Parties & Rentals

Birthday Parties

If your child loves to explore, experiment, and play, a birthday party at the Discovery Museum is the perfect way to mark the occasion. Party guests can explore the museum and Discovery Woods, our outdoor and fully-accessible nature playscape and 550-square foot treehouse!  Discovery Woods is open year-round. 

Make your child's party an unforgettable event!

What's Included

  • Time to explore the museum and Discovery Woods for up to 30 people (a maximum of 18 children; larger groups should consider a private rental)
  • 45 minutes in our party room (or longer with an activity)
  • Museum staff to assist you in the party room
  • "Draw on me" table covers and crayons
  • Party invitation to download and print

Pricing

  • Weekend Party $320 non-members/$256 members
  • Weekday Afternoon Party $240 (same price for members and non-members)
  • Added Activity $60 non-members/$48 members

Add a Party Activity!

  • Add an additional activity to your party!
  • Spend an additional 30 minutes in the party room.
  • Museum staff will run the activity.
  • Museum members receive a 20% discount off party activities

Full List of Party Activities by Age

Ages 2-3

  • Dinosaur Discoveries 1: Dig for bones in a mock excavation site and use your imagination to bring our model dinosaurs to life.
  • DUPLO Construction Zone: Build, stack and sort our collection of DUPLO building blocks.

Ages 4-6

  • Bubble Printing: Create a unique work of art by blowing and popping bubbles!
  • Dinosaur Discoveries 1: Dig for bones in a mock excavation site and use your imagination to bring our model dinosaurs to life.
  • Dinosaur Discoveries 2: Touch a real dinosaur fossil, dig for bones in a mock excavation site, and create fossil rubbing using special plates.
  • DUPLO Construction Zone: Build, stack, and sort our collection of DUPLO building blocks.
  • LEGO Construction Zone: Construct your own architectural wonder or work together to build a community sculpture using our collection of LEGO bricks and special pieces.

Ages 7-12

  • Bubble Printing: Create a unique work of art by blowing and popping bubbles!
  • LEGO Construction Zone: Construct your own architectural wonder or work together to build a community sculpture using our collection of LEGO bricks and special pieces.

Gift Bags

Let us supply your gift bags! Create your own gift bag from merchandise available at the Discovery Store, or select one of our themed gift bags:

  • Discovery Bag - $6.00: rainbow glasses, touchable bubbles, Discovery Museum rock collection pencil, Bessie the Dinosaur temporary tattoos (2)
  • Dino Bag - $6.00: small vinyl dinosaur, dino pencil, dino fossil putty, dino stickers (2) 
  • Arts & Crafts Bag - $6.00: mini modeling clay, multi-color pencil, small note pad, color-your-own tote bag kit
  • Traditional Toy Bag - $4.00: "astro" bouncy ball, mini kaleidoscope, animal stamper, Bessie the Dinosaur temporary tattoos (2)
  • Rocks & Minerals Bag - $4.00: small bag of assorted stones, stone identification card, mini magnifying glass

Please be sure to order your gift bags at least two weeks prior to your party to ensure availability. And don't forget, museum members receive a 10% discount on all store purchases!

To order gift bags, please contact us via email or call 978-264-4200 ext. 114.

 

Booking or More Information

For more information or to book your party, please contact Robin Sultan at 978-264-4200 ext. 142, or fill out our Party or Rental Booking Request form.

 

Facility Rentals

Celebrate a birthday, anniversary, baby shower, or other special occasion with an after-hours rental of the all-new Discovery Museum! Rent one room, one floor, the whole museum building, or our entire campus including Discovery Woods and our 550-square foot accessible Discovery Treehouse for a very special and memorable event. 

Accommodations and pricing are flexible, making the museum a convenient option for many types and sizes of events including parties, family gatherings, adult-only events, company meetings and celebrations, school family nights, and more.

Evening Rentals at a Glance

  • Rent the entire Discovery Museum campus, or choose selected portions
  • Our new museum offers 13,000 sq. ft. on three floors, fully accessible and ADA-compliant
  • Accommodations range from up to 30 to 300+ people
  • Add Discovery Woods and the Discovery Treehouse to your rental for an additional fee
  • Fun, hands-on exhibits for children and adults can be the main attraction, or an interesting backdrop to your event
  • Minimum rental is 2 hours; additional hours available
  • Easily accessible from major highways
  • Free parking for 130 cars
  • We are happy to provide a list of museum-approved caterers
  • Alcohol may be served with an insurance rider or by using an insured bartender

Prices

We have spaces for small gatherings beginning at $350 through full campus rentals for much more. Every event is unique and prices are determined by the spaces you use, the number of guests, and where food is served.

Museum Staff

Museum staff must be present for the entire event including set-up, the event itself, and clean-up. Staff will assist with orienting guests to the spaces and will engage guests in playing with the exhibits. If you need assistance carrying supplies to and from vehicles, arranging furniture, or serving food, please plan to bring that help with you.

Clean Up

After your event, we ask that you remove all decorations, leftover food, and personal items, and replace furniture if you have moved it.

Deposits & Cancellation Policy

A deposit equal to 50% of the event cost is due at the time of booking. The deposit is refundable (minus a $100 fee) until 30 days prior to the event. The deposit is forfeited if the event is cancelled during the 30 days prior to the event. Events can be postponed and the deposit will be applied to the new date.

Booking or More Information

For more information or to schedule your rental, please contact Kathie Watt at 978-264-4200 ext. 122, or fill out our Party or Rental Booking Request form.