Special Events

Museum Mashup: November 18, 9am-12pm

 Did you miss making colorful slime on New Years Noon or eating paleontology pudding at Dino Day? Join us on Museum Mashup when we rewind the year and revisit some of our favorite museum activities! Our staff will pick our most popular stations from all of our 2017 monthly events for one huge day of activities! We're going back in time to celebrate the best of the best! Pricing Information:
Anytime Members: FREE
Weekday Members: 1/2 admission ($4.87 per person)
Non-Members: $9.75/person
Military and Seniors: $8.75/person

Polar Express Day: Dec. 9th & 16th, 9am-12pm

We are officially SOLD OUT of General Admission Tickets for both Polar Express events! We are very grateful for the overwhelming support! We were not expecting to sell out of our December 9th event in under 5 minutes! We are sincerely sorry for those who were unable to purchase tickets to either event. We have to limit ticket sales to accommodate our members and maximum capacity, however, if we find that we can safely allow more guests in the Museum we will be sure to update everyone immediately. Thank you for your support and understanding!


Wear your favorite pajamas and be whisked away to the North Pole on our 3rd annual POLAR EXPRESS DAY at the Museum! Ride the train around the block, sip on hot cocoa while you create holiday crafts, and tell Santa himself your holiday wish.The only question to answer is: Do you believe?


*General Admission Ticket SOLD OUT

*WEEKDAY MEMBERS: Emails with the date/time/procedure on how to purchase your Polar Express Day tickets for BOTH days have been emailed out. If for some reason you have not received an email yet, please check your spam folders. If our email is not in there, please email info@playwilmington.org with your updated contact information and we will resend it. Thank you for your support and excitement.

* This event is included in ACM/Anytime Membership benefits (to learn more about CMoW Memberships click here

New Year's Noon: December 31, 9am-12pm

On Saturday, Dec 31st from 9:00am - 12:00pm join us as we celebrate the New Year! 

Pricing Information:
Anytime Members: FREE
Weekday Members: 1/2 admission ($4.87 per person)
Non-Members: $9.75/person
Military and Seniors: $8.75/person

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  • Yacht Venture

    Our largest and most exciting fundraising event of the year! For one spectacular evening, we’ve brought together some of the finest yachts in the area, all exceeding 40-feet in length. Stroll the docks, wine and dine, and imagine cruising up and down the coast. It is the perfect coastal showcase of everything that makes our corner of the world so special. Donated luxury items are sold in a silent auction and one lucky raffle winner will have a choice between all-inclusive vacation packages! Dinner provided by Sawmill Catering Company. Open bar. 21 and up to enter.

    Learn More about YachtVenture here!


The Museum offers parties featuring great themes that provide a worry-free experience for parents and an exciting time for children. Our celebrations will make EVERYONE smile!

Come party with us!

  • Exclusive use of a private party room for 2 hours (adults are free, siblings will be counted in the guest total).
  • Full day Museum admission for all party guests so children can play after the party.
  • The Children's Museum of Wilmington birthday invitations.
  • Includes a fun, educational activity for all children. (Choose from our party themes listed below).
  • Party supplies include themed table decorations, napkins, plates, cups, tablecloths, spoons, and cake knife.
  • Each of the party guests will receive a $1 admission pass.
  • Set up, clean up, and general assistance by our friendly staff
  • Our designated party space has plenty of room, fun designs and privacy for your child's special day! 

Select Your Theme

  • Princess/Prince Party - Feel royal and make lip gloss or Wizard Balm!
  • Pirate Party - Be adventurous and go on a treasure hunt around the Museum!
  • Science Party - Put on your thinking caps and make slime using our special, secret recipe!
  • Art Party - Get creative and paint on a take-home canvas!

Pricing Policies

We offer discounted pricing for Museum Members. See a complete breakdown of prices below:

  • Parties up to 10 children:
    • Members- $230
    • Non-Members- $250
    • Each additional child is $6
  • Parties up to 20 children:
    • Members- $270
    • Non-Members- $290
    • Each additional child is $6


Contact our Party Coordinator at 910-254-3534. ext 102 or Email Us

Field Trips

Want to bring your class or group to explore? Our field trips are a BLAST!

Choose from our field trip packages below:

  • Basic Field Trip: $6 per child - Includes a brief orientation and 2 hours to explore the 4 floors of hands-on exhibits. *Minimum of 15 children required*
  • Field Trip Plus: $8 per child - Includes a brief orientation, 90 minutes to explore the 4 floors of hands-on exhibits, and a 30 minute educational program of your choice (Choose from Art, Literacy or Science).                                     *Minimum of 15 children required*

* Valid Memberships may be used for adults but not for children*


  • Field trip groups smaller than 60 may be booked for Tuesday - Friday during the school year.
  • Mondays during the school year are reserved for field trips with groups of 60 or more.
  • Summer availability subject to change. Please call the Museum for details.

