Katherine & John Dobbs Family Center

(901) 458-2678

2525 Central Avenue

Memphis, TN 38104

Open 7 days a week

9 AM - 5PM

hours & location

Birthday Parties

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General Info

Birthday parties are a benefit of museum membership. Only current museum members of any level may book a party. If you do not have a current membership, you will be required to purchase a Family of 4 or a higher level membership before you can make a reservation. This all must be done at least two weeks before the date of your party.

Reservations will go over our full list of party rules and policies. You will be required to sign a contract stating that you understand our rules and policies and place a valid credit card on file on the day of your party before we will unlock the party room door for you. Violation of museum rules and policies can lead to your membership privileges being revoked. All rules and policies are strictly enforced to ensure that you receive a consistent and smooth party experience!

Time Slots

Parties may only be booked during the following time slots:

  • Saturday, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Saturday: 2:30 - 4:00 PM
  • Sunday, 2:30 - 4:00 PM

Birthday parties come with 1.5 hours in the party room and the rest of your time will be spent playing inside the museum; admission to the outdoor attractions is NOT included for birthday parties. You will be allowed in the party room 30 minutes before your party begins in order to get ready. If you are late for your party, you will not be given extra time in the party room – so please plan accordingly and give yourself plenty of time for your event!

To make a reservation, please call us 7 days a week, 9 AM -5 PM, at (901) 458-2678, ext. 221.

Cost & Guests

Party price is $350. The full cost of your party is due at the time of booking your reservation. We only accept credit cards and cash for birthday parties (no checks!). There are no refunds. Price includes one crown for the birthday Child!

Birthday parties include up to 30 guests. Due to fire marshal rules, the party room will only hold a maximum of 30 people. If you have anyone show up past the 30-guest maximum, they will not be allowed in the museum unless they pay a $15 birthday party admission fee - please let everyone on your guest list know this in advance so there are no surprises. Guests may not use their museum membership to attend a party; all guests will be counted toward the total number of guests. To avoid misunderstandings, we strongly suggest that you do NOT invite more than 30 people to your party!

Food

Party price does not include food, cups, plates, forks, etc. You will have to supply your own cake, ice cream, drinks and snacks. There is no cooking allowed in the museum. Please limit your food choices to snacks or prepared foods such as pizza.

Special Note

The museum and our grounds are private property. No part of our grounds or property may be used for private birthday parties or events without prior reservations. Areas inside and outside including picnic tables may not be used by individuals or groups for serving birthday cakes, cupcakes, parties or private events for any reason. All special events and birthday parties must be booked and paid for in advance!