Most people dread the January blues, but our family is actually really excited because right after Christmas we start planning our double birthday party for Jax and Hudson! Jax’s birthday is mid-January and Hudson’s is early February so after Hudson’s 1st birthday we decided to combine their parties until they get a bit older and have their own sets of friends.
As a mommy blogger, I’m pretty confident that I know of 90% of the party venues in Ottawa! That’s the sort of research-nut I am. So I was excited to learn about the Museum of Nature parties.
We recently acquired a membership at the Museum of Nature. Side note: if you purchase a membership with Ingenium in Ottawa you will receive a discount for the Museum of Nature’s membership so that’s a fun perk. While we were riding the elevator, I noticed the museum does a few different types of parties (who says marketing doesn’t work, eh?). Geared for kids aged 4 and above, we choose the Palaeo Pals dinosaur theme for the boys’ combined birthday party on Sunday, January 27th.
Scuba Stars is another theme, geared towards ages 4 – 8, with this one you get to explore the water gallery, learning about the enormous blue whale, meet a live sea star and make a water themed craft. Jax almost chose Bugtastic Fun which we might do next year based on our great experience. It’s comprised of a bug safari, getting up close and personal with a live insect, and taking home a trophy from the safari adventure. This one is also geared to ages 4 – 8.
The museum also recently introduced the new Arctic Adventures theme which is for older kids 8 – 12, and involves exploring the Canada Goose Arctic Gallery where you explore birthday traditions in the circumpolar regions and the importance of animals in traditional Northern food.
The Palaeo Pals was a great choice for us since my boys are obsessed with dinosaurs! Bonus again with having a membership is 10% off for birthday parties. We checked in at the front desk and they guided us to the seating area where our party host would meet us and our guests. The party host is there to take all your worries away and orchestrate the party for you.
I must say, our party host (Marcus) was INCREDIBLE! I won’t let any other staff member host our future parties because Marcus was so amazing. I was quick to write a letter to the museum to let them know. He was incredibly engaging, funny and excellent with all the kids. He also had the parents laughing. And his customer service skills were impeccable.
We started out with stories and Q&A about dinosaurs, followed by some fun crafts. Then we made our way to the Fossil Gallery to discover why there are no more dinosaurs today. We all got to touch a 70-year-old fossil which was pretty cool, for all of us. What I found neat was the parents (including my mom) kept saying they were learning things they never knew. It was truly a fascinating experience.
Now it was time to eat! The museum has excellent catering to choose from. We decided to bring our own cake which is allowed, but you cannot bring in anything else. Even during the entire mealtime, Marcus had full control and let us sit back and relax. This is so nice when usually the parents are running around!
In total the party is 2 hours, and as a guest you can explore the museum before and after your visit which is another nice perk. Everyone had a ball and we received many compliments from our friends and family.
We sent them away with the most delicious (and beautifully decorated) Minion cookies made by the super talents of Every Now and Then Cookies and a Toys r Us gift card. It was a success all around and we had so much fun! Interested to hear where you have had amazing birthday experiences in Ottawa.
I’m sure you can gather that we highly recommend the Museum of Nature! Can’t wait for next year’s parties.