Can I bring food to my party?
Food is allowed in the birthday rooms (not in the exhibits) and a small refrigerator is located in each party room. You can have access to a larger refrigerator and/or freezer if necessary, not located in your room. We do not provide access to a microwave. The following beverages are not allowed in the party rooms: hot beverages in disposable paper cups (they must be in spill-proof travel mugs), red juices (or any color that may stain), or alcoholic beverages of any kind. Glassware, hot plates, chafing dishes, or any other kinds of heating elements are not allowed in the Museum.
You may bring in your food or have it delivered from wherever you’d like (even from home), keeping in mind the policies above. Ask your booking coordinator for a list of vendors nearby the Museum!
How should I plan my party day?
You have 90 minutes in your party room, but your guests have admission for the whole day – so you can let them know to come anytime. For most parties, giving your guests the start time of the party room is best; for others (such as 4pm weekend parties) it might be best to let your guests know to come and play before snacks and singing ‘Happy Birthday’. How you choose to run your party is largely up to you – we just want to make sure everyone has time to play!
Part of what makes a birthday party at SCM special is that you and your guests can arrive at any point during the day of the birthday party and stay until we close, all for the price of the birthday package. The Museum is open 10am-5pm Monday-Friday and 10am-6pm on Saturday and Sunday.
For 10am parties, all guests will have access to the Museum at 10am sharp, our opening time, 10am party hosts may be able to enter the Museum 5-10 minutes before opening (ask your Booking Coordinator). Party hosts are usually able to access their room for set-up 5-10 minutes before their scheduled start time, depending on turnover, but we can’t guarantee it.
How many people can I invite to my party?
The Bash package includes admission for the birthday kiddo, two adults, and up to 25 guests. The Bonanza upgrade moves your party to 35 guests. Any guests over your package amount are $9 a person. Party room capacity is 40 guests, including both adults and children. If you would like a larger party, we suggest scheduling a private After Hours event. For more information call 206.576.2310.
Do the birthday party packages include any staff facilitation?
Staff will not facilitate your party. We do have a birthday greeter who will greet and direct your guests to the party room. (And don’t forget – we’ll take care of the clean up!) You might also be interested in booking a Party Activity, an educator led activity for up to 20 kiddos ages 3+.
What times are birthday parties available?
Parties are available at 10am, 10:30am, 12pm, 12:30pm, 2pm or 2:30pm on weekends. After Hours parties are available to start at 5:30pm Monday-Friday and 6:30pm Saturday/Sunday.
Can I bring decorations?
You are welcome to decorate with Mylar balloons, tablecloths, happy birthday banners and streamers (using the special tape that we provide in the rooms). However, we do not allow latex or plastic balloons, confetti, piñatas, masks, live animals or entertainers (some exceptions may apply for After Hours Parties; please ask the Booking Coordinator). The rooms themselves are festively decorated with a colorful mural on the walls and brightly colored chairs and tables.
Will I be able to decorate the room before my party begins (Not Applicable to After Hours Parties)?
Set up and pack up are included in the 90-minute rental. You will have access to the room at the time that your birthday party is scheduled to begin. It is the Museum’s goal to get each party host into the party room 10-15 minutes early; we just can’t guarantee that with the party and cleaning schedule for the day.
Can I drive up to the Museum to unload party supplies or drop of guests?
Unfortunately, the Seattle Center Campus is closed to vehicles. We suggest unloading at the corner of 2nd and Thomas, near the Seattle Children’s Theatre. This drop off is less than 200 feet from the west entrance to the Armory. We also have carts available to assist with transport. We also suggest using rolling suitcases to transport your party supplies.
What directions should I give my guests?
The best directions you can give your guests is to tell them to drive toward the Space Needle! We are located on the Seattle Center campus and the signage from the freeway points people to Seattle Center and the Space Needle. From there, parking around Seattle Center campus is easiest if you point people to one of the Seattle Center Parking Garages. For more specific driving directions, click here.
After parking, follow the signs for the Armory or Seattle Children’s Museum. We are on the ground level of the Armory. Click here for printable “Helpful Tips for Birthday Party Guests”.
Where will my guests enter the Museum?
If you have a Bash or Bonanza, direct your guests to check-in at the Birthday desk in the hallway. We will confirm that their name is on the guest list, get them an admission bracelet, and point them toward the party room. If your guests arrive before the party starts, we will get them inside to start playing until it is party time. Please be aware that in accordance with our general safety policy, if an adult without a child arrives before the host has checked in, we will not let them into the Museum early, even if they are on the guest list
For After Hours parties, direct your guests to check in at the front desk inside of the Museum doors. We will confirm that their name is on the guest list and send them on in to your party! To allow for proper cleaning and preparation, the doors will reopen promptly at the party start time, and not before.
Can I tell my adult guests that it is an option for them to drop their kids off and leave them at the Museum for the duration of the party?
Unfortunately, no. Due to safety concerns, SCM has a strict ‘no children allowed without adults’ policy. Children entering the Museum must have an adult caregiver with them (18 years or older). For specific questions, please contact your Booking Coordinator.