There’s no better place to celebrate!

From birthday parties to corporate functions, you can host an event that’s like no other at The Iowa Children’s Museum. Party room and full museum rentals are available to make your event memorable, easy to plan, and so much fun!

Party Room Rental

Rent a private space to gather within our unique learning playground.

The Basics

Party room rentals are available for your birthday party, small group celebration, or meetings. This space is located on the second floor of the museum and provides a private space for you to gather. 

Please note:

  • Museum admission is not included in room rental fee. Guests must pay museum admission (free for members).
  • We do not provide staff supervision during exhibit playtime. Children must be supervised in the museum at all times.

Rental Details

Rentals include exclusive access to the party room for 3 hours.

The party room measures approximately 18′ x 36′ and comfortably fits up to 25 people seated at tables.

Tables and chairs (kid and adult sizes) are provided.

You can lock the party room when not in use, making it an excellent “home base” to store your items when you’re ready to go play in our exhibits.

Sinks are available for guests use within the party room. Use of museum refrigerator/freezer during your rental may be possible; check with museum staff for more details.

We do not provide staff supervision during exhibit playtime. Children must be supervised in the museum at all times. We require 1 adult for every 5 children in your party to ensure the safety of everyone in our space.

You are welcome to decorate the space. Set-up and removal must occur within your rental time slot.

Availability

Online reservations are available for Saturdays & Sundays from 2-5 p.m. while the museum is open to the public.

Additional time slots may become available in the coming months. For all other party room availability, email parties@theicm.org.

Pricing

$200 rental fee (3-hour rental) + the cost of admission for all guests

Museum admission is not included in the rental fee. All guests must pay museum admission ($9 for children and adults, $8 for seniors, free for infants under age 1). Museum admission can be paid at the front desk upon arrival or the party host can coordinate payment for all guests in advance.  

Members: Take 10% off your party room rental and, as always, enjoy playtime in our exhibits free of charge!

A $100 cleaning fee will be billed for any food/drink spills in exhibits. We also reserve the right to charge a cleaning fee if the party room is not cleaned up after your use. Thank you in advance for being respectful of our space!

How to Reserve

Click the link below to view upcoming availability for weekend party room rentals. You can reserve the party room within the customer portal.

Party room rentals outside of the weekend 2-5 PM slot are very limited at this time. Email parties@theicm.org for more information.

Additional Information

Outside food and drink are permitted in the party room only. We do not allow food or beverages on the museum floor. We reserve the right to charge a $100 cleaning fee for food/drink spilled outside the party room or if the party room is not cleaned up after your use. Thank you in advance for being respectful of our space!

The ICM does not provide staff supervision. Children must be supervised in the museum at all times. There must be 1 adult for every 5 children in your party.

A cancellation notice is required at least 2 weeks from the reservation date. Events that have been cancelled 2+ weeks prior will receive a refund of 50% of base price paid. Parties that have been cancelled with less than 2 weeks notice will not receive a refund.

Questions? We’re here to help!

Online reservations are available! Click here to reserve the party room.

MyICM Facility Rental

Experience The Iowa Children’s Museum like never before!

The Basics

Have the entire museum to yourselves! Facility rentals provide exclusive access while the museum is closed to the public.

This one-of-a-kind play time is great for:

  • School family nights
  • Client appreciation events
  • Holiday parties
  • Family reunions
  • Birthday parties 
  • COVID-conscious celebrations

Rental Details

Facility rentals provide full access to all of our exhibits as well as the party room.

A sink is available for guests use in the party room. Use of museum refrigerator/freezer during your rental may be possible; check with museum staff for more details.

We do not provide staff supervision during exhibit playtime. Children must be supervised in the museum at all times. We require 1 adult for every 5 children in your party to ensure the safety of everyone in our space.

Availability

Facility rentals are available outside of normal museum hours:

  • Mondays
  • Tuesday-Sunday after 6 PM

Email parties@theicm.org to check availability for a specific date

Pricing

Pricing starts at $300 for up to 15 guests for 2 hours (guest count includes both adults and children)

Members receive a 10% discount on any MyICM facility rental

How to Book

Email parties@theicm.org to check availability and book your facility rental!

Payment in full is due at time of reservation. We cannot hold dates without payment.

Facility rentals must be booked at least 3 weeks in advance.

Additional Information

Outside food and drink are permitted in the party room only. We do not allow food or beverages on the museum floor.

A $100 cleaning fee will be billed for any food/drink spills in exhibits. We also reserve the right to charge a cleaning fee if the party room is not cleaned up after your use. Thank you in advance for being respectful of our space!

Decorations are permitted but must be set up and taken down within your rental time slot.

The ICM does not provide staff supervision. Children must be supervised in the museum at all times.

Questions? We’re here to help!

Ready to book a facility rental? Email parties@theicm.org

Birthday Party Sponsor

Support from the GEICO Philanthropic Foundation creates memorable birthday parties for kids! Their support makes it possible for us to provide thousands of free admission tickets to families in our community to celebrate their special day. These birthday party passes are distributed through partnerships with the Coralville Food Pantry, the North Liberty Food Pantry, and the Downtown Iowa City Rotary Club.