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Celebrate at CMA!

Enjoy an art-filled celebration with your child and friends! The party begins with free time to explore the museum’s interactive workshops. Our experienced Teaching Artists then lead the children in a private workshop of your choice and end the festivities on a sweet note with food and cake.

Proceeds from CMA’s Birthday Parties help support our community programs, which provide access to the arts for all.

YOUR PARTY IN 3 STEPS:

Interested in booking? Fill out our Birthday Party Inquiry Form.

1. PICK YOUR PARTY PROJECT

Outer Space

Clayliens (Ages 4-12)

Extraterrestrials, little green men, Martians, or men from Mars. Mold an alien from self-drying clay. Perfect your work by adding colors and googly eyes. You and your friends will create the next alien invasion with these out-of-this-world beings.

Outer Space Mural (Ages 4-7)

Do you have a curiosity for everything outer space? This is the perfect mix of science and multi-media art making with young artists exploring the planets and stars of the cosmos by creating a marvelous, collaborative mural.

Galactic Totes (Ages 7-12)

Space, the final frontier!  Create a starry, planet-filled universe inspired by constellations, nebula, and outer space. Party guests will use a combination of painting techniques and printmaking to create wondrous galactic starscapes.

The Animal Kingdom

Animal Masks (Ages 1-4)

Lions, tigers, bears, oh my! Your favorite animal can be the center of the party with this wearable workshop. Made by CMA Birthday Party Teaching Artists from cardstock and colorful, flexible foam sheet. Young artists will decorate their masks with collage materials and oil pastels to create unique, surreal works. At the end of the project, the wild animals can parade through the museum!

Ceramic Clay Animals (Ages 4-7)

Create a miniature model of your favorite animal! Choose your favorite animal or let your friends choose their own to sculpt and paint. There’s no limit to the possibilities of the animal world, current or prehistoric!

Jungle Collaborative Mural (Ages 5-12)

The jungle ecosystem is loaded with a limitless variety of creatures. Recreate your favorite rainforest creatures from bugs to jaguars to viney trees. Working with teaching artists, party guests will create a collaborative multimedia mural with materials ranging from acrylic paints, glitter, foam, to tissue paper. 

Character Design

Trading Cards (Ages 6-12)

Trade them! Collect them! Create your own characters, from villains to heroes to historical figures. Birthday Party Teaching Artists will lead you and your party guests in designing your very own trading card pack.

Mini-Comics (Ages 6-12)

Whamm! Kapow! Dive into the world of grandiose battles and heroes. Draw your comic strips with your own world with its leagues of villains and adventurers. Birthday Party Teaching Artists will help you learn the process of making your own mini-comic books with the basic techniques of pen and ink, shading and drawing.

Minecraft Avatar (Ages 7-12)

Dive into the pixelized, digital world of Minecraft, full of cubes, texture, and angles. Transpose yourself into your own version of Steve or Alex on individual canvases.

Wearable Art

Crowns (Ages 1-5)

Does your child dream of being a prince or princess? Why not crown them on their birthday with this hand-cut crown-making project? Decorate your crowns with as many jewels as you can fit on them to show off your regalness and proclaim your kingdom!

Superhero Masks (Ages 4-8)

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s your favorite out-of-this-world hero! From X-Men to Spiderman, choose your child’s favorite superhero to transform and take-on their abilities. Create your own Justice League!

Tie Dye (Ages 5-12)

Bright, saturated colors, and bold patterns! Dive back to the ‘60s with this classic dying technique. Impress your friends with the colorful spiral and designs that are one-of-a-kind.  Hosts must provide t-shirts.

Master Artists

Jackson Pollock Mural (All Ages)

Using Jackson Pollock’s style of drip painting, young artists will explore this energetic, abstract technique that is perfect for all ages. Dress for a mess with this unpredictable collaborative mural. Smocks are provided for guests.

Keith Haring Mural (Ages 4-12)

Get inspired by one of most popular artists of the 20th century.  Recreate the silhouettes and characters from Haring’s memorable works while working collaboratively with CMA Birthday Party Teaching Artists using a variety of materials and techniques to create one-of-a-kind scenes.

