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MOD is now offering Birthday Party bookings and Private Playdates during weekday afternoons as well as on Saturdays and Sundays!
Available times and days are:

Wednesdays 2 - 4pm
Thursdays 2 - 4pm
Fridays 2 - 4pm
Saturdays 4:30 - 6:30pm
Sundays 10am - 12pm, & 2 - 4pm

Please click HERE to reserve your booking.

Thank you!

Celebrate With MOD!

Host your next birthday party at the 

Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery.

MOD Party Packages


Choose from one of our three standard party packages, or pick from our ALL NEW themed packages!


All MOD party packages include admission to the Museum for your guests, use of our party room, as well as set-up and clean-up!


Add goodie bags, custom invitations, or a special guided activity to make that special day EXTRA special (prices listed below)!


* Member discount applies to Party Packages, but not add-ons.




Available Saturdays 10 am – 12 pm, 2 – 4 pm, and Sundays 2 – 4 pm

This package includes admission to the museum for 8 to 20 children during our open hours (daily admission rates apply to more than 20 children). You will have two hours in our party room with one MOD Party Assistant during your two-hour window and the rest of the time can be spent exploring the museum at your own pace with your party.

For Any Party Package 


  • Guided Activity ($50/activity): A MOD Party Assistant will lead guests in an activity of your choosing for 30-45 minutes in the party room or other applicable area. Must be arranged at least one week prior to party date. Guided Activities to choose from include: 

    • Dance Party (all ages) - We'll get out the "super special" costume collection, provide some glowing accessories and play kid-friendly, rockin' tunes so your party can get their wiggles out.
    • Prehistoric Adventure (recommended ages for the 2 and up) - Have the whole group construct a prehistoric volcanic scene complete with dinosaurs and landscapes before destroying it with a messy and fun volcanic explosion!

    • Spin Art Bike (recommended ages 3 and up) - Kids love art! Pull them in with our Spin Art Bike and send them home with a unique art piece created with their colors and their pedal power. Perfect for budding artists, little athletes, and anyone who likes a unique artistic experience.

    • Rockets (recommended ages 4 and up)​ - Using Duct tape, Alka Seltzer, water and empty film canisters, your little ones can "launch off" their decorated rockets in MOD's Ticker Space, equipped with their own little astronaut helmets to enhance the experience.

    • Telephone Activity (recommended ages 5 and up) - Remember the good 'ol days of building “telephones” out of string and cans? We're bringing back this classically loved activity for a fun exploration of soundwaves, rumor, and invention.

    • Have your own Add-on Activity in mind? Let us know and we can probably make accommodations (please keep in mind that these add-ons are during Museum open hours. For private party add-ons, please see below).

  • Extra Party Hours: 1/2 the cost per extra hour of the original party (please see party costs above). Please note that extra Museum hours may not be available all the time.

  • Guest Goodie Bags ($5-10/bag): Each goodie bag will contain a MOD sticker, a free admission coupon, and a selection from our gift shop (based upon availability and price point) neatly packaged for each guest. Must be arranged at least one week prior to party date.

  • Custom Invitations ($25/digital design): MOD has an in-house graphic designer who can take care of the look and feel of your child's party invitation. Custom design your invitation to go along with the party theme and really set the tone. Must be arranged at least one week prior to party date.

For Private Party Packages (Sunday mornings or any evening package) 

All Add-ons $100 Each:

  • Illumination Package: We’ll turn out the lights in the Museum (level of darkness is adjustable), get out the glow sticks, finger flashlights, and glow-in-the-dark art and science. You could even play hide'n'seek or sardines in the low light for some extra fun.

  • Nerf Battle Package: Let us transform MOD into your very own battleground. Spend ½ an hour stalking the other team in an epic Nerf battle. We’ve got the darts and some Nerf guns, you supply the troops. BYO Nerf gun is encouraged.

  • **ADULT PARTY ALERT** Never Grow Up Package: Celebrate a special event by refusing to grow-up. Explore the children’s museum, make a blended drink on our Blender Bike, and _____________ [You fill in the rest].

