Hosting Events

Birthday Parties

Birthday party policies


You must follow the policies below for birthday parties:

  • All food and drinks must remain in the party room.
  • You must pay for the party upon arrival.
  • You, the host, will be charged for any significant damage to the party room or site.

Party prices include all applicable taxes and gratuities.

Birthday party packages


Birthday parties are very popular and space is limited

  • Book your party early to avoid disappointment.
  • Decorating varies from site to site; inquire at the time of booking.

Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology

All Aboard! Train Theme Birthday Party

A birthday party inspired by the museum’s famous “Golden Horseshoe Live Steamer Days”! This party theme includes:

  • A ride on a miniature train, courtesy of the Golden Horseshoe Live Steamers (outdoors)
  • A tour of the museum, where children will learn about different types of steam engines, including the 1859 water-pumping engines in the historic Pumphouse
  • A train themed craft
  • A special train themed gift for the birthday boy or girl

Ages: 3 to 12
Available: May to October

Capacity: n/a
Duration: 2 hours

Facilities: n/a

Number of people Cost
First 10 children $250 (minimum price per party)
Each additional child to a maximum of 25 children $25
4 adults Free
Each additional adult $5.50

Cool Catapults!

This birthday party theme encourages children to explore simple machines by constructing and testing miniature catapults. This party theme includes:

  • A miniature catapult craft for each child, instructed by one of our museum education staff
  • A tour of the museum to explore how simple machines were used to build and operate the 1859 Pumphouse

Ages: 3 to 12
Available: Year-round

Capacity: 40 guests
Duration: 2 hours

Facilities: Use of party room for one hour, includes tables, chairs and a small kitchenette

Number of people Cost
First 10 children $180 (minimum price per party)
Each additional child to a maximum of 25 children $18
4 adults Free
Each additional adult $5.50

Arts & Casts

If your child likes arts and crafts then this is the program for you! Children will:

  • Learn about the art of metal casting and create moulds and plaster castings of items they decorate and take home.
  • Take part in demonstrations and an interactive tour of how the steam engines were built and worked to create a new city. 

Ages: 4 to 14
Available: Year-round

Capacity: 40 guests
Duration: 2 hours

Facilities: Use of party room for one hour, includes tables, chairs and a small kitchenette

Number of people Cost
First 10 children $180 (minimum price per party)
Each additional child to a maximum of 25 children $18
4 adults Free
Each additional adult $5.50

*NEW* for 2020: Radical Reactions

Our party room is turned into a chemistry lab, as birthday party guests will investigate reactions through a series of hands-on science experiments. Included in this party theme:

  •  Hands-on experiments with different materials, including baking soda/vinegar reactions and “Oobleck” demonstration, led by one of our museum education staff
  •   A tour of the museum to investigate how solids, liquids, and gases were used to run the 1859 Pumphouse

Ages: 5 to 14
Available: Year-round

Capacity: 40 guests
Duration: 2.5 hours

Facilities: Use of party room for one hour, includes tables, chairs and a small kitchenette

Number of people Cost
First 10 children $180 (minimum price per party)
Each additional child to a maximum of 25 children $18
4 adults Free
Each additional adult $5.50

For bookings and information contact:
Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology
900 Woodward Ave.
Hamilton, Ontario L8H 7N2 ‎
Phone: 905-546-4797‎
[email protected]

Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum

Creative Me

We offer birthday party programs with an arts twist. Package includes:

  • Instructions and supplies for each child to make a take-home craft.
  • Topics include texture boxes, paper quilt making and many others.
  • Use of the grounds at Fieldcote. This seven acre property with its gardens, woodland and winding trail provides a beautiful setting for any outdoor activities you might wish to include.

Ages: 6 to 14
Available: Year-round

Capacity: 20 guests
Duration: 2 hours

Facilities: Use of party room for one hour, includes tables, chairs and a small kitchenette

Number of people Cost
First 10 children $180 (minimum price per party)
Each additional child to a maximum of 15 children $18
4 adults Free
Each additional adult $3.50

For bookings and information contact:
Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum
64 Sulphur Springs Road
Ancaster, Ontario L9G 1L8
Phone: 905-648-8144
[email protected]

Dundurn Castle

Carpet Bag of Fun

Celebrate your birthday at Dundurn Castle just as Sophia and Minnie MacNab may have with Victorian games.

  • Children begin their visit by opening up a carpet bag and choosing the first game they will play in the house.
  • As they explore the castle, the children play a game on each floor. 

Ages: 4 to 7
Available: January to mid-November

Capacity: n/a
Duration: 2 hours

Facilities: Use of party room for one hour, includes tables, chairs. Guests are responsible for providing their own food.

Number of people Cost
First 10 children $180 (minimum price per party)
Each additional child to a maximum of 15 children $18
2 adults Free
Each additional adult $8

Scullduggery

Come and celebrate your birthday this year at Dundurn Castle by trying your hand at some of the tasks 19th century children were employed to do. Children will:

  • Make a traditional recipe in the historic kitchen with the cook.
  • Try a variety of chores that servants were responsible for in the 19th century such as sweeping out the barn, cleaning shoes or polishing silver. 

