CML Parties

Have Your Birthday at CML!

CML provides a magical and unique location for your child’s next birthday!  Where the birthday princess can climb to the top of her very own castle, where the birthday boy can be the captain of his own ship and where parents can actually enjoy watching their child have the best birthday ever, all while the experienced CML party host takes care of everything…these are memories found only at a CML Party!

For pricing, themes, availability and birthday party extras please see menu below.

Celebrate a Very Merry Un-Birthday at CML!

Just because it isn’t your birthday doesn’t mean that you can’t celebrate with CML … and we’re proving it with our Un-Birthday Party Parties!  Our Party Room is the ideal space for celebrating graduations, family reunions, business parties, holidays and more!  This room can fit 50 guests comfortably and can accommodate various set-up needs, in addition to offering CML party resources upon request!

Party Availability Calendar!

Click here to see an up-to-date calendar of available Party dates and times!  Please Note: Summer weekdays are not available because of Summer Camp. Most weekday afternoons during the Fall, Winter and Spring are available; please call for more information.

Order a Customized Birthday Party Invitations!

Leave the invitations to CML! Choose a themed invitation (see samples here) and add it on to your party package starting at just $30! Customized invitations will be delivered to your door for you to mail out.

Want a rockin’ party? Add a Silent Disco Package to any After-Hours Celebration!

Your guests won’t want to leave! Add a Silent Disco Package to your After-Hours Party for just $150. Price includes 40 wireless headsets and use of the Medieval Castle for your private jam session! Ask us for more details when planning your After-Hours Party!

The Silent Disco Package is also available for a 48-Hour off-site rental so you can party at home!

Ready to Plan Your Party?

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Complete our Birthday Party Information Request Form, then submit the completed request form to birthdayparties@exploreCML.org or fax to 843.352.6162.
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Once your request is received, we will contact you within one week to confirm your reservation date. A $75 deposit is required to complete your birthday party reservation.
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Once your deposit is received, we will send you a birthday party packet to complete.

Birthday Party Info

Birthday Party Basics, Themes & Extras

Doo Dash Bash
(CML’s Basic Birthday Party)

(suggested for ages 1 – 10)
For up to 10 children (additional children are $9/each, 20 children maximum)
Grown-ups are complimentary
CML Member – $200 (birthday child and his/her siblings are complimentary)
Non-CML Member – $225 (birthday child is complimentary)

Includes:

– One dedicated PLAY Specialist as your party facilitator who will set up, serve your food + refreshments and clean up after the party

– 1.5 hours exclusive use of our large, private party room to celebrate in your own style

– Unlimited PLAY time in the Museum with all-day access to the entire Museum for all guests

– Free parking for the Party Host in our CML Employee Parking Lot during your party time

– A Birthday Parade in the Museum

– Paper and plastic products including table covers, cups, plates, napkins and tableware (you may choose to bring your own decorations, as well)

– 6 party balloons

CML Themed Birthday Parties

(suggested for ages 4 – 10)
For up to 10 children (additional children are $12/each, 20 children maximum)
Grown-ups are complimentary

CML Member – $270 (birthday child and his/her siblings are complimentary)
Non-CML Member – $305 (birthday child is complimentary)

Includes:

Everything in our Doo Dash Bash

PLUS

– 6 more balloons

– A themed craft led by a PLAY Specialist

– A Scavenger Hunt in the Museum led by a PLAY Specialist

– One party favor for every child

Theme Options:

Ahoy! It’s a Pirate Party
X marks the best birthday party in town during CML’s Ahoy! It’s a Pirate Party! Children get into character as they decorate their own swords and then complete their look with pirate eye-patches. Then, they are off on a treasure hunt throughout the Museum, which will end with finding buried treasure!

Knights and Princesses Party
Step back in time to an age when knights and princesses ruled the land!  Once the knights and princesses have designed creative crowns, they are sent on a quest throughout the Museum, including CML’s Medieval Castle.

