Party Smarty is about more than cake and candles. We make it our mission for your child to have an unforgettable time and to learn something while they’re at it.
Planning with us is easy. Here’s how it works:
Choose one of our seven themes:
- You can explore entomology in the Cockrell Butterfly Center**
- Dig through 3 billion years of history in the Morian Hall of Paleontology
- Throw a soiree under the stars with our Astronomy theme
- Experience the mysteries of an ancient civilization in our Hall of Ancient Egypt**. Due to the sensitive nature of the items inside the Hall, we do not recommend this theme for children below the age of 8.
- Can you spot the rattlesnake? Take a hike through our Farish Hall of Texas Wildlife while you see how many different animals you can find.
- Spend a fun-filled hour flying to Mars in our Expedition Center before you finish your celebration in one of our private party rooms (ages 10+). This package does not include a craft.
Each party is two hours long and divided into three segments:
- 30 minutes for crafts*
- 30-45 minutes to tour an exhibit (or a Planetarium show)
- 45 minutes for good old fashioned celebration
* We have multiple craft options for each party and theme. Ask your Party Planner for more details.
Parties are customizable with add-on programs (see below); contact your party planner for more information on add-ons like magicians, live animal demonstrations and more. Party rooms can accommodate up to 20 kids and 20 parents. If extra room is needed, we do have the ability to accommodate more, contact your party planner for more details!
**The Cockrell Butterfly Center and the Hall of Ancient Egypt are located at the HMNS Main location only.
Large Room Additional Charge: $150 for up to 40 children and 40 adults.
You also have the option of purchasing an extra 30 minutes for your party for $100.
There is a $100 discount for birthday parties held Monday – Friday.
- Wildlife on Wheels: $275
Whether it’s creepy and crawly or cuddly and cute, we have the critter you want. Guests can experience a live animal presentation when they drop in for a visit. Animal availability may vary. (Recommended for children 4 years and older. Presentation lasts 45 minutes and extends your party by 30 minutes.)
- Magician: $275
Our magician will astound guests with his mystifying magic! (Recommended for children 5 years and older. Presentation lasts 45 minutes and extends your party by 30 minutes.)
- Bugs on Wheels: $275
From giant millipedes to hissing cockroaches, stunning walking sticks and more, your guests will be amazed! Our insect experts will introduce your guests to a bug’s world. Insect availability may vary. (Recommended for children 5 years and older. Presentation lasts 45 minutes and extends your party by 30 minutes.)
- Balloon Artist: $125
From swords to Disney characters and everything in between, our balloon artists will delight your guests with their creations. (Recommended for all age groups. Presentation lasts 60 minutes and extends your party by 30 minutes.)
- Face Painter: $150
Anything and everything your child (and their friends) can dream up can be painted on their face or arm. (Recommended for all age groups. Presentation lasts 60 minutes and extends your party by 30 minutes.)
- Expedition Center Mission: $275
The Expedition Center is a learning experience that engages children, transforming them into scientists, engineers or researchers on a simulated space expedition. Mission lasts for an hour and is for up to 20 children. (Recommended for children 8 years and older and extends your party by 30 minutes.)
- Discovery Dome Theater: $275
Enjoy a private 30 minute show of your choice in our inflatable dome.
- Extra Tour/Planetarium: $125
Interested in more than one tour? Add an extra tour (Dinosaur, Butterfly, or Egypt) to your party so everyone will get to experience more of what the museum has to offer. You can also add a planetarium show to your party too!