CML Parties

Celebrate your little one’s special day at a special place!

Celebrate Your Birthday with a Party at CML!

CML provides a magical and unique location for your child’s next birthday!

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

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 (please note, our new COVID-19 policy has a limit of 40 people in the birthday party including children and adults)
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

– 2 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

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 (please note: our new COVID-19 policy has a limit of 30 people in the birthday party, including children and adults)

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:

– 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 while decorating their own pirate hats with gems, glittered pieces and fabulous shiny treasures.  Then, they are off on a treasure hunt throughout the Museum to look for hidden bounties!

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 crowns with rhinestones and glittered objects, they will embark on a quest throughout the Museum.

Superheroes to the Rescue! Party
CML needs your little heroes and heroines to help save our Museum!  Your child and guests will don satin capes as they decorate their superhero masks to hide their true identity. Once they are ready, the search will begin to find the villains and rescue the Museum!

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 or learning how to create an electrical circuit to take home! Scientists will then continue their exploration with a scavenger hunt through the Museum!

The Unicorn Party
Join us for a magical journey into the mystical world of the unicorns. Everyone will have a unicorn hat with whimsical rainbow colors which pass on the pure creature’s magical powers. Then, all together, they will make a unicorn banner to be hung in their rooms at home. They will take an adventure through the Museum on a scavenger hunt for all things Unicorn!

Shark Party
Yes! Baby Shark is here! The adventure will start with baby shark hats which set the tone while the music plays. The party will have fun decorating their shark hats, then head off through the Museum searching for under-the-sea creatures. The birthday child will carry our special stuffed baby shark for all to see!

Party Extras

Customized Invitations…

– Choose from one of CML’s designs (see samples here) to invite your guests to PLAY! ($45 for 30 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…

– Party It Up Kit: Includes party hats, fun glasses and bubbles ($2.00 per child)

– CML Take Home Favor: choose from an assortment of Melissa and Doug favors ($6.00 per child)

Food…

You are welcomed to bring your own individually wrapped food and snacks to the party. You can also choose to add-on the following snacks and drinks by checking them in your Party Packet:

– Snacks for the big and small – $1.00 each (mixture of pretzels, Goldfish, Sunchips, Cheeze Its)

– Drinks for the tall and short – $1.00 each (mixture of 6 oz. juice boxes and 8 oz. water bottles)

Looking for catering? We partner with the following places to get you the best prices:

HAVE QUESTIONS OR READY TO PLAN YOUR PARTY?

Contact Nick Mazza, at 843.853.8962 ext. 270 or nick@exploreCML.org to book your party today!

Birthday Party 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 (please note: Due to COVID-19 policies, birthday parties are limited to 30 people, including children and grown-ups)
CML  Member/Ticket Bundle Give Subscribers – $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 (please note: Due to COVID-19 policies, birthday parties are limited to 30 people, including children and grown-ups)
CML  Member/Ticket Bundle Give Subscribers – $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 an additional $100 added to the chosen birthday party package! 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 Nick Mazza, at 843.853.8962 ext. 270 or nick@exploreCML.org to book your party today!

Click here to read CML’s COVID-19 Birthday Party Policies

COVID-19 policies updated 3/1/2022

CML has continued to work hard to ensure that our exhibit experiences are as clean and safe as possible. With best practice COVID-19 protocols still in place, we are welcoming guests with these important changes effective March 3, 2022:

  • Face coverings (masks, gaiters, or shields) will be recommended but not required for all indoor spaces at the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry.
  • All CML staff will continue to wear face coverings when interacting with the public to lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission, especially to unvaccinated young children.
  • Frequent handwashing or sanitizing is encouraged throughout the building.
  • CML strongly encourages masking at all floor programs when children are in close proximity to each other. Masks will be available for all children in attendance.
  • Harassment of any visitor or staff member for either wearing, or not wearing, a face covering will not be tolerated. Visitors who behave in an aggressive or harassing manner will be asked to leave the premises. No refunds will be offered.
  • This policy change is based on guidance from the CDC that places Charleston County, SC in the ‘medium’ range for risk of COVID-19 transmission and hospitalization needs. Should the range change, CML will revert to a mask-required status immediately.
  • CML continues to use nontoxic, hospital-grade cleaner to frequently clean all spaces. We also employ UV light sanitizing wands and sanitizing air filtering systems. Health, safety, and prevention of communicable disease remains a priority.
  • We are a private, nonprofit organization and reserve the right to alter policies to best serve our constituents.

Birthday Party FAQs

What days and times can we have a birthday bash at CML?

Every day is a party day at CML! Our birthday time slots are as follows:

Saturdays
9:30– 11:30 am
12 – 2pm
2:30 – 4:30pm

Sundays

12:30 – 2:30pm
3 – 5pm

Weekdays
Please call for more information.

How do I get this party started?

Simply contact Nick Mazza, at 843.853.8962 ext. 270 or nick@exploreCML.org to chat about the big bash! Nick 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 guide, set up, serve your food + refreshments and clean up after the party

– 2 hours exclusive use of our large, private party room to celebrate in your own style plus playtime in the Museum

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

– A Birthday Parade in the Museum

For themed birthday parties, CML also provides…

– 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?

Due to COVID-19 policies, we have limited birthday party guests to 40 (including children and adults).

Can I have pizza or other food delivered to my party?

Absolutely. We suggest that you have food delivered at the time your party starts.

We partner with the following places to get you the best prices:

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.

Don’t forget! You’ll get the private party room for 2 hours.

You must move your vehicle from the birthday party host reserved spot after your party so the next party host can use it!

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. You will park in the space right in front of the birthday party room door. Please note: we ask that you move your car immediately after your party ends so the next birthday party host may use the spot.

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?

You will settle the payment at the end of the party. You will pay the base price for 10 children (DooDash Bash or Themed) minus the deposit that was made. You are only charged for the number of children who attend the party.

What are some suggestions for a stress-free birthday bash?

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

You’re also welcome to bring your own individually-wrapped food!

Party Availability

Parties can be booked during the following times:

Saturdays
9:30– 11:30 am
12 – 2pm
2:30 – 4:30pm

Sundays

12:30 – 2:30pm
3 – 5pm

Weekdays
Please call for more information.

Once you’re ready to book your party, please fill out a Birthday Party Request Form and CML Staff will reach out within one week to finalize your party (including date and time).

Order Customized Birthday Party Invitations

Leave the invitations to CML! Choose a Doo Dash Bash or themed invitation (see samples here) and add it on to your party package starting at just $45! 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!

But wait, there’s more!

Additional party options are available:

Melissa & Doug – $7.00

Bubbles – $3.50

Sunglasses – $2.50

Sidewalk Chalk – $8.00

Pirate Hats – $6.00

Unicorn Headbands – $9.00

Unicorn Hats – $2.00

18″ Bouncy Happy Ball – $18.00

Superhero Cape – $5.00

Ready to Plan Your Party?

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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.

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!