Superheroes to the Rescue! Party
CML needs your little heroes and heroines to help save our Museum!  Your child and guests will decorate their superhero masks to get in character as they search high and low for their superhero friends.  Once the Museum is safe, we’ll send everyone home with goodies so they can continue fighting crime at home!

Paint n’ Play Party
Young artists will don CML smocks and, following in the footsteps of other famous artists, they’ll turn blank canvases into inspired masterpieces that are frame-worthy and ready to take home! Then, they’re off on a scavenger hunt throughout the Museum!

Sensational Scientists Party
Young scientists will grab their lab coats (provided by CML) and embark on a super-slimy journey through the world of STEM, creating their very own slime to take home! Scientists will then continue their exploration with a scavenger hunt through the Museum!

Party Extras

Customized Invitations…

– Choose from one of CML’s designs (see samples here) to invite your guests to PLAY! ($30 for 25 customized invitations delivered to your door ready to mail)

Silent Disco Package…

– Add a Silent Disco Package to your After-Hours Party for just $150. Price includes 40 wireless headsets and use of the Medieval Castle for your private jam session! Ask us for more details when planning your After-Hours Party!
More decorations…

– Extra Balloons ($1.25 each)

– Happy Birthday Mylar Balloons ($4.00 each)

– Party It Up Kit: Includes party hats, fun glasses and bubbles ($1.50 per child)

– CML Take Home Treat: choose from an assortment of Melissa and Doug favors ($5.00 per child)

– Choose Your Own Take Home Treat: party guests get to choose from a selection of toys in CML ToyLand ($5.00 per child)

More delicious…

CML is happy to arrange for the following food items to be available to your guests:

– Snacks for the big and small – $.50 each (mixture of pretzels, Goldfish, Sunchips, Cheeze Its)

– Drinks for the tall and short – $.50 each (mixture of Apple and Eve juice, water)

CML’s Preferred Vendors…

Birthday Cake

– Ashley Bakery (843.763.4125; info@ashleybakery.com)

– Cupcake DownSouth (Funda Clark; 843.853.8181)

– Little White Boxes (Judy Kessler; littlewhiteboxes@att.net)

– King Street Cookies cookie cake (843.727.2020)

Pizza

– Pizza Hut (843.763.2700)

HAVE QUESTIONS OR READY TO PLAN YOUR PARTY?

Contact Cameron Haines, Events Coordinator, at 843.853.8962 x240 or cameron@exploreCML.org to book your party today!

Birthday Pricing

Doo Dash Bash
(CML’s Basic Birthday Party)

(suggested for ages 1 – 10)
For up to 10 children (additional children are $9/each, 20 children maximum)
Grown-ups are complimentary
CML Member – $200 (birthday child and his/her siblings are complimentary)
Non-CML Member – $225 (birthday child is complimentary)

For party package descriptions, please see Birthday Party Info above.

CML Themed Birthday Parties

(suggested for ages 4 – 10)
For up to 10 children (additional children are $12/each, 20 children maximum)
Grown-ups are complimentary
CML Member – $270 (birthday child and his/her siblings are complimentary)
Non-CML Member – $305 (birthday child is complimentary)

For party package descriptions, please see Birthday Party Info above.
NOTE: Member siblings of the birthday child are complimentary!

You can have the whole Museum to yourself during an After Hours Birthday Party for only $100 more! Other birthday party extras and pricing can be found here.

Cancellation Policy:
A $75 non-refundable deposit is required to hold a date and time. The deposit is transferable within CML if canceled more than 30 days from the event. If the party is canceled less than 30 days from the event, the deposit is non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Have Questions or Ready to Plan Your Party?

Contact Cameron Haines, Events Coordinator, at 843.853.8962 x240 or cameron@exploreCML.org to book your party today!

