

  • Link to our colorful electronic invitations
  • 90 minute reservation in our private, colorfully decorated Party Room
  • Dedicated Party Staff to facilitate activities and ensure your party is a success
  • Day-of general admission to the Museum for all party guests 
  • Reusable colorful plates, cups, and utensils along with paper napkins (Refreshments not provided) 
  • Seperate refreshment table covered with a colorful tablecloth
  • Age-appropriate hands-on activities 
  • Goodie bag for each child guest
  • Link to our colorful Thank You Card templates

What is the Cost? 

  • $250 for your party group of up to 20 child and adult guests, including the birthday child and family
  • $10 for each additional guest
  • Maximum party size is 25 total children and adults
  • We require at least 2 adults per party
  • NHMU Members at the Family level receive a 10% discount on the basic party package (20 child and adult guests) 
  • Additional membership levels provide increased discounts -- NHMU Membership

What Do Other Parents Say?

  • "The three 'birthday party staff' members were fantastic...  knowledgeable, good with the kids, and great about expecting them to behave."
  • "Their staff were extremely engaging and kept the activities moving at a perfect pace for the age of the kids. It was fantastic."
  • "So stress free and fun. The kids and adults all loved it."
  • "[My children] each came home excited about the things they learned. They talked all day about it, to me and to each other. They were proud of their experiments. It was a wonderful experience for everyone."
  • "It was like Disney magic, but for science."

Request a Reservation Today! 

Please schedule your birthday party at least three weeks in advance. We recommend inquiring about a specific date and time as early a possible. 

Request your party date today! Call 801.585.3948 or email us.

Deposits, Transfers and Cancellations:

A 50% deposit reserves your desired date and time. The balance must be paid on the day of the scheduled party along with fees for additional guests. The Museum accepts cash, personal checks, and major credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, American Express & Discover). 

Cancellations received at least two weeks prior to the scheduled party date will receive a refund of the deposit paid, less $25 administration fee.

Transfers requests received at least two weeks prior to the scheduled party date will be accepted. If the newly requested date/time is available, a payment of $15 will be required to move the date/time. 

No transfers will be allowed or refunds given if made less than two weeks prior to the party date.

Outside Birthday Parties:

Organized birthday parties are not allowed on the Museum grounds unless part of the Museum's Birthday Party program, which must be reserved in advance.

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