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RMSC Birthday Parties
Celebrate your child's birthday at the Rochester Museum & Science Center in the unique Carlson Inquiry Room. Enjoy a two and a half hour party run by the Museum education staff that includes hands-on activities customized for your child.
Birthday parties are an exclusive benefit of RMSC members.
NEW! Summer Birthday Parties
Select a Time Slot
Pick a Theme, or Design Your Own Activities
Choose a Package
Call to Reserve
Party Time Slots
Saturdays and Sundays
Choose from a themed party or design your very own!
Themed Birthday Parties
Choose from the four options listed below to have a party with activities focused on a specific theme. Party themes have recommended ages, though they can be adjusted to make appropriate for any age ranging from 2-12.
Digging up Dinos
Recommended for Ages 4-6
Become a paleontologist for a day and make your very own fossil! Color a triceratops mask and complete a fossil rubbing to take home.
Butterfly Wings and Scientific Things
Recommended for Ages 4-8
Put on your crafty-caps and explore the wonders of insects. Make a pair of insect antennae as well as your very own butterfly to take home with you! Enjoy an animal presentation to learn more about insects as well as other critters that make their home in the Carlson Inquiry Room.
Recommended for Ages 6-12
Junior scientists explore science with cool hands-on projects! Experiment with chemical reactions, launch a catapult, and make icky slime to take home.
Journey to Space
Recommended for Ages 6-12
Blast-off into space to explore rockets and stars! Watch a film canister rocket launch and make your very own mini planetarium to bring home.
Design Your Own Party
Don't see exactly what you are looking for? Mix and match three of the following themed activities to create a one-of-a-kind party that best suits the age and personality of your child.
(* represents an activity the children will take home with them.)
Live Animal Presentation
Get up close and personal with some of our live critters that call the Carlson Inquiry Room their home.
Make a fossil out of plaster using clay dinosaur imprints.
Become your favorite insect by making a pair of antennae using headbands and craft materials.
Make a mini catapult that will launch small objects in the air!
Mix ingredients together to make your own icky, sticky slime.
Balloon Blow Up
Experiment with vinegar and baking soda to create a gas that will fill up a balloon!
Become an astronaut by using different craft materials to design your own helmet.
Watch a mini rocket launch demonstration using film canisters.
Create a magical wand with wooden dowels and other craft materials.
Owl Pellet Dissection
Use tools to dissect an owl's dinner, match your findings to a bone chart and find out exactly what the owl has eaten!
Build a contraption to protect a real egg from a fall. Test your idea by dropping it off of a balcony onto the RMSC exhibit floor!
Poke holes in the base of a soup container to make a picture of your favorite constellation. Shine a flashlight inside to see your constellation on the ceiling.
Design your very own butterfly using a variety of different craft materials.
$20 per additional child above first 10 guests (20 guest maximum)
Basic Package - $250
* Full-day admission for birthday child and up to 10 child guests and
* Two and a half hour party experience in the Carlson Inquiry Room
* Hands-on activities led by Museum education staff
* Exhibit free time
* T-shirt for birthday child
Customize the Basic Package by adding any of the following:
* Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Demonstration ($30) - A demonstration
of edible ice cream frozen using liquid nitrogen for each child to
* Pizza and Drinks ($35, $25 for each additional) - A one topping,
32 piece sheet pizza. Includes cups,
paper and your choice of three drinks.
* Cake and Ice Cream ($40) - A personalized cake that feeds 15-20 children and one ice cream cup per child. Includes silverware, solid colored cake plates & napkins.
Deluxe Package - $350
Includes the Basic Package plus the following:
* Personalized cake
* A one topping sheet pizza (add a second pizza to this package for an
* Cups, plates, napkins, table covers and silverware
* Demonstration of edible liquid nitrogen ice cream
Making a Reservation
Choose a theme or design your own activities, a party package, preferred date and time slot, then call the reservation line at (585)697-1942.
A $75 non-refundable fee is required to reserve your date and time slot. The remainder will be due on the day of your party.
Full payment will be collected for parties that are canceled less than 48 hours prior to the party date.
Please call no later than two weeks in advance to reserve your special day. Time slots are based on availability.