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Birthday Art Labs

Enjoy an art-filled birthday party for your child and leave the planning to us!

Birthday Art Labs at the Rubin Museum of Art are led by Museum educators and include art-making in the Theater, an interactive tour in the Museum galleries, singing, and more! Choose from multiple age-appropriate themes and catering options. Recommended for ages two and older.

Reservations require at least three weeks notice.

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Packages Include:

  • Exclusive use of the Theater
  • Museum admission for all birthday guests
  • Thematic art lab, led by Rubin Museum educators
  • Guided exploration of the Museum galleries
  • Crafting take-home works of art
  • PDF invitation template for printing or emailing


Base Museum Program Fee: $900.. Capacity dependent upon age group and theme.

Museum members receive a 10% discount on the program fee.Become a member today!


Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, our kitchen is non-functional. However, you are welcome to bring room-temperature foods (pizza, sandwiches, chips, and/or a cake). Our Café is open to purchase hot beverages (coffee & tea) and small snacks.

Many restaurants/eateries around the Museum can cater to your party. We do not have affiliations with any restaurants.

Art Lab Themes

Instruments of Our Own

For thousands of years humans have been making and playing musical instruments, constantly inventing new instruments and modifying existing ones to produce different sounds and mimic the sounds we hear from animals. In the galleries you’ll listen to the story of a small but courageous jungle hero and join in a scavenger hunt for real and imaginary creatures from around the world. Journey back to the art studio to make and play your own musical instruments during this music-themed art lab. Together we will build on the human tradition of instrument making.

Super Sculptors

Squish, squeeze, and mold during our Super Sculptors Birthday Art Lab. Search the galleries to find fascinating Himalayan sculptures and learn how they were made. Then, let your imagination run wild as you make your own imaginary creatures out of clay. Use sequins, gemstones, and glitter to make your sculpture shimmer.

Hybrid Animals

Many of the powerful deities in the Museum’s collection are hybrid creatures. From Ganesha, a human-elephant hybrid, to Naga, a snake-like creature, and Garuda, the king of birds. According to Buddhist and Hindu tradition, animals contain the potential for enlightenment, and humans and animals are linked by past lives ““ making them part of a single family. Learn more about these hybrid figures and create your own hybrid creature with endless combinations and powers. The only limit is your imagination!

Important Information

  • Birthday family is welcome to arrive 30 minutes early.
  • Birthday Art Labs are 2 hours long.
  • $250 non-refundable deposit required to confirm booking.
  • Full payment is due two weeks prior to the event date.
  • Overtime fees ($150/30 minutes) due the day of event.
  • Payment by credit card preferred.
  • Birthday Art Labs cannot be hosted on Sundays due to Family Sundays.

We are ready to assist you in planning your experience.

Updated: October 14, 2022