Let’s Party!

Our Museum parties are a great way for children to celebrate a birthday or enjoy a fun and unique gathering with friends. Meet live animals, discover unique specimens, and enjoy a one-of-a-kind party experience at the Museum.

Celebrate with up to 11 friends. Your party package includes a private party room, 30-45 minutes of programming time including interactive activities and a live animal program led by a Museum educator, 30 minutes for your celebration, a digital invitation, and a discount in the Museum Stores for the party family.

Make your child’s day a memorable one by celebrating with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. For more information contact us by email, or call 919.707.9881.

We want to make sure that everyone stays safe while having fun. Please review our current COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for Birthday Parties at the Museum.

Ready to party? Please fill out our Birthday Party Inquiry form!


Party Themes

In-person Birthday Parties With the Museum: Dinosaurs

Dinosaur Discovery

Ages: 5–7
Join us as we discover two of the most beloved dinosaurs of all time: T. rex and Triceratops! Together, we will embark on our own paleontological dinosaur dig and meet some live animals to see how they compare to these magnificent dinosaurs. Each participant will receive a bag of fossil matrix to explore at home.
Ages: 8–10
Let’s dig deep into the world of dinosaurs! We’ll explore real fossils, learn about how fossils are formed, and what they can tell us about the world. We will also be joined by some live animal guests whose ancestors can be traced back to the time of the dinosaurs! Each participant will get to take home some of the fossils they discovered at the party.


In-person Birthday Parties With the Museum: Animal Superheroes

Animal Superheroes

Ages 5-10
Calling all superheroes! We’ll team up and discover the superheroes of the animal kingdom, some of which might be living in your own backyard! In this action-packed party, we will become superheroes ourselves, meet some animals with “superpowers,” and even make a secret superhero hideout for a special backyard animal. Each participant will get to take home their mask, cape, and the superhero hideout they create.


In-person Birthday Parties With the Museum: Weird Science

Weird Science

Ages 6-10
Come explore the weird and wacky side of science! Be a mad scientist for the day as we create some crazy chemistry experiments and delve into the science behind them. Party families can choose either Super Slime or Fizzling Fun as their featured activity. In Super Slime, participants will explore the chemistry behind slime as they make their own slime to take home. In Fizzling Fun, participants will create the exciting vinegar + baking soda reaction in mini-volcanoes, and make their own magic fizzing treasure rocks to take home.


Your Party Package Includes

  1. A 90-minute reservation in a private party room.
  2. 45 minutes of programming time, which includes interactive activities and a live animal program.
  3. 30 minutes for your celebration.
  4. A digital invitation.
  5. A 15% discount off regular priced merchandise in the Museum Stores on the day of your party (applies only to the host family).

Package Price

  • $268.13 (including tax) for Museum members at the Family level and above. (Not a member? Join today!)
  • $305.66 (including tax) for non-members.

Parties must be paid in full at the time of booking.

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Ready to party? Please fill out our Birthday Party Inquiry form!

Add-on Treats

Leave the pickup to us! Add on any of the tasty options below and we’ll have these treats ready and waiting for you on the day of your party.

  • Howling Cow Ice Cream — $1.50/cup
    A locally made favorite, 4oz. cups are available in vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry.
  • Customized 1/4 Sheet Cake — $34.00
    Customized Harris Teeter sheet cake with the child’s name and theme of the party. Each cake serves 12-24 guests.
  • Cupcakes — $11/dozen
    Chocolate or vanilla Harris Teeter cupcakes with icing and sprinkles.

*All add-on treats must be added to your order at least one week in advance of your party date.


Start Planning Today

  1. Maximum of 12 participating children, including the birthday child. A maximum of 25 individuals, including adults.
  2. Parties are offered Saturdays at 10:15am, 1:00pm and 3:30pm and Sundays at 1:00pm and 3:30pm.
  3. Parties may be reserved up to six months in advance of the current month and must be reserved at least two weeks prior to your party date.
  4. Only credit cards may be used to make your payment.
  5. We want to make sure that everyone stays safe while having fun. Please review our current COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for Birthday Parties at the Museum.

To schedule a party or for more information, contact us by email or call 919.707.9881.

Cancellation Policies

  1. Full refund (minus a processing fee) if cancelled at least four weeks prior to party date.
  2. 50% refund (plus tax) if cancelled at least three weeks prior to party date.
  3. 25% refund (plus tax) if cancelled at least one week prior to party date.
  4. NO refund if canceled less than one week prior to party date. You may reschedule. Last-minute/same-day cancellations wishing to reschedule may also include a fee to cover staffing/set up.
Birthday boy with cupcake Blue-tongued Skink Birthday girl in a dress blowing noisemaker