  • Have your own Add-on Activity in mind? Let us know and we can probably make accommodations!




Come one, come all. Let us put on a spectacular show for you. Our white-glove service includes basic circus-themed decor (selfie station, circus bunting, customized birthday TV greetings) and live entertainment.  


We’ll organize either a juggler, an aerial artist, a magician, face-painter, or a hoop artist to teach and entertain your guests (subject to availability of performers on your date). If you want more than one performer we can arrange that too (+$250 for each additional performer).


This party package is available starting at 6 pm and needs to be cleaned up by 9 pm. Party runs for a max of 2.5 hours any day of the week.

Please email

Additional Information:

Location: 1855 41st Ave, Suite C-10, Capitola 95010

Capacity: 8-25 children, with daily admission fees for all guests beyond that.

Duration: 2 hours in party room (allowed 30 minutes set-up in room prior to party).

Staffing: 1 MOD Party Assistant. Extra staff is available for an additional fee of $40 per staff member.

Food: You are welcome to bring in your own food and cakes for your party. We can provide recommendations in the area if you are interested in ordering any items. Food must be served AND consumed in the party room.

Food Storage: MOD will provide refrigeration for cakes at no charge.

Decorations: You are also welcome to provide and set up your own personal decorations in our party room. Timing of set up must be arranged with our MOD Party Coordinator. We do not allow balloons inside the Museum and request that tacks and nails are not used for decoration suspension. Tape can be provided.

Gifts: You are welcome to bring and open gifts in the party room. However, please be aware that there is a specified amount of time allowed in the party room and there may not always be time for opening gifts.

Clean Up: We kindly request that you have guests throw away their tableware before leaving the party room. And please be mindful of the ending time of you party so that our employees can promptly clean up the party room for the next event and/or closing.

Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of 50% of your base party cost is due at the time of booking ($199.50 for Extravaganza; $125 for Shindig; $100 for Bash; $500 for Big Top/White Glove). The remainder will be due 3 days prior to party.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds minus the non-refundable deposit will be given with minimum 3 day notice. No refunds will be given with less than 3 days notice of cancellation.







Available Saturdays 10 am – 12 pm, 2 - 4 pm, and Sundays 2 – 4 pm


This package includes admission to the museum for up to 10 children during our open hours. You will have two hours in our party room with one MOD Party Assistant during your two-hour window, and the rest of the time can be spent exploring the museum at your own pace with your party.

Simplify gift giving for your child's party by creating a gift registration at the                                                @ MOD store.


Children love "Wondering" around the store picking the items they'd like to have, and your guests have the convenience of shopping and wrapping all in one--not to mention the confidence of knowing they are getting your family something wanted.


Ask about this FREE service when you book your party.




Available Sundays 10 am – 12 pm, and

6 - 8 pm on any evening*

This package includes private admission to the museum for 8 to 25 children during non-public hours (daily admission rates apply to more than 25 children). You will have two hours in our party room and one MOD Party Assistant to guide your party through the museum and personalize your experience.

*Please see the special add-ons available for this party package at the bottom of this page.

Birthday Party Request Form

Please select a first and second party choice date.

Please select a party time.


Please select the Party Package you're interested in (Birthday Extravaganza $399, Birthday Shindig $250, Birthday Bash $200, or a Special Request Package). Complete descriptions of each package are available above.

Please also note if you'd like to include a party add-on:

  • Guided Activity ($50)

  • Guest Goody Bags ($5 - 10/bag)

  • Specialized Invitations ($25 for digital)

  • Anything else you'd like to add...


Please note that by clicking the "Submit" button, I acknowledge the following policies:

  •  Submission of this form is not a guarantee of booking. MOD staff will contact you to confirm the availability and details of the date(s) and time(s) requested.

  •  Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of 50% is due at the time of booking. The remaining balance will be due 72 hours prior to the party.

  •  Cancellation: Full refunds, minus the non-refundable deposit, will be given with a minimum of 14 days notice.

Thanks for submitting!

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