We have Birthday Parties down to a science!
Explore the wonders of The Franklin Institute during a scavenger hunt led by your personal party assistant, make homemade snot or launch Alka Seltzer rockets, and see a movie in one of our three theatersthe 5-story tall Tuttleman IMAX®, the Franklin 3D Theater, or the Fels Planetarium! Birthday Parties are available Saturdays and Sundays with room times at 12:00PM and 3:00PM. A personalized party schedule will be created at the time of registration. Children ages 3-11 are perfect for our parties, but we are happy to celebrate with younger and older children as well. Please note that activities may not always be appropriate for these children.
THE GUEST OF HONOR RECEIVES:
- Downloadable invitations to invite all of their friends and family
- A special Happy Birthday introduction before their film
- A special gift and a birthday sticker to wear all day
- An unforgettable birthday experience!
PARTY GUESTS ENJOY:
- All-day Museum exploration
- A film on the 5-story tall Tuttleman IMAX®, Franklin 3D Theater, or the Fels Planetarium
- A personally guided scavenger hunt
- A make-and-take science activity
WE MAKE ORGANIZING THE PARTY EASY!
- Personal party assistant for 3 hours
- One FREE parking voucher for the day of the party
- Private party room for 1 hour PLUS 30-minute setup time prior to party room time
Choose Your Party Theme
Birthday parties include a guided scavenger hunt, a make-and-take science activity for each partygoer, and your choice of a theater film! Party themes based on traveling exhibitions are also available.
NEW! BUTTERFLIES IN DISGUISE
Explore the Changing Earth exhibit, get crafty and design a colorful butterfly souvenir, and join hundreds of millions of real butterflies as they come alive on the 5-story tall, domed IMAX® screen in Flight of the Butterflies.
BOUNCING BALL MAZE Recommended for ages 5 and under.
Roll, spin, and bounce your way to fun. Build a crazy ball maze and unleash the excitement. You'll have a ball!
See art and science collide in Sir Issac's Loft and experiment with colors when you build a color-mixing spinner.
Did you know that your body makes a new batch of snot every 20 minutes? Learn more amazing facts about your body in The Giant Heart exhibit and make some snot to take home!
Journey to outer space in the Space Command exhibit and prepare for blast-off as you create your very own Alka Seltzer rocket!
Explore the four forces of flight in The Franklin Airshow and then design and decorate a paper airplane that dips, dives, and shows off those forces of flight!
Food & Birthday Cake Packages
Skip the fuss and order a complete birthday cake and food package from our in-house caterer, Frog Commissary.
Option 1 - $7 per person; Our fresh house-made cheese pizza, potato chips, and assorted beverages.
Option 2 - $10.50 per person; Chicken tenders with honey mustard and barbecue dips, potato chips and assorted beverages.
Option 3 - $12.50 per person; An assortment of sandwiches, potato chips and beverages.
Small Party Cake - $40; Serves up to 20 people
Large Party Cake - $75; Serves up to 40 people
Looking for something different? We would be happy to work with you on your child's special day. Customized menus, dietary restrictions, mixed packages, custom cakes, a la carte items, special requestswe can accommodate all. Please contact our Birthday Party Catering Coordinator at 215.448.1328. See our FAQ page for all of the details.
More Birthday Fun
Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream
Made with fresh ingredients and dramatically chilled right before your eyes with super cold liquid nitrogen, it's a sweet treat and science demonstration wrapped into one! Toppings provided. Additional fee: $3 per person. Please note that Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream must be ordered no later than the Wednesday before the party date due to the perishable nature of ice cream ingredients.
Older children may enjoy our SkyBike and/or Flight Simulators. Additional fees onsite. Height restrictions apply.
Check current shows and show times for the Tuttleman IMAX®, Franklin Theater, and the Fels Planetarium.
A printer-friendly version of our invitation card is available for download. CLICK HERE for front. CLICK HERE for back.
Members save 10%!
Additional guests: $20 per guest due the day of the party.
*Note: "Guests" refers to children AND adult guests. The birthday child/children are free.
Group Sales Department
The Franklin Institute
222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
voice: 215.448.1200 (Option 5)
For more information, visit our list of Frequently Asked Questions.
Prices effective 07/8/13.