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Birthday Party @HM
A memorable event, a little nourishment for hungry brains
What size tables will be provided and will the tables have table cloths?
The tables provided are 48” round tables, 5 chairs per table. The number of tables will be based on the party package. The tables do not have tablecloths. The tabletops are bright blue laminate, so they do not require linens. 6-ft tables are also provided for refreshments and gifts and are covered with bright plastic tablecloths.
Does the museum provide food & beverages?
Food & beverages are not provided as part of the party package. You are responsible for bringing your own food, beverages, ice, plates, cups, napkins, utensils, etc.
Where should I tell guests to meet?
Guests should enter through our east entrance (Crawford St. entrance). They can park in our surface lot (enter lot from Hermann Dr). Parking is $3 (museum members) and $5 (museum visitors). Birthday party parents can arrange to pay for parking for all guests who park in the surface lot. The Admission Desk staff will direct them to the room.
Will our party coordinator help with accepting the gifts at the entrance?
No, the party coordinator will be setting the room and making sure guests receive admission stickers. Guests will be asked to take gifts to the room.
How do I get my supplies from my car to the birthday party room?
There will be a cart for you to unload items from your car and take them to the room. This cart will also be available for you to use at the end of the party to load gifts and unused supplies.
What does the Party Coordinator do before and during the party?
Your Birthday Party Coordinator will set the room with balloons and other birthday décor items. You are responsible for setting food, cake, napkins, etc. He or she will also place admission stickers on parents and kids as they arrive. These stickers should remain on guests while they are in the museum. This allows staff to know they are guests of the birthday party and do not need to pay general admission. During the party, the coordinator will gather the kids to take them on a tour of the museum. Adults are asked to accompany the group for safety and parental supervision. Adult admission is complimentary for this purpose.
While in the party room, the parents are responsible for the behavior of all kids. The party coordinator will check on you and assist you with any help you may need. If you choose the DeBakey Cell Lab Themed Party option, the party coordinator will lead the children in the classroom activity.
How much time do the kids spend in the museum exhibits and the party room?
Plan to spend approximately 45 minutes to an hour in the exhibits. The time spent in the party room is devoted to refreshments and birthday cake. We do not recommend you open gifts at the museum as this takes a large amount of time. Your Birthday Coordinator will assist you in managing your time.
In what order do things occur? Does the tour happen first or do the kids eat first?
The specific order of events is flexible. The Birthday Party Coordinator will work with you to establish a timeline. If you are looking to eat first and then tour the museum, we can adapt the schedule
What time should we arrive to prepare for our child’s party?
The party room will be ready 15 minutes prior to your start time. You are welcomed to arrive 30 minutes early to prepare, but please know we may still be setting the room with balloons and décor items. If you arrive more than 30 minutes early, you will not have access to the room.