Review: History Colorado Center’s Time Traveler’s Birthday Party Package!
For those families looking for an alternative to the token games and dancing-mascot birthday parties, the History Colorado Center may have the unique solution for you.
I had the chance to check out downtown Denver’s History Colorado Center’s Time Traveler’s Birthday Party package (specifically designed for party-goers ages 6-12). Party rooms can be rented for 2-hour blocks on weekend mornings and afternoons and each party includes:
*A private party room to accommodate up to 20 guests (including adults).
*Admission to all the museum exhibits (including many interactive activities, such as the virtual ski jump, general store, virtual Model T ride, Colorado time machine and barn slide).
*Craft projects (including decorating a picture frame to display your complimentary group photo).
*A Time Traveler adventure where each child has the opportunity to step inside the Time Machine and transform into famous historical Colorado characters from sports, movies and more.
There is also a gift shop and a variety of on-site catering options including pizza, cupcakes and beverages (all of which were very visually appealing and tasty). While adult supervision is required during the museum exploration free time, the parties are led by the Center’s very enthusiastic and friendly staff, including all the decorating, craft/dress-up activies and clean-up (I was reminded by the staff several times that they would clean everything up–I just could not squelch my natural mom instinct to pick up after my kids!)
My son and his BFF (ages 7 and 8) both particularly enjoyed collecting eggs from the barn and depositing them in the general store in the Destination Colorado exhibit. They also loved learning about the different gems and minerals that were mined in the Colorado Stories room and watching the movies depicting the tough conditions miners endured. We wished we had some more free time in the museum before lunch, as we did not have a chance to see and do everything in 30 minutes. I love that they were able to touch and play with almost everything–it saved me from having to repeat my usual “Look, but don’t touch” museum speech over and over again.
Overall, we all had a great time and actually learned a thing or two along the way about the diverse history of our state. The kids thought the time machine concept was very cool, and although my boys were a little reluctant about the “dressing up” part of traveling back in time, the staff made it a point to make sure everyone was included. We were sent on our way with a souvenir photo of our costumed time travelers and plan to visit the center again when some new exhibits open in the coming months.
Birthday party packages start at $275 for center members and $300 for non-members. No outside food is permitted (other than bringing your own cake if you choose), but catering add-on options include pizza, sandwiches, beverages and much more. I highly recommend their gourmet cupcakes–a delicious deal for just $1.50 per person. Visit http://www.historycolorado.org. Photos courtesy of the History Colorado Center.
Guest blogger Lindley is a full-time stay-at-home mom and part-time youth basketball tournament director. She graduated from CSU with degrees in journalism and psychology and currently resides in Thornton with her husband, two boys and her trusty pooch, Luke.