Birthday Party Planning Tips

Location/Directions


How do we get to the Science Museum?
Find directions to the Science Museum and parking information on our directions page.

Where are the party rooms located?
Parties take place on Level 2 of the museum in Classrooms 2, 9, and 10. Level 2 is accessible from the museum lobby by riding down the Riverway elevators, located across from the Musical Stairs. After exiting the elevators and turning left, you can find the classrooms at the far end of the purple hallway near the Education Entrance doors. Your child’s name, party theme, and time will be posted outside the classroom where your party will be held. Party guests do not need museum admission wristbands to access the party room.

Where do we park?
The most convenient place to park is in our parking ramp. The fee varies. For more information, call (651) 221-9444 or see check our current parking rates.

When should we arrive?
If you are arriving as a large group, plan to be outside the door of your party room 5-10 minutes before your party’s scheduled start time.

If your guests are dropping their children off individually, please arrive at least 20 minutes before your party is scheduled to meet your guests at the Education Entrance on Level 2.

Where can our guests drop-off their children?
Your guests do not need to park in the ramp unless caregivers are planning on staying for the party. Caregivers can pull into the Education drop-off circle to drop off their children - please note that this is a fire lane and can be used for loading and unloading only. The Education Entrance doors are locked for safety and security reasons, so please plan to have an adult wait inside and open them for your guests as they arrive.

Visiting the Museum Exhibits


When do we visit the exhibits?
Wristbands for exhibit admission can be picked up the day of your party at the box office and must be worn while inside the exhibits. Your group can visit the exhibits anytime while museum is open the day of the party. Check online or call (651) 221-9444 for museum hours.

Will the party host accompany us to the exhibits?
No, the party host is not available to provide tours after your party has ended.

Where do we put our things while we visit the exhibits?
A storage cabinet will be available to your party group all day on Level 2 just outside your party room. These cabinets cannot be locked, so please do not leave any valuables in them. If you prefer a more secure storage option, coin lockers are available in the lobby on Level 5. The Science Museum is not responsible for lost and stolen items.

Food


What kind of cake and beverage are available?
Cakes are from P.J. Murphy’s Bakery in Saint Paul and are available in chocolate, white, or marble. Water and lemonade are included with the Party Plus option as well. Additional drinks, including juice and milk, can be purchased from our catering menu.

Cakes are made in a kitchen where peanuts and peanut products are present.

Can we order additional food?
Yes. The Science Museum’s in-house food service can provide catering such as pizzas or fruit for an additional charge. Check our catering options or call (651) 221-4511 for more information.

When do we need to order additional food by?
All extra orders must be placed by the end of day on Tuesday before the weekend of your party.

Can we bring our own food?
No. The only exception is if members of your group have severe food allergies. Please call (651) 221-4511 with questions.

Miscellaneous


Can extra adults attend the party?
While adults do not need museum admission wristbands to come to the party room, we ask that you limit the number of adults side during the experiment portion due to limited space in the room. If you would like to have additional adults visit the museum exhibits beyond the number of wristbands included in your choice of party package, you can purchase extra admissions at the museum box office the day of the party. View current prices here.

What should children wear to the party?
All of the activities planned for the children are hands-on, so play clothes are recommended. There are sinks in the party room for quick clean-ups.

 

Have questions? Call us at (651) 221-4511.

 

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