Children's Museum

10am–5pm Daily

Close up photo of party balloons.

Birthday FAQs

Food

Can we bring additional food for our guests?

Yes, you may bring in your own food for your guests. Appliances (crock pots, coffee makers, chocolate fountains, etc.) and open flames (Sterno cans) are prohibited. We do not allow deliveries to the Museum. You can also reserve party trays, sandwich rings and salads through the Museum's Big Red Room Café. Learn more on our Birthday Party Menu page.

Is there a freezer available for storing ice cream cakes and ice cream?

Yes, we have available freezer space to store cakes and ice cream.

Is there ice available for beverages?

Yes, we do provide bowls of ice for beverages.

Are paper products provided? 

Small white cake plates, forks and a cake cutter are provided for all parties. Other paper products (large plates, cups, napkins) are only provided with food and beverage orders from our Party Menu.

Decorations

What decorations does the Museum provide for a birthday party?

For all parties, each child guests receives a colorful latex balloon.

Can we bring decorations?

Party parents have 30 minutes prior to the reservation start time for set up. Due to this limited time, we encourage parents to keep decorations simple, and to a minimum.

You are welcome to bring the following decorations:

  • Table cloths:
        Public space tables are 2'6" x 4'6"
        Private party room tables are 3'6" x 7'6" or 3' x 5'.
  • Banners and pictures to hang on the walls can only be hung up as long as the party room walls are not damaged
  • Centerpieces
  • Additional balloons 

Can we bring a piñata?

We do allow pull-string piñatas, but we do not allow piñatas that require a bat or stick to open. 

Miscellaneous

Is there a charge for parking?

The party host family is permitted to park in a Museum lot at no charge. Parking for all others is $6 for non-members and $4 for members. Guests can either pay for their own parking, or it can be paid by the host through the Way to Park app. Please let us know during the reservation process if you would like to cover your guests' parking costs.

How early can I arrive for my party?

Hosts may arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of the party to deliver and set up presents and decorations.

Where should my guests go when they arrive? 

There will be a Birthday Party Check-In sign in our lobby where a Party Pal will be waiting to lead guest to the party space. 

What is the timeline for my party? 

Our Birthday Bash party package includes admission for the day for you and your guests and reserved time in a party space to celebrate with snacks, cake and gifts. Depending on the time of your room reservation, you can either explore the Museum’s many exhibits before or after your time in the room. 

What is the role of the Party Pal? 

Your Party Pal is a fun and creative person who will help lead the party during your reserved time in the party space.

Do we have to leave the Children's Museum when our party ends?  

Absolutely not! You and your guests must leave the party rooms after your specific reservation time to allow for preparations for the next party, but all guests are welcome to enjoy the Museum until it closes at 5:00 pm.

One of my adult guests is a member of the Museum. Can they use their membership to attend the party?

Yes. If additional adults attend, there is an additional charge of $10 per adult. However, if the additional adults are current Children's Museum of Pittsburgh members and check in at the Admissions Desk separately from the birthday party, they can use their member benefits and you as the party host will not be charged for them.

Can we use gift cards purchased at Giant Eagle to pay for a birthday party?

Gift cards purchased at Giant Eagle are valid for admissions, classes, store purchases and membership, but not birthday parties. Museum gift cards purchased at the Admissions Desk, over the phone or on our website can be used to pay for a birthday party.