Self-Portraits (Ages 7-12)

Explore the great artists of history! Using their trademark techniques and processes, transform yourself into different worlds of your favorite master artists, with various mediums from painting to wire sculpture to drawing. Birthday Party teaching artists will show you how to put the cube in cubism with Picasso or the mystical stars in Starry Night. Choose from Picasso, Basquiat, Frida, Van Gogh, or Calder

Craft Creations

Play Dough Party (Ages 1-3)

Perfect for the youngest sculptors! Fresh and made everyday at CMA!  You and your party guests will have a blast exploring the soft and colorful magic of play dough, creating abstract sculptures or with the help of molds. Request your child’s favorite color!

Ceramic Clay Pinch Pots & Beads (Ages 4-12)

Young artists will immerse themselves in the world of ceramics. Using air-dry ceramic clay, children will hand-form their creations, then decorate them with paints and collage materials.

Mini-Clay Bar (Ages 4-12)

Does your child love the Clay Bar? At CMA’s Clay Bar, your child can create unique, modeling clay figurines side-by-side with working sculptors. Have your own private Clay Bar experience with CMA’s Birthday Party Teaching artists to create colorful modeling clay figurines with your own theme. Host must purchase display boxes from CMA at an additional cost.

Mini Weaving (Ages 5-12)

Create woven memories! Using felt or yarn, CMA Teaching Artists will introduce you to the basics of weaving starting with creating their own loom from cardboard, learning how to warp & weft their pieces to life. After the party, young weavers can take their newfound skills home and continue adding to their work.

Print Making (Ages 6-12)

Decorate totes and t-shirts with custom designed stamps and prints! Learn how to make stencils and stamps that you can print onto totes and shirts to show off to your friends. Hosts must provide t-shirts or tote bags.

Multimedia Party

Music Video Exclusive Party (Ages 7-15)

Are you an undercover rockstar? Transform yourself into Beyonce or the Beatles with costumes, microphones, and instruments. Choose your favorite song and background for your video.  Step out in front of the cameras and lipsync your way to the top of the charts! Hosts must provide costumes.

Rock Band (Ages 7-15)

The perfect party for an aspiring musician! Using CMA’s Sound Booth and  Teaching Artists’ expertise, your party band can compose and lay down a track that will surely be the next hit single on the charts.

Make Your Own Instrument (Ages 7-15)

Let’s make music! Design your own rain sticks, drums, kalimbas, horns, & maracas to create a symphony of sound. Gather your friends to create a tune and show off your instruments.

iPad Animation (Ages 7-15)

Young artists will learn the basics of animation and collaborate on a short animated movie or a series of GIFs to share with friends. Choose a custom theme to explore!

Create your own Custom Theme!

Tell us your theme. Pick a technique. We will create a custom project for your party! 

Additional fee of $250.

2. PICK YOUR PARTY PACKAGE

Non-Catered Options

SIMPLE

$700 for up to 12 children, including the birthday child & 18 adults

This package comes with a private party room, 2 teaching artists to lead the art workshop and help the host with food, “Little Artist Gift Bags” (valued at $16 each), & all-day admission to CMA for party guests and their chaperones. Party hosts must provide any food, beverage, & paper goods.

DELUXE

$975 for the first 20 children, including the birthday child & up to 2 adults per child*

This package comes with our expanded private party room, 3 teaching artists to lead the art workshop and help the host with food. It also offers all-day admission to CMA for party guests and their chaperones. Party hosts must provide any food, beverage, paper goods, and gift bags. “Little Artist Gift Bags” can be purchased for an additional cost.

* Additional children for parties: $20 for each additional child, 30 children maximum.

Parties with 26+ children, a 4th teaching artist is added at a cost of $70.

ANIMATION PARTY 

$1500 for up to 15 children, 2 Media Lab Teaching Artists, and 2 Birthday Party Teaching Artists.