Ages: 7 to 12
Available: January to June, September to mid-November

Capacity: n/a
Duration: 3 hours; 2 hour program followed by 1 hour room rental

Facilities: Use of party room for one hour, includes tables, chairs. Guests are responsible for their own food.

Number of people Cost
First 10 children $220 (minimum price per party)
Each additional child to a maximum of 14 children $22
2 adults Free
Each additional adult $8

Garden Party

During the summer months Dundurn Castle offers a Garden Party package. Package includes:

  • Interactive tour of Dundurn Castle with mini-games throughout the tour
  • Walk through our historic kitchen garden

Ages: 7+
Available: July and August

Capacity: n/a
Duration: 3 hours; 2 hour program followed by 1 hour room rental

Facilities: Use of coach house for one hour or picnic pavilion to have food and open gifts. Guests are responsible for providing their own food.

Number of people Cost
First 10 children $220 (minimum price per party)
Each additional child to a maximum of 14 children $22
2 adults Free
Each additional adult $8

For bookings and information contact:
Dundurn National Historic Site
610 York Boulevard
Hamilton, Ontario, L8R 3E7
Phone: 905-546-2872
[email protected]

The Hamilton Military Museum

Life in the Army

During the War of 1812 British Soldiers were stationed at Burlington Heights where the museum now sits. Celebrate your birthday like a solider this year at the Hamilton Military Museum. 

  • Discover what it was like to be soldier by trying on uniforms, learning military drills, and handling equipment. 

Ages: 4 to 12
Available: January to mid-November

Capacity: n/a
Duration: 2 hours; 1 hour program followed by 1 hour room rental

Facilities: Use of party space for one hour to have food and open gifts. Guests are responsible for providing their own food.

Number of people Cost
First 10 children $180 (minimum price per party)
Each additional child to a maximum of 15 children $18
2 adults Free
Each additional adult $3.50

For bookings and information contact:
The Hamilton Military Museum
610 York Boulevard
Hamilton, Ontario L9C 3J8 ‎
Phone: 905-546-2872
[email protected]

Battlefield House Museum & Park

Afternoon Tea Party

Battlefield House Museum was the home of James and Mary Gage and their ten children in the early 1800s. The family welcomed many travellers, visitors, family members and friends to their home for meals and a place to stay. Children will:

  • Dress up in reproduction historic clothing.
  • Bake a traditional dessert by the open hearth and learn about what life was like for children two hundred years ago.
  • Play an old-fashioned game and have the option to make a historic craft.
  • Visit the 100-foot tall Battlefield Monument is included, weather permitting. 

Ages: 5 to 12
Available: January to November

Capacity: n/a
Duration: 2.5 hours

Facilities: Use of party space for one hour to have food and open gifts. Guests are responsible for providing their own food.

Number of people Cost
First 10 children $180 (minimum price per party)
Each additional child to a maximum of 25 children $18
4 adults Free
Each additional adult $5.50

A Soldier's Mess

Children begin their party by dressing up in reproduction soldier’s tunics and experience what a soldier’s life was like two hundred years ago during the War of 1812. Package includes:

  • Baking a traditional dessert in the historic kitchen.
  • Playing an old-fashioned game
  • Visiting the 100-foot tall Battlefield Monument, weather permitting. 

Ages: 5 to 12
Available: January to November

Capacity: n/a
Duration: 2.5 hours

Facilities: Use of party space for one hour to have food and open gifts. Guests are responsible for providing their own food.

Number of people Cost
First 10 children $180 (minimum price per party)
Each additional child to a maximum of 25 children $18
4 adults Free
Each additional adult $5.50

For bookings and information contact:
Battlefield House Museum & Park
77 King Street West
Stoney Creek, Ontario L8G 1H9
Phone: 905-662-8458
[email protected]

Whitehern Historic House & Garden

Old-fashioned Ice Cream Party

Take a trip back in time through Whitehern’s grand front door. Meet the McQuesten family through photograph’s and stories. Children in the past enjoyed playing games and eating ice cream as much as the kids of today. Children will:

  • Explore the family home and the cook’s quarters set in 1939
  • Visit the stable and churn an old-fashioned bucket of vanilla ice cream
  • Play old fashioned games

Ages: 8+
Available: Year-round

Capacity: Maximum of 15 children and 5 adults
Duration: 2 hours (1 hour program + 1 hour Stable rental)

Facilities: Use of the stable for food, opening gifts and playing ‘Bear Bean Bag Toss’ game. The Stable includes use of dishes, cutlery, tables, chairs, refrigerator and microwave. Guests are responsible for providing their own food.

Number of people Cost
First 10 children $180
Each additional child to a maximum of 15 children $18
3 adults FREE
Each additional adult to a maximum of 5 adults $5.50

If you are interested in having more participants, please call to discuss rental options.

