Birthday Parties

Book your child’s next birthday party at the North Shore Children’s Museum!

North Shore Children’s Museum is the perfect birthday party venue for kids, their families, and friends. Typically, birthday parties will run two hours long. The first hour and 15 minutes will be free play for the children where they get to explore and play in all the museum exhibits. The last 45 minutes is when kids and guests will transition into the party room where they can enjoy food and drinks. Food and drinks are not permitted in the exhibit spaces. A party attendant will be there from start to finish, in order for parents to have a great time with their child and where everyone can build memories that will last for years.

“I just wanted to reach out and say our party last night on 2/9 for Alex was absolutely amazing! Everyone had a great time and it was such a calming and fun environment for a party. We truly loved it! The staff we encountered were all so kind. Food delivery was seamless. Load in and out was great. I really just can’t say enough wonderful things! Thank you again, you have fans for life!” – Christine

Options for Private & Semi-Private Birthday Parties

North Shore Children’s Museum offers two options for birthday parties. The first is a Semi-Private Party, which occurs on Saturdays, and takes place while the museum is open to the public. However, the party room is completely private to you, and the ticket capacity for the public is lower than during typical play sessions.

The second option is a Private Party, which occurs on Fridays and Sundays, and takes place while the museum is closed to the public. Only your guests will have access to the museum during your two-hour party block.

Food and Catering Options

Party hosts are responsible for any food and drinks, along will all tableware, cutlery, and table coverings. Alcohol is not permitted on the property. You are welcome to bring in food from outside vendors and we are partnered with a number of downtown Peabody businesses that will provide a 10% discount for party orders:

Attached to the party room is a kitchenette with a refrigerator/freezer, microwave, and sink that you will have full access to for the duration of the party.

Kids Birthday Party Packages and Pricing

Birthday Party Guidelines and Information

Set-Up Party

Party hosts may arrive fifteen minutes before their party begins. Your party attendant will greet you and help you get settled into the party room.

Clean-Up & Breakdown

Hosts have 15 minutes after the party ends to collect all belongings and throw away trash (we are unable to dispose of excessive trash, e.g. more than two large trash bags).

Payment & Cancellation Policy

Payment is due in full at the time of booking. There is a $100 cancellation fee. If a cancellation is made less than 1 week prior to the party date, no refund will be issued and the host will be responsible for the full party payment. If a cancellation is made more than 1 week prior to the party date, a refund, minus the $100 cancellation fee, will be issued.


If you have any questions, please contact our Community Engagement Manager Madison Borden by emailing her at, or by calling 978-538-5769.

Birthday Party FAQs

How far in advance would I need to book my party?

Parties must be booked at least one week prior to the date of the party. Parties are released in three-month blocks. Release dates are announced on our Facebook and Instagram, and in our newsletter prior to those dates going live.

I am a museum member. Do I get a discount?
At this time, we are unable to offer members a discount on parties.
How many guests can I invite? Is there a limit?

The cost of your party includes admission for 40 people, including the hosts. If you would like admission for up to 10 more people, there is a $100 fee to raise the party guest limit to 50.

Is parking included?

NSCM does not have a parking lot. For a map of street parking and city lots please visit our FAQ page.

Can I decorate the room, or does staff take care of that?
You are welcome to bring items to decorate the party room. You will have 15 minutes to decorate before the party starts and must be able to take down all decorations within 15 minutes past the end of your two-hour party block. All wall hangings must be secured with tape. No pinatas, glitter, confetti, or silly string are permitted.
Who can I contact for any birthday party coordinating questions?

Please reach out to our Community Engagement Manager, Madison Borden at or 978-538-5769.

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