Bag lunches may be brought to the Museum and eaten in our courtyard or multi-purpose room for a fee of $30.
We charge a small clean up fee of $10 per Field Trip. Delayed arrivals past 20 minutes from the contract start time will result in a late fee charge.

Reserve your field trip today!

Contact our Field Trip Coordinator at 910-254-3534 ext. 102 or Email Us

Summer Camps

Keep your kids active this Summer with our AWESOME Summer Camps!

Galaxy Academy: June 19th-23rd, 9-1pm

Join us in a galaxy far, far away, where Jedi knights face off against evil forces to restore freedom to the universe. Campers will learn about different characters, construct their own light saber, and explore the legendary Star Wars series through arts, crafts, science, and more! Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character and be ready to use the force!

Ages 4-9


Kids In the Kitchen: June 26th-30th, 9-1pm

Join us in wonderful cooking/baking adventures! This camp will be focused on creating culinary delights daily. Each day kids will whip up new tasty creation to add to their very own recipe books. From veggies to desserts, get ready to try it all! Parents watch out, the kids are taking over the kitchen!

Ages 4-9


Edible Science: July 10th-14th, 9-1pm

Tantalize your taste buds with these crazy experiments! Our edible science camp encourages kids to explore the world around them using hands-on activities and tasty recipes! They will learn the basics of biology and chemistry in a fun and educational environment. Learn how ice cream is made, make s’mores using the sun, and learn how our bodies digest our food! Come experiment with us to create something delicious using science!

Ages 5-9


Superhero Camp: July 17th-July 21st , 9-1pm

Blam! Pow! Smash! These will be all the words the kids will be hearing throughout our Superhero camp! We will learn why Superman is so strong, where Wonder Woman came from, and just exactly who Batman is! All of our games and activities will feature super powers, good guys, and villains! Join us to fight crime and stop the bad guys from attacking the museum!

Ages 4-9


Camps are $125 for members and $150 for Nonmembers. We offer a 5% discount for siblings.


Email our Camp Coordinator to request a Registration Form and return using the options below:

In person: The front desk at The Children's Museum of Wilmington

Mail: c/o Kathleen King 116 Orange Street Wilmington, NC 28401

Email: kking@playwilmington.org


Facility Rentals

The Museum is a great place for meetings, showers, reunions, and all different types of events!

Book a private facility rental today!

Multi-Purpose Room

A flat $100 per hour fee (with minimum of 2 hours) is assessed to rent out our multi-purpose/birthday room located in the front part of the Cowan house and closest to our 2nd street handicap entrance. If rental is after normal business hours, only the rented room with be accessible, not the entire Museum.

  • Room Capacity: 30 people
  • Ideal Usage: Company breakfast, lunch meetings, training, seminars, lectures and more.

General Facility Rental

Fees for the use of the entire indoor Museum space are based on a 4-hour rental, including setup and breakdown time - generally allowing for a 3-hour function. The fee is $600. Additional hours are billed at $100 per hour. The rental time would start following our normal business hours at 5:00 pm. 

  • Museum Capacity: Approximately 375 people
  • Ideal Usage: Large company functions, holiday parties, wedding receptions, church and social organization "family nights" or socials, family reunions, and more.

Courtyard/Outdoor Access

Rental of the outdoor courtyard area can be added on to the indoor general facility rental for an additional flat fee of $500.

Non-Profit Organizations

We offer a discount on our rental rates to non-profit organizations with proof of status.

Deposit Fees

A non-refundable deposit of 50% of your projected total rental costs is due at the time of booking. A separate $150 security deposit must accompany this rental agreement. Reservations are not confirmed until this agreement is signed by the renter and the Museum representative and the deposits are paid. The remainder of the balance is due 4 weeks prior to the event.


The Museum does not cater events, but can recommend caterers if you so choose. Caterers must have proper licenses and liability insurance coverage. All catering equipment must be cleaned up by the end of the allotted party time. The Museum requires that a copy of the Caterer's Certificate of Insurance is made available for its files at least 2 weeks before the catered event.

  • Total capacity including courtyard: Approximately 500 people
  • Ideal Usage: Same as indoor general use, however the courtyard may be needed to accommodate a larger number of guests, or may be tented if a larger space is needed for seating.


There is no parking on the premises. There is metered parking located in front of the Museum on both Orange and 2nd Streets. Meter parking is enforced Monday - Saturday, 9:00 am - 6:30 pm.

The Hannah Block USO parking lot across the street from the Museum offers the following parking rates: Hourly: $1.25 Daily: $7.00 Monthly: $50.00

There is a public parking deck located a short walking distance away and free parking on several streets in the downtown area. Visit the City of Wilmington's website for more information about downtown Wilmington parking.



Contact our rental facility coordinator at 910-254-3534 x 102 or Email Us