Birthday Parties

 

Cincinnati Museum Center is the place for birthday parties!

Children 1 to 12 years old will love our educational and engaging birthday parties. With great birthday party themes to chose from in the Duke Energy Children's Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science and Cincinnati History Museum, we have something for your family! All birthday parties include:

  • Admission for 25 guests to the selected museum
  • Two parking passes
  • Programming led by one of our educational presenters
  • Paperware
  • A half-sheet themed birthday cake by Servatii’s
  • Juice
  • Basic decorations (Please note: Helium balloons are not permitted at Cincinnati Museum Center due to fire regulations)
  • Gift for the birthday child
  • Clean up

A pizza party option may be added to Saturday 10 a.m. or 3 p.m. parties or a Sunday 3 p.m. party for an additional charge. Pizza parties include:

  • Cheese or pepperoni pizza for 25 guests from Cincinnati Museum Center's exclusive catering company
  • The private birthday room for an additional 30 minutes
  • Party staff to serve the pizza
  • The ability to sit back and enjoy the party!

Questions? Read our FAQ.

Birthday Party Themes

Duke Energy Children’s Museum Birthday Parties (Ages 1 - 10)

Animal Toddler Party
Come practice your lion’s roar as we explore the wild world of animals! Meet one of our animal friends and show us your best animal imitations.

NEW! Trains Toddler Party (ages 1-4)
All aboard! Celebrate your toddler’s birthday at a real historic train station! 

Construction Party
Learn about bridges and arches and see if you have what it takes to be an architect!

Pet Party
Bring your favorite stuffed animal and learn about what animals need to stay healthy. 

Tea Party
Design your own tea party hat and learning about tea drinking traditions from around the world.

Museum of Natural History & Science Birthday Parties (Ages 7 - 12)

Dinosaur
Examine fossils and visit our Dino Hall as we explore the world of paleontology.

Cave
Meet a live bat and spelunk in the world’s largest artificial cave in our Cave exhibit.

Space
Expand your space knowledge as we visit our space exhibit and make our own glow-in-the-dark space painting.

Egypt
Calling all budding archeologists! Take a trip to ancient Egypt as we visit Umi, our resident mummy and create our own amulets.

Cincinnati History Museum Birthday Parties

NEW! Steam Engine Party (ages 7-12)
See, feel and hear how the types of energy change with a miniature steam engine. The birthday boy or girl literally gets to blow off some steam to release the pressure in the boiler.  The party then walks into the 1860s through the Cincinnati History Museum’s Public Landing to see a full scale steam powered paddle boat. 

Birthday Parties FAQ

When can I have a birthday party at Cincinnati Museum Center?
Parties at the Duke Energy Children's Museum and the Museum of Natural History & Science can be scheduled on Saturdays at 10 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. and on Sundays at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.

How far in advance do I need to schedule a birthday party?
You may schedule as soon as you decide that you would like to host a party here, but you must schedule at least two weeks in advance. Because party dates fill up, we advise that you schedule at least a month in advance.

What is the payment procedure for birthday parties?
Payment is due at the time of registration with a credit or debit card.

Who is included in the 25 guests per party?
Everyone is included in the 25 guests allowed in the party room, except children under 1. The birthday child and birthday family, child guests and adult guests are all included. This restriction is due to the size of the party rooms.  If your party is going to exceed this maximum, a larger party room can be arranged for no more than 40 guests. There is a $10 charge for each guest over the 25 included in the party package. The minimum charge for the larger room is $50. 

When can I get into the room?
Parents can meet the presenters 15 minutes before the scheduled start time for the party, even when that is before the opening time for the museum. (The presenter is actually present an hour early.) For Duke Energy Children's Museum programs, meet the presenter in the Children's Museum lobby. For Museum of Natural History & Science programs parties meet at the ticket taker station near the door to the museum. Guests should gather at the same location five minutes before the start time.

Can I bring extra food?
Cake, a drink and pizza provided by Cincinnati Museum Center is all that can be accommodated within the party time. No outside food is permitted inside the museums. The Pizza Party option is available in the private birthday rooms. Lunch can be purchased at the food court, and tables are set up in the Rotunda for picnics. Custom parties can be arranged through our Special Events department, but cost at least $300 for a party for 15 people. If you want to provide a special cake or drinks because of dietary restrictions, this is acceptable.

When can I have a pizza party added to my party?
Pizza Parties are only available at Saturday 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. parties and Sunday 3 p.m. parties. With this option, your party has the room for an extra 30 minutes. The option is not available to all party time because of time restraints. 

How much pizza do we get with the pizza party?
The package comes with 5 pizzas in either cheese or pepperoni (typically 3 cheese and 2 pepperoni). Pizzas are cut into 12 slices. Additional beverages (either juice or punch) are also included.

Can we stay in the room after the party?
Museum parties run one hour and 15 minutes, but the group can potentially stay an extra 15 minutes (with no charge). Depending on the availability of the room later in the day, we may be able to hold presents and leftover cake while you visit the museum.

What if I need to cancel the party?
When you cancel more than 14 days before the party, we refund your payment in full; if you must cancel 14 or fewer days in advance there will be a fee deducted, which increases the closer the cancellation is to the party date.
 

Photos by Phil Didion

 

Birthday Party Reservations

Members: $200
Non-Members: $225 
Pizza parties: Additional $150

All parties take place on Saturdays at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m.

To register for a birthday party or for more information about party themes, call 513-287-7021. Parties must be scheduled two weeks in advance and payment is required at the time of registration.