Gillespie Field Birthday Parties

Birthday parties at the Gillespie site are designed for ages 3-12 years old and includes use of the classroom, an educator, and hands on activity. 

Please refer to the Third Party Events section (below) for parties that go over the size restrictions and age limits. 

Birthday Package Includes:

2.5 hours of party space in our classroom

Includes museum admission for up to 30 guests, plus capacity for 10 more at an additional fee of $2 per child or $5 per adult. Below is size restrictions based on age:

  • 15 children max for ages 3 to 4
  • 20 children max for ages 5 to 9
  • 25 children max for ages 10 to 12
  • Larger parties will need prior approval and will require addition fees for staffing.

Dedicated birthday party facilitator with choice of 1 hands-on activity or guided tour.

Ages 4 and up

  • Alka Seltzer rocket and launching
  • Mars Rover
  • Foam and Balsa Gliders

Ages 8-10

  • Penny gliders 
  • Flying cars
  • Safe landing challenge

Ages 10-12

  • Special guided tour of Museum and restoration area

Gift for the birthday child (extra birthday child gift $25)

Parent will be responsible for their own paper goods as well as any food, drinks and/or cake.

Additional information:

  • You will have access to the space 15 min before the party to set up.
  • You are free to bring in your own food, or have food delivered 


  • Balloons (including Helium)/ decorations that attach to walls/ or piñatas.
  • Alcoholic beverages/ Smoking in the museum/ Vape pens.
  • Any flames other than birthday candles.

Adult Expectations

  • Be present with the children and supervise them during party activities, tours and throughout the experience.
  • Be respectful to other museum guests.
  • Keep food and drink in the party area. Food and drink are not allowed to leave the designated party space and enter any other museum space. 

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled 1 week or more in advance 90% refund.
  • Cancelled less than a week $0 refund.

Pricing & Capacity

Museum Members: $300
Non-Members: $350
Extra Adult Guest: $5
Extra Child Guest: $2
Additional Facilitator (for parties over cap limits) $100
Add Guided Tour $50

Party packages allow up to 30 guests, counting all children and adults. Up to 10 additional guests are allowed, for an additional fee (max of 40 guests). Please note that there is a cap on the amount of children based on age. 15 children 3-4 years, 20 children 5-9 years, and 30 children 10-12 years old. Larger parties will need approval and a facilitator fee will apply for additional staffing.

Birthday parties will need to be booked at least 2 weeks in advance. 

Payment must be received within 72 hours of invoice or your reservation will be cancelled.

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