Have Fun for Everyone with a Birthday Party at the Center for Puppetry Arts!
Make Birthday Memories That Last a Lifetime
The festivities begin with priority seating for family and friends at one of our live puppet shows, including a special announcement before the show recognizing the birthday child. Next, it’s off to Harlequin Hall for the perfect birthday celebration! You can even add a Create-A-Puppet Workshop so each guest can make a souvenir puppet to take home. It’s a one-of-a-kind party for your one-of-a-kind kid!
Member and Non-Member Pricing
*Performance tickets are NOT included with room rental pricing
|Regular Room||Upgraded Half-Room||Upgraded Full-Room|
Package includes 45-60 minutes for set-up prior to the show, one (1) hour while the group is in the show, 30 minutes for the puppet workshop, and one (1) hour and 30 mins. for the party and clean-up. The party room holds up to 30 people (20 seated).
What You’ll Get for Your Party
- Priority seating in the theater for you and your guests
- Birthday announcement before the show
- Party room with one hour for set-up before the show and one hour for guests after the show
- Party room throne seating for your Prince or Princess
- Create-A-Puppet Workshop™ (onsite) – Party guests will create a puppet based on the theme of the performance they attend. This self-guided activity takes place in an upstairs workshop room and takes about 30 minutes.
- Access to the Isdell Family Play Area (playground), weather permitting
All tickets must be purchased in advance in order to guarantee seating in the reserved birthday party section.
Price & Payment
Final Costs Depend on the Number of Guests & Add-ons
- The base package for a non-member birthday party starts at $300.00. Actual costs depend on the total number of guests at your party.
- Extra time in the party room will incur an $85 per hour fee past the allotted party time.
Additional time can be added for set-up, party time, or clean-up, depending upon availability and party schedule. Time must be reserved and paid for in advance – contact the Facility Rentals Coordinator to do so. If the party extends past the scheduled end time, $85 per hour per party room will be charged to the credit card on file.
*Prices are subject to change without notice. All activities are subject to availability and must be booked in advance.*
All parties are subject to paying for clean-up costs if the party spaces or Center property are damaged or if additional clean-up is required.
Enhance Your Party with Add-ons and Upgraded Party Rooms:
- Harlequin Hall (full room fits 120 standing) at $125/hr.
Parties larger than 30 MUST reserve a bigger room. Tickets are not included with room rental. Upgraded rooms are subject to availability, so please inquire at the time of booking.
Prices are subject to change without notice. All activities are subject to availability.
How to Reserve
To reserve your party, please call 404-881-5151
- Final payment and headcount for tickets are due the week of the party. Please note that shows may sell out in advance, so if you anticipate having a large party, notify the Facility Rentals Coordinator when booking. This helps ensure that tickets are available for the performance and that those tickets will be reserved in the designated birthday party section of the theater. Additions on the day of the party are often not available.
- All children ages 2+ and all adults attending the show must have a ticket.
Many shows sell out, so tickets MUST be reserved and paid for in advance. This guarantees that enough tickets are reserved and that your group will be seated together.
*Special prices for select performances of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™
Birthday Party FAQs
Birthday party reservations need to be made no less than 4 weeks in advance of the desired party date. Reservations are taken based on availability. Parties are available during designated times on Saturdays and Sundays only.
No, all are welcome! However, patrons who become or are existing members receive special Birthday Party pricing.
No, each person must do their own booking.
Parties must be reserved with the Facility Rentals Coordinator and paid for at the time of booking. At the time of booking to reserve your party, a minimum payment of $150 ($200 upgraded room) for non-members is due while for members, a minimum payment of $100 ($150 upgraded room) is due. (*NOTE: Ticket prices are based on performance. Special prices for select performances of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™.)
We will be happy to show you our facility prior to making a reservation, or prior to your party date. Please coordinate in advance with the Birthday & Rentals Coordinator to find a mutually agreeable time. Unscheduled walk-up requests to view the space may not be possible to accommodate.
