Birthday Parties

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Due to our summer programming, we will not be available for birthday party bookings from June 5th to September 5th.


  • The Museum is available to children aged Pre K and up for birthday parties from the beginning of September through the end of May.
  • Prior to the event, your child selects a project. Projects available at this time are pictured below.
  • Birthday parties are scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays from either 10 to noon or 1 to 3pm.
  • During the first hour and a half (an hour for Pre K ages), the birthday child and guests build the project your child selected. The last half hour is for food and gift giving.
  • The Museum provides the project and table and chairs for the party. You provide the paper goods and the food.


  • The cost for the party is $20/per child with a 10 child minimum.
  • A deposit of $200 will be required to hold the slot for your party. This covers the cost of the first 10 children.
  • The balance of $20 per child is due on the day of the party when we know how many children over the first 10 attend. We do need to know how many children you have invited so that we may prepare enough materials.


  • Our birthday booking season is from the last weekend in August through the first weekend in June.
  • We need at least a week's notice to book a party, and the earlier you book the better your options will be!
  • To book your party, please fill out this form and we will confirm all of the details with you!
    Birthday Party Inquiry

Call the Museum at 203.777.1833 or email if you have any questions.

The images below are the projects that are available. During the fall and winter months, we do non-water based projects. We try to pair age-appropriate and interest related projects to the birthday child. We need at least a week's advance notice to prepare a project.

Certain projects can be adapted for a child's preference: Dancing Robots can be superheroes (Silver Surfer) or maybe villians (Star Wars' storm troopers); Dynabrollys can be based on Disney's Frozen, Harry Potter, or a ballerina or flying saucer. Pinball games are everyone's ideas elaborated in the form of a game that can tell a story. Drawing Machines are the EWM version of the classic spiral drawing toy, (but you have to build it first), and Marble Trees are the absolute best for solving a vertical puzzle. Mechanical Movements are designed with degrees of difficulty for different ages, but you always elaborate it your way to tell your own story.

Some projects (especially for very young children – PreK ) come with a story which we read first. They are noted in the inner page as "with story". Electrical projects with motors and battery are noted by the word 'battery.'

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