Birthday FAQs

Birthday FAQs

What days can we have a birthday bash at CML?
Every day is a party day at CML! Our birthday time slots are as follows:

Fridays
3:00 – 4:30 pm
5:30 – 7:00 pm

Saturdays
10:00 – 11:30 am
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
3:00 – 4:30 pm
5:30 – 7:00 pm (additional $100 fee; birthday room will be ready at 5 pm)

Sundays

1:00 – 2:30 pm
3:30 – 5:00 pm
6:00 – 7:30 pm (additional $100 fee; birthday room will be ready at 5:30 pm)

Weekdays
Summer weekdays are not available because of Summer Camp. Most weekday afternoons during the Fall, Winter and Spring are available; please call for more information.

Please note: Since the Museum closes at 5 pm, if you book the last birthday slot of the day 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm, we encourage you to let your guests know they can come before the start of the birthday in order to get more play time in the Museum.

How do I get this party started?
Simply contact our Events Coordinator, Cameron Haines, at 843.853.8962 x240 or cameron@exploreCML.org , to chat about the big bash! Cameron will answer all your questions, check on availability and hold a spot for you!

We are happy to put a tentative hold on a time for your birthday without a deposit for 24 hours. However, once you are ready to confirm the party, we ask for a $75 deposit. This deposit is taken out of the total amount due, which we settle up at the end of the birthday bash.

What does CML provide for the birthday bash?

– One dedicated PLAY Specialist as your party facilitator who will set up, serve your food + refreshments and clean up after the party

– 1.5 hours exclusive use of our large, private party room to celebrate in your own style

– Unlimited PLAY time in the Museum with all-day access to the entire Museum for all guests

– Free parking for the Party Host in our CML Employee Parking Lot

– A Birthday Parade in the Museum

– Paper and plastic products including table clothes, cups, plates, napkins and tableware (you may choose to bring your own decorations, as well)

– 6 party balloons

For themed birthday parties, CML also provides…

– 6 more balloons

– A themed craft led by a PLAY Specialist

– A Scavenger Hunt in the Museum led by a PLAY Specialist

– One treat bag for every child

How many children can attend my party? Can their parents come as well?
To ensure that everyone has the best possible experience, we try to keep the number of children to a maximum of 20. We ask that you try to keep the party to a total of 40 people, children and adults. We do this to ensure everyone’s comfort during the party.

Can I have pizza or other food delivered to my party?
Absolutely; however, since we have had difficulty with late deliveries in the past, we suggest that you have food delivered at the time your party starts.

When can I get into the private birthday bash room?
The room is guaranteed to be ready for you 15 minutes before the start time of your party. You are welcome to come in 30 minutes before your party starts, just know we may still be putting the finishing touches on the room.

Where do I park on the day of my party?
We have a special parking spot reserved for the birthday family. It is located off of John Street, across from Rue de Jean.

What is the typical timeline of a birthday bash?
We suggest the following timeline; but it is your party, so we can guide the party however you wish:

– The CML birthday bash host will welcome guests as they arrive and invite them to go play in the Museum.

– Approximately 15 minutes into the party, we will make an announcement throughout the Museum asking your party guests to join us for the birthday parade.

– After we parade through the Museum and into the birthday bash room, it is time to eat snacks and present the cake!

– After cake, we open presents, if you wish, and then invite the guests to enjoy the Museum for the rest of the day!

How do I settle the payment for the party?
We will settle payment at the end of the party. The base price for 10 children is the minimum amount for any party. However, in regard to additional children, you are only charged for the number of children who attend the party.

What is the cancellation policy?
A $75 non-refundable deposit is required to hold a date and time. The deposit is transferable within CML if canceled more than 30 days from the event. If the party is canceled less than 30 days from the event, the deposit is non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Suggestions for a successful/stress-free birthday bash.

Let CML handle all the details for you! We can arrange for the snacks, drinks, take-home treats and more!

If you would like to bring your own food, we suggest simple foods. Some of the more popular items that folks have brought in include:

– Pizza Hut (The store at 483 Meeting Street, phone – 843-763-2700) offers a Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry Deal for large, one-topping pizzas for only $6.99! Pizza Hut opens at 11am. (If you need earlier delivery, Domino’s opens at 10am.)

– Chick-fil-A nuggets

– Individual cheese sticks

– Finger fruits, i.e., grapes, raisins, or Goldfish crackers