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Birthday Parties

Celebrate your special day in an unforgettable way!

McWane Science Center has birthday parties down to a science! Enjoy a private party with all of your friends and admission to the four floors of Exhibit Halls.

Scheduling your birthday party:

Select a package below for your party, select a program and/or refreshments, and then you may choose additional options to create the perfect birthday adventure at McWane Science Center.

Advanced reservations are required. Birthday parties are offered during the following times.

  • Saturday: 10:00, 12:00, 2:00, 4:00
  • Sunday: 12:00, 2:00, 4:00
  • During Winter break, Spring break, and Summer -weekday parties available. Call our Birthday Party Department at 714-8369 for more information.
Birthday Party Availability and Purchase:

The following dates we will not be able to offer birthday parties:

  • December 6, 2015,
  • December 26 & 27 2015
  • January 2, 2016 – no 10:00am available
  • February 6 2016

Full payment is due at time of reservation.

*** currently our online purchase system is unavailable – please contact Reservations directly for questions and availability by emailing or calling 205-714-8414. Thank you.

en for online purchase). Program choices may not be available at your desired time. Someone will contact you if your choice is not available.

Birthday Party Online Request:
Click here to email the Reservations Department.

To make your RESERVATION by phone call: (205) 714 – 8414
Questions? Call our BIRTHDAY DEPARTMENT: (205) 714 – 8369

Party Perks

McWane Birthday Party: $300 (Non-Member) $275 (Member)
Effective January 1, 2016

  • Private party room
  • Birthday host for one hour
  • 1/4 Sheet Cake or 24 Mini Cupcakes (Vanilla or Chocolate)
  • Ice Cream Cups (Vanilla or Chocolate)
  • Fruit Boxes
  • Snacks (Your choice of goldfish crackers, chips, or cookies)
  • Paper Products
  • All-day Admission to the Exhibit halls for 30 guests (includes children and adults)Free parking in McWane’s Parking Deck for all guests (dependent on deck availability)
  • Free McWane t-shirt for birthday honoree ($10 charge for all additional honoree t-shirts)

ADVENTURE PARTY (Available through December 20th)

  • Up to 30 guests including adults and children
    • $250.00 (Non-Members)
    • $200.00 (Members)
  • Either: ¼ sheet cake with the McWane Science Center logo OR 24 mini-cupcakes, ice cream, juice boxes, snack (Choose from gold fish, chips or cookies), and paper products 
  • OR an educational hands-on program (See options below)

ULTIMATE ADVENTURE PARTY (Available through December 20th)

  • Up to 30 guests including adults and children
    • $300.00 (Non-Members)
    • $250.00 (Members)
  • ALL of the following: ¼ sheet cake with the McWane Science Center logo OR 24 mini-cupcakes, ice cream, juice boxes, snack (Choose from gold fish, chips or cookies), and paper products and an Educational hands-on program (See options below)

Programs for Adventure or Ultimate Adventure birthdays:
(Available through December 20, 2015)


Fur, scales and cute faces! Meet the amazing animals that call McWane Science Center home!


Get an up-close look at some ocean residents and discover what it’s like to be a creature of the sea as we show you some of the more fascinating residents of our aquarium. Depending on availability, animals may include horseshoe crab, sea urchin, tulip snail and hermit crab.


From slime to sneezes, if your birthday boy or girl loves being grossed out then this is the party for you.


Let your inner wizard loose and join us as we look at some cool “magic tricks.’’ Is it really magic or is something more science-y behind these awesome antics?


From baking the cake to lighting the candles and even the making the ice cream, science surrounds your birthday fun. This party includes Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream for all guests. An additional $25 charge for the Science of Birthdays program

Seasonal Winter Birthday Parties  (Available through January 10, 2016)

Coincides with the Magic of Model Trains/Winter Wonderland exhibits

The seasonal parties include refreshments and program for up to 30 guests.

McWane Express Birthday Party Ages: 4+

Coinciding with “The Magic of Model Trains” exhibit here at McWane Science Center, this party will create a birthday that is on the right “track”! Join us as we uncover the fascination of this method of transportation! All aboard!

    • $325.00 (Non-Members)
    • $275.00 (Members)
  • All party perks apply 
  • Birthday honoree receives a conductor hat and train whistle
  • Train ride tickets for each birthday guest
  • Train themed cake
Snowy Science Birthday Party Ages: 3+

Who doesn’t love the snow? Join us as we create our own winter wonderland by exploring the science behind snow and snowflakes. From making your own snow, making a snow globe, to dressing a snowman, it will surely be a fun experience!

    • $325.00 (Non-Members)
    • $275.00 (Members)
  • All party perks apply
  • Make your own snow
  • Create your own snow globe
  • Snow themed cake

Add-On Options for all parties for additional fees:

  • Pizza Hut™ Personal Pan Pizzas – $60.00 for 15 cheese or pepperoni pizzas (must be ordered by the SUNDAY BEFORE the party date)
  • Birthday Sub Platter – $38 for a platter of ham or turkey subs  (must be ordered by the SUNDAY BEFORE the party date)
  • IMAX® movie tickets – $3.00 per person
  • 12 oz bottled water – $1.25 each
  • 8 oz Canned Coke® products – $1.00 each
  • Additional Birthday Party T-Shirts – $6.00 each
  • Upgrade to a ½ sheet cake – $24
  • Additional ¼ sheet cake – $24
  • Additional 12 mini-cupcakes – $12
  • Additional 24 mini-cupcakes – $24
  • Additional guest (over the 30 guests*) – $10.00 each
  • Birthday Party T-shirts — $10.00 each

*Total number of guests includes every child and adult at the party.
**Tax will be added to each Add-On Option.

Birthday Party Invitations:

Click here to customize and download your own pdf invitation.


Limited outside food permitted. – Please contact Birthday Department (205) 714 – 8369 for specifics.
Balloons are not allowed in McWane Science Center.

Cancellation policy:

There is no cancelation fee for parties that are cancelled at least two weeks prior to the party date. Any cancellations within two weeks prior to the party require a $50.00 cancellation fee.

Full payment is required at time of booking. Prices do not include required tax.