Birthday Parties (Ages 5+)

Charles H. MacNider Art Museum offers artistic experiences for birthdays or other celebrations.  Select from one of the three options listed  for a fun and creative event. Basic fees include an art educator, project materials and use of the museum kitchen facilities during regular business hours. Crafters should wear clothing appropriate for doing art projects.
NOTE: These are considered non-alcohol events unless an additional fee is paid when registering.

To set up your party please contact Jackie by
emailing or calling 641-421-3666!

(Please Note: a 2 week advance notice is required)

Download the Birthday Party (ages 5+) form here.

Cost: $80, members $63            Location: Studio A

Perfect for celebrating with classmates! Up to 12 crafters.  Charge of $4 for each additional crafter, max 20.  Due to space constraints a maximum of 24 people may attend this event (adults and children)

*Basic 2-hour Birthday Party includes:

  • Up to 12 crafters.
  • An experienced art instructor for a 1.5 hours of crafts
  • All materials for a themed craft (see list on back)
  • Use of the museum kitchen (refrigerator, stove, microwave)
  • Space in the studio for you to bring in cake, drinks, gifts, decorations
  • A tour of the museum, if time allows
Cost: $120, members $103       Location: Studios A & B

Receive an BASIC Birthday Party*, PLUS room for additional merriment in Studio B!
Maximum of 40 people may attend this event (adults and children).

Cost: $228, includes museum membership fee
Location: Salsbury Room (seating up to 100 people) & Studio A

Receive an BASIC Birthday Party* in Studio A, PLUS celebrate your event for up to four hours in the spacious Salsbury Room!  Tables and chairs can be provided at your request.  This beautiful room is equipped with A/V equipment and a stage.  Please inquire as to the availability of the  Imagination Playground and the Salsbury Room. There is a refundable damage deposit of $50 when using the Salsbury Room.

Themes (for ages 5+):

Planes, Trains, & Automobiles
Animal Lover
Creative Construction
Glitz & Glam

See Below for Full Theme Descriptions:

artastic birthday theme

Artastic – For the Picasso in your family, this party will explore basic art mediums such as painting in unconventional ways.  Possible projects may include bubble art and squirt gun painting!

superhero birthday theme

Superhero – It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s you!  Your birthday party will pack a punch with this Superhero theme.  Possible projects may include capes and a mask.

plane trains birthday theme

Planes, Trains, & Automobiles – From space to sea, this party is sure to be on the move!  Celebrate your birthday creating things that fly, roll, float, zoom, and cruise.  Possible projects may include racecars and jet packs.

animal lover birthday themeAnimal Lover – Come on over to the museum for a party any farm, jungle, home, or sea animal would be proud of!  This theme is sure to satisfy any animal lover.  Possible projects may include animal masks and snakes!

creative constructionr birthday themeCreative Construction – Ready for a party that is out of this world?! Now you can have your party in outer space by creating rockets & alien space ships. Other projects include creating robots & other creative creatures out of outrageous materials.


fairytale birthday themeFairytale – Enjoy your party Happily Ever After! You will be taken to a land of kings & queens, dragons, & castles! Transform yourself into a prince or princess by making a special crown & making royal attire. Other possible projects include a wand & a dragon.

glitz glam birthday theme

Glitz & Glam –Transform everyday items into glamorous creations! Possible projects include decorating a picture frame, sunglasses, hair accessories, simple jewelry making and more. Reveal the fashionista in you!

mine craft birthday theme

Minecraft—Bring the pixel art world of Minecraft to life by creating creepers and designing your own characters.

Pirates & Mermaids—Ahoy Art! Creates waves with mermaids, pirates, and other undersea creations!

Custom Party— I want to pick my own theme! Please contact us to discuss your custom theme idea! This will include an additional fee. A great option for a grown-up birthday party!

Policies effective February 15, 2016