Fun & Games

It’s a 1939-style birthday party! Children will:

  • Explore the family home and the cook’s quarters set in 1939
  • Play traditional party games (games and activities will vary according to the age of participants and weather)

Ages: 5+
Available: Year-round

Capacity: Maximum of 15 children and 5 adults
Duration: 2 hours (1 hour program + 1 hour Stable rental)

Facilities: Use of the stable for food, opening gifts and playing ‘Bear Bean Bag Toss’ game. The Stable includes use of dishes, cutlery, tables, chairs, refrigerator and microwave. Guests are responsible for providing their own food.

Number of people Cost
First 10 children $180 (minimum price per party)
Each additional child to a maximum of 15 children $18
3 adults Free
Each additional adult to a maximum of 5 adults $5.50

If you are interested in having more participants, please call to discuss rental options.

Teddy Bears' Birthday

Come and search for hidden teddy bears in the McQuesten family home and the cook’s quarters set in 1939. Children will:

  • Enjoy an Eye-Spy activity looking for bears in the house and the cook’s quarters set in 1939.
  • Bring their own bears
  • Make a bear craft
  • Play a bear-themed game in the Stable

Ages: 5 to 7
Available: Year-round

Capacity: Maximum of 15 children and 5 adults
Duration: 2 hours (1 hour program + 1 hour Stable rental)

Facilities: Use of the stable for food, opening gifts and playing ‘Bear Bean Bag Toss’ game. The Stable includes use of dishes, cutlery, tables, chairs, refrigerator and microwave. Guests are responsible for providing their own food.

Number of people Cost
First 10 children $180
Each additional child to a maximum of 15 children $18
3 adults Free
Each additional adult to a maximum of 5 adults $5.50

If you are interested in having more participants, please call to discuss rental options.

Birthday Tea

Dress-up in your best party frock and take a trip back in time through Whitehern’s grand front door. Meet the McQuesten family through photograph’s and stories and learn about tea time traditions. Children will:

  • Explore the family home and the cook’s quarters set in 1939
  • Visit the Stable to create one-of-a-kind beaded spiral bracelets and try a cup of tea in a china teacup of your choice (using your best manners, of course!)

Ages: 6 to 13
Available: Year-round

Capacity: Maximum of 15 children and 5 adults
Duration: 2 hours (1 hour program + 1 hour Stable rental)

Facilities:  Use of The Stable includes use of tea cups & saucers, dishes, cutlery, tables, chairs, refrigerator and microwave. Guests are responsible for providing their own food.

Number of people Cost
First 10 children $180
Each additional child to a maximum of 15 children $18
3 adults Free
Each additional adult to a maximum of 5 adults $5.50

If you are interested in having more participants, please call to discuss rental options.

Baby Bears' Birthday

Have a bear-themed party for your wee one’s birthday! This party is geared for young children, whose parents stay on site. Children will:

  • Enjoy an Eye-Spy activity looking for bears in the house
  • Bring their own bears
  • Play a bear-themed game in the Stable

Ages: 2 to 5
Available: Year-round

Capacity: Maximum of 30 people
Duration: 3.5 hours (1/2 hour program + 3 hour Stable rental)

Facilities: Use of the stable for food, opening gifts and playing ‘Bear Bean Bag Toss’ game. The Stable includes use of teacups, saucers, dishes, cutlery, coffee urns, teapots, tables, chairs, refrigerator and microwave. Guests are responsible for providing their own food.

Number of people Cost
Flat rate – Maximum 30 people $200

This birthday party is considered a rental with a program component and is longer than Whitehern’s other birthday parties.

For bookings and information contact:
Whitehern Historic House & Garden
41 Jackson Street West
Hamilton, Ontario L8P 1L3
Phone: 905-546-2018
whitehern[email protected]

Hamilton Children’s Museum

Celebrate your birthday with family and friends at the Hamilton Children’s Museum

A birthday party at the Children’s Museum includes;

  • Two hour private rental of the ‘Party Room’ (maximum capacity 25 persons)
  • Tables, chairs, and a refrigerator
  • Games and building gizmos for hands-on play

During the two hour rental, party attendees are invited to visit the museum’s three galleries for one hour.

Ages: N/A
Available: Please call for availability 

Capacity: Maximum capacity 25 persons (including all infants, children and adults). Maximum capacity for private parties is 40 persons
Duration: 2 hours

Please note: The party host is responsible for the provision of all food and drinks and Children must be supervised by their adults at all times

Party Time Slots
Saturdays year-round 1 to 3 pm
Sundays October 1 to March 31 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Please contact the Museum for party availability outside of these hours. Additional fees will apply.

Number of people Cost
First 10 children $140 (minimum price per party)
Each additional child $4
1 adult admitted free of charge for each child attending Free
Each additional adult $2.50

For bookings and information contact:
Hamilton Children's Museum
1072 Main Street East
Hamilton, Ontario L8M 1N6  
Phone: 905-546-4848
[email protected]