Create treasured memories for years to come when you celebrate a special occasion at the National Museum of Play® at The Strong. The museum’s playful environment provides an ideal setting for birthday, engagement, graduation, and anniversary parties and gatherings such as family reunions and baby showers.
For reservations or more information, please call 585-410-6332.
Private party room
A private party room, with capacity for up to 100 guests, is available for $100 for the first hour and $75 for each additional hour. Set up and clean up is included with the room rental.
Discounted museum admission
Kids of all ages will enjoy the spectacular hands-on exhibits at the National Museum of Play. With room rental, general museum admission for party guests may be purchased at a discounted rate (see table below). Admission for museum members and children under age two is always free.
|Age 2 and older||$8|
|Under age 2:||FREE|
Does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden.
See party add-on options for admission to the butterfly garden.
This discounted general admission program allows party guests to enjoy the museum from the start of the party until the museum closes. Adults and children will receive special wrist bands.
Food and beverage
When you plan a party at the National Museum of Play, you may bring your own store-bought refreshments or purchase food and ice cream selections from museum food court vendors. Paper plates, napkins, and flatware are provided only with food court catering.
Inquire about the museum’s unlimited fountain drink package.
Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
Party add-on options
Enhance your party with one or more of the following add-on options.
Enjoy a visit from a Berenstain Bear—either Mama, Papa, Brother, or Sister—for 20 minutes for $50.
A favorite at birthday parties, face painting is available for $25 for up to 10 guests, $2.50 each additional guest.
Butterfly garden admission
Treat guests to a breathtaking 20-minute experience in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Butterfly garden admission is available as an add-on to general admission fees at the rate of $4 for nonmembers and $3 for members age two and older. Due to limited capacity, entry to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden is by timed ticket only. The last timed entry into the butterfly garden is at 20 minutes before closing. It is highly recommended that you purchase Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden tickets in advance as part of your party rental.
The private party room is available for rental during regular museum hours, with the exception of holidays and school-break weeks. Parties may be scheduled to begin:
- Monday through Thursday, between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. (last party ends at 5 p.m.)
- Friday and Saturday, between 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. (last party ends at 8 p.m.)
- Sunday, between 12:30 and 3 p.m. (last party ends at 5 p.m.)
The museum is not available for commercial, political, or religious events, or fundraising events by other not-for-profit organizations.
You may bring table-top decorations to customize the party area. Please note, wall decorations and balloons are not permitted.
To reserve your party room, contact Debie Himmelsbach at 585-410-6332 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All parties require a 50% non-refundable deposit with reservation. The balance is payable the day of the party.
The National Museum of Play also offers a unique and memorable setting for business and association meetings, receptions, and other special events. Learn more about after-hours facility rentals.