Now Booking After Hours Private Parties and Events at Seattle Children's Museum

Your after hours private party at SCM will come equipped with our friendly and attentive staff.

Attentive staff to ensure your private party is organized and stress-free.

All SCM after-hour private parties permit food and drink to be consumed in designated Museum areas.

Food & beverage permitted in the Museum’s party rooms and atrium space.

SCM after hours private parties allow 2 hours of exclusive Museum acccess for 100 guests.

Full, exclusive-access use  of the Museum for all private parties including use of all props and exhibits.

What’s Included In Your Private Party Booking

Exclusive Museum Access for up to 100 Guests

Play side by side with 100 of your closest friends or family members during your private party. Please remember that both children and adults, regardless of age count as guests.

2 Hours of Exploration & Discovery

Your private party booking guarantees you two uninterrupted hours of play throughout the Museum. Due to the Museum’s and the Armory Building’s operating hours, our after-hours party booking window is 6 – 8pm.

Included Setup & Cleanup of Museum Provided Items

SCM takes care of all setup and cleanup for after hours private parties. We will setup the space before you arrive and clean up after all your guests are gone, including free use of our tables and chairs and fully propped and play-ready exhibits. We will take care of your trash & cleaning after.

Museum provided Tableware & Cutlery

We provide compostable single-use cutlery and tableware including cups, napkins, forks, knives, and spoons. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What type of food and drink is permitted?

A: You’re welcome to bring food and beverage for your private party, though all F&B items must be kept either within the Museum’s party rooms or on the laminate floor in the main atrium. Food warmers or any type of container that requires an open flame or heating system are permitted so long as they’re monitored by catering staff or are visible to SCM staff. Our party rooms are equipped with mini fridges, tables, and counter space.

Q: When can I arrive to start setting up? When can my guests arrive?

A: You can begin setting up at 5:30pm and your guests can begin arriving when the party starts at 6pm. We will leave the Museum doors open until 6:30pm before locking for the party’s durration so as to not confuse the Public.

Q: Do you have parking or do you validate garage parking?

A: We do not have our own parking garage nor do we validate parking. There’s a multitude of parking and pubic transit options that are detailed out on our Parking & Transit Page HERE. Please be aware, and communicate to your guests, that our proximity to Climate Pledge Arena often spikes near by parking prices to a more expensive “event rate” that is out of our control. We sugggest cross-checking your desired party date with Climate Pledge Arena and Seattle Center event schedules for the easiest parking & campus access.

Q: Can I decorate the Museum for my private party?

A: Decorations must be contained within the Museum’s party rooms and provided tables in the main Atrium. We do not allow balloons, confetti, piñatas, or silly string. If you wish to hang up decor throughout the Museum, we will provide specific Painter’s Tape to use. Our rooms themselves are festively decorated with a colorful décor on the walls and brightly colored chairs and tables.

Q: Is alcohol permitted?

A: With the propper banquet permit, alcohol is permitted at your party.

Q: What audio/visual equipment do you provide?

A: We do not have speakers, proejctors, screens, or other audio/visual equipment for your party’s use though you’re welcome to bring in your  own. Please be advised that we have limited power outlets and power capababilities, as well as no public WiFi throughout the Museum.

Q: What do I need to bring?

A: Please refer to the FAQs to view our list of prohibited items and decor. SCM provides all tables, chairs, plates, napkins, silverware, and cups (all single-use compostable). If you wish to bring your own cutlery or tableware you may. Otherwise, bring yourself, your guests, food, beverage, and other servingware.

Q: Are live entertainers allowed at private parties?

A: External vendors, entertainers, and catering will be permitted at your after hours event on a case-by-case basis. Please be aware that your vendor will not be let into the Museum before 5:30pm to begin their setup and we cannot store any materials or items for your vendor(s) before or after the event.

Q: How much do you chrarge for after hour private parties?

A: $1,000 allows for 2 hours of exclusive museum use for your private party from 6:00 – 8:00pm for 100 guests. Additional guests are permitted for an additional charge. Current SCM Members are elligible for a slight 10% discount.

Q: Besides the Member Discount, are private parties elligible for any other discounts?

A: Unfortunately our private parties are not elligible for Museums For All pricing or any other discounts other than our 10% Member Discount. If you’re looking for a more economical party-hosting option, please refer to our during-hours party options.

Q: What type of special occasions do you suggest celebrating with an after hours private party at Seattle Children's Museum?

A: After hours private parties at Seattle Children’s Museum are perfect for Birthdays, kindergarten, preschool, or grade school graduations, class or school parties or meet-ups, baby showers, little league and sports team get togethers and celebrations, summer bashes, and more! There’s no age limit to who will enjoy celebrating a special occasion at SCM, and we’ll be sure to make it a memorable experience for all in attendance.

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Now booking private parties for Friday and Saturday evenings.