Parties & Rentals

Birthday Parties

If your child loves to explore, experiment, and play, a birthday party at The Discovery Museums is the perfect way to mark the occasion. Party guests can explore one or both museums as well as 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

  • Unlimited time to explore both museums 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
  • Museum staff to assist you in the party room
  • "Draw on me" table covers and crayons
  • Download and print your invitation

Pricing

  • $275 for a weekend party. Museum members receive a 20% discount!
  • $135 for a weekday afternoon party (member discount does not apply)

Add a Party Activity!

  • Add an additional activity to your party for $50.
  • Spend an additional 30 minutes in the party room.
  • Museum staff will run the activity.
  • Museum members receive a 20% discount off activities!

 

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 Party gift bag: rainbow glasses, The Discovery Museums' rock collection pencil, touchable bubbles, two Bessie the Dinosaur temporary tattoos - $5
  • Arts and Crafts gift bag: modeling clay, mini paint, "shrink it" art kit, 4-color pencil - $5
  • Dinosaur Discovery gift bag: mini dino excavation kit, 4" vinyl dinosaur, dinosaur pencil, dinosaur stickers - $5
  • Rocks and Minerals gift bag: assorted mix of 4 to 6 rough stones, plastic magnifying glass, rock identification chart, The Discovery Museums' rock collection pencil - $3
  • Traditional Toy gift bag: mini kaleidoscope, animal stamper, "astro rock" crazy ball, two Bessie the Dinosaur temporary tattoos - $3

Please be sure to order your gift bags three 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 email or call 978.264.4200 ext. 14.

 

Booking or more information on parties

Fill out our Party or Rental Booking Request form and our Scheduling Manager Kathie Watt will contact you to set up a date for your party.

 

Private Rentals

Celebrate a special occasion, school family night, or company event with an after-hours rental of The Discovery Museums. We provide experienced staff to make your event go smoothly, and distinctive spaces to make it memorable.

Facility Rental at a Glance

  • Option to rent the Children's Discovery Museum or the Science Discovery Museum--or both!
  • Add Discovery Woods to your rental for $100/hour more
  • Available Tuesday through Sunday
  • Easily accessible from major highways
  • Parking for up to 120 cars
  • Catered events are welcome

Science Discovery Museum

  • Interactive science exhibits for ages 6 through adult
  • 6,500 sq. ft. over three floors
  • Large, open spaces for live music and food
  • Accommodations for up to 125 guests for cocktails and hor d'oeuvres, or pizza and juice!
  • Minimum rental: 2 hours
  • Rental times: 5:30 PM to 11:00 PM
  • Fully accessible on all three floors

Children's Discovery Museum

  • Hands-on exhibits for toddlers and preschoolers
  • 3,500 sq. ft. on three floors
  • Classic Victorian-style house
  • Limited space for food set-up
  • Accommodations for up to 80 guests
  • Minimum rental: 2 hours
  • Rental times: 5:30 PM to 11:00 PM
  • Partially accessible on the first floor only

Optional Add-on: Discovery Woods

  • Inclusive and fully-accessible nature playscape and treehouse
  • 550-square foot treehouse
  • ​Accessible exhibits including woodland nook, nest swing, beaver huts, cargo climbing net, rain garden, gravel pit, and more
  • Available for use during daylight hours only
  • No food or drink is allowed in Discovery Woods or the treehouse.
  • Add $100/hour to rental rate

Catering & Alchohol

  • We are happy to provide a list of museum-approved caterers.
  • Alcohol may be served at evening events with an insurance rider or by using an insured bartender.
  • A copy of the insurance rider must be given to The Discovery Museums prior to the event.
  • An additional custodial fee of $50 will be applied to all catered parties or if alchohol is served.

Pricing

Rates are per hour; there is a 2-hour minimum. 

Up to 80 Guests*:

$225 - Members
$250 - Non-Members
$200 - Non-Profits

81 to 180 Guests*:

$260 - Members
$300 - Non-Members
$240 - Non-Profits

* Add $100 per hour to the above rates for use of Discovery Woods by your guests. Discovery Woods cannot be used after dusk, and no food or drink are allowed.

 

Booking or More Information

Fill out our Party or Rental Booking Request form and our Scheduling Manager Kathie Watt will contact you to set up a date for your event.