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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 free art education to underserved children and families in NYC.

Hosting a party at home, the patio, the park, or another space? Bring art-making to your child’s birthday with the help of our Teaching Artists. We will design a private workshop for your party! Email birthdays@cmany.org for more information and booking.

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 aliens 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)

Create an out-of-this-world mural with friends! Perfect for the child with a curiosity for outer space, children will work collaboratively, using glow in the dark and fluorescent paint to create a starry scene that really pops.

Galactic Totes (Ages 7-12)

Space is the final frontier! Create a starry, planet-filled universe inspired by constellations, nebula, and the mysteries of outer space. Party guests will use a combination of painting techniques to create fluorescent, glow in the dark galactic star-scapes to carry with them.

Nebula Jars (Ages 7-12)

Dreaming of a galaxy far far away? Make your own! Perfect for small children, these nebula jars are a beautiful and simple introduction to the concept of outer space. Children will craft their own miniature nebulas to take home.

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 Teaching Artists from card stock, young artists will decorate their masks with paint and collage materials to create unique, surreal works.

Ceramic Clay Animals (Ages 4-7)

Create a miniature model of your favorite animal! Have your child choose their favorite animal or let their friends pick their own to sculpt and paint. From massive prehistoric dinosaurs to the smallest of seahorses, there’s no limit to the possibilities of the animal world.

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 tangled trees. Working with Teaching Artists, party guests will create a collaborative multimedia mural with materials including acrylic paints, glitter, foam, and tissue paper.

Character Design

Trading Cards (Ages 6-12)

From Pokemon to baseball to Tarot, children will create their own themed collection of cards to trade and share. Adaptable to your child’s individual interest, CMA Teaching Artists will work with your young guests to create a collection of their very own trading cards.

Mini-Comics (Ages 6-12)

Wham! Kapow! Dive into the world of grandiose battles and heroes. Draw comic strips depicting your own world including your own leagues of villains and adventurers. CMA Teaching Artists will demonstrate the process of making your own mini-comic books using pen and ink, shading and drawing.

Minecraft Avatar (Ages 7-12)

Dive into the pixelated world of Minecraft, full of cubes, texture, and angles! Transpose yourself into your own version of Steve or Alex on individual 3D cardboard constructions.

Wearable Art

Crowns (Ages 1-5)

Crown your child the prince or princess of the party with this handmade crown project! Choose from hand-cut traditional crowns or tissue paper flower crowns for a botanical spin on this popular project. Your child is sure to feel like the belle or beau of the ball!

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!

Shibori (Ages 5-12)

Dating as far back as 8th century Japan, shibori is one of the oldest forms of cloth dying. Utilizing indigo dyes and resist techniques, this traditional dying form is a beautiful alternative to the more popular American tye dye. Your child and their guests will join CMA Teaching Artists in creating something truly unique. Hosts must provide shirts or totes.

Botanical Printmaking (Ages 6-12)

Teach your child to appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds them! With this botanical printmaking project, your child will create custom stencils and stamps and print them to create one of a kind shirts or totes to show off to their friends. Hosts must provide shirts or totes.

Marbled Shirts or Totes (Ages 6-12)

Perfect for the young artist among us, these marbled totes will turn heads wherever you and your child go. A creation suitable for all ages, these bags are sure to be a hit at any party. Hosts must provide shirts or totes.

Master Artists

Jackson Pollock Mural (All Ages)

Jackson Pollock’s pioneering style of drip painting has long been admired for its free and emotive movement. Young artists will explore this energetic, abstract technique to create their own large scale collaborative mural. Dress for a mess with this unpredictable project — smocks are provided for guests.

Keith Haring Mural (Ages 4-12)

With one of the most recognizable artistic styles and status as a groundbreaker of the New York underground art scene, Keith Haring has captured the hearts of adults and children alike. Work collaboratively with a variety of materials to recreate Haring’s signature silhouettes on a larger-than-life scale. Rebels and rule breakers welcome!

Blind Portraits of Friends (Ages 7-12)

Work on your child’s hand-eye coordination with blind contour drawing! Children will pair up and create blind contour drawings of one another, which they will flesh out into fully realized portraits. A fun and hilarious project for a range of ages, this is sure to be an activity your child’s friends won’t soon forget. CMA Teaching Artists will teach you how to put the cube in cubism or the mystical stars in Starry Night. Choose from artistic inspirations including Picasso, Basquiat, Kahlo, 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. Request your child’s favorite color!

Fabulous Flubber Painting (Ages 1-3)

Does your child love flubber? Join us in creating a flubber painting of your very own! Perfect for tiny artists, children will work collaboratively to create a multicolored flubber painting of their very own, just like those in stART Studio!

Ceramic Clay Pinch Pots (Ages 4-12)

Young artists will immerse themselves in the world of ceramics, one of the oldest and most popular art forms. Using air-dry ceramic clay, children will hand-form their creations, then decorate them with paints and collage materials. Create something beautiful as well as functional with this popular art form!

Mini Clay Bar (Ages 4-12)

Love the clay bar? So do we! Have your own private clay bar experience and create colorful modeling clay figurines. Choose either Under the Sea or Mythical Creatures theme, or pick your own! This project is sure to be a hit with everyone.

Clay Jewelry  (Ages 4-12)

Bejewel yourself with hand-crafted jewelry! Using quick-dry clay, your guests will make their own beads, and then assemble them into necklaces, bracelets, or rings. From minimal to maximal designs, these pieces will be a true reflection of your child’s inner fashionista.

Multimedia Party

Music Video (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 lip sync 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 CMA 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, and 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’ll 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*

*CMA Family Members save 5% & CMA Friend & Community Builder Members save 10%!

This package comes with a private party room, 2 Teaching Artists to lead the art workshop and help the host with food, and all-day admission to CMA for party guests and their chaperones. Party hosts must provide any food, beverage, and paper goods.

DELUXE

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

*CMA Family Members save 5% & CMA Friend & Community Builder Members save 10%!

This package comes with our expanded private party room, 3 Teaching Artists to lead the art workshop and help the host with food. The package also offers all-day admission to CMA for party guests and their chaperones. Party hosts must provide food, beverages, 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.

For parties with 24+ 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.*

*CMA Family Members save 5% & CMA Friend & Community Builder Members save 10%!

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.*

*CMA Family Members save 5% & CMA Friend & Community Builder Members save 10%!

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*

*CMA Family Members save 5% & CMA Friend & Community Builder Members save 10%!

This package comes with a private party room and 2 Teaching Artists to lead the art workshop and assist the host with food. The package 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 Magnolia 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*

*CMA Family Members save 5% & CMA Friend & Community Builder Members save 10%!

This package comes with our expanded private party room and 3 Teaching Artists to lead the workshop and assist the host with food. The package 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 Magnolia Bakery may be purchased for an additional cost.

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

*CMA Family Members save 5% & CMA Friend & Community Builder Members save 10%!

This package includes lemonade, water, paper goods, invitations, Little Artist Gift Bags (valued at $16 each), and bagels (AM parties) or pizza (PM parties). Personalized cakes from Magnolia 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 will be added at a cost of $70.

*CMA Family Members save 5% & CMA Friend & Community Builder Members save 10%!

This package includes lemonade, water, paper goods, invitations, Little Artist Gift Bags (valued at $16 each), and bagels (AM parties) and or pizza (PM parties). Personalized cakes from Magnolia Bakery may be purchased for an additional cost. You can 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 or bagels.

3. PICK YOUR PARTY TIME

Simple, Sweet, Deluxe, and Premium Parties

Fridays: 3:30 – 5:00 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 $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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