SUMMER UPDATE: Hands On! remains CLOSED due to COVID-19 as mandated by the Governor of North Carolina. 

Birthday Parties

The museum is the perfect place to celebrate a birthday with family and friends!

We Provide:

  • Tables and chairs for twelve (12) children
  • Personalized table cloth
  • A gift for the birthday child

You Provide:

  • Plates, cups, and napkins
  • Forks, spoons, and serving utensils
  • Ice
  • All food and beverage items
  • Additional decorations

Reservation Information

  • All parties must be booked in advance with the museum. Please call 828.697.8333 to reserve your party. 

  • The cost for one (1) birthday party is $95 (+tax) for members and $140 (+tax) for the general public. This includes admission for 24 total guests. Extra guests are $8 each. 

  • The cost for one (1) after hours private birthday party is $250 & museum would only be accessible to your guests. 

  • To secure your date, a 50% deposit is required at the time of registration; and the balance is due the day of the party. Deposits are non-refundable.

  • You can check for possible availability on our Calendar here. If a time and date has ‘Birthday Party’ listed, then that slot is already reserved.  Please note that times with nothing reserved could have a tentative reservation in place. 

  • In the event of snow or severe weather, the museum will stay in contact with you by phone and will make every attempt to open for your party.  If the museum closes, every attempt will be made to reschedule your party within two (2) weeks.  If your party cannot be rescheduled in a timely fashion, your deposit will be refunded. 



We want to ensure that everyone has a great time and all details are taken care of.  The following is a list of reminders and recommendations for a successful party.  

  • Birthday parties are parent-directed.
  • Suggested party timeline: One (1) hour in the party room, with unlimited museum play from the start of your party reservation time.
  • You will be allowed to enter the party room 15 minutes prior to your reservation time slot to set up.  Party room must be empty by end of reservation time slot, including 15 minutes for cleanup.

  • Food and drinks are restricted to the party room.
  • For safety reasons piñatas are not allowed. 
  • You are responsible for the behavior of the children who attend your party. 
  • We suggest a minimum of 1 adult for every 5 children to help supervise as they play.
  • If you plan on giving balloons or party favors to children, please wait until the party ends to prevent choking hazards in the museum.