Kids' Birthday Parties | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

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Celebrate Your Child’s Evolution!

Whether your child dreams of someday becoming a world-renowned paleontologist or has a love affair with butterflies, we can make their next birthday one that they will never forget!  Our birthday party program takes your child's interests and creates a fun environment to learn and explore on their special day. They run Saturdays and Sundays at 10 am, 12:30 pm, and 3 pm.

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Frequestly Asked Questions

What does a birthday party cost?


  Member price  

  Non-member price  

  Basic party package (40 guests)  



  Additional guests over the 40 included 







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How long does a party last?

·         90 minutes, with half an hour before and after for set up and clean up.

What age does a child need to be to have a birthday party at NHM?

·         At least four years old.


What does the museum provide?

·         Decorations based on theme including items from our collections

·         Solid colored plates, cups, napkins, and table covers

·         Utensils

·         Cake servers

·         Jumbo birthday card

·         Tables, chairs, and use of a private party room

·         Event Assistant to help facilitate your party

·         Admission for your guests to the Museum for the day


What do you provide?

·         Food and beverage

·         Cake


What will my child be doing?

·         Age-appropriate activities and crafts led by Museum staff


What themes are available?

·         Dinosaurs (our most popular)

·         Butterflies and Bugs

·         Ice Age (Page Museum: call 213.763.3536 for more information regarding birthdays)


When should I book?

·        You must book at least 2 weeks in advance.

·        We recommend booking 2 months in advance since we book up so quickly.


Where is the party room located and what does it look like?

·        The room we use for birthdays at NHM is called the Times Mirror Room and is located on the ground level.


Are there any options for customizing my party?

Yes! For an additional fee, we have a variety of add-ons, listed below. Some add-ons are only appropriate for certain age groups, so we have included those restrictions here.



 Age range

 Butterfly/Spider Pavilion Admission (seasonal)

 $5 and/ or $3 

 All ages ($5 for 13 and up, and $3 for 12 and under)

 Reserved seating for Dino Encounters**


 All ages (May be a little scary for children under 5) 

 Puppeteer Meet and Greet (includes reserved seating for Dinosaur Encounters)** 


 Ages 6 and up


**Starting in mid-January until March 2015, Dinosaur Encounters reserved seating will only be available following the 10 am birthday party


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New birthday location options!

·        Interested in having a birthday at the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits with mammoths, saber-toothed cats, and tar? Call 213.763.3536 to check availability.

·        Does your child love bugs, spiders, and butterflies? Hold his or her birthday in the Pavilion Garden. This space is available year-round, whiel the Butterfly Pavilion and Spider Pavilion are only open seasonally. Call 213.763.3536 to check availability.