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Birthday Parties

Make your child's birthday Marbleous with a party at Marbles.


How early do I need to book my party?

We recommend booking your party four weeks in advance. There can be last-minute cancellations and openings available, so do not hesitate to call us any time at 919.857.1037 to book your party.

Can I extend my time in the party room?

Our parties include one hour in a private party room. An optional extra 30 minutes can be added to your party for additional fee of $60 plus tax. This extra time includes a staff-led activity. The activity duration depends on which activity you choose. Additional time in the room must be booked at least one week before your party.

Can I bring food to my party?

Birthday parties at Marbles are designed to be streamlined and easy, including food options. We provide a personalized 1/4 sheet cake, goldfish and water/juice for all parties.

  • Outside food and drinks are not allowed. However, you may bring your own cake instead of the one provided or to have extra cake for your party.
  • You may upgrade your cake to a larger size or purchase a 2nd cake through us.
  • We have a variety of food options you can add to your party.

How do we get to the museum and where do we park?

You can find directions and information about where to park here.

What time should my guests arrive?

For midday or afternoon or afternoon parties that have chosen museum admission, your guests can check in early to play in the museum before the party time. Tell them to follow the signs to the Play Annex where birthday parties are held so they can drop off their presents and receive an admission sticker.

For parties that have chosen movie admission, we'll let you know when to ask your guests to arrive, depending upon the movie you have chosen.

What if we arrive late?

Unfortunately, we cannot adjust your room time if you arrive late or are waiting for guests. We cannot offer you a refund if you lose part of your party room time due to a late arrival. 

Where do we go when we arrive for our party?

Parties are held in the Play Annex, which is located between the museum and IMAX/cafe buildings. Look for directional signage leading you to the birthday party entrance, the green door adjacent to the grassy courtyard.

Is the birthday kid included in the guest count? What about his/her siblings?

The birthday kid, siblings and parents are included in the guest count. Our parties include 30 people total (adults and children over 1).

What if I have more guests than my party includes?

Your party includes up to 30 guests (including adults and children over 1). We recommend you have at least 1 adult for every 3 children at the party.

  • Up to 10 additional party guests may be added to the party at $8 each (plus tax).
  • After the party guest maximum has been reached, you may purchase admission for any other guests at $6 each (plus tax). Admission-only guests will not be allowed in the party room.

What if some of my guests are Marbles members, are they included in the guest count?

Yes, all party guests are included in the guest count. Membership admission benefits are not applicable for birthday party guests.

What is the role of the birthday host?

Birthday hosts will greet your guests, play games with the kids, help you serve food, lead the parade and clean up when it's over.

Do you have a space to store our party items before our party starts or after it is over?

Yes, we have an area where we can store your party items until it is time for you to enter your party room or until you leave the museum. Marbles cannot store valuables, but lockers are available near the front entrance of the museum if needed.

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