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Available through end of August 2022

We are offering Sunday Semi-Private Play Dates. You and your guests will have 30 minutes to yourselves either before or after another group arrives or leaves. We will not be open to the public during this time. They are offered twice on Sundays from 1-3pm and 1:30-3:30pm. This rental could be used to celebrate a birthday, family gathering, etc. Some things to keep in mind about these Private Play Dates:

  • By booking a Semi-Private Play Date you and all of your guests must agree to follow Museum rules, and fill out a registration form upon arrival. That registration form can be found here, as as the host of the Semi-Private Play Date it is your responsibility to share the form with your guests. Please have them filled out and ready when you check-in, or we will have copies available for people to fill out when they arrive.
  • Masking during Semi-Private Play Dates is now optional.
  • Guests are limited to 50 visitors per Semi-Private Play Date. If on the day of the Semi-Private Play Date, the number of your guests exceed 50 individuals, we will ask you to turn people away. Restricting the number of guests to 50 will not be the responsibility of the museum staff.
  • Decorations: Please limit the amount of party decorations you bring to your Play Date. Helium balloons are not allowed, and neither is anything with confetti or glitter. As the party organizer you can arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of your play date in order to setup any gift tables, or small decorations. Please do not arrive any earlier, as we will not be able to let you into the museum.
  • Food cannot be consumed anywhere in the Museum's exhibits, however starting April 24, 2022 the outdoor Play Patio will be open and you can have that area to yourself for a snack, presents and play (The 1-3pm time slot can have the Play Patio from 1-2pm, and the 1:30-3:30pm time slot can have the Play Patio from 2:30-3:30pm). During those "private" Play Patio times guests can still enter and exit into the indoor museum exhibits, but that area will remain just for your guests for that one hour. If the weather is rainy and the Play Patio is closed, you can have that hour in our indoor large classroom instead. Tables, benches and sensory bins on the Play Patio MAY NOT be moved around. Please plan to clean up after yourself. Other food or snack options could include you offering your guests a treat (cupcake, juicebox, etc) at the end of the gathering to take home with them, that can be handed out at the front door as people leave, or you can choose to host food in the park before or after your time in the Museum. You will have access to the Museum's refrigerator.
  • If requested we can sing Happy Birthday over the museum's PA system, and any birthday presents can be opened in the Muse Studio, or on the outdoor Play Patio.
  • Semi-Private Play Dates include use of the Museum exhibits and arts/science or making activities in our Muse Studio and STEAM Innovation Lab for guests.
  • Please note that we do not have designated "party" staff on hand during Semi-private Play Dates to help with any setup or special clean-up. The Play Dates are best described as a semi-private time to play in the museum, NOT a traditional birthday party rental with attending staff.
  • When you book a Semi-Private Play Date you will be required to pay the full $300 fee. Members get $20 off that fee, so be sure to create an account for our ticketing site and log-in first to get access to that discount. If you need to cancel your Semi-Private Play Date, you must notify us at least 7 days before your event to be refunded the full amount minus a $50 cancellation fee. If you need to cancel but don't notify us in time, we can help you reschedule for another day, but refunds will not be available.
  • Semi-Private Play Dates are available to book online and are first come first served. If you see that a date is not available here online, it is booked.

 


Returning in September: Birthday Parties!

Sunday Birthday Parties are returning to CMNH, and families can now have access to a private classroom area for food and cake, along with complete access to the museum's exhibits.

Birthday Party Times:

Sunday, 12:30-2:30pm: You and your guests have access to the classroom from 2-2:30pm at the END of your party. The time in the classroom cannot be adjusted.

Sunday, 1-3pm: You and your guests have access to the classroom from 1-1:30pm at the START of your party. The time in the classroom cannot be adjusted.

Sunday, 1:30-3:30pm: You and your guests have access to the classroom from 3-3:30pm at the END of your party. The time in the classroom cannot be adjusted.

  • By booking a Birthday Party you and all of your guests must agree to follow Museum rules, and fill out a registration form upon arrival. That registration form can be found here, as the host of the Birthday Party it is your responsibility to share the form with your guests. Please have them filled out and ready when you check-in, or we will have copies available for people to fill out when they arrive.
  • Masking during Birthday Parties is optional.
  • Birthday Parties are limited to 40 guests. Please do not exceed this limit.
  • Decorations: Please limit the amount of party decorations you bring to your Party. Helium balloons are not allowed, and neither is anything with confetti or glitter. Tabletop decorations and table cloths are allowed. Nothing may be taped or pinned to the party wall, including Happy Birthday banners. As the party organizer you can arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of your play date in order to setup any gift tables, or small decorations. Please do not arrive any earlier, as we will not be able to let you into the museum.
  • Food cannot be consumed anywhere in the Museum's exhibits, and any food or drink must be kept inside the party classroom. Please plan to help clean up after yourself. You will have access to the Museum's refrigerator.
  • Birthday Parties include use of the Museum exhibits and arts/science or making activities in our Muse Studio and STEAM Innovation Lab for guests.
  • When you book a Birthday Party you will be required to pay the full $300 fee. Members get $20 off that fee, so be sure to create an account for our ticketing site and log-in first to get access to that discount. If you need to cancel your Birthday Party, you must notify us at least 7 days before your event to be refunded the full amount minus a $50 cancellation fee. If you need to cancel but don't notify us in time, we can help you reschedule for another day, but refunds will not be available.
  • Birthday Parties are available to book online and are first come first served. If you see that a date is not available here online, it is booked.

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If you don't see the date and time that you want, click on "other dates" and/or "other times". See image below.

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Restaurants within walking distance of CMNH and open on Sundays:

La Festa Brick & Brew Pizzeria
300 Central Ave, Dover

  • Sunday Hours: 12pm-9pm
  • Limited dine-in seating
  • Menu

Lexie's Burgers
421 Central Ave, Dover

  • Sunday Hours: 11:30am-8pm
  • Order online and pick up
  • Menu

The Nook Breakfast & Lunch
2 Locust Street, Dover

  • Sunday Hours: 7am-1pm
  • Offers Indoor/Outdoor seating
  • Online waitlist
  • Menu

Thirsty Moose Taphouse
83 Washington Street, Dover

  • Sunday Hours: 11:30am-9pm
  • Half capacity indoor dining
  • Offers Private Parties up to 50 people
  • Menu

The Sassy Biscuit
104 Washington Street, Ste. 100, Dover

  • Sunday Hours: 7am-2pm
  • Indoor/outdoor seating
  • Door Dash Delivery or pick-up
  • Menu

Sonny's Tavern
328 Central Ave, Dover

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