Party Smarty at HMNS!

You’re busy.

Why not let us help you and scratch one thing off your to-do list: planning the perfect birthday bash for your budding scientist.

The Party Smarty birthday party program (ages 11 and younger) at HMNS is your one-stop-shop for party planning - from selecting a theme and deciding on décor to securing activities and entertainment, we’ve got you covered.

Party Smarty Format

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:

Start by choosing from one our four themes. You can explore entomology in the Cockrell Butterfly Center**, dig through 3 billion years of history in the new Hall of Paleontology, throw a soiree under the stars with our Astronomy theme or experience the mysteries of an ancient civilization in our new Hall of Ancient Egypt**.

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) and nourish those noggins, and 45 minutes for good old fashioned celebration.

Parties are customizable with add-on programs; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information on add-ons like magicians, live animal demonstrations and more. Most 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!

 

Have you heard the buzz? We’re running a special of $50 off all remaining 2014 parties (at either location) that are booked between September 1st-15th, 2014! You can even get $50 off on our Deluxe Parties; we’ve never offered a discount on our Deluxe Parties before, so take advantage now!

 

 

 

Please note:

Payment: 50% of fee must be paid at time of booking with the remainder to be paid within 7 days prior to the party date.

Holiday Fee: For parties booked on a Holiday, there will be an additional $100 charge. Weekday discount does not apply on holidays.

Rush Fee: For parties booked 7 days out or less, we will apply an additional $50 Rush fee.

Rescheduling Fee:  One date rescheduling per party is allowed. Any subsequent reschedulings will be subject to a $50 fee per change.

No Outside Vendors: No outside catering companies or outside entertainment are allowed.

The Houston Museum of Natural Science prefers credit cards as a method of payment. If you would prefer to pay in cash, we will accept cash payments for a birthday party as long as the initial deposit of 50% is made at the time of booking and the remaining balance is paid within 7 days prior to the party date.

All birthday parties must be paid prior to the date of the party. Failure to do so will result in the birthday party being cancelled. We appreciate your cooperation.

* We have multiple craft options for each party and theme. Ask your Party Planner for more details.
**The Cockrell Butterfly Center and the new Hall of Ancient Egypt are located at the HMNS Main location only.

Party Smarty at HMNS at Sugar Land

Do you live in the Sugar Land area and want to keep the party a little closer to home? Party Smarty is also conveniently available at HMNS at Sugar Land.  The format is the same, with guests able to tour Dinosaur Alley, tour the Frog exhibit or view a film in the Discovery Dome.


 

Pricing Basic Party Smarty Package - Ages 11 and younger 

Members: $350
Non-Members: $450
There is a $100 discount for birthday parties held Monday – Friday.

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.

Add-on Presentations:
 

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, and touch if they dare, 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.)

Cool Chemistry: $275
From Dancing Polymers to glowing experiments, your guests will leave feeling like Einstein. (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.)

BP America Expedition Center Mission: $275
The BP America 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.)

 

Photography: 

We offer photography packages with Little Branch Photo. Prices range from $300-$400+. Please download the photography package flier for details.

Deluxe Packages (ages 11 and younger): Members: $800; Non-Members: $900

Partysaurus

Party among prehistoric beasts in HMNS’ expansive new Hall of Paleontology and enjoy a spectacular view from above.

For 2.5 hours, your party has exclusive access to the Second Floor, overlooking the prehistoric beasts below.

Price includes one Add-on presentation and the opportunity to create your very own clay dinosaur!

This package is available on a first come first serve basis, and is subject to availability. ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more details.)

In addition to this deluxe party, you will also receive invitations and thank-you cards.

Note: This is the only party that is located on the Second Floor overlooking the new Morian Hall or Paleontology. This package is only available at the HMNS Main location. Please note no food or drinks (of any kind) are allowed in the first floor exhibit space of the new Morian Hall of Paleontology. Food and clear drinks are allowed on the Second Floor Morian Overlook; no helium balloons are allowed in this space. There is a maximum of 30 children and 30 adults allowed for this package option.


Winged Wonderland

The Cockrell Butterfly Center provides a stunning backdrop for the ultimate butterfly or insect fan!

Price includes access to the Butterfly Center for 2.5 hours, an Add-on presentation, and the opportunity for each child to release a butterfly or lady bug into the Rainforest!

The party is located in the custom-designed kid-friendly Hive on the main level and guests have access to all three floors of our distinctive venue.

This package is available strictly on a first-come, first-served basis and is subject to availability. (Contact your party planner for more details.)

In addition to this deluxe party, you will also receive invitations, thank-you cards and one dozen balloons.

Note:  This package is only offered at the HMNS Main location.
Please note that no food and beverages of any kind are allowed inside the Rainforest at any moment during the party - we have to be mindful of our winged friends. Food and drinks are allowed in designated party area only. There is a maximum amount of 30 children and 30 adults allowed for this package option.



Galactic Gathering

Your guest will enjoy an out of this world party in the Arnold Space Hall for 2.5 hours.

Price includes a Planetarium show,  an Add-on presentation and the opportunity for your guests to create their own lava-lamp!

This package is available on a first come first serve basis, and is subject to availability. ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more details.)

In addition to this deluxe party, you will also receive invitations, thank-you cards and one dozen balloons.

Note: This package is only available at the HMNS Main location. Please note no food or drinks are allowed inside the Planetarium. Food and drinks are allowed in the Arnold Space Hall. There is a maximum of 30 children and 30 adults allowed for this package option.


Supplies:

altBalloons: $20 (includes 1 dozen inflated 12" latex balloons) provided by the Museum. If you provide 1 dozen 12" latex balloons, the Museum will inflate them for $10. Must use Museum's helium tanks, no outside helium tanks allowed.

Invitations and Thank You Cards: $40 (includes 20 invitations with envelopes and 20 thank you cards with envelopes)

Our Museum Store offers gift bags to match all the Party Smarty themes from $3 to $12 per bag. You can also customize your own treat bag and get a 20 percent discount on your purchase.

Contact Sally McClain at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information. Gift bags are delivered straight to the party, and you only pay for the ones you use.


To book your party, call 713-639-4646 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Alcoholic/Non-alcoholic Beverages

By law, no outside liquor may be brought onto the premises. Alcohol will not be tolerated or permitted under any circumstances during birthday party activities.

Other Restrictions

You're more than welcome to bring your own food or have food delivered to the museum for your party, however for the safety of our patrons the following items are not allowed: hot plates, crockpots, chafing dishes, sparkler candles or any other heating or warming devices.

Refunds:

The Houston Museum of Natural Science does not offer any refunds on birthday parties.

Rescheduling of Parties:

 The Houston Museum of Natural Science allows a one-time reschedule of a birthday party. Any add-ons that were booked for the original birthday party date are not guaranteed on the rescheduled date. However, the museum will make every effort to reschedule all original add-ons. Any subsequent reschedulings will be subject to a $50 fee per change.

 

Party Smarty - Birthdays with a little Brain Power!

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