Host your child’s next birthday party at Cranbrook Institute of Science! From private tours to room rentals, scavenger hunts, and more, there’s something for everyone! Read on and see what option might work best for your family.

Staff-Led Birthday Party – available Labor Day to Memorial Day
We have party hosting down to a science! Staff-Led parties include a host, private room rental, guided museum tour, and memorable hands-on activity of your choice. From set up to clean up, we’ll be with your group every step of the way!

Staff-Led Birthday Party Pricing:
$300 (members) or $375 (nonmembers) for 15 guests
“Guest” applies to adults and children 2+. Additional guests (limit 50 guests total) are $10/each.

Price includes:

  • General museum admission and Changing Hall admission
  • 2-hour party plus time for set-up and clean-up
  • Museum educator host
  • Guided museum tour and hands-on activity (options below – select at time of booking)
  • Private room rental
  • Gift for the birthday child (t-shirt and goodies from the Science Shop)

Galactic Birthday Party – available Labor Day to Memorial Day
This party has it all! Party fee includes a host, private room rental, museum tour, private planetarium show, and a special gift for the birthday kiddo. From set up to clean up, your host will be will your group every step of the way. Pick your favorite planetarium show from our current schedule.

Galactic Birthday Party Pricing:
$700 (members) or $855 (nonmembers) for 50 guests
“Guest” applies to adults and children 2+. Additional guests (limit 75 guests total) are $10/each.

Price includes:

  • General museum admission and Changing Hall admission
  • 2-hour party plus time for set-up and clean-up
  • Museum educator host
  • Guided museum tour
  • Private room rental
  • Private planetarium show of your choice
  • Gift for the birthday child (t-shirt and goodies from the Science Shop)
  • VIP parking for the day

Self-Guided Birthday Party – available year-round
Host your own night at the museum with a Self-Guided party! Roam the halls to complete a scavenger hunt and peek through the telescope in the Observatory. We’ll give you the tools you need to have a great celebration on a Friday or Saturday evening!

Self-Guided Birthday Pricing:
$100 (members) or $125 (nonmembers) for 15 guests
“Guest” applies to adults and children 2+.

Price includes:

  • General museum admission and Changing Hall admission
  • 2-hour party (Fridays or Saturdays after 5pm)
  • Reserved tables in the Lower Lobby
  • Scavenger hunts for guests
  • Small gift for the birthday child

Ready to book? 
A $50 non-refundable deposit officially holds the date and will go towards the final cost of your party. Please contact Sarah at sschleicher@cranbrook.edu | 248 645.3193.

Birthday Party Inquiry
Have a burning question? Or a particular date you’d like us to check? Submit your questions here!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • +Can I bring food?
    Absolutely! The museum doesn’t provide food or decorations for birthday parties. You’re welcome to bring birthday treats from home or have something delivered. Staff-Led parties also include an additional 30 minutes before and after the party to set up and clean up the rental room. Alternatively, you can also order food from Reflections Café. They have a selection of pizzas, chips, sodas, salads, etc. They will deliver directly to your party location. Please call 248 645.3201 to order from the Reflections Café!
  • +What are the activity options for a Staff-Led Party?
    We have lots of options for kid guests ranging in age from toddlers to teens. Here are some recent favorites:
    Dino Tale: Pass around real fossils and casts from the Institute’s collection. Go on a simulated dinosaur dig in sand boxes!
    Bitty Engineers: Build, make, and create with plastic cups, LEGO bricks, and micro robotic creatures. Solve problems and invent new things!
    Nature Walk: Explore a slice of Cranbrook’s 319-acre campus and search for signs of the season. See blooms open in the springtime or admire fall’s changing colors.
    exploreLAB: Take over the Institute’s newest exhibition! Immerse yourself in paleontology: dig for fossil replicas, extract and prep a souvenir fossil, and see specimens from our collection! Additional $5/guest, limit 35 guests.
    Air Play: See toilet paper fly off the roll, watch a small (but safe!) explosion, launch rockets, and have giggly fun all thanks to air!
    Behind the Scenes: Get a glimpse at rare objects from the Institute’s collection – dazzling shoes, woven baskets, fossils, and more! Don gloves and take a closer look.
  • +What other Staff-Led birthday party activity options are there?
    Is there an area of science that your son really digs? Is your daughter all about STEM? Private planetarium shows, souvenir slime, and more… we can talk about custom activity options before you book your party!
  • +What if I want to invite more guests?
    Contact us and tell us more about your anticipated guest list. We’ll gladly answer your questions!
  • +What if we’re members? Or if my guests are members?
    A birthday party is more than a typical visit to the museum, so we do include your family and/or member guests in the total guest count. We love celebrating birthdays with our members! Keep in mind, your museum membership entitles you to a member-only party discount!
  • +Can we see a planetarium show?
    Definitely! Planetarium shows are an option for either Galactic or Self-Guided parties. Contact us for additional pricing information.
  • +I have more questions…
    We have answers! Drop us a line here.