Twin Cities Birthday Parties for Kids: Discovery

Discovery: Birthday Parties for Inquisitive Kids

Planning a birthday party for a curious child who loves to tinker and learn new things? These discovery birthday parties will absorb and fascinate them and their guests.

Twin Cities Discovery Birthday Parties for Curious Kids

Bakken Museum

3537 Zenith Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55416
Recommended ages: Ages 5-13
Price: Contact the Bakken for pricing.
Details: Families are encouraged to rent the classroom for a private birthday party and to explore the museum exhibits with their party guests.
Availability: Packages are not currently offered. In the meantime, visiting the Bakken Museum with a small group could make for a fun birthday outing. There are plenty of hands-on electrical exhibits to tinker around with, or visit when the museum is hosting a special event.
Verified: Verified March 2023

Education at Bakken
Learning About Electricity at Bakken Museum

Bell Museum of Natural History

Bell Museum, Larpenteur Avenue West, Saint Paul, MN 55113
Recommended ages: Ages 5-12
Price: $300+.
Details: Weekend 90-min birthday party packages include private party rooms with themed décor and special activities. Admission to the Planetarium may be added on.
Availability: Bell Museum’s birthday party program is currently on hold. When available, parties are offered Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 am and 1 pm. Bookings must be in place three weeks in advance.
Verified: Verified March 2023

Leonardo’s Basement

150 West 60th Street Minneapolis, MN 55419.
Recommended ages: Ages 6-12; teen & adult (6 is minimum age accepted).
Price: $300 minimum ($30/guest).
Details: Themes may include invention, woodworking, recycled sculpture or jewelry making. 
Availability: Parties last two hours and are held on Saturdays at 12:30 or 3pm. Birthday parties are currently on hiatus until Fall 2023 as Leonardo’s Basement is in the process of moving.
Verified: Verified March 2023

Sea Life Aquarium

Mall of America, 120 East Broadway, Bloomington, MN 55425.
Recommended ages: All ages.
Price: Starting at $9/child; $14/adult. (2 and under FREE)
Details: Groups of 10 or more children can visit at a discounted rate. Purchase tickets as a group and then guests can come and go all day.
Availability: Birthday packages are not currently available, but the group discount detailed above is available. When they return, please book birthday parties two weeks in advance.
Verified: Verified March 2023

Science Museum of Minnesota

120 W. Kellogg Blvd. Saint Paul, MN 55102.
Recommended ages: Ages 4-12.
Price: $195 & up
Details: Got a kid who wants to be a paleontologist? Science exploration customized to fit your birthday party guests.
Availability: The Science Museum’s birthday parties are currently on hold.
Verified: March 2023


2649 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Recommended ages: Options for all ages.
Price: $250-$275
Details: Themed parties — LEGO, Robotics, Crazy Science — led by certified instructors in the Discovery Center. 
Availability: Party hours available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Verified: September 2023

STEM Builders Learning Centers

1351 113th Ave NE, Suite #100, Blaine, MN 55434; (612)-217-4117
8877 Aztec Drive, Eden Prairie, MN  55347; (612) 444-5997
15600  35th Ave N Unit #201, Plymouth, MN 55447; (763) 273-4354
Recommended Ages: 6-14.
Price: $249-$295 for up to 10 kids; $15/additional child.
Details: Features a variety of hands-on projects and party ideas for kids ages 6-14, a private party room and a dedicated host.
Availability: Book through location of your choice.
Verified: January 2024

The Works Museum

9740 Grand Ave. S., Bloomington, MN 55420
Recommended Ages: 5-12.
Price: $210/90 minutes; $250/2 hours
Details: Exploration in the experience gallery and a private party room for presents and cake. Guests make their own party favors.  Projects include slimy glow dough, fling flyers, mini-catapults, and mini-kaleidoscopes.
Availability: Now booking parties in the renovated space.
Verified: Feb. 2023

Escape Room Birthday Party Package

If your curious child loves puzzles, they may enjoy an escape room birthday party. Many of these family-friendly escape rooms offer birthday parties, accommodate birthday gatherings or offer corporate events that could be modified for a kids birthday party.

Best Twin Cities Escape Rooms for Kids
Host an Escape Room Birthday Party.

The Science of Baking

Celebrate your child’s next birthday with the science of baking. We list cooking and baking birthday party venues on our Creative Birthday Parties page, but they could be great parties for curious kids, too. Bake pizzas, make ice cream or just make cupcakes or candies. The best part, leave the cleanup behind.

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