Animation Parties (for ages 7 to 14) reserve exclusive use of the Media Lab and a birthday party room. For more information on the Animation Party see the Party Project section.  Choose from basic or fully catered, which includes juice boxes, water, a personalized birthday cake, paper goods, invitations, Little Artist Gift Bags (valued at $16 each), and pizza.

For more information, email Sean at sgilfeather@cmany.org.

EXCLUSIVE PARTY

$1500 for up to 20 children with 3 Birthday Party Teaching Artists. Additional children over 20 are $20 per child with a maximum of 35 children, including the birthday child. With 26+ children, a 4th Teaching Artist is added at a cost of $70.

Exclusive parties are held when the museum is closed and provides exclusive use of the museum’s gallery and studios. Exclusive parties can pick from any of the party project options. Choose from basic or fully catered, which includes juice boxes, water, a personalized birthday cake, paper goods, invitations, Little Artist Gift Bags (valued at $16 each), and pizza.

Catered Options

SWEET

$900 for up to 12 children, including the birthday child & 18 adults
This package comes with a private party room, 2 teaching artists to lead the art workshop and help the host with food. It also offers all-day admission to CMA for party guests and their chaperones. This package includes juice boxes, water, paper goods, invitations, “Little Artist Gift Bags”(valued at $16 each), and bagels (AM parties) or pizza (PM parties). Personalized cakes from Valencia Bakery may be purchased for an additional cost.

PREMIUM

$1,275 for the first 20 children, including the birthday child & up to 2 adults per child*

This package comes with our expanded private party room, 3 teaching artists to lead the art workshop and help the host with food. It also offers all-day admission to CMA for party guests and their chaperones. This package includes juice boxes, water, paper goods, invitations, “Little Artist Gift Bags” (valued at $16 each), and bagels (AM parties) or pizza (PM parties). Personalized cakes from Valencia Bakery may be purchased for an additional cost.

*Additional children for parties: $30 for each additional child, 30 children maximum.
Parties with 26+ children, a 4th teaching artist is added at a cost of $70.

ANIMATION PARTY

$1700 for up to 15 children, 2 Media Lab Teaching Artists, and 2 Birthday Party Teaching Artists. This package includes lemonade, water, paper goods, invitations, “Little Artist Gift Bags”(valued at $16 each), and or pizza (PM parties). Personalized cakes from Valencia Bakery may be purchased for an additional cost.
Animation Parties (for ages 7 to 14) reserve exclusive use of the Media Lab and a birthday party room. For more information on the Animation Party see the Party Project section.

EXCLUSIVE PARTY

$1700 for up to 20 children, 3 Birthday Party Teaching Artists. Additional children over 20 are $30 per child with a maximum of 35 children, including the birthday child. With 26+ children, a 4th Teaching Artist is added at a cost of $70. This package includes lemonade, water, paper goods, invitations, “Little Artist Gift Bags”(valued at $16 each), and or pizza (PM parties). Personalized cakes from Valencia Bakery may be purchased for an additional cost. You can also extend this party by 30 minutes for an additional $125.

Exclusive parties are held when the museum is closed and provides exclusive use of the museum’s gallery and studios. Exclusive parties can pick from any of the party project options. Choose from basic or fully catered, which includes juice boxes, water, a personalized birthday cake, paper goods, invitations, Little Artist Gift Bags (valued at $16 each), and pizza.

3. PICK YOUR PARTY TIME

Simple, Sweet, Deluxe, and Premium Parties

Fridays: 4 – 5:30 PM

Weekends: 10 – 11:30 AM, 12:30 – 2 PM, or 3:30 – 5 PM

Parties from 3:30 – 5 PM can be extended 30 minutes for only $125!

Morning parties and early afternoon parties cannot be extended.

Exclusive Parties

Fridays: 6:30 – 8 PM

Weekends: 6 -7:30 PM

Animation Parties

Fridays: 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Weekends: 6-8 PM

Ready to book? Fill out our Birthday Party Inquiry Form.

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