Rentals at The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier

Facility Rentals

The Discovery Center is the perfect place for your family to celebrate a birthday party, baby shower, family reunion, graduation, and more! 

Our Museum and Story Garden offer a unique and fun place to host your friends, family, or business colleagues.

Birthday Parties

Birthday Parties at The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier

Features:

  • Admission to the Museum is included for all birthday party guests.
  • Enjoy a 90 minute reservation in Kids Commons 
    • 1 hour with 15 minutes before and after
  • Available to schedule during regular Museum hours on Saturdays and Sundays
  • Available times: 10:15AM, 12:00PM, 1:45PM and 3:30PM
  • Staff available during your party for an additional $25/hr per person
Birthday Party Pricing (thru December 2022):
  • up to 21 people: $160 ($144 for members)
  • up to 31 people: $240 ($216 for members)
  • up to 41 people: $320 ($288 for members)
Birthday Party Pricing (effective January 2023):
  • up to 21 people: $176 ($159 for members)
  • up to 31 people: $240 ($238 for members)
  • up to 41 people: $332 ($300 for members)
New for February, March and April: Birthday party participants receive a pass to visit Bug Squad for one time block. This is usually scheduled before or after your birthday time 10-11:45AM, 12-1:45PM or 2-3:45PM.
 

Events at the The Discovery Center are

While we are known for hosting unforgettable birthday parties for children, we have three spaces available for hosting any type of event: the Theater, Kids Commons, and the Story Garden. 

PUBLIC rentals are available during regular museum hours.

PRIVATE rentals are available outside of regular museum hours. 

Admission to the Museum can be added to any event for only $7 per guest! (Beginning 2023: $8 per guest.)

Ahearn Theater Rental

Theater Rental Discovery Center

**Please note, we will not be hosting private parties January thru May 2023 to accommodate our new Bug Squad traveling exhibit.**

Features:

  • Enjoy a 3 hour reservation in the theater
    • 120 minutes with 30 minutes before and after
  • Available for large parties of more than 40 people
  • Two (2) staff people for private events

Theater Rental Pricing:

  • Public: $350 ($315 for members)
  • Private: $450 ($405 for members)

Extras (Optional):

  • Staff available for an additional $25 per hour per person
  • Admission to the Museum for guests $7/person

Kids Commons Rental

Kids Commons at The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier

**Please note, we will not be hosting private parties January thru May 2023 to accommodate our new Bug Squad traveling exhibit.**

Features:

  • Enjoy a 3 hour reservation in Kids Commons
    • 120 minutes with 30 minutes before and after
  • Available for small parties of up to 40 people
  • One (1) staff person included

Kids Commons Rental Pricing:

  • Private: $350 ($315 for members)

Extras (Optional):

  • Staff available for an additional $25 per hour per person
  • Admission to the Museum for guests $7/person

Story Garden Rental

Pavilion Rental Story Garden Discovery Center

Story Garden rentals will resume in May 2023.

Features:

  • Enjoy a 3 hour reservation in the Story Garden’s pavilion and amphitheater
    • 120 minutes with 30 minutes before and after
  • One (1) staff person for private events

Story Garden Rental Pricing:

  • Public: $250 ($225 for members)
  • Private: $350 ($315 for members)

Extras (Optional):

  • Staff available for an additional $25 per hour per person
  • Admission to the Museum for guests $8/person

Rental Questions & Reservations

Please Note: Dates and times are subject to availability. A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required to reserve the Museum or Story Garden. The remaining balance is due one week before the date of the party. If the rental is cancelled with 48 hours notice, a refund will be given in the form of another rental to be used within one year.