Birthday Parties

Let Cranbrook Institute of Science host your next birthday party! Choose from staff-led or self-guided parties. From room rentals to dinosaur digs, museum tours, and scavenger hunts, we have many customizable options! See below for details, and call 248 645.3193 with questions or booking requests.

Staff-led Birthday Party Options

Pass around fossils from the Institute’s collection, mix up chemistry concoctions, meet live insects, and more! From planetology to astronomy, enjoy customizable birthday parties with a theme of your choice. Staff-led parties include:

  • General museum admission and Changing Hall admission
  • 2-hour party window
  • Guide museum tour
  • Museum educator host and hands-on activity of your choice
  • T-shirt for the birthday child
  • $25 gift certificate to the Science Shop

Size and pricing details:

  • Small Group (up to 15 guests): $225 for members, $300 for non-members
  • Large Group (up to 50 guests): $500 for members, $625 for non-members
  • Birthday party guests of all ages are welcome to celebrate! For admission purposes, “guest” applies to individuals 2 years of age and older.
  • Expect more than 15 guests? Receive prorated admission! Call for pricing details.

Self-Guided Birthday Party Options

Celebrate a birthday night at the museum! This new Friday or Saturday evening option (7 – 9pm) is perfect for smaller groups looking for a unique, choose-your-own-adventure party option. Self-guided parties include:

  • General museum admission and Changing Hall admission
  • Observatory visit
  • Reserved tables in the Lower Lobby – bring your favorite birthday treats!
  • Scavenger hunts for guests
  • Small gift for the birthday child
  • 20% off purchases in the Science Shop

Pricing details:

  • Up to 10 guests: $75 for members, $100 for non-members
  • Birthday party guests of all ages are welcome to celebrate! For admission purposes, “guest” applies to individuals 2 years of age and older.

Questions? Ready to book?
Please contact Sarah via phone or email at:
sschleicher@cranbrook.edu
248 645.3193

Museum Rental

We have event planning down to a science!

Looking for an unusual and memorable place to hold your next event? Look no further. Cranbrook Institute of Science offers an ideal setting for corporate or private events. Your guests can view interactive exhibits that explore natural history and science, attend a laser or astronomy show, and enjoy a stroll by our Reflecting Pool or through the Erb Family Science Garden.

We host:

  • Strolling receptions and dinners for large or small groups
  • Seated dinners
  • Auditorium programs with comfortable seating for 192 people
  • Astronomy and laser programs in a state-of-the-art planetarium for up to 75 people per show

The Institute includes:

  • Hands-on exhibits
  • A 39-foot-tall Light Laboratory in the museum vestibule
  • Michigan's only full-size Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton cast
  • Inviting outdoor Science Garden
  • Innovative Connections Theater with continuous loop video capability

The Institute's professional events staff includes a host/hostess, visitor services personnel, security and a choice of the area's top caterers who will custom design your menu for your event. Also available are florists, valet parking, checkroom attendants, dance areas, tents (weather permitting) and audio/visual equipment. The Institute's event coordinator and experienced staff will work with you to make your event a memorable one!

For further information, please contact the Institute event coordinator at 248 645.3164.

We look forward to hosting your event!