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Semi-Private Play Dates!

We are now 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.
  • 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. Other 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.
  • 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.

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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

Sonny's Tavern
328 Central Ave, Dover

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