Birthday Parties

Celebrate your child’s special day at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center! Birthday parties have never been more fun for kids (or easier for you). Choose the Basic or Deluxe party package that's perfect for your party!

Morehead's Basic party package includes:

  • a downloadable, customizable party invitation (PDF format)
  • a party room for one hour
  • party room decorations, paper goods and utensils
  • lemonade or water
  • use of a refrigerator for your party foods
  • a ticket for each party guest to the public planetarium show regularly scheduled at your party time
  • on-site support from a Morehead party coordinator throughout your party

Morehead's Deluxe party package includes:

  • a downloadable, customizable party invitation (PDF format)
  • a party room for one hour
  • party room decorations, paper goods and utensils
  • bottled water
  • use of a refrigerator for your party foods
  • a ticket for each party guest to the public planetarium show regularly scheduled at your party time
  • on-site support from a Morehead party coordinator throughout your party
    PLUS
  • a special science activity for your party guests
    (select your favorite activity from the "Deluxe activities" section)

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Morehead's standard party packages accommodate up to 20 guests (including all children and adults). If you are planning a larger party, you may add up to 10 extra guests. (The maximum for any Morehead birthday party is 30 guests total.)

Standard party pricing

Standard pricing for Morehead birthday parties includes up to 20 guests (both children and adults).

Basic
Deluxe
Morehead Members
$150
$250
General Public
$175
$275

*Note: You must be a current member at the time of the party to recieve the member discount.

If you are adding extra guests to your party (more than 20 guests total), please add $10 (Basic) or $15 (Deluxe) for each extra guest to your standard party price.

You may also add party options, including a cake or guest gift bags, to your Morehead birthday party. Pricing for each additional item is listed in the "Party options" section.

Standard party times

Morehead currently offers birthday parties only on Saturdays at the following times (subject to availability):

Basic
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
Deluxe
10 a.m.
11 a.m.
12 noon
1 p.m.

Reservations

Birthday party reservations must be made at least two weeks before the party date. Please make your reservation as early as possible. Morehead has limited capacity to host birthday parties and can only host two parties a day.

To make your reservation request, please register here. A Guest Relations team member will contact you within one business day to confirm your reservation and take a deposit or to explore alternatives if your preferred date and time is already taken.

Questions? Please e-mail moreheadbirthdayparty@unc.edu.

Party options

Let Morehead take care of the party details, from a delicious birthday cake to gift bags for your guests.

Birthday cake options:

  • Solar System Cake, $32, serves 16-24
  • Original Sugarland Bakery Cake, $62, serves 16-24

Pizza options:

  • Cheese or pepperoni pizzas (two 16-inch pizzas), $32

Gift bag options:

  • Group gift bags may be ordered online.
  • Customized gift bags may be designed in consultation by Morehead's retail manager, Ron Risch

Deluxe activities

To enhance your child’s birthday, Morehead has developed age-appropriate science activities as part of the Deluxe party package. If you reserve the Deluxe party package, please select one of the following activities for your child’s party:

    Ice Cream Science
    Recommended for ages 5-8

    Nothing is tastier than homemade ice cream! In this hands-on, delicious experiment, watch how milk transforms into a delicious, creamy dessert that kids love. Science never tasted so good!
    When selecting this option, please note that some children may have milk allergies.

    Project Rocket
    Recommended for ages 5-8

    Let’s make rockets that fly farther and faster than ever! For this activity, kids play with the principles of flight and trajectory. Test these creations and see how well the rockets fly with a jump and a stomp!
    This activity can be done in one big group or with two smaller groups alternating "launch times."

    Eggzellent Challenge
    Recommended for ages 9-12

    This hands-on activity offers an “eggstremely eggzillerating” mission: Can a crash-test egg survive the miniature "Zipline of Doom" and land safely? Kids put engineering skills to the test!

Party policies

Payment:
A nonrefundable $50 deposit is required to reserve a date. Morehead sends your confirmation letter upon receipt of deposit. The remaining balance is due with your final guest count, one week prior to your scheduled party date. You may pay by cash, check or credit card.

Entertainment:
No additional entertainment is allowed at birthday parties. Morehead’s shows and activities will provide your birthday guests with plenty of fun!

Guest check-in and parking:
Upon your arrival, check in at the gift shop, where you can await your guests. The gift shop staff will contact your Morehead party coordinator, who will assist you throughout your party.
Parking in the lot in front of Morehead is free until 3 p.m. on Saturdays. However, this lot is administered by UNC and is sometimes reserved for university events (for example, football games), so this lot may not always be available to Morehead guests. Alternate parking is usually available on Franklin Street (metered) or at the municipal parking deck nearby on Rosemary Street.
Please allow ample time for parking before your party begins. Under NO circumstances are parents to drop off unescorted children before you arrive!

Outside cakes and food:
You may bring food (for example, your own cake) to Morehead for your party. Morehead cannot store food in advance; please plan to arrive up to 30 minutes in advance of the party with any food you bring.

Decorations:
Morehead provides themed decorations for birthday parties.
If you are interested in decorating the party room with your own theme, you may do so if BOTH of the following conditions are met:

  • No other birthday party is scheduled for the same day as yours (Morehead can confirm this one week before your party date).
  • You assume full responsibility for the cost of your decorations, for putting them up on the morning of the party and for removing them immediately after the party.
Standard pricing remains the same whether you use Morehead themed decorations or your own decorations.