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Birthday Parties

Birthday Parties

We've got birthday parties down to a science! Let our team help you plan and host a celebration your junior scientist will love. 

Birthdays at the RMSC

Celebrate your child's birthday at the RMSC in the incredible Chester C. Carlson Inquiry Room. Our education staff will manage your 2½-hour party, which will include hands-on activities customized for your child and their friends.

Birthday parties are available to RMSC members year-round, and to non-members from June–September. We make it easy to plan:

  1. Select a time slot.
  2. Pick a theme or design your own activities.
  3. Choose a package.
  4. Call to reserve your spot at 585.697.1942.

Birthday Parties are back at the RMSC!

Now Available--RMSC Birthday Parties with the option of Food-To-Go! Experience all the fun an RMSC birthday party has to offer while enjoying the party in a safe, clean and socially distant environment!

Our Food-To-Go birthday party includes everything in the Explorer Package with the option to add on cupcakes and/or pizza to-go for your guests. You are also welcome to bring your own food for guests to take.

Interested in hosting a birthday party at Cumming Nature Center in Naples, NY? Check out our Nature Center birthday party offerings!


Party Time Slots

Saturdays and Sundays

10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. 

Choose Your Theme

We offer several fun party themes, each with their own age-appropriate activities. We can adjust any of these themes to appeal to any age range from 2 – 12.


Winter Wonderland

Recommended for ages 3 – 6
Enjoy the frozen winter weather! Make a magical snowflake wand, snow slime and your own snow to take home. 


Digging up Dinos

Recommended for ages 2 – 5
Become a paleontologist for a day and make your very own fossil! Color a dinosaur mask and complete a fossil rubbing to take home.

Butterfly Wings and Scientific Things

Recommended for ages 4 – 8
Put on your crafty-caps and explore the wonders of insects. Make a pair of insect antennae as well as your very own butterfly to take home with you! Enjoy an animal presentation to learn more about insects and other critters that make their home in the Carlson Inquiry Room.

Science Sampler

Recommended for ages 6 – 12
Junior scientists explore the field of science with cool hands-on projects! Launch a catapult, make icky slime to take home and enjoy a live animal presentation.

Journey to Space

Recommended for ages 4 – 8
Blast-off into space to explore rockets and stars! Watch a film canister rocket launch and make your very own mini planetarium to bring home.

Design Your Own Party

You can also choose to mix and match three of the following activities to create a one-of-a-kind party that best suits your child’s age and personality.

Live Animal Presentation

Recommended for all ages
Get up close and personal with some of our live critters that call the Carlson Inquiry Room their home.

Plaster Fossils*

Recommended for all ages
Make a fossil out of plaster using clay dinosaur imprints.

Insect Antennae*

Recommended for all ages
Become your favorite insect by making a pair of antennae using headbands and craft materials.


Recommended for ages 4 – 12
Make a mini catapult that will launch small objects in the air!


Recommended for ages 6 – 12
Mix ingredients together to make your own icky, sticky slime.

Balloon Blow Up

Recommended for ages 6 – 12
Experiment with vinegar and baking soda to create a gas that will fill up a balloon!

Astronaut Helmets*

Recommended for ages 2 – 6
Become an astronaut by using different craft materials to design your own helmet.

Rocket Launch

Recommended for all ages
Watch a mini rocket launch demonstration using film canisters.

Erupt a Volcano

Recommended for ages all ages
Make a volcano erupt by doing this explosive science experiment.

Owl Pellet Dissection

Recommended for ages 8 – 12
Use tools to dissect an owl's dinner, match your findings to a bone chart and discover exactly what the owl has eaten!

Egg Drop

Recommended for all ages
Build a contraption to protect a real egg from a fall. Test your idea by dropping it off of a balcony onto the RMSC exhibit floor!

Mini Planetarium*

Recommended for all ages
Poke holes in the base of a soup container to make a picture of your favorite constellation. Shine a flashlight inside to see your constellation on the ceiling.

Baggie Butterflies*

Recommended for all Ages
Design your very own butterfly using a variety of different craft materials.

*Children take their creations home with them.

Party Packages

Explorer Package – Members $275 (available year-round) | Non-Members $375 (available June–September)

  • Full-day admission for the birthday child and up to 10 child guests and chaperones ($20 per additional child after first 10 guests, up to a 15-guest maximum)
  • 2½-hour party experience in the Carlson Inquiry Room
  • Hands-on activities led by Museum educators
  • Exhibit free time
  • T-shirt for the birthday child

NEW! To-Go food options available:

  • Six Cupcakes from Savoia Bakery: $10.00 per pack 
  • Sheet Pizza (includes two pieces per child guest)- $27.00 per pizza

Cupcakes & Pizza are individually packaged for each birthday party guest. 

The Explorer and Adventurer Packages are still available with the option to eat in a socially distanced setting or outside (weather & availability permitting).


Customize the Basic Package by adding any of the following:

  • Liquid nitrogen ice cream demonstration ($35) - A demonstration of edible ice cream frozen using liquid nitrogen for each child to try!
  • Pizza and drinks ($40, $27 for each additional) - A one topping, 32 piece sheet pizza. Includes cups, paper products and your choice of three drinks.
  • Cake ($25) - A personalized cake that feeds 15 – 20. Includes silverware, solid colored cake plates and napkins.
  • Goodie Bags ($3 each) – 1 goodie bag filled with fun take-away items


Adventure Package – Members $400 | Non-Members $500 available June–September

Includes the Basic Package plus the following:

  • Personalized cake
  • A one topping sheet pizza (add a second pizza to this package for an additional $25)
  • Three drinks of your choosing
  • Cups, plates, napkins, table covers and silverware
  • Demonstration of edible liquid nitrogen ice cream
  • Goodie Bags

Making a Reservation

Once you’ve selected your date and time, your theme and/or activities and your party package, then call our reservation line at 585.697.1942. Please note that Birthday Parties are exclusively a member benefit. Not a member? Become one today.

A $75 non-refundable fee is required to reserve your date and time slot. The remainder will be due on the day of your party. Full payment will be collected for parties that are canceled less than 48 hours prior to the party date.

Please call no later than three weeks in advance to reserve your special day. Time slots are based on availability.


A birthday at RMSC is one that your child will always remember.

But don't just listen to us, listen to those who have worked with us:

“A great place to host a party.”
“Very easy for the parents.”
“The kids loved it and it was virtually stress-free for the adults!”

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