Final payment is due on or before the party date. You can make the final payment by calling the Ticket office or at the ticket office when you pick up your show tickets. The headcount for show tickets is finalized once the contract is signed and the first payment is made. Any additional tickets needed must be purchased at the Ticket office. Please note that shows may sell out in advance, so if you anticipate having a large party, notify the Facility Rentals Coordinator when booking. This helps ensure that tickets are available for the performance and that those tickets will be reserved in the designated birthday party section of the theater. Additions on the day of the party are often not available.
All party guests attending the show must have a ticket, including adults and children ages 2+. All tickets must be purchased in advance in order to guarantee seating in the reserved birthday party section.
Upon arrival, please check in at the Ticket Office in the lobby and let our staff know whose party you’re here for. The Birthday Assistant will show you to your party room so you may set up.
The maximum capacity for one standard birthday party room is 30 people in our Conference Room, including infants and adults. If the party group is more than 30 people, we suggest renting a bigger room such as the Harlequin Hall (full room fits 120 standing) at $125/hr. All rooms are subject to availability and advance notice is required for booking.
The Base Package includes 45-60 minutes for set-up prior to the show, one (1) hour while the group is in the show, 30 minutes for the puppet workshop, and one (1) hour and 30 mins. for the party and clean-up. Please check with the Facility Rentals Coordinator regarding the set-up time for your party. You are welcome to have an adult stay in the room to set up during the show. Additional set-up time, break-down time, or actual party time may be added for $125/hour per room, depending upon availability. Additional time must be reserved in advance.
Papa John’s Pizza delivers right to the Center for lunch! Call 404.872.5252 and ask about the Center’s Birthday special. Or, you are welcome to choose any other food vendor that you like, as long as your refreshments are approved by the Center.
There will be a Birthday Party Assistant working with you to make sure your day at the Center goes as smoothly as possible! The Assistant will be responsible for setting up your party room with the items provided by the Center and then showing you to your room upon arrival. The Assistant will direct your group from the show to the workshop and party rooms, as well as be available to assist you with any needs you may have during the party. *NOTE: The Assistant will not be available to help decorate your room, transport items from your vehicle to Harlequin Hall, or facilitate activities during your hour-long party.
The Center does not give refunds for tickets, but you will receive rain checks for any unused tickets. The rain checks are valid for up to 6 months after your party to most Family Series performances.
The Center offers limited FREE parking in the lot on-site.
Birthday groups receive reserved seating, which is directly behind the Members-only Seating in the front of the theater. Exact row placement varies based on the number of Member tickets purchased for each performance. *NOTE: When there is more than 1 party per show, groups will be seated behind each other.
The Center is ADA-accessible, including a ramp leading up the entrance and an elevator that accesses all three floors inside the building. However, both theaters have stairs, so patrons in wheelchairs will be seated in front of Member Seating. Please let the Birthday & Rentals Coordinator know when booking the party if special seating or any other accommodations due to a disability will be needed.
Shows, workshops, and parties start promptly at the designated times listed. It is highly recommended that you and your guests arrive 20-30 minutes prior to your first activity (please check with Birthday & Rentals Coordinator to confirm your set-up time) to ensure that everyone makes it to your first activity on time. Refunds or extra party time will not be issued due to groups arriving late for activities. If any guests arrive after the show has started, they will be escorted into the theater at the discretion of the House Managers. If they arrive too late to view the show or participate in the workshop, you will be given rain checks for those unused tickets.
If the party is canceled less than one month prior to the party date, the party room rental fee is non-refundable. Once payment is made, tickets and Memberships are nonrefundable as well. If needed, rain checks will be issued for unused tickets.
We all had a blast! My daughter summed it up best when she said “this is the best day ever”!! You were lovely to work with and I look forward to more events in the future at the center!
I wanted to thank you for the most excellent party arrangements for Andrew’s 6th birthday back in January. Each and every guest we invited had an absolute ball and the beautiful puppets stay with me to this day. Elizabeth and Summer made everything so easy and fun—they were the dream team. Our son has never had a real birthday party before due to the pandemic. For this to be his first was truly special and will be a lifelong memory for us.