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Kids' Birthday Parties
We’re your 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, plus the option to add on an OMNIMAX® film, 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
- A half-sheet themed birthday cake by Servatii’s
- 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.
Trains Toddler Party (ages 1-4)
All aboard! Celebrate your toddler’s birthday at a real historic train station!
Learn about bridges and arches and see if you have what it takes to be an architect!
Dance Party (available beginning Oct. 1, 2015)
Groove, shake and celebrate with your friends at a private Dance Party in the Corbett Theater! Available on Saturdays at 10 a.m. and Sundays at 11 a.m.
Dinosaur Party (ages 1-7)
Learn about your favorite dinosaurs from the past and the dinosaurs that live today (chickens). We will examine dinosaur fossils and a living reptile.
Bring your favorite stuffed animal and learn about what animals need to stay healthy.
Royal Tea Party (available beginning Oct. 1, 2015)
Crowns, parades and tea – we’re making the day a special day for you! Come dressed as your favorite prince or princess and celebrate in style!
Museum of Natural History & Science Birthday Parties (Ages 7 – 12)
Examine fossils and visit our Dino Hall as we explore the world of paleontology.
Meet a live bat and spelunk in the world’s largest artificial cave in our Cave exhibit.
Expand your space knowledge as we visit our space exhibit and make our own glow-in-the-dark space painting.
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
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.
Public OMNIMAX® Film
Turn your birthday party into an unforgettable experience! Bring your entire party, up to 25 people, to any of our regularly scheduled OMNIMAX® shows. Check out our featured films here. OMNIMAX® add-on: $125
Special OMNIMAX® Film
Would you like to customize your kid’s birthday party? Let them choose what’s played on the big screen! Options include: Forces of Nature, Hubble, Journey into Amazing Caves, Lewis & Clark, Mummies, Ring of Fire, Tornado Alley and Under the Sea. Special OMNIMAX® add-on: $250
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. There is a $10 charge for each guest over the 25 included in the party package. If your party is going to exceed this maximum, a larger party room can be arranged for no more than 40 guests. The charge for the larger party room is $75.
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 five 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.
What if I want to add an OMNIMAX® film to the party?
If you would like to see a film in the OMNIMAX® Theater with the party, there are two options: The Public Film and the Special Film. For the Public Film, you can bring your entire party, up to 25 people, to any of our regularly scheduled OMNIMAX® shows. The film will be scheduled either one hour prior to your party’s start time or two hours after your party’s start time. The cost is an additional $125. For the Special Film, your child can choose the film that they would like to see from our collection. Please call or check our website for the list of available films; the film will be scheduled for 10 a.m. The cost is an additional $250.
How do I get my tickets for the OMNIMAX® film?
If the film is scheduled to begin prior to the party, please have all guests meet the presenter in the Rotunda 15 minutes prior to the start time of the film. All guests will be given a ticket at that time and escorted into the theater. If the film is scheduled to begin after the conclusion of the party, the tickets will be dispersed during the party.
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.
Cincinnati Museum Center parking is $6 per vehicle (cash or credit) , $4 after 4:30 p.m. and free for Members. The parking lot is located in front of Union Terminal and accessed from our main drive off Western Ave.