Outdoor Birthday Parties
Ready for the most playful birthday experience in town?
Outdoor Parties are ideal for celebrations with more than 25 guests. This experience grants access to a 2-hour private play yard with a sun shade that can accommodate up to 50 people. In addition to your dedicated outdoor space and party support staff, this experience includes all-day admission to Thinkery for each guest.
Birthday party support staff will be available to assist with questions, set up, and—here’s the best part—handle all of the cleanups.
Reservations are available 2 months in advance. For inquires further than 2 months out, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date & Time
Saturday and Sunday
10 AM and 1:30 PM
- 2 hours in Little Thinkers Preschool Play yard, your private outdoor party space with a sun shade.
- A Thinkery birthday accessory and crown for the birthday child.
- FREE same-day admission to the museum for 50 people (to book additional space or learn about larger after-hours party options, please contact our events team)
- Self-guided birthday party scavenger hunt
- Dedicated party support staff to help with set up, clean up, and everything in between.
Member: $450 | Standard: $500
Note: Reservations become available 2 months in advance and close 2 weeks before intended party dates.
Our Thinkery branded Birthday Boxes are designed to provide your party with age-specific Thinkery fun no matter where you celebrate. We have all of your party supplies and activities covered, so you’ll be ready to effortlessly host birthday fun on the go! Click to learn more
We have partnered with Lady Quackenbush’s Cakery to create catering packages for your upcoming Thinkery Birthday Party! This takes the guesswork (and all of the other work!) out of planning and catering for your party.
Click below to review the party package offerings from Lady Quackenbush’s: tasty cupcakes, cakes, and cookies that will be delivered directly to your party room at Thinkery, along with everything you’ll need to serve it!
Contact and ordering information can be found on the attached menu. All orders must be placed at two weeks before your scheduled party
Payment and Cancellation Policy
Requests to cancel or reschedule must be made at least two weeks in advance and will incur a $50 administrative fee. Refunds (minus the $50 fee) will be offered in response to requests made up to two weeks before the party date.
Refunds are not available for cancellations requested less than two weeks from the reserved event date.
Birthday Party Information
How many people are included in the price of my birthday party?
The Birthday Party room can accommodate 50 people total, including adults and children. Any additional guest will be required to purchase admission to the museum and will not be admitted into the party room, as per fire code regulations.
Can we bring outside entertainment for the party?
If you are interested in a party with additional entertainment, please consider a venue rental. The host family is welcome to bring their own activities; parents are responsible for setting up and running their activities.
When can the host family arrive to set up the party room?
Hosts may enter the party room 10 minutes in advance to check in with the party support staff and set up and decorations. A cart will be provided to carry party items in from your car and to stow items before or after your party time. The cart will remain in a private locked space when not in use for the party.
What should I wear to the party?
Thinkery encourages hands-on exploration. When choosing that special outfit for the big celebration, we hope you will select shoes and clothes with the goal to feel comfortable investigating the various materials you may encounter at our interactive museum and party. Please know there are exciting opportunities to climb on our Climber in Our Backyard, get wet in our Currents exhibit, we even hope you might get on your hands and knees building and creating in many of our other exhibits.
On the day of the party, guests will check in at Admissions with the birthday child’s name. Our staff will direct you to the correct party location. Ensure registered guests receive a color-coded wristband, which is their admission to the museum.
When should guests arrive?
To be sure that guests don’t miss out on any of the fun, we encourage them to arrive at least 5 minutes prior to the party start time. Early party guests can enjoy playing in the museum until the party starts. Guests will not be admitted to the birthday room until the start time.
Can we bring cake and other foods?
You are welcome to bring in your own snacks and cake. Thinkery does not provide food service.
We are excited to announce that we are partnering with a local business – Lady Quackenbush’s Cakery—as our Preferred Birthday Caterer. You can find more details here.
Do I need to clean up afterward?
We’ll take care of it for you! Thinkery staff remove trash, clear tables, sweep, and wipe the room after your celebration. Of course, we appreciate any assistance you can offer in maintaining a clean atmosphere.
Can I bring balloons in the museum?
We do allow balloons.
Can we have open flames in the party room?
Thinkery fire safety regulations prohibit the use of open flame Sternos in party rooms. Birthday candles on cakes are allowed, but must be supervised by Thinkery staff. Trick candles of any kind are prohibited.
Is alcohol permitted for parents at birthday parties?
No. Alcohol consumption is not allowed anywhere on the premises during regular operating hours.
In the event of inclement weather, defined as lightning and/or heavy rain, parties will be rescheduled with zero administrative fee, or a credit in the value of the party can be given to the account to be used at a later time. Inclement weather decisions will be assessed by Thinkery management up to and including the morning of the event.