Birthday Parties for Children
If you want to do something different and exciting for your child's next birthday party, celebrate at the Crocker Art Museum! Birthday parties at the Crocker are designed for children ages 3 to 16. Party guests will enjoy an interactive tour of the Museum, a hands-on art activity, and art-inspired goodie bags!
The Basic Birthday pARTy Package
$245 Members ● $290 Nonmembers (not including food)
Along with a lot of fun, the Basic Birthday pARTy package includes:
• Free admission for the birthday celebrant, 10 guests, and 12 adult caregivers (total 23 celebrants)
• A two-hour private party experience in the Crocker Art Museum that includes a fun adventure in the galleries, an art-making workshop (see list of Birthday Party Themes below), and private time in a studio classroom for celebration, presentation of gifts, and distribution of goodie bags
• Art materials and supplies
• Special gift for the birthday celebrant
• 11 artsy goodie bags (one per child)
• A dedicated Party Host/Art Educator
• Downloadable full-color invitations
• Please note: For children under the age of 5, one adult is required per child. Under no circumstances may a child be dropped off unescorted at the Museum entrance.
Birthday pARTy Themes
Make an unforgettable impression. Using inspiration from Impressionist artworks on view, children will have a fascinating time daubing colors onto a canvas with a sponge "brush." Each child will take home their own impressionistic landscape painting on a stretched canvas.
This toothsome theme offers a deliciously different take on still life. After looking at yummy fruit, pies, and other treats depicted in works on view, children will learn how to create their own "sweet art." Each child will take home their own still life painting on a stretched canvas.
Build a what? A robot! Drawing inspiration from artworks made from found objects and depicting machines, children will have an inventive time assembling a robot using a variety of materials. Each child will take home their own standing sculpture of a robot.
The Art of Disguise
In an art museum, nothing is as it seems. Children will fashion their own decorative masks, using a rich array of materials, after viewing artworks depicting people in costumes and masks. Wearing their masks, participants will practice "the art of disguise" in a fun parade through the Museum.
Bold colors, tantalizing textures, and the creative freedom of Abstract art inspire this merry-making paint experience. Children will discover examples of Abstract art in the galleries and the intriguing possibilities in painting without a brush. Each child will mix color on stretched canvas using a palette knife and brayer, and take home their own painting.
Designed especially for 12-16 year olds, this theme lets teens explore the subject of their dreams and learn why artists choose to depict theirs. In addition to collaborating on "exquisite corpses" for the celebrant, each teen will assemble their own surreal, free-standing sculpture using various creepy and bizarre objects.
Festive pARTy fare from Crocker Cafe by Supper Club
For an additional fee, guests can enjoy delicious kid-style gourmet food and birthday cake options.
Birthday parties may be booked on Sundays at 10:30 AM, 12 PM, and 2 PM. There is limited availability on weekdays and Saturdays. Parties begin promptly, and unfortunately the party time cannot be extended if party participants show up late. Free or discounted admission passes, coupons, and promotions cannot be used for birthday parties.
Due to the high number of requests, it is recommended that you book your party at least one month in advance to secure your preferred date and time. A deposit of $125 will be due at the time of booking.
To find out if your preferred date is available, fill out a Birthday pARTy Inquiry Form. Once the form is submitted, you will be contacted within five business days of the Museum's receipt of the form to confirm the availability of your party date. At that time, you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of $125 to reserve the date. You can also download invitations here.
Note: Any party exceeding a maximum count of 30 guests is considered a special event and must be booked through the Facility Rentals Department. Please contact the Manager of Facility Use at 916.808-0177.
Parents, please download and read the complete guidelines and requirements below: