Themed Hosted Parties for Young Children

Children of different ages have different interests, abilities, and needs for play.  The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum understands this and is pleased to offer a menu of themed birthday party options that are appropriate for your child’s age.  Our themed parties are hosted by a member of the museum’s staff and each includes a hands-on 30-minute activity to engage and delight your child and party guests.


Each Themed Birthday Party package includes:

  • Birthday host
  • Party invitations
  • Special ‘light-up” Birthday Button for Birthday Child
  • 30-minute hands-on program led by museum education staff for 10 children ($11 for each additional child up to a maximum of 15 children)
  • Private use of the museum’s program room, tables and chairs for 2 hours
  • Access to the museum exhibits and free activities until the close of the museum
  • Cake (sheet cake serves 18-20 people)
  • Beverage (water or organic juice)
  • Goodie bags for each child party guest with “FREE Child Admission Pass” for use on a future visit
  • Themed centerpiece, tabletop decor, color-coordinated paper plates, utensils, cups, and napkins
  • Clean-up by museum staff
  • Optional food add-on (see below)

Optional Food Add-ons

(Provided by Amici’s Restaurant – Prices based on 30 people)

  • Pizza – $12/cheese pizza; $14/one topping pizza
  • Sandwich wrap tray – $67
  • Pasta tray – $47
  • Chicken Fingers – $52 lg; $32/sm
  • Mozzarella sticks $52 lg; $32/sm

Themed Party Reservation times:

  • Saturday – 9:30 am – 11:30 am
  • Saturday – 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm
  • Saturday – 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Sunday – 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm
  • Sunday – 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Cost for up to 10 children:

  • Member Price:  $395
  • Non-Member Price:  $495
  • Additional child fee: $11 up to a maximum of 15
  • Maximum party size for themed parties: 30 people, including adults

Party Themes

For Children Turning Two

  • All Aboard!
    Inspired by the book “Trains Go” by Steve Light, young children learn about the different trains and the sounds they make as they go huff, puff, chugga, chugga, and toot toot!  Children are then led through an art activity using shapes to create their own train.
  • Down on the Farm (NEW!)
    Oink!  Baa!  Neigh!  Moo!  – great for those who are two!  Toddlers learn about the world around them through their senses.  Children will explore animal sounds on the farm and then create a sensory “animal farm painting.”

For Children Turning Three

  • The Sneaky Birthday Bug
    Inspired by the art and illustrations of Eric Carle, children create a caterpillar and butterfly collage in this hands-on art themed party.
  • Feathers and Fur
    Children explore animals and movement in three dimensions through sculpture and puppetry.
  • Things that Go
    Young children become inventors, combining art and science as they construct vehicles powered by rubber bands, gravity, air and other forces.

For Children Turning Four to Six

  • Absolutely Prehistoric (NEW!)
    Can you dig this?  Explore objects from Long, Long Ago and learn about our life-sized fossil skeleton replica of the Hyde Park Mastodon!  Children will become Junior Paleontologists and make their own fossil specimens.
  • Let’s Experiment (NEW!)
    Come experiment with us!  The Science Center @ MCHM supports early STEM education.  Our “wacky” science host will lead children in performing super cool science experiments and in creating their very own slime!
  • Ahoy, Pirates! (NEW!)
    Come sail away with the MHCM crew!  Pretend play is essential for early childhood development.  What better way than becoming a friendly pirate for the day?  Inspired by our new “The High Seas” pirate ship exhibit, pirate guests will learn to talk like a pirate and design their own treasure map as they set sail for adventure!
  • Music Makers
    Using simple materials children explore rhythm and tone as they create their own musical instruments in this wonderfully creative activity.
  • Underwater Adventure
    We live in a region defined by water and waterways.  Through hands-on science crafts, this themed party focuses on what lives under water and how it is they can.  Children will create their own “underwater” adventure with sand, seashells, fish and even a wave!
  • Make Your Own Ice Cream
    Young children explore the yummy side of science as they create and flavor their own handmade ice cream.


Members receive special discounts on birthday party pricing. Become a member today and save!

Please make your Themed Party reservation at least one month in advance of your preferred birthday party date. For availability and additional information, please call (845) 471-0589 ext. 15 or email:


A $65 fee will be applied if a reserved party is rescheduled at any time.  If a party must be rescheduled due to inclement weather, rescheduling fee is waived.


If party is cancelled more than one month prior to scheduled party, 100% of the fee will be refunded minus a $65 cancellation fee. There will be no refund for any cancellation made within one month of the scheduled party date.