Birthday Party Terms & Conditions

Birthday Party at the Des Moines Children’s Museum

Thank you for your interest in celebrating a birthday at the Des Moines Children’s Museum.

There are two party packages to choose from.  Each package includes the use of our party room; including tables, chairs, disposable plates, cups, napkins, and cutlery.  Party hosts are welcome to bring any food and drink they would like to serve at the party, a refrigerator is available for use.  No alcohol is allowed on the DSMCM premises.

Package #1 – Parties During Museum Hours
Includes a 2 hour reservation of our party room and 15 guests (between ages 1-10)
Only the party room reservation is limited to the 2 hour time window, party guests may play in the museum any time during our open hours on the day of the party.
Parties are scheduled a minimum of 30 minutes apart.  Party hosts may use this time for set up and clean up.

Package #2 – Private Parties
Private parties are scheduled outside regular museum hours, the museum will not be open to the public during the party reservation.
Includes a 3 hour reservation of our exhibit space and party room and up to 50 guests (between ages 1-10) and unlimited adults.  Please email if you think you will have more than 50 guests (between ages 1-10).
Set up and clean up must be completed during the 3 hour reservation.

A $50 deposit is required at booking, the remaining balance is due by the conclusion of the party.

Party hosts are welcome to decorate the party room however they would like for the party, provided that decorations do not cause damage to DSMCM property.

Party hosts are permitted to bring in outside entertainers such as face painters, magicians, or costumed characters.  For parties held during regular hours, any such activities that are not available to all museum guests must stay in the reserved party room only.  Please contact to inform our staff about any planned activities and confirm details.

Additional guests are allowed at a rate of $4 per child.  Payment is due by the conclusion of your party.

Please note that the Children’s Museum reserves the right to charge a $50 fee if party guests are still using the party room after the reservation has concluded.