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Birthday Party Frequently Asked Questions

May I bring decorations?
You are welcome to add decorations that can be hung with removable tape. Balloons and piñatas are not permitted. The birthday party host is given 30 minutes prior to the party for set up.

Do you provide tables and chair?
The Museum provides up to six 5-foot round tables and chairs. Please bring your own table coverings.

Can I bring food? 
Refreshments such as snacks, drinks, and birthday cake may be brought by the party host. The birthday family is responsible for plates, cups, napkins, and utensils. Food cannot be delivered to the National Building Museum. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

Can younger siblings attend the party?
Younger siblings are welcome to attend with no participation, at no cost. Party and craft materials are only provided for the number of paid participants.

How will my guests know where to go? 
Ask that your guests check in at the Museum's Information Desk upon their arrival. Staff will direct them to the correct classroom. 

Where can we park?
The birthday party host receives one parking permit to park in the Museum parking lot on the 4th Street NW side of the building. Please note that our parking lot is first come, first parked, and thus we cannot guarantee parking in our lot even with a parking pass.

After parking in the lot, enter the museum through the 4th Street/Employee entrance, then meet the Museum Teacher at the 4th Street Security Guard's Desk where you can pick up your permit. Place the permit on the dashboard in your car.

What is the party schedule?
The birthday party program will last two hours and include:
(30 minute set up); 
30 minute welcome activity and story time; 
45 minute building activity;
45 minute period for birthday celebration (led by birthday party host). 

Is there a refrigerator we can use?
There is no refrigerator available, but you are welcome to bring a cooler.

What happens if I don’t have an accurate guest count until the day of the party?
You can pay for additional children on the day of the party. A staff person will contact you before the party to confirm the party and answer any last questions. At that time, you will be asked to provide an estimate of how many children will attend.

Can we order pizza for the party?
If you would like to provide pizza or other food from a restaurant, please pick up the order at the restaurant. Food deliveries cannot be delivered to the classroom.

Can we visit the Building Zone before or after the party?
Since the Building Zone has limited access, please check at the Admission Desk